I John 4 Part 1–Its All About God

Time and again we try to make difficult what is truly simple.  How do we discern the true teachers from the false ones…Well, it is all about whom the focus is on.  If we are listening to those speaking the truth, then we are hearing messages about God, his power, his desires to make us free.  The teachers name, exploits and blessings are not the focus.

Conversely, the teachers that are not God centered speak of themselves, they tell you that it is all in and up to you and you are the master of your destiny.  They show you wealth and sparkles and remind you that you have to captain your own ship. 

God’s message is clear–there can only be one leader–Him.  He will lead, protect and provide but not share authority.  If we are willing to follow, he will free us from the chains that hold us and lead us to an eternity that will be so much greater than we could ever imagine. Any teacher that leads you away from that truth is a liar. Help me Lord, to teach your truth.

God Bless You

If a person claiming to be a prophet[a] acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.