How to Test the Spirits

The Bible tells us to test everything and hold onto the truth (1 Thess. 5:21). This tool will help you learn how to do it, because the Lord has given us a way to test the spirit behind the “voice” that speaks to our minds. We urge you to make this a part of your daily walk with Jesus. Don’t believe everything you hear . . . test it!

“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.” (1 Jn. 4:1-3 NIV)

Ask the Lord a simple question you’ve wondered about and then test the answer received as follows:

“Spirit who said (yes or no) are you a False Prophet Spirit?

If the answer is yes, then say, “Let the judgment of Almighty God fall upon you and your forces now.” Now ask the question again and test the answer.

If the answer is no or there is silence, then ask:

In whose name do you confess____________ (what person heard) is true?” Quiet your mind, do not think, wait and listen carefully. Speak out what you hear.

(If Holy Spirit answered the question, you will hear: “the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh.”)

If you do not hear “the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh” exactly, then ask the Holy Spirit to explain what is happening. Many times He will show you that there is something from the flesh interfering, or that there is a demonic attack causing confusion or other kinds of interference.

If it is something to do with the flesh, ask Holy Spirit how to deal with it. It is usually not something that a person is consciously aware of. This must be resolved before asking the original question again and testing it.

If it is a demonic attack, pray to overcome and say the following:

Holy Spirit, please burn all demonic spirits attacking me. Please also burn all originals, back-ups, replacements, and exponential combinations of demonic devices, curses, ties and spells being used to cause ______________ (be specific to describe what you sense is coming against you).

Father, please send Your Mighty Heavenly hosts to arrest and escort all spiritual entities serving Satan and the power of darkness to Your throne to receive Your righteous judgment. Cancel their orders concerning me forever.


Quiet your mind to hear what He says or shows you. He may reveal other ways to pray or tell you more about what is happening. If so, do exactly what He tells you to do. Keep working until the oppression lifts.

Ask the original question again and test it. If necessary, continue to repeat this process until the issue is clarified by the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh.

You can use this method to test any prophetic word, dream, etc. Learning to take everything to the Lord in this manner is crucial. So many times I see people chasing after prophets, teachers, and dream interpretations. The best thing that you can do is chase after God. He WILL reveal himself to you if you only trust in Him.

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