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"Try the Spirits"
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world 1 John 4:1-2 (KJV)
INTRODUCTION: The scriptures speak of the "spirit of man" and the "spirit of beast," there are also many other KINDS of spirits spoken of in the Bible. Notice:

THE "GOOD."

Nathanael had a "clean" spirit, Jo. 1:47
A "broken" spirit is usually good, Ps. 51:17
A "faithful" spirit is good, Prov. 11:13
Good spirits cannot always be detected by "outward" appearance, 1 Sam. 16:7
We need the GIFT—"discerning of spirits," 1 Cor. 12:10; Prov. 16:2

THE "EVIL."

Christ speaks of:
"Unclean Spirits," Matt. 10:1; 12:43
"Devil-spirits," 8:16; 12:28
"Wicked spirits," 12:45
"Dumb Spirits," Mark 9:17
Tattlers need this kind.
"Foul spirits," 9:25
"Evil spirits," Lu. 7:21; 8:2
"Spirit of infirmity," 13:11

OTHER KINDS.

Paul refers to the spirit of:
"Divination"—fortune telling, Acts 16:16
"Bondage," Rom. 8:15
"Slumber," 11:8
"The world," 1 Cor. 2:12
"Disobedience," Eph. 2:2
"Seducing," 1 Tim. 4:1
"Fear," 2 Tim. 1:7

TESTING THE SPIRIT.

There are three ways we may "test" the spirit; they may be called:
The "spirit test," 1 Cor. 12:3; 1 John 4:1
The "doctrinal test," 1 John 4:3
The "fruit-bearing test," Matt. 7:15-20
CONCLUSION: There are many, many spirits, but only One Holy Spirit, and God wants US to be "Filled" with the Holy Spirit, Eph. 5:18.

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