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Testing The Spirits (7 of 10)
Series: Lessons from 1st John
Dr. Larry Osborne
1 John 3:24- 4:6
Just because it's spiritual doesn't mean it's from God
- The Incredible Gift (1 John 3:24)
Mark 1:9-14; 3:22-29 and John 16:6-14/ Romans 8:9
Genuine Christians have the same Spirit that empowered Jesus!
- The Truth About Spiritual Truth: (1 John 4:1-5)
Exodus 7:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:9 and Revelation13:11-14/ 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Everything spiritual isn't from God.
Satan's best two decoys are miracles and morality.
- One More Way To Tell The Bogus From The Real (1 John 4:6)
1 Thessalonians 4:8
The Response question:
Do I treat the Bible as God's Word or just good advice?
THE BIG QUESTION: Was that GOD, a FRAUD
or just LAST NIGHT'S PIZZA?
1st Always start with the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17/ Psalm 119:105/ Romans 12:2 and Proverbs 4:18-19
Key Question: Does the Bible speak to this issue?
Good News: You don't have to be a Bible scholar!
2nd Listen for the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:25-26 and 16:13/ 1 Corinthians 2:11-16/ Acts 16:6-10
Beware: There will always be some static on the line.
Never Forget: If it doesn't line up with Scripture - it's the pizza!
3rd Pay attention to the advice of other Christians.
Acts 17:11/ 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22/ Numbers 22:21-35/ Deuteronomy 13:1-5 and 18:21-22
Be Cautious: Weigh and test everything.
Stay Open: Sometimes God speaks through a donkey!
Remember: The "one and done" rule.
TAKING IT HOME
1. When it comes to testing the spirits and answering "THE BIG QUESTION" is there one of the three actions that you need to pay more attention to than the others?
Is there a specific part of the Bible or biblical topic that you would like to become more familiar with?
Is there any "static" you need to get rid of so that you can hear the Holy Spirit better?
Is there any area you need to co ...
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