We need to be anchored by the Word of God! In today's increase of supernatural activity, we need to make certain our foundation is sure and that the plumb line of God's Word is our standard.
With this in mind, here is a list of nine Scriptural tests by which we can test every revelation that we receive for accuracy, authority and validity. The following truths are for all of us—whether you are an acknowledged seer/prophet or everyday believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let's drop the plumb line of God's Word in our lives!
1. Does the Revelation Edify, Exhort and/or Console?
"But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation" (1 Cor. 14:3, NASB). The end purpose of all true prophetic revelation is to build up, to admonish and to encourage the people of God. Anything that is not directed to this end is not true prophecy. Jeremiah the prophet had to fulfill a negative commission, but even his difficult message contained a powerful and positive promise of God for those who were obedient (Jer. 1:5, 10). First Corinthians 14:26 sums it up best: "Let all things be done for edification."
2. Is It in Agreement With God's Word?
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16, KJV). True revelation always agrees with the letter and the spirit of Scripture (2 Cor. 1:17-20). Where the Holy Spirit says "yea and amen" in Scripture, He also says "yea and amen" in revelation. He never, ever contradicts Himself.
3. Does It Exalt Jesus Christ?
"He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you" (John 16:14, NASB). All true revelation ultimately centers on Jesus Christ and exalts and glorifies Him (Rev. 19:10).
4. Does It Have Good Fruit?
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits" (Matt. 7:15-16).
True revelatory activity produces fruit in character and conduct that agrees with the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:9; Gal. 5:22-23). Some of the aspects of character or conduct that clearly are not the fruit of the Holy Spirit include pride, arrogance, boastfulness, exaggeration, dishonesty, covetousness, financial irresponsibility, licentiousness, immorality, addictive appetites, broken marriage vows and broken homes. Normally, any revelation that is responsible for these kinds of results is from a source other than the Holy Spirit.
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