The reason it is vitally important that you believe in the anointing that is in you, is to protect you from the deceptions of these last days. I Timothy 4:1 says “The Spirit clearly says that in the later times, some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but TEST the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1 NKJV)
“”For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Mat 24:24 NKJV)
“”For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Mark 13:22 NKJV)
How will we know who is true and who is false? It is by testing every spirit. How do we test every spirit? Believe in the anointing that is in you, and that you have an unction from the Holy One that enables you to discern spirits. The Holy spirit will be prompting us, but it is up to us to yield to that prompting and to obey the Word and TEST the spirits. It will not happen automatically, but involves our participation.
When I meditated on Matthew 24:24, I was trying to understand how some of the very elect could possibly be deceived. The very elect are those that love and obey God. These must have the Word of God hidden in their hearts, so it doesn’t seem possible that they can be deceived through wrong doctrines, or distortions of the truth. How then? I believe it will be by those that come speaking the truth, preaching the truth. They will be casting out devils, healing the sick and prophesying. In other works, they will so closely resemble ONE OF THE ELECT, that without the discerning of spirits, we will accept them into the sheepfold. But they are not sheep – they are wolves dressed as sheep. If satan can disguise himself as an angel of light, then he knows that the only way he can penetrate the elect, is by sending in people who are disguised as saints. We must have the eyes of the Lord to properly discern these false prophets and teachers.
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and driven out demons in Your Name and done many mighty works in Your Name? And then I will say to them openly, ‘I never knew you – depart from Me you act wickedly.’”
In Wuest’s expanded translation of the New Testament, Ephesians 4:7-12 reads “Stop therefore becoming joint-participants with them; for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. As children of light be HABITUALLY conducting yourselves; for the fruit of this light is in the sphere of every beneficence and righteousness and truth, PUTTING TO THE TEST and then approving what is well pleasing to the Lord. And stop having fellowship with the unfruitful works of this darkness, but rather be REBUKING them so as to bring out confession and conviction, for concerning the things done in secret by them it is shameful to be speaking.”
It is not through our flesh that we discern the spirits of men, but by the Holy Spirit that abides in us, alerting our spirit as He leads and guides us into all truth. I Corinthians 2: 15 (Amp bible) reads “But the spiritual man tries all things (he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things);”