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Need to Know: A Series from 1 John: Prone to Wander

Need to Know: A Series from 1 John: Prone to Wander

Aug 12, 2018

Passage:1 John 4:1

Preacher: Jonathan Tuley

Series: Need to Know

Detail:

Need to Know: A Series from 1 John

Prone to Wander

1 John 4:1-6

”Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”  1 John 4:1-6 

Main Idea: You need to know that God has given us everything we need to stay on track.

  • Our Part

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.’ 1 John 4:1-3

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

  • His Promise

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:4-6

 “There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

We all have a tendency to stray…

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned - every one - to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” 

Isaiah 53:6

Though there are many voices out there, don’t be led astray from what you know is true.  Test what you see, hear, and read.  Does it contradict what scripture says?     

Place your trust in Jesus. Align yourself with true north.  And experience the incredible life God has planned for you!