“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
Are you liking someone’s messages and ministry? ASK: Do you sense the Holy Spirit in that man’s life and ministry? We must “try (test) the spirits whether they are of God.” Anyone who is “of God” hears and speaks God’s Word and no other message (See and memorize John 8:47 and Isaiah 8:20).
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
Those who speak only God’s truth are sanctioned by, anointed, used, and approved of the LORD Himself. He will bless them unmistakably.
The Savior was “approved of God.” Are you “approved of God”?
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” Acts 2:22
Watch what John the apostle writes of Christ. “For he whom God hath sent (Jesus) speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34) Let’s take note to a couple of important things in this verse: 1) Jesus spoke God’s Words and none other, and 2) The Father gave Him an unlimited supply of the Holy Spirit.
The key given to us for being “approved of God” and therefore used of God, is to surrender our will to Him. Watch what our LORD says and is recorded for us in John 5:30:
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30
Being approved of God requires that one get with God’s program and to surrender, drop, and get rid of his own self-serving program – all of it.
“Lean not to thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5-6
If you will be “approved of God” like Christ was, you must choose to shut off and die to all your “own understanding” and to speak only God’s truth. The LORD gave you His Word – the very “thoughts of His heart” – and so if you will speak His holy truth, you will memorize His Word Psalms 33:11).
God only anoints with His blessed Spirit, those who preach His Word and no other (false Gospel). See Galatians 1:6-9.
Want to know you are “approved” by God? Here it is:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
It’s interesting to note that no man in Scripture was ever “approved” as a workman of the LORD due to going to seminary, being a good church member, being a choir member, or anything other than having a true and honest daily walk with the LORD.
Those who truly know the LORD and will be used of Him, cease leaning to their own understanding as they obey Christ by dying to self, taking up their cross, and truly following Him – learning and speaking only His blessed truth.