Devotional For July 21, 2023

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
‭‭I John‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬

John provides a clear distinguishing fact to recognizing the Spirit of God—the confession that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. It is important that we discern between the Spirit of God and false spirits.

The confession that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is at the heart of our Christian faith. It affirms the profound truth that Jesus took on human form to dwell among men. This essential belief distinguishes the Spirit of God from the spirits of the devil.

As believers, it is crucial to have discernment in our daily journey. There are various voices and influences grabbing our attention and claiming to be from God. John tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1) and consider their source.

The confession of Jesus Christ coming in the flesh speaks of God’s love and grace reaching out to humanity. It reveals Jesus as the Messiah and the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). A false spirit will not glorify Jesus.

As we encounter various teachings and beliefs, let us hold fast to the truth of Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. Let us align our hearts and minds with the Spirit of God. We can grow in discernment through studying the Word of God and prayer.

Are you paying careful attention to what is grabbing your attention? Discern if it is the Spirit of God or a false spirit that is deceiving you.


Lord, I thank You for sending Jesus to be my mediator. Grant me discernment to recognize the Spirit of God in a world filled with various voices. Strengthen me to share the truth of Your love with others, that they too may come to know the salvation found in Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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