May 19, 2006

SPIRIT OF TRUTH OR SPIRIT OF ERROR
One way bank tellers detect conterfeit money is by touch. All day long they handle real money, so when a fake bill comes along, they can immediately identify it. This is a good lesson for us and why we need to know the Word of God. Then when the counterfeit (false prophet/teacher spreading errors and lies about Christ Jesus - this is the spirit of anitchrist) comes along, we will recognize it. Long ago when I was a new believer, every time my friend called, she always asked me, "Did you read your Bible today?" This question motivated me to read before her next phone call, so now I ask you, "Have you read your Bible today?"

1 John 4:1-11
"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. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 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. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

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