Do not believe every spirit – 1 John 4:1

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

Other than those diagnosed with diabetes, few of us probably realize how important insulin is to our existence. Manufactured in the pancreas, this hormone is essential in the breakdown of glucose (sugar) to provide energy for day to day living. Without Insulin, the cells of our skeletal muscles are unable to receive glucose to sustain them. Blood sugar levels subsequently rise due to unprocessed glucose circulating in the blood – untreated this eventually leads to death.

The function of insulin is quite miraculous. It acts as a key that unlocks the walls of our cells to receive glucose. Like a key entering a lock, insulin molecules bind to insulin receptors on our cell membrane. When this happens, a glucose channel opens allowing the uptake of glucose to occur. Without the ‘key,’ the channel does not open.

Amazingly, an insulin receptor will only communicate with an insulin molecule. No other key will fit.  This specificity is common throughout the human body. Cell receptors only activate with their corresponding activators. Cell receptors test every molecule to certify the correct match–a defense mechanism ensuring nothing ‘alien’ enters our cells. The design and forethought behind it all is staggering. God, amongst everything else, is a brilliant pharmacologist.

The Apostle John stated, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, and a similar analogy can be drawn. Do not let anything inside you which is alien, false, or untrue. Like the receptors of your cells, test what you are hearing; ensure it is from the correct source.

Your human brain is the most complex 1.3 Kgs on earth – 100 billion neurons. It can hold and process enormous amounts of data. What you put into it also affects its function. Not all the data coming to you, however, is from God. How then can we test such information?

Like the cell receptors corresponding only to insulin molecules, ensure the information you believe and accept is biblically based. That is a good starting point. Did Jesus Christ promote and advocate what you are being told? Does Jesus Christ agree in His own teachings? Is the information going directly against biblical truths? If it is, why are you accepting it? God does not change his mind like we do, nor does He lie (Numbers 23:19).

Every human holds a spirit within– the human spirit. Howeve,r not all are coming to you with a Godly purpose and a loving heart. It takes grace (and often a lot of it) to deal with this– grace to forgive, grace to show patience, and grace to turn the cheek. Grace, however, does not mean believing everything you are told and following new ‘truths’ because society is. Often, God’s truths are in direct opposition to society.

Next time you contemplate a shift in societal ethics, test them against the Bible.

If your cell receptors let every molecule inside you, the result would be fatal. The bacterial infections would kill you. Treat information in the same manner.  Test it.