Summary: This is the 9th sermon in the series "Are You Real?". How do you handle things that fall into grey area?

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Series: Are You Real? [#9]


1 John 4:1-6


There are some things in life that are absolutes and we say that those things are “black and white”; while there are other situations that aren’t so clear and we say that those things are grey area. The ironic thing about this word is you can spell grey with either an “a” or an “e”. Apparently there has been a battle over this for years with linguist and they have decided that this is a grey area. As proven here, this phrase is often used instead of just saying, “I have no idea”. Here, I’ll let you help me with some quick examples. I’ll tell you the action and you tell me if it is sinful or not sinful.

 Murder? Sinful. How do you know? Because God said so in the 6th commandment.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV)

“Thou shalt not kill.”

 Loving others? Not sinful. How do you know? Because Jesus said that loving your neighbor as you love yourself is the 2nd greatest commandment.

 Stealing? Sinful. Again, how do you know? Because God said so in the 8th commandment.

Exodus 20:15 (KJV)

“Thou shalt not steal.”

These questions have absolute answers and there are many things in life that you have to deal with that we know exactly what God says about it; but there are those things that are in the “grey area”. If you truly want to walk in a way that pleases God, then you need to learn how to handle those things that fall into the “grey area”. How do you do that?

1 John 4:1-6 (NIV)

“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. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

If you are going to walk like Christ through the “grey areas” of life; then…

1. Don’t believe everything you hear.

Just because someone says God told them something doesn’t make it so. There are evil spirits (demons) and good spirits (the angels of the Lord). A false prophet or teacher gets their information and direction from an evil spirits while a true prophet or teacher gets their information and direction from good spirits. Remember the spirits here are referring to the messengers, not the source. We know that the source of the evil angels is the devil and the source of the Lord’s angels is God.

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