All the world’s money can’t buy class; common sense isn’t common, and religious catchphrases and gestures can’t replace the anointing. We can’t count on our physical senses to make sound judgments because we are too easily swayed by our human wants and needs. God has given His children discernment along with wisdom, so, by faith, sniff out the pretenders.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
Something doesn’t smell right.
During Jesus’ time on earth, the Pharisees and Sadducees were highly honored and celebrated men of virtue. They were the go-to if you needed the Scriptures quoted and interpreted, but they couldn’t pass the sniff test with Jesus.
Jesus saw straight through their shallow, hypocritical ways; even though they could cite the Scriptures, the Word wasn’t sited in them. Jesus called them out and said they were whitewashed tombs filled with dead men’s bones.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27).
I hope you know we have modern-day Pharisees and Sadducees. They aren’t all in the religious sector. Any imposter pedaling off evil motives and selfish agendas can fit into this deceitful category.
Sniff it yourself!
Some of the people you rely on to do your sniffing can’t pass the sniff test themselves; do your own sniffing. And when the Holy Spirit troubles your spirit about a matter, don’t ignore it. Because the Spirit will let you know:
That, right there, can’t pass the sniff test.
See you next time on Paulette Talks Faith.