But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Today’s Devotional There is only one dependable, unshakable guide through the minefield of supernatural encounters. In a world filled with spiritual voices of the New Age and voices of every other type and description, Christians need to know how to make their way through a spiritual field littered with hidden (and deadly) weapons of the enemy designed to wound or destroy the unwary and the undiscerning.
Entire segments of the Body of Christ have “written off” the supernatural aspects of God’s Kingdom and His workings in the Church today because of fears about being deceived and led astray. Others have written these off due to excess, abuse, and the bad testimony left behind by lone rangers who are not accountable to anyone in the Body of Christ. The prophetic has been given a bad rap at times, but some of the wounds have been self-inflicted. Nonetheless, God does speak to His people today, and He is very capable of preserving us from harm and deception. Since the Bible is our absolute standard against which we must test all spiritual experiences, it should be obvious that we need to know and study God’s Word.
God has also ordained that we find safety in our relationship to a Bible-believing fellowship. The following building blocks must be firmly in place before we begin to investigate the principles of testing spiritual experiences. Soberly estimate your personal status for each question.
1. Am I regularly studying the Scriptures?
2. Am I maintaining a life of prayer?
3. Am I seeking purity, cleansing, and holiness in my life?
4. Am I a worshipful member of a congregation/ministry?
5. Am I committed to a few powerful and have a relationship with people in ministry who can speak into my life?
Meditation What would you think if you had a spiritual experience that made your hair stand on end?
Would you write it off as absolutely satanic or “off the wall” because it didn’t fit your theological code?
Many people would and do. Supernatural encounters are real. The seer dimension into the spirit world is not something relegated to yesterday—it exists today and is on the rise!
The question we must answer is: do all such revelatory encounters come from the one true God, or can there be other sources?
How can we tell the source or nature of the spirit beings we encounter? What are the marks of a truly God-initiated encounter or revelatory experience?
Answer these questions with the Holy Spirit’s help, and allow God to speak directly as to where you need to go from here.