THE SPIRIT OF DECEPTION

The Lord has drawn this to my attention as I have been hearing and reading strange things.
The spirit of deception is characterized by being sly, cunning and subtle in its infiltration in the minds of men. The devil, as the father of all lies, comes to steal kill and destroy and one of his ways is to present a lie dressed up as truth (as a wolf in sheep’s clothing), often disguised in the form of a so-called “revelation” from God. 
Deception is strongly associated with the spirit of pride and will flaunt itself with impressive words and terminology, giving the impression of authority. He will come in false teachings and gatherings (and many other ways) to deceive those that are not rooted in the Word of God.
The Lord clearly warned us to ‘take heed that no one deceives you’ Matthew 24:4, 
False prophets will arise (v.11) 23-26 et al. And Paul taught that in the latter times believers would give heed to ‘deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons’ 1 Timothy 4:1.
Remember that the devil also knows the Bible and used it to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. So, it contains truth, but it has a twist to it, tempting you with a sense of grandeur.
Using Scripture passages taken out of context, stringing it together to produce a “teaching”.
After having planted the corrupt “seed” of a false doctrine in your mind, the enemy will use
regularly or repeatedly occurring coincidences or similar type events which act as a support to a belief.  This is the work of deceiving spirits. 
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump”. Whole sects have started out with one little lie.
Whenever there is true revelation, the devil will try to distort it to lead many astray.
Test everything by the written Word of God and by the witness of the Holy Spirit.  Do not rationalize because someone with a big name has said something.
On the other hand, do not be skeptical and suspicious about something you haven’t encountered before if it is found in Scripture.
Be careful!  The devil, your adversary is walking around like a roaring lion to see whom he might devour.(1 Peter 5:8)  Think of Saul, who believed he was right, persecuting the Christians. God had to apprehend him with the light, striking him blind to get his mind renewed.
When you get these beliefs you either don’t feel secure sharing them or, you feel they ‘must’ be told. The belief is often felt as a ‘personal’ or ‘special’ revelation, causing you to be extra careful whom you share these beliefs with. It carries the feeling of exclusivity and special enlightenment, giving the impression that anyone who doesn’t “see” this is inferior and uninformed and on a lower level of understanding. 
How to guard against the spirit of deception:
  1. The Bible is our plumb-line, our lamp for our feet and has been divinely inspired. Get saturated in the Word of God.                                                                               2 Tim.3:16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”  Get saturated in the Word of God so that you will easily recognize something which does not ring true. 
  2. Test the tree by its fruit.  “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” (Mark 13:22).  Look at a person’s character – especially whether they want to be recognized, honored and acclaimed – not giving God the glory.  This is already happening.  A good example is Bileam.
  3. We also have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Pray lots in tongues, sing also in the Spirit.  Those who walk in the Spirit shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
  4. Listen to God! Make the Lord your prime focus.
  5. Walk in love, humility and holiness.
  6. Do not be afraid to expose the lie. Take your stand for truth.
Prayer:
Father God, we come to You in the name of Jesus, asking that You would shine Your light into our minds and reveal any belief system which we have absorbed that is not of You. Lord, anoint our eyes that we can see your truth in the light.
We ask for discernment and wisdom to know what is of You and what is not!  Help us to expose and reject the things which are false and deceptive.  Help us also to recognize any new thing which the enemy wants to use to lead us astray – in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Power over Snakes and Scorpions…

God speaks in parables and gives you understanding line upon line.  

After the FB video I shared, revelation has started to unfold and I sense this is a very “Now” word for the body of Christ:

The situation in the natural was that I was sitting on an enclosed porch, eating my breakfast.  When I got up to go into the house I noticed a movement from the corner of my eye and lo and behold a snake was laying on a reed screen next to where I was sitting, with its head poised, looking straight at me, tongue wiggling.

 

Needless to say I was caught by surprise and shocked since it was an enclosed porch and I didn’t notice it when I was sitting there.

My first reaction was to open the porch door and to close the glass sliding door to the living room.  At first I was contemplating whether I should just let it go, hoping that it would go outside through the open door of the porch.  

At this point the scripture came up in my spirit, 

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

This changed my mindset and my whole approach as I received the Sword of the Spirit.  I knew I had to kill the snake and crush the head, although I was still apprehensive (remembering Paul who was bitten in his hand), but then reminded that he shook it off and it did not harm him! 

 

I looked for something to kill it with and found a stainless steel spatula that is used for a barbecue.  It had a serrated edge on the one side and a sharp edge at the bottom. 

Now I was after the snake, my heart pounding. But I knew I had to go after it. At first I was chopping it with the front end, but made no impact on it.  It was moving towards the outside door or the porch and again, for a moment, I thought to let it go, but suddenly I realized that it was a prophetic act and as the anointing came on me, all fear left.  

Another Scripture came up,

Psalm 18:36-38(NKJV)

…You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. I pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed. I shattered them, so that they were not able to rise; They fell under my feet.” 

I cleft the head of the snake in two and had a sense of tremendous triumph in the spirit.  

About two weeks before, we also found a snake on the same porch and let it go because it was a black Florida snake, which is not poisonous.  We found the small openings on either side of the porch which was the only way in which it could enter, BUT I didn’t close it off!  Guess what!?  God was loudly speaking to me!

PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION:

When pondering upon the prophetic significance I sensed that God was demonstrating a warning and at the same time an empowering through His Word.

Several points stood out:

1)  I was caught by surprise and shocked by the fact that it was so close to me and I didn’t see it.

Message:  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet.5:8 KJV).

Remember, the enemy loves the surprise element, but forewarned is forearmed.  We have nothing to fear, for Christ has already wrought the victory for us!

Be clothed in the armor of light (Rom.13:12), which is the same as described in Eph.6:10-18 and stay under the shelter of the Almighty in the secret place of His Presence (Ps.91).

2)   I was intimidated with fear and contemplated to let it go. (This snake was not black, but brown with stripes and a yellow belly – about 3-4 ft long and I realized it could be poisonous, which was confirmed later).

The Word of the Lord came up in my spirit and gave me strength. 

Message:  We can never give in to fear, but have to draw on the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to overcome, trusting the Lord for protection while being armed with the Sword of the Spirit!  And do not think or hope the devil is just going to go away.  He is looking for entry into your house!

3)  We can never give up halfway, but have to pursue our enemy until his head is crushed.

Message: Pursue the devil till there is nothing left of him. Do not have mercy on the devil, but have mercy on the person hosting him.

4)  I had a warning, but didn’t close the openings.

Friends, I sense that the Lord is warning us to be on full alert for the enemy is sneaky and subtle.  He will come in through any opening in our hedges.  

Let us ask the Lord to show us anything in our lives that can give the enemy an entry way.  Then deal with it!  Do not postpone or neglect this instruction.  

Repent of every sinful thought, word and action that you know of.  

If the Holy Spirit shows you anything, repent of it, forgive everybody in the situation, test your heart for wrong thoughts and attitudes, bless your enemies and make sure your conscience is clear. 

Take communion on a regular basis and plead the blood of Jesus over you and your household and everything in your territory.

SING A NEW SONG OF VICTORY

In my quiet time with the Lord this morning I became so aware of the fact that He is listening for the sound that we carry.  Is it a sound that glorifies Him?  Is it praise and worship and adoration for who He is, or is it self-centered?  Let our focus shift back to His glory and our tongue rejoice in His goodness and grace!  He always leads us in triumph! (2 Cor.2:14)

Let those new songs come forth out of your spirit, glorifying the Lord for His magnificence!  And let Him sing over you with rejoicing! (Zeph.3:17)

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” (1 Tim.1:5 KJV)

THE SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL

This is one of the “snakes” that we have to be watchful for, since it is very sneaky and devious.  It is a seducing, deceiving spirit that brings confusion and is out to destroy our destiny.  

The Jezebel spirit is targeting leaders and expecially prophets, creeping into businesses and ministries to usurp authority.  Sometimes we get ensnared by this spirit without realizing it and it is wise to get fully acquainted with all its strategies. 

You can step into your God-given authority in Christ to overcome this spirit so that you can be freed up to fulfill your destiny in Christ, living a life of victory and blessing!

We have great news for you:   We are ready to launch a FREE ONLINE COURSE with PDF teachings, video’s and Power Point presentations to equip you with the knowledge of Jezebel’s “workings”.  

The course contains powerful prayers for deliverance and you can also interchange experiences, thoughts and questions in the comments.

This FREE ONLINE COURSE, “STOP TOLERATING JEZEBEL” will be available in this week, so keep watching for the link.

 

Blessings,

Elsabe

Nationwide Prayer and Fasting for South Africa (October 28, 2015)

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From Daniel Brink, Jericho Walls
PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA! We are joining the call for a nation-wide day of prayer and fasting on coming Wednesday, 28th October. As a nation, as churches, as families, as schools, as students, we will seek the face of God, confess our sins, turn back to God and proclaim that He alone is our God. We will pray for peace among our people, social justice and an outpouring of Holy Spirit upon the Church. II Chron.7:14 & Zach.1:3. (Please forward to everyone on whatsapp & social media) #FireMustFall #Revival #Justice

POTTER’S WORK

THE POTTER’S WORK

THE TESTIMONY OF MY FULL SURRENDER TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

by Elsabe Briers

When I was little, I was very strong-willed and remember an incident where I was about 6 years old, riding with my grandmother in a horse-cart, which was my most favorite treat whenever I visited her.  There were two horses before the cart and immediately I wanted to take a hold of the reins. My grandmother had her hands full to control the very lively horses, but gave me the back part of the reins.  I remember how annoyed I was with her for not wanting to give me the full reins.   This was part of the background of my carnal nature. Continue reading “POTTER’S WORK”