My previous blog spoke of testing the spirits (I John 4:1). So, how do we do that? How do we know what is doctrinally sound?
The Bible tells us to test (examine or prove) everything;
- a. The season.
“Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”
- (Luke 12:56) b. Ourselves.
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of [that] cup.”
- (1 Corinthians 11:28)
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
- (2 Corinthians 13:5) c. The will of God.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
- (Romans 12:2)
“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
- ” (Ephesians 5:10) d. Our work.
“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
- (Galatians 6:4) e. Our fellow workers.
“And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.”
- (1 Timothy 3:10) f. All things.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
- (1 Thessalonians 5:21) g. Spiritual things.
“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.”
- (I John 4:1)
It is very clear we are too test and prove all that is within the scope of our lives, including things of a spiritual nature. Test the words of pastors, preachers, theologians and teachers. Take everything back to the Word of God and hold it against the truth. Take every prophetic word and determine if it comes from a false prophet or a true prophet of God. Anything that comes from God will be 100% truth.