Testing the Spirit (I John 4:1-6)

A million spirits, words and souls,
In contradiction claiming truth,
Each seeks to make your spirit whole,
But most will rape or murder you.
Then how discern their end intent,
Or how to sort the true from false?
Trust not in feeling or your bent,
Or what the popular exalt.
The truth is not in Hollywood,
Or on the streets of walls and wars,
The world brings only pain and blood,
When married to her many whores.
The truth is found in Jesus Christ,
And in His scripture guided all.
For He himself is Word of Life,
And brings salvation by His call.
So seek the truth in Him alone,
And test all spirits by His Word,
His Spirit shines when truth is shown,
For Scripture is all truth we heard.

Abide (I John 2:26-29)

I write to you concerning those,
Who try to lead astray,
Those on the narrow way,
The antichrists, the church’s foes,
Like planets wandering,
To hell their converts bring.

The Holy Spirit dwells in you,
And He supplies your need,
And guides your thoughts and deeds,
And He will show you what is true.
Accept Him as your guide,
And in His help abide.

The Word of God must guard your mind,
It searches soul and hearts,
Dividing flesh apart,
And let it all your actions bind,
The Bible at your side,
And in His Word abide.

The righteousness of God will show,
Within those called by Him,
His blood erases sin.
Not in your works, as you should know.
Then sacrifice your pride,
And in His works abide.

Dear children, oh! abide in Christ!
His Spirit, Word, and grace,
That when you see His face,
You do not shrink or flee His sight,
But rushing to His side,
In confidence abide.