Because we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us, we are able to test the spirits that we encounter. It’s not only what comes through others that we are to test, but also what comes into our own mind.
The way to test the spirits is to ask, “Is that from you, Lord,” and wait for the answer. With the Spirit of God comes perfect peace, joy and security. We are to rebuke, in the name of Jesus, any thought that is not of the Spirit of God. The moment we test a thought, we take that thought captive for examination. Often, because so many thoughts have already been considered, we find our pressing through must be intensified in order to break through. It’s what is not obviously wrong that is the most challenging. A seducing spirit tempts people with what appears to be a great idea, but it’s not God’s. The key is in our heart of obedience.
We are willing, and we desire to obey God so we may walk in His perfect will. We take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, no matter what it is. As we daily submit all to the Lord and trust the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we find we are able to take every thought captive and some of the battles we had in our mind no longer exist. We are moving forward, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”