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"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby ye know the Spirit of God… (1 John 4:1-2 Darby).

By now, we should all know that words are spirit:
It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
(John 6:63)
Because we live in a physical, natural world, circumstances constantly change, but the spirit realm is eternal. Thoughts become words which birth either good or bad circumstances depending upon our corresponding action relative to our faith.

Many false prophets have gone out into the world boasting great claims and leading gullible people into bondage. Our responsibility is to prove, test, try, and examine them by action with the written Word of God.
And if you say in your [minds and] hearts, How shall we know which words the Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or prove true, that is a word which the Lord has not spoken.
(Deut 18:21-22 AMP)
Here lies the key to distinguishing truth from error including the ability of knowing right from wrong.

Prove (as in test, examine, etc.) by trying the spirits as to their origin and truth—their integrity—similarly to trying a bridge to assure its ability to hold weight.

To prove something requires action. "…Even those who by reason of use [action] have their senses [contact with the natural realm] exercised [developed] to discern [distinguish between] both good and evil" (Heb. 5:14).

A printer must proof a document, the result of an action. An attorney must prove his case; it is an action. Proof is the truth or genuineness after having been proved. It is the end result of the effort to prove. Proving is the act or action. Saying is one thing but proving or doing it is another.

The way to prove something is to try or test it by action. There must be action to prove the words. "Nay, someone will say, You have faith, I have actions: prove to me your faith apart from corresponding actions and I will prove mine to you by my actions" (James 2:18 Weymouth).

Words boast. Actions prove.

Action upon the Word of God always stands the test. God is always right. Circumstantial evidence will try to discredit the Word. Just as the attorney must prove truth over circumstantial evidence, we must prove the truth of the Word against the circumstance of sickness, disease, poverty, lack or want in our lives.

Joseph, having been foretold events and thus foretelling them, although severely tried, proved true in the latter end, causing the natural circumstance to submit to the spiritual (the spoken word) "That he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end" (Deut. 8:16).

Note the outcome of such faith.

It is difficult to know what is in our hearts until revealed or proven by acting on the Word. Self-deception cannot be seen by the one who is deceived until action or understanding reveals it.
But prove yourselves obedient to the message, and do not be mere hearers of it, imposing a delusion upon yourselves.
(James 1:22 Weymouth)
Getting The 'Old' Out
We enter the spirit realm at the new birth prejudiced from years of worldly training through our five physical senses. These senses have reigned supreme, unchecked due to spiritual death, until now. After this spiritual awakening, we may still go many years believing incorrectly until understanding sheds light in our inner man by the Holy Spirit. "All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits [the thoughts and intents of the heart]" (Prov. 16:2 Amp.).

The heart is the spirit of man, the eternal part of you—and although recreated at the new birth, it is but a mere infant. No match for the deceptive tactics of the mental realm which are still unrenewed.

Therefore, our spirits must be developed in the Word just as a body builder develops his muscles. In this process we learn to discern the thoughts and renew our mind to the will of God.
For this cause we do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
(Col. 1:9)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing (re-forming) of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
(Rom. 12:2)
God cannot be proven false. This is what our faith is based on. "…In which it is impossible for Him to prove false, we may possess mighty encouragement" (Heb. 6:18 Weymouth).

God remains true—He cannot prove false to Himself. His Word always proves true no matter what. He invites us to personally prove this in our daily lives so we may gain confidence and Holy Ghost boldness to fearlessly act upon His promises.
He proves Himself a rewarder of those who earnestly try to find Him.
(Heb. 11:6 Weymouth)

And prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts.
(Mal. 3:10)
Without realizing it, we tend to believe the natural more than God, who is Spirit. This is why The Psalmist prayed, "Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart" (Ps. 26:2).

Are you beginning to get the message?

We need to know where we are missing the mark. It is revealed only in the spirit-realm and that by action on the written Word as our absolute final authority.

When circumstances try to prevail, stand firm with a humble heart willing to admit incorrect thinking as it manifests. Repent of any spiritual stubbornness previously not aware of. Change with the Word instead of trying to make the Word change with misunderstood experiences.

And prove the Word true and correct in your life so others can see the reality of Christ.

Blow The Trumpet in Zion
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Author Biography

Charles Kennedy
Web site: Faith International Christian Center
 
Pastor Chuck Kennedy is the founder and President of Faith International Christian Center Church, a non profit evangelistic corporation bringing the Word of God to the Nations. Founder of Joel 2:15 International Fellowship of Ministers with Licensed Ministers in the U.S., Philippines, and Russia. He currently pastors Faith International Christian Center in Bradenton, FL, where he teaches the Word of Faith for worldwide evangelism.
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