Comfort yourselves and edify one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11-21). Congregations are to get to know their leaders. Warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint-hearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks. Don’t quench the Spirit. Don’t make up manifestations. Don’t try to top the last meeting. Don’t despise prophecy. Prove all things – prophecy, teaching, doctrines. Make sure you judge truth. Test every spirit, even from your family or friend (1 John 4:1-2). Your purpose must be the truth. If you find out a truth, you need to change because of it. Know what you believe and why. Many false prophets have gone out into the world. Deception keeps close to the truth. The truth is that Jesus is greater than he who is in the world. Jesus came in the flesh, and the flesh He came in is your own. How do you test the spirits? #1 Does this hurt people? #2 Is it scriptural? #3 Is it corrupt? (How is it used? Does it hurt someone? #4 Addition. Does it add to Scripture? #5 Subtraction. Don’t hold off on truth. #6 Don’t mix it with man’s American traditions or thinking or doctrine. #7 Don’t make a truth THE truth (Acts 7:27).
Thursday June 19, 2014