From James Goll is an instructive word on prophetic messages. What he shares is practical and insightful, covering points such as how to know if a word is genuine, what is the proper interpretation, and more!
John advises us to “test the spirits to see if they are from God” (1 John 4:1). How should we do that? We cannot test a word by its fruits yet if it has not been delivered, but we can anticipate its results to some extent. Will the word express God’s love to the hearers, even as it convicts them? Or will it bring them condemnation and hopelessness? Are your own emotions and opinions part of the mix? Have you left an opening for the devil in your own life lately?
Just because something comes to us in a “spiritual” way does not guarantee that it comes from a pure source. Satan is a spirit, too, and he is deceptive by nature. “This is the spirit of the antichrist…”wrote John (1 John 4:3b). Even one of Jesus’ premier disciples, Peter, had to suffer a rebuke from the Lord – “Get behind Me, satan!” – which was really a rebuke of the evil spirit who had incited him to say, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You” (Matthew 16:22b).
The written Word of God is always the best test of any word of revelation.