Testing 1,2,3 this is a Test

I've been studying all about couponing for the last week or so and I've even used some to save some money and get a few free things. I started out after watching TLC's Extreme Couponing and seeing how these extreme couponer's had all this free stuff that kept their family supplied and they donated alot to help out their community. A spark of inspiration drew within me. I've also seen people who spend 30-60 hours a week couponing and wear an ugly attitude and a very greedy spirit, cleaning shelves and taking out pallots filled with items they will not even use just because they could get it for free. So, as I considered everything that I observed I prayed and prayed only wanting to follow God's plans for me and for my family and then this sunday either the bible study teacher or pastor mentioned something about testing the spirits and a light-bulb went off in my brain....I haven't been doing this. It's like I forgot that this is so important! Test the Spirit's this alone would have saved me many bad thoughts and attitudes as of late. As I was praying this morning alone the Lord brought me to the very passage on Testing the Spirits: 1 John 4: 1-7 and after reading this passage to be honest it didn't really make much sense to me, but that's why we have the best teacher the Holy Spirit who had already given me understanding of testing the spirits to do with my personal life and so I will share 1 John 4:1-7 and then I will share my personal example from the best teacher I know the Holy Spirit.

"1 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 2 This is the way to find out if they have the Spirit of God: If a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ became a human being, that person has the Spirit of God. 3 If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that he is going to come into the world, and he is already here. 4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 5 These people belong to this world, so they speak from the world's viewpoint, and the world listens to them. 6 But we belong to God; that is why those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception. 7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God."

Now, the example for my life is to do with the spirit around couponing on the TLC show. I observed many worldly spirits showing in these people: greed, idleness, lust of the flesh, and hording, selfishness, rudeness, etc. Also, I know that the Word of God says that we should not do our giving before man (or on the TLC Extreme Couponing show), that we should do it as unto God in secret so that our reward will come from Heaven not from Man. So, even if I got so ridiculously good at couponing that I could give all of Corsicana, TX a free deodorant....LOL!!! I shouldn't show off as if I'm so awesome-that is pride. I can however be proud and give glory and honor to God for putting this resource before me and that's true and would be okay to boast in the Lord and even help others in need with some of my stock of deodorant or anything else that I have an excess of. But, it's important that as we rely on the Living water for Life that we Honor God in everything that we are doing and ask Him how can I do this to honor you and to make you smile down on me from Heaven that is so much more important to me than doing things just for me I like to make Jesus smile on me because it's Him who gave me a new life and a purpose for living life! all comments and positive feedback are welcome. thanks and don't forget to say hi on my facebook page. Have a great day!!


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