5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error – 1 John 4:5-6.
Worldly Christians are fleshly, carnal – they’re of the world. They think, understand and speak like the world, and speak the things of the world, not of GOD as revealed by His Spirit. They understand the world and the world understands them. They speak like [as of] the world and the world hears them, and they hear the world. Yet those who are not of the world – spiritual Christians – differ diametrically from their carnal counterparts. “He who knows God hears us”, worldly Christians neither hear the word nor the ministers of GOD. It’s easy as pie to separate between believers who have the Holy Spirit and those who have a contrary spirit, “By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error”. They’re deceived and living in a fog of deception. Their minds are colonized by a wrong spirit, so they believe a lie for truth.
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others,” Ephesians 2:1-3. These Christians are controlled by a deceiving spirit. It’s leading them according to the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of their flesh and mind. They constantly follow what their flesh or mind demands. The desires of the flesh are contrary to the desires of the Spirit. The flesh has to do with disobedience while the Spirit with obedience to GOD and His word. Carnal Christians live normally in disobedience and hidden sin. They sin and hide because they’re under satan’s control. The Spirit of GOD gives a burning conviction for confession and repentance from wrongdoing. Saddest part is that they belong to ‘the prince of the power of the air’ and ‘the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience’.
But as for you beloved “we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner” (Hebrews 6:9), if indeed you hear the word and the Spirit of GOD. Why should you waste and perish in disobedience in the abundance of grace? Who do you hear? If you hear the Spirit of GOD He will lead you to holiness, righteousness, purity and repentance. If the spirit of satan, he will lead you to an overflow of unrighteousness, and you will feel more at home in the world with unbelievers, speaking and enjoying what they say than you do in the house of GOD with the children of light. It’s not too late to repent, however, “if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself,” Ezekiel 33:9 NLT. Sinning believers don’t know GOD, and cannot hear Him and His servants. They hear the voice of the devil, and mistake it for the voice of the LORD. Why? How? You cannot hear GOD in the flesh – in unforgiveness, bitterness, offence, sin and the likes.
You cannot hear GOD in the flesh – in unforgiveness, bitterness, offence, sin and the likes