1 john 4:1-6, 13-16.
March 18, 2017 § Leave a comment
1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood…
13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
This evening as I was talking to a friend, my head began to hurt, but it would only hurt whenever I talked to my friend. I tried thinking about something to distract my mind from thinking about my friend, then my mind would stop hurting. Then I went back and thought about my friend. I tried this multiple of times until I finally asked my friend how he/she was doing. The answer unfolded and it was the Holy Spirit describing their well being to me. I wanted to point out what I thought was wrong in their thinking, but instead I didn’t. I wanted to encourage and speak truth. 1 John 4 was the truth speaking to both my friend and me.
This is the Holy Spirit speaking to me, and training me to use my gift properly.