April 16, 2015

Read: 1 John 4:1-6

The first part of 1John 4:1 reads, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, …"  As a young boy, I started out in a church that was not in alignment with God’s Word. Later as an adult, I came to God seeking Him. He was right there in His Holy Scriptures. As I recalled the false teachings of my childhood church, I tested them against the truth of scripture. The Holy Spirit showed me they were not teachings from God.
 
1 John 4:1 ends, “because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” There are many counterfeit beliefs today that we must test against the Holy Scriptures of God. God desires for us to know the truth; He will never steer you wrong. 

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.