Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
That thermometer outside shows -12° on it this morning. Is it possible to have such cold and not talk (or write) about it? Divorcing ourselves from the circumstance is often difficult, but in this case being inside the house with the furnace going and hot oatmeal nearby certainly helps.
John the senior disciple writes to tell us of spirits that should not be believed. Swell, now it isn't only people we need to sift the words of but spirits too? Yes of course, Paul had already warned the Ephesians of powers and principalities in the present darkness. We too know that sometimes advice seems to come from a place that caters to the lusts and desires of the flesh. Whether it is another person speaking or a thought that seems to come out of nowhere, we must take care with what we hear. God sends dreams and visions in these end times and it would seem that the enemy does also. It is likely that both will increase as the end draws near. Do not forget, beloved, that the Spirit of God dwells within us and we have good warning of these messages which ought not to be believed.
God's warm blessings to you on this morning!Bucky