In 1 John 4 I have gained some amazing insight into learning how to interpret Gods voice from your own, false teachers and ungodly influences. So often we think with a ‘spontanious mindset’ and dont endure in Christ through longsuffering or obedience in Him. I find myself sometimes praying and expecting the Holy Spirit to show up in my timing to do what I ask of him.. how selfish of me..
The first part of 1 John 4 speaks about ‘testing the spirits’. I frequently applied this to spiritual things in those times where God manifested himself, but today I have read this verse in a whole new light. The Holy Spirit reminded me of Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
If I consider the above verse and its implications for my daily walk IN Christ (not just with him, because He is ‘In Me!’ What-A-Christ!) I really should be looking to test all the things that cross my path. I should be alert and aware, discerning all things so I wont not be railroaded by my own thinking, false teachers and ungodly influences. Testing through prayer those things that could be of a spiritual nature or physical. So often we become too comfortable and numb in our lives, forgetting the sharpness that the readiness of the ‘living-gospel’ brings to our circumstances.
Today, be refreshed in the knowledge that “This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” v13-16
Speak from the confidence that Christ has given us In Him, who dwells In YOU, dont speak from the viewpoint of the world. “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. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 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 Spiritof truth and the spirit of falsehood.” v4-6