1 John 4:1 King James Version (KJV)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
every spirit, (in context to 1 John 4:1 = G4151 pneuma (in context) human soul G4154 human rational soul = people talking to you and what they’re telling you.
but try the spirits, Try definition: Do not believe before ascertaining the truth by test to determine. To sit in judgement on something. To judge. Put to straits, to strain something, filter out. the endurance of.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
all things = G3956 pas = everything, whatsoever, whole, always.
Acts 17:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1 John 4:2-6 King James Version (KJV)
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Case study = a particular instance of something used or analyzed in order to illustrate a thesis or principle
In every scientific endeavor a strict discipline of testing and clinical trials is the norm. However we find that in our daily lives as Christians we often fail to use the same discipline in our decision making even though the word of God is very clear on commanding us to use tests.
Case history is as follows: In March 2014 an aquaintance also a professing Christian called me and told me I should consider moving from my home in Texas and move to another location. I dismissed his offer as odd and out of the realm of possiblity. However, in June 2014 events became intolerable and I began praying in earnest and stayed in the word of God. By a series of tests and confirmations, solid confirmations, I made the decision. By July 2014, I was on the road with my family headed for another location. In hindsight it was the absolutely best decision I could have ever made.
In January 2020 another aquaintance and professing Christian offered their home to me in the event I needed to use it. In March 2020 I considered seriously moving and heading to their property because of the COVID 19 issues. However, I tested thoroughtly by asking questions and getting certain responses that were unsettling. I also asked for confirmation and got a strong confirmation, but 24 hours later the confirmation proved to be false. Finally after 2 days I knew I would not make the move. By the 3rd day another confirmation proved the decision to be correct. Final analysis: When making a decision, pray over it, asking God in the name of Jesus to confirm His word and show you how to make the correct decision by actually reading Ephesians 1:17,18. KJV . Test and Judge the outcome by asking questions and verifying as truth all confirmations.