Dear friends do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
We live in a world with many false teachings. Are you able to discern when confronted with a message that does not align with the Word of God? We shouldn't believe everything we hear just because someone's method of delivery is smooth and flowery and they say it is a message from God. Our world is filled with men and women claiming they have a message from God. Pray and ask God to bless you with spiritual discernment.
First and foremost to identify if a message is inspired by Almighty God, the message must align with the Word of God. Any teaching that is different from what God has revealed to us in His Word is not inspired by our LORD. It is imperative that you and I immerse ourselves in God's Word so that we will not be deceived when we encounter false teachings.
Other ways to identify that our teachers are inspired and led by Almighty God is to view their commitment to the body of believers - the church - the bride of Christ. An anointed teacher will not only teach God's Word but will be committed to the body of believers. They will work collectively with other believers to see the Gospel Message carried to the ends of the world.
The fruit of the Spirit will be evident in an anointed teacher’s life. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control - Galatians 5:22. The fruit of the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. When a teacher of the Word of God has surrendered to the leading of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit will be manifested not only in their teaching but in the way they relate to others.
False teachers are popular in our world today because they tell people what they want to hear. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear - 2 Timothy 4:3. We must seek the TRUTH which is found only in God’s Word.
Dear Heavenly Father, lead and guide us to the TRUTH found only in Your Holy Word. Place in our hearts a desire for TRUTH. LORD, help us to not be deceived by the false teachers that surround us. In Jesus Name I Pray.....Amen.