Test the Pole
I John 4:1-3
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 anti-christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
The dangers of climbing a pole, would be the holes made by a woodpecker, rotten poles, unstable guying, just to name a few. There are several tests that we should perform before climbing any pole. The visual test is a performing check, to make sure how everything appears. After the visual test, we should also perform the sounding test, hitting the bottom of the pole with a hammer. Whatever the tests we use, we should never take for granted that just because it looks good, that it’s stable and ready to climb.
The greatest mistake that can be taken is to assume everything is the same as the day that it was built. Nature, animals, time, and weather are all factors that can affect a pole.
Just as testing a pole is important, we should test spirits. This sounds kind of creepy, but we must know what spirits we are following in life. There are many preachers, and teachers who look like they are doing the right things, but are not. Christianity is about Christ, not anything else. His virgin birth, sinless life, death on the cross, his burial, and the resurrection on the third day are the foundations.
The Sunday school class that I teach is studying the Book of Revelation. We were talking of the anti-Christ, and his mission to destroy lives. I began to explain this evil person to them, and the definition of “anti”. The word “anti” means against or instead of something. When we say anti-christ, they are saying that anyone against Christ or anything instead of Christ. We must always test the spirit of men, or any feeling that comes our way. There will always be something or someone trying to replace Christ in your life. Make sure you always test that spirit.
Lord, help me to always follow your Holy Spirit, and guide me through to the truth. Anything that is not of Christ, warn me by your Holy Spirit. Let me always be true to you. Let me test that spirit to know if they confess Christ came in the flesh.