But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.
— 1 John 4:6 msg
How do you know who has the true Spirit of God? John reminds us that they have to listen to the Spirit's authoritative messengers. Why do we trust the Scriptures? Because they are inspired by the Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21) and their words are guaranteed true by the Spirit (John 15:16) and are used by the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) and are understood by people who have the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:6-14). When anyone claiming to speak by the power of the Holy Spirit brings a message that conflicts with these original proclaimers of the truth, they are not speaking the truth. They are not being led by the Holy Spirit, but by the spirit of deception.
O LORD God, please use your Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth and to recognize when others do not speak your truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
About this Devotional
SpiritFire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Thoughts and Prayer for SpiritFire are written by Phil Ware.