Assume that everything I say is a lie. That’s what I want you to do whenever you read a blog post from Kingdom Thinking. What I want you to do is go check what I’m saying for yourself. Whatever I have to say about God, life or any topic, I want you to go and see for yourself if I’m lying or not.
If we believe everything we hear from someone else we will inevitably be led astray. God has called us to be critical thinkers and use His Word as the standard. We should be putting everything we hear through the filter of Scripture in context.
Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21
Here in 1 Thessalonians, we are told not to despise prophecy but to test it and hold to what is good. When someone tells us something about God we shouldn’t instantly agree or disagree. We should test and see if it is of God. Some ways to test it are, see if what was said matches with Scripture and see if what was said happens to come true. If it doesn’t match Scripture and come true and only one happens, then how can we know for sure if it was from God? Just because someone says something, does not mean it’s true or untrue. We should go through this process of testing with grace. As you shouldn’t instantly believe someone, you shouldn’t handle that with condemnation or judgment.
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. 1 John 4:1
This verse is interesting because it is not something we think about. We see influences in our world (i.e. pop culture) and we often don’t think it’s that deep. For example, we listen to music, watch videos or listen to public figures and don’t filter it as we should because there’s no way that it could be “that serious”. When we say things like that, we are ignoring the spiritual influence on the world altogether. I think it’s safe to say that the spiritual is more real than what we see in our daily life.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
In the context of music, when you are hearing music through your ears we believe that it is sound waves going through the air hitting our ear canal being translated by our physical brain and interpreted…. It is simple, factual information…. In reality, we are experiencing the spirit and the meaning of the artist who created that music…. We are spiritual beings experiencing the spirit of another through physical means.
When we lack the intentionality to filter what we consume, we leave ourselves open to be deceived. That is what 1 John 4:1 is talking about. There are spiritual influences in our life and we need to filter them to see if they’re of God.
As I said in the beginning, for your benefit, assume I’m lying. The closer we grow to God and the more we are immersed in His Word, the easier it is to identify a deceiving spirit leading us astray.
Stay woke my friends.