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.

Blockages in Hearing God’s Voice

1623675_653131284732697_1242633986_nBlockages in hearing God’s voice:

 

The spirit of the World

The more we lean towards materialism, covetousness and self-gratification, the more our minds become preoccupied with the desires of the flesh and the lust of the eye and before long pride sets in. The gravitational pull of the spirit of the world will prevent us from ascending in the spirit and we will not be able to hear God.  We need to guard against being influenced, guided and motivated by the things of the world in order to live from every Word that comes from our Father’s mouth.

          The Lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the greatness of life.

The enemy uses very subtle lures through the spirit of the world to draw us into the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the greatness of life.

It is so easy to give up our special time with the Lord to partake of the “delicacies” of the world and before you know it, you start cooling off and your love for the Lord and the things of the Lord grows cold.

We have to live a separated life style.  That doesn’t mean that we withdraw as a recluse, living a monastic life, because we are still in this world to be witnessed of His glory.  We are in the world but not of the world.  Hallelujah!

In order to hear God’s voice our focus has to be on the Lord and not on self and the desires of self.

God is a Spirit, and if we want to hear His voice, we need to be in the spirit, just as the Apostle John was on the Lord’s day in Revelation 1.

It is necessary to separate ourselves daily for a time of solitude where we can quiet the “noise” of the world and the static around us in order to become still to hear clearly from the Lord.  If we “skimp” on our time with Him, our hearing grows dim and our mind gets more and more occupied with the things of daily life, so that we start leaning on our own understanding, instead of on the wisdom of God.  A quick little prayer here and there will soothe our conscience for a while, but the longer we postpone to have true intimate fellowship with the Lord, simply to adore him and worship Him, the more dull our spiritual senses become until we are totally dry.

 

Self-centeredness

Self-love is the opposite of divine love.  If we are focused on the desires of the self, we will not be able to hear God, for His love is self-sacrificial.  The self has to be fully surrendered on the cross in order for the Spirit to rule and have the reign in our lives.

The widow of Zarephath is an example of someone who was so totally focused on herself and her needs, that she didn’t hear God, although He said He has commanded her to provide for Elijah.

She was also consumed by her pre-occupation with her negative circumstances and could only see death.

The Word tells us in Matt.6:33 to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you”.

This scripture follows directly; upon “Give no  thought for what you shall eat and what you shall drink (as the Gentiles).”  God looks after the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

When your focus is on your self and your negative circumstances,  you will not be able to see what God is saying and you will lose hope, expecting the worse.

Worry and the Cares of the World

Worry will keep your mind so occupied with fear that you will totally be unable to hear God, being prone to take matters into your own hands in order to solve your problems, which of course will just grow worse, because God is not acknowledged when you lean on your own understanding and He doesn’t support our self power.

Our perception determines where our mind goes.  If our eyes are not turned to the Lord, we cannot hear His voice.

In Habakkuk 2 the prophet states that he will set himself on the watch tower to see what the Spirit is “saying”.  He knew the secret!  Isn’t that interesting?  The Holy Spirit wants our senses to be tuned to Him in full attention and then He will speak.

Likewise, when Moses “turned” to look at the burning bush, he heard God’s voice speaking from the bush to him.

John was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, meaning that he was not even aware of his flesh and his surroundings and his emotional or physical needs.

Heb.12 tells us to look away unto Jesus (after throwing off the burdens and the sin which so easily encompass us), because He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Faith will cause us to access the realm of God and rise up in the spirit to experience the heavenly dimensions.  From there, where we are seated together with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Father, we will rule and reign together with Him over every assignment of the enemy.  Hallelujah!

From these insights we can clearly see that the attack of the enemy is very subtle to seduce our mind in pre-occupation with the things of the world, self, worry and the cares of the world.  Therefore our prayer should be that the Holy Spirit will hover us to make us very watchful and alert to keep our minds free from the infiltration of the influences of the world.

Hindering spirits in the form of Familiar Spirits 

These spirits can attach themselves to your life and destiny through emotional, familiar ties and need to be discerned and expelled by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fear, Jealousy, Pride and the Lying spirit

The above-mentioned evil spirits are all on assignment to get a hold of our flesh as a landing strip to operate from.  These also have to be exposed in the light of the Holy Spirit and expelled by His power.

Unforgiveness and refusal to repent of sin 

These two will cause you to be totally stuck, so that you will go nowhere, because God’s blessing cannot come on your life if these two things are present.

The Ascended Life-style

It is vital to ascend into the heavenliness to experience the realm of God’s glory and this can never happen while we allow the gravitational pull of the spirit of the world to infiltrate our senses.

A Life-style of attentive tuning to the Lord

As we develop a lifestyle of living in His Presence, practicing a living fellowship, communion-union with the Lord, having our minds set on things above, our spiritual senses will be sharpened and fine-tuned so that we will always know His perfect will and His living Word for the moment.  This is victorious living  – to see what our Father is doing and hear what He is saying, then simply obey our of love.

Our motivation in any decision should be the Spirit of the Lord.  If He is not breathing on our decisions, our actions are in vain and we will make costly mistakes.

Times of Separation

At times when we need replenishment and at crucial times in our lives when seasons shift and God intends to shift us into new dimensions, the Holy Spirit will woo us to “come away” with Him and then it is wise to separate yourself in unfamiliar surroundings for a period of time – far away from the things that can distract you, so that your entire focus can be on the Lord.

Jesus set the example for us, as recorded in Mark 1:35………..He often set Himself apart in a solitary place to pray and to “hear what the Father is saying” and that set the course for His day.

Let us examine ourselves in the light of His Word to bring ourselves in total alignment and fresh consecration to the Lord in order to live from His living Word and as we pursue Him, we will surely hear Him clearly.

In the light of HIs glory and grace we are transformed from one degree of glory to the next until we come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.  Hallelujah!

Blessings of transformation and growing intimacy with the Lord

Elsabe