How To Test The Spirit

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Sometimes what we see on the surface of a person is so well put together that we end up jumping in head first only to find out later they never were who they said they were.

People really be lying so it’s important to pray that God gives you the gift of discerning of spirits. 

When you have gift of discerning of spirits you start to see people deeper than what’s on the surface. 

You begin to see the spirits that are working on the inside of the person.

It’s really mind blowing at first but as you continue to stay in the Bible and spending time with God in prayer, God will begin to reveal to you the “behind the scenes” of a lot of things. 

For me specifically, as I grow in Christ, I REALLY had to be taught how to respond to what I was seeing in people. When Holy Spirit started revealing things to me I thought I was “crazy”. 

When you meet someone that EVERYBODY loves and thinks is amazing and when you finally talk to them or see them in action you don’t see what they see. You see that they are manipulative and are harboring a spirit of deceit.

Being privy to inside information will make you question yourself. Especially, if nobody else can see it. If you find yourself in this place I hope you choose to look “crazy” for God. 

I use to make the horrible mistake of ALWAYS asking my friends if they too could see what was happening and often times would disregard what Holy Spirit was showing me because no one else could see it. 

Yet, Every. Single. Time I ended up regretting not honoring the gift of discerning of spirits and instead would go with what was happening on the surface. 

God is so good that even if we try to ignore what is being shown to us, it will just get louder. 

As for me, Holy Spirit would literally show me in my dreams, or visions who people were and what was going to happen. But, because I couldn’t understand or didn’t spend enough time seeking God for the understanding I would eventually dismiss it as me being paranoid and my trauma showing up. I would convince myself I was being judgmental and stay connected to those people. 

This is your reminder to trust yourself and the God who created you. Even our mistakes will work in favor if we stay submitted God. 

People really know how to pretend well. 

Just because a person isn’t telling you they are evil, doesn’t mean they are good.

Let’s be honest, we all know that you get more bees with honey, so why would anyone admit that in the depths of their heart they are constantly cursing, judging, even hating someone who they have deemed to be a villain in their mind.

You really have to see things by faith and not by sight. This too applies to people, even when it doesn’t make sense choose to stand on your faith.

Just because a person is well liked and appears to present themselves a certain way does not mean that there isn’t something else at work on the inside.

If your gift of discerning of spirits is telling you something else… LISTEN.

Now what should you do when your getting that feeling deep in your gut that something isn’t right?

The Bible tells us to TEST THE SPIRIT because every spirit is NOT from God. 

Some spirits are extremely manipulative and know what to say to ✨appear✨ to be in the light. 

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 tells us that Satan himself masquerades around as an angel of light so don’t be surprised if his servants are masquerading as servants of righteousness. 

Someone who REALLY loves God keeps (obeys) His commandments.

1 John 5:3

Understand that even though someone can grow up in church and around people who love Jesus they can still not know Jesus, personally.

For example, If you have family members you’ve  heard of, but I’ve never met and spent time with and they approached you on the street your response would be “I do not know you”.

Just because you are aware of who God is and, who His son Jesus is, that does not mean that you are in relationship with God. 

Most of our human relationships set the tone for how we approach relationship with God. 

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who tells you all the time “I love you” and they claim you as their significant other.

But, you never spent time with them. Or consider if you have been in a relationship with someone and they constantly do things that you asked them not to do (disrespectful, cheating, lying, etc.).

That’s not the ideal relationship is it? No. Genuine relationship requires intimacy,  honestly, respect and etc. 

When you’re in true relationship it changes you. 

You start to speak like the other person, enjoy what they enjoy, certain things become a habitual.

You eventually stop participating in things because your love for that person means their pain becomes your pain. 

When you love someone and are in intimacy with them, you don’t want to hurt them.

The same is true regarding a relationship with God. Those who claim to love God, be a follower of Jesus, should also show signs of spending time with God. 

Anyone in true relationship with God will be changed. Not for show or theatrics, but real genuine, heart piercing change through a Holy Spirit encounter. 

Does this mean that everyone who is a believer never sins again or messes up again? No, that’s not what that means.

But, anyone who spends time building that relationship with God through reading their Bible and spending time in prayer will be transformed mentally, and emotionally.

However, it takes humility to admit that YOU NEEDED JESUS and receive the gift of salvation by faith through grace. Admitting that Jesus gave His life so that you could live. Is not easy for someone who struggles with a lot of Pride. 

Pride will make you believe you’re self-made. You have because of what YOU did and who YOU are. The gravity of someone dying for you is heavy, too heavy for someone who struggles with pride.

One way to test the spirit is to consider if the person can reflect on the part they played in situations, are they thinking more highly of themselves than others.

Seeking to criticize or belittle others to make themselves feel more relevant. Sometimes these attributes are a result of needing deliverance. Someone who may have accepted Christ but still has some unresolved pain/trauma lingering inside of them. Where there is offense, a door for the enemy is opened (but, that’s for another blog post at another time).

God resists the proud so, it’s safe to say it may be another spirit at work. 

The bible tells us that we need to always test the spirit and check the fruit.

Is this person constantly gossiping when you talk to them? Slandering others? Fighting or wanting harm other people? Does this person forgive, or do they seek revenge? Do they lie about any and everything? Are they manipulating you? Do they keep their word?

All of these should be considered beyond how someone looks externally.
This is righteous judgement. (Read Matthew 7:15-20)  If you wanted to know the fruits of the Holy Spirit read  Galatians 5:22-23 

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