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July
23
2017

July 23, 2017

1 JOHN 4:1-6                                         NEW LIFE: LIVABLE FAITH

 

Dear 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. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but 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.

 

4 You, 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. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We 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.

 

  1. Everything that we sense or feel is not from God.

 

  • An ATTRACTION to something or someone doesn’t make it a God thing.

  • There is a spirit of ANTICHRIST present in the world that represents a viewpoint devoid of God.

 

  1. The litmus test for genuine spiritual discernment is this: Is what I feel consistent with the Kingdom of God.

 

  • Is what I am feeling leading me to CHRIST?

  • Is what I am feeling COMPATIBLE with biblical revelation?

 

  1. Those who belong to Christ need not fear foreign/false spirits.

 

  • The RELIABLE witness of those who know Christ is significant.  (v6)

  • God in RESIDENCE is our confidence.  (v4)

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