Test These Things
Discernment is something that every Christian must have. Maybe you were looking for a plumber, handyman, or gardener. And the reason why you chose them was because they had a fish on their card. Did it work out? Did they do a good job? Was it done in the name of Christ? You and I must make sure that what we see, what we read, and what we hear, matches up with the bible. Or maybe someone recommended a book, or a teaching, or a movie. Did it line up with scripture? Maybe someone attempted to share a word of faith with you, or a prophesy on your life. Did it come to pass? Was it confirmed with a bible verse? 1 John 4:1 tells us, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." The best way to know if it's from God is to put it to the test. The best way we can know, and discern things properly, is by comparing it with scripture. If things don't line up then it might not be Christian at all!