Devotional – 1 John 4:1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for 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. (1 John 4:1-3)

There are many different religions out there today and new ones are popping up all the time. One claims one thing, another claims another thing, but they all claim to have the truth. Despite their claims, they can’t all be true. All religions cannot be different paths to heaven because most of them make contradictory claims. One states there is one god, another proclaims many gods. How do we discern truth from falsehood?

The biggest sign of false teaching and a false doctrine is the denial that Jesus was both fully God and fully man who died on the cross and rose again. Many try to work around this doctrine to make it more palatable to our human understanding. They do so because “They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them” (1 John 4:5-6) Some claim he was only a prophet. Others say he was a god that appeared human. And others deny his death and resurrection.

These teachings may be appealing on the surface, but they end up being a snare that glorifies humans instead of God. However, if we have confessed that Jesus is Lord is believed that God raised him from the dead (cf. Romans 10:9), then we have been saved and have received the Spirit of Truth. When we commit ourselves to the Word, to studying it and to allow it to be the guiding light in our life, we can trust the Holy Spirit to separate truth from falsehood.

Christ is our foundation. Scripture is our light. The Holy Spirit is our guide. We may see where we want to walk, but it’s the Spirit that gives us the ability to take the right steps.

Prayer Suggestions

Thank God for revealing the truth of Christ in the Bible. Ask Him to give you a burning desire for reading and studying the Bible so you may continue to walk with Him and not be swayed by falsehood.

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