Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 18, 2007

How Do You Know If It is God Speaking to You?

How Do You Know If It is God Speaking to You?

This is a very important question we need to ask ourselves before accepting any revelation or doctrine. St. John the Apostle lived during a time when the early Christian community was facing a lot of hardship, and, to make matters worse, many false teachers were teaching doctrines that contradicted what had been revealed by Jesus Christ. These was, understandingly, very upsetting to new Christians. St. John addressed the Christian community with these words:

1 John 4 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (King James Version)
This passage is very relevant in our day, as well. If you wonder if it is God speaking to you, test the spirits. Ask yourself: Is it Scripturally sound? Does it glorify God? Would it bring people closer to Jesus, or further way from Him? Remember, anything we receive should be examined by its fruits. Even Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14, New American Bible), which is why revelations and doctrines must be tested in the light of Scripture. So, these are the ways I think one can tell if God’s speaking to them. I hope this helps the person who originally asked.

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