1 John 4:1-6
4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 4 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. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 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 Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
This passage is a call to counterculture. It shouldn’t, but always surprises me when the world does not understand Jesus and what he came to do. We are called to be true to the Holy Spirit and wise to the difference between belonging to God and belonging to the world.
Being countercultural requires us to be wise and discerning, not blindly accepting things based on popularity or trends. It is essential because the way we think will dictate our actions, and reveal our heart. It all starts and ends with Jesus. If what I believe about who he is and why he came aren’t correct then it will be easy to get drawn into false teaching. We need to acknowledge that as believers we will think differently about things to the rest of the world. I want to make sure I live lovingly but fearlessly, unafraid to believe differently to the world.
Father help me to be true to the call you have placed on my life. Give me discernment to test the way I think and beliefs of others. Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me. In Jesus name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight