Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 John 4:1 which says,
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.“
Everywhere we turn, there are groups and movements that are coming up with strange types of teachings that claim to have the truth. Their teachings are usually man centered instead of Christ-centered. Claiming that we must do something other than have faith in Christ alone.
John tells the readers of his letter that they must be discerning when they hear some new type of doctrine that arises out of nowhere. It is absolutely necessary for us to have a healthy skepticism regarding any teaching. We must not be too open to the new fads and strange teachings that seem to pop up constantly. We must do like the Berean’s in Acts 17, where they “searched the Scriptures daily,” in order to see whether Paul and Silas’ teaching were genuine. Satan is on an all out assault to distort the truth by sending his influence into churches, television and radio ministries to deceive and destroy the listeners. We must make sure that we test anything we hear by the Scriptures. Be on guard.
Blessings to you.
Pastor James Moore, Jr.