“4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.
6 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:4-6
Deception is satan’s greatest weapon. Try the spirits whether they are of God. If they belittle the redeeming work of Jesus Christ to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life and resort to self reliance and self efforts to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil; they are of the world and fostered by the father of all lies.
“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” John 16:13
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will guide God’s Children into ALL Truth, not some Truth. The Holy Spirit will not speak of Himself but claim the work of Jesus Christ. He will show us the New Covenant, those “things to come”, and bear witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God (Romans 8:16).
Jesus Christ in the flesh IS the New Covenant. The Lord’s shed Blood IS the Sacrifice that removes the penalty of sin (death) in the sinner’s life and breaks the power of sin in the Saint’s life. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof that every sin was paid in full and the power of every sin broken for whosoever will believe. Jesus made a show of every demon in hell openly. The same demons that attempt to seduce and deceive God’s Children today are the same ones our Lord made a show of openly, triumphing over them. Knowing this, know Who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross there is no doubt to our Lord’s Resurrection.
Doctrines of demons given by the spirits of error are rampant. Their bulls eye is the Believer’s faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to guide us into all Truth when our faith is in methods of man from the vanities of their own mind. He, the Spirit of Truth, works only in the parameters of the finished work of Jesus Christ. This is the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). Believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God. Be determined to know nothing else among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).
-Donna Clark Warren