28
Mar
16

Know The Truth And Be Free

1 John 4:1-3 (NIV)
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. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
In John’s day, there were false teachers who were teaching heresies denying that Jesus was a real human being.  They said that He had only come as a spirit.  But if Jesus was only a spirit, then how could He die for our sins?  How could He die a physical death as the perfect human sacrifice if He didn’t have flesh and blood?  The fact is, Jesus Christ came in the flesh as a real human being.  He really lived and He really died and He physically rose from the dead.  Those who deny this are not from God.  The spirits of those who taught such things, John says, were the spirit of the antichrist.
As followers of Jesus, we must be on our guard against false teachings.  We must compare everything we hear with what the Bible says.  The enemy is a master deceiver.  He has been deceiving humanity since the Garden of Eden.  He will sometimes tell outright lies to deceive.  Oftentimes, he will twist, distort and stretch the truth.  Satan even quoted Scripture to Jesus when he was tempting the Lord in the wilderness.  The best defense against the lies and distortions of the enemy is to know the truth of God’s Word.  Listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  Don’t fall prey to the lies of the enemy.  Know the truth because the truth will set you free.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I ask today that You would give me a passion for Your truth.  Give me a desire to read and to know Your Word.  I want to know the truth because I know that it will set me free from lies and deceit.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
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