Yesterday morning I woke with these words…
God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
…Renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
They stayed with me through the day and gave extra things to pray and ponder while we helped my aunt with her first day in her memory care facility.
There are many spirits in this world but only one Holy Spirit of God.
How can we tell the difference?
Psalm 51 starts with, Create in me a clean heart… Sometimes it’s very apparent and sometimes it’s a part of our “flesh” we have become comfortable with. We often use the phrase “I’m only human” to excuse it.
Well – if we are created in the image of God (Gen 1) and being conformed in the image of Christ (Rom 8), should we “be” like the rest of the world?
We can learn things everywhere but should our main textbook be the world? Should we compare or measure ourselves to it or to something/someone else?
A good measuring place is John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Does it bring life or condemnation?
The testing of spirits – 1 John 4:2-5 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. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
It’s important that we can hear and know the difference. You don’t have false unless a truth exists too.
It’s not just what comes AT us but more importantly what comes OUT of us.
Lord, I pray we all can see Christ in us – the hope of glory. That we will carry Your power, love and sound mind in every step we take, each word we speak and really know the Spirit of Truth in a more intimate way. May it all be for Your glory!