The Experiences Of The Word

1 John 4:1-3]; 
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Of The Spirit of Error

John says test the spirit. He doesn’t say test what the spirit says. There is a difference between testing what the man says and testing what the spirit of the man is.

The Bible says that every spirit that says that Jesus Christ, is come, not came or will come but is come in the flesh is of God.

That is not what religion taught you. They sang songs that asked, where is he? That is the spirit of the antichrist. When they ask where God is, just stand up straight, chin up, chest out and present yourself because this is the mystery that was hidden from the ages past but is now revealed, Christ in you, the hope of glory [ Colossians 1:26-27].

1 John 4:6 goes on to say; We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

If a man is of the world, the world will hear him. The word used herein for ‘know’ is ginosko; revelational knowledge. It means He that has a perception of God, that ginoskos God hears us. People who have a perception of God, hear us.

There is something called the spirit of error and the spirit of truth. When a man is of God and another has the spirit of error, he that has the spirit of error cannot hear him. If some people do not hear you, don’t worry. There is a kind that cannot hear me because of the spirit of error. John says that they that know God hear us. I hear John. Some people do not hear John at all.

For example, John says in 1 John 3:9; whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. You should see the blogs and commentaries on that scripture. Some people even disqualify John at that point. They do not hear him. But I do hear him.

They that Know God Hear You

The question is; who is born of God? What in you is born of God? Your spirit is born of God. If your spirit is born of God, how can your spirit sin? When people question this, that is when you realise the spirit of error. John made it very simple. He said test the spirit.

In the book of Acts, we see an account of the woman with the spirit of divination. She kept shouting after the apostles, ‘these are the men who show us the way of the most high’. She said the right words. Paul heard her all the while. However, the bible says that after a while, he cast out the spirit. This was a place of maturity. Maturity is deeper than just hearing the words. It is a place where having heard the words, you test the spirit.

When a man matures in God, he just does not hear words. She was accurate but the spirit by which she said it was by divination. It is why it is important for you as a child of God to know the word. He says that these words are spirit and they are life.

If you know God, men that know God, that have the spirit of truth will hear you.

God says of Jesus, that this is my well beloved son, hear him ye. He was not telling just men and trees. He was speaking to everything around. God gave authority to Jesus. Wind could hear him and calm down. Everything was under a mandate to hear him. The only thing that can block a man from hearing God is the spirit of error. Once the spirit of error takes over a man, he cannot hear you.

Faith Redefined

The Bible says that by faith, Enoch was translated that he might not see death [Hebrews 11:5]. It means that Enoch was not made aware of death. The first place of the word is that it shields you from certain things. There are things that you can no longer look at. When the bible says that you are the righteousness of God, there are thigs that it has shielded you from.

That is why Paul speaks of the shield of faith. He says put on the whole armour of God that you might withstand the wiles of the enemy. He speaks of the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit and all these things are wonderful but then he says above all, put on the shield of faith that you might quench the fiery darts of the enemy. The word quench means you extinguish everything that the devil throws at you. There are certain thigs that you should not allow yourself to see, that when a doctor says you are about to die, you tell him, ‘doctor, you say am about to die, how come I do not see it?’  The scriptures say that they that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercies. So, because God said that, when you come into faith, the first thing He does is to shield you because he knows that what you see you get.


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