Reflection: Have you tested your spirit today?

Several weeks ago, I had forwarded “googled” material on “Testing the Spirits”. Perhaps it isn’t surprising then that, of late, I have been repeatedly challenged to test the spirits of others and of my own.

Coyle Wylie (http://www.creationists.org/how-to-test-the-spirits.html) teaches that “behind every prophet is a spirit. The great question is does the Spirit of God or an evil spirit lead this teacher. Before we trust any teacher, we must “test the spirits.””

But why must we test the spirits? Perhaps the simplest answer is because we exist, we affect many of those around us. We live in families and we live in communities. Although we may attempt to live a reclusive life, we still are surrounded by a few who we interact with. I believe how we react and interact with another is determined by which spirit we submit to.

Does that mean we could be possessed by evil spirits? Depending on what we have been engaged in (ie: ouiji board, palm readers, occult and the like), there is a possibility, but we don’t need to be possessed to be led by an evil spirit. Have you had anyone remark that you are mean spirited? Perhaps that in itself is a warning sign that an mean spirit has tempted you and because you were in a vindictive mood, you chose to follow that spirit. By definition, a mean spirited individual “has or is characterized by a malicious or petty spirit.” Scary isn’t it?

John 1:13-15 teaches about temptation…“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one: but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. The desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full grown brings forth death.”

A few verses from Colossians 2:18-19 of the Bible struck me during my quiet time yesterday morning.

“Do not allow yourself to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior
… because of special visions and
… who insists on false humility and
… the worship of angels.

For no reason at all,
… such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking
… and have stopped holding on to Christ,
… who is the head of the body.

Under Christ’s control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments
… and it grows as God wants it to grow. “

The verses continue to speak to me this morning. After extensive prayer and reflection, I have began to sense the Father prompting me to use these verses to test the spirit of others, but also to use them to gauge my own. Have I claimed to be superior over another? Have I insisted I was humble when my actions spoke differently? Have I puffed myself up and have I stopped holding on to Christ?

Many a times when my spirit is broken, the Father reminds me of Psalm 139:23 – 24…”Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked (hurtful) way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Although I fall repeatedly each day, I continue to experience freedom because I choose to go before the Father and I also exercise my privilege to go for the Sacrament of Confession. As Jeff Cavins teaches, every sacrament is an encounter with Christ.

Have you tested your spirit today?

God bless,

Melissa – December 18, 2010

p.s. РMay the powerful words sung by Rebecca st. James in the following link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NlbJKbCn54) entitled Psalm 139 sung beautifully by Rebecca st.James bring healing to your spirit.

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