Not enough people have been tested is what the main stream media is decrying, but the Lord is saying, not enough people are testing. We do not need to be tested, we need to be testing. Testing the spirits. We as the church have not tested the spirits to see if they are from God. This is why fear has taken root, why people are wearing masks over their mouth, because we have not tested the spirit. We just accepted what they said, because we were told they were “experts”. This virus has been a great eye opener as to where the church is. God knew this about His body already, but we didn’t know it. We are not testing the spirits, rather we are believing every spirit. This is the real issue we are dealing with. We are being deceived and we do not enough know it, because deception is deceiving.
I was reading in Galatians 6 this morning, when the Lord literally interrupted my reading and said, “Fear has to do with punishment. When you are afraid you punish others and you punish yourselves.” I immediately turned the pages over the 1 John 4:18 where this verse comes from. It says, “…fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” But I moved up to the beginning of the chapter to get the context of what the Lord was saying and this is what the Lord is saying to His church.
1 John 4:1-6 “Beloved, 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. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
We are in error because we have not tested the spirits to see whether they are from God. Rather we readily accepted what the “experts” said, even though they are of the world and not of God. We have been so indoctrinated to believe every spirit, we no longer test the spirits, for we have been told you are being judgmental if you do that. You are supposed to judge the spirits, judge is the same as test, you have to make a judgment call if this spirit is from God or not. The word spirit here means breath, rational soul, mental disposition, it is a narrative creator. We have believed the narrative of error because it came dressed in “expert” clothing.
We are told by the apostle John to test EVERY spirit to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. False prophets are people who speak narratives that are contrary to the truth. The word prophet means mouthpiece, the enemy has mouthpieces and so does God. We must discern is this a false mouthpiece or a truth speaking mouthpiece.
Church this is where we erred. Leaders in the church did not test the spirit, so they promoted the voice of the false prophet. Governors, mayors, parents, teachers, administrators, everyone bought into the narrative of the false prophet. We took the bait hook line and sinker, it is evident for it came with fear. The invisible enemy is many things, but it is sourced in fear, I can tell you that.
God is cutting through the chaos with a crystal clear statement to us. Test, test, test the spirits to see if they are from God and remember, you are from God little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world and the world listens to them. We are from God! (1 John 4)
Cast off fear! Enter into perfect love! And test every spirit to see if it is from God. Fear is not from God, no matter what anyone tells you!!!