The Spirit of Deception
There is a strong spirit of deception in the land. Saints of God, do not allow
yourselves to be deceived in this hour. It is very important for us all to have
an intimate relationship with God like never before. The way we are able to
obtain that relationship is through Christ Jesus, who died on the cross that we
might have everlasting life. We are able to access God through the Holy Spirit. I urge everyone if you do not already have a relationship, now it the time to develop one.
We develop a relationship, by welcoming the Holy Spirit into our lives, we are then given discernment. Discernment is a gift from God. It is nothing that we have obtained on our own…but a gift through Holy Spirit. To discern something means being able to grasp and comprehend what is normally obscure. What a great gift this is, to be able to understand something that we ordinarily would not have been able to.
Mathew 24: 11-13
11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
The bible is warning us here that there are those who will come that shall deceive many. The word shall means that something will certainly happen. This is something we should really take heed to. Now the good news is what verse 13 tells us; if we endure to the end, we shall be saved. So we need to make sure we do not allow these spirits to come and deceive us; again we can do this by standing, and enduring to the end.
2 Timothy 4: 3-4
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
This is the problem that we may often see in the churches today. Many prefer to be appeased rather than disciplined. There are many who no longer want the truth, but instead they want to satisfy their flesh; their egos want to be feed instead of their spirit man. We should never stay in a house where the word of God is being compromised. It is so very important to be in a house (church), where sound doctrine is being taught.
“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:18).
If you are under this kind of leadership, I have one word for you….RUN!
14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
We can sit and pretend that we do not know better, but the word is saying, grow and mature in the word of God. Do not allow yourself to listen to and believe anything if it is not lining up with the word. This is why 2 Timothy says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
And finally let us not deceive our own selves. “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” (Galatians 6:3). Meaning let us not become conceited and start to believe that we are more spiritually superior to our brother and sisters in Christ. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:5). “For there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11).
My prayer is that we always remain prayerful, praying one for another, and encouraging one another. Most importantly let us not be deceived in this hour. There are warnings throughout the bible, so that we know what to look for and be prepared for. I pray that none of us be deceived in this hour, in Jesus name amen!
Matthew 6: 1-8
1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Veirly I say unto you, They have their reward.
3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6: 1-4 is telling us that when we do a good deed for someone, we should not have to sound an alarm of what we have done for them. He is saying that we should always use discretion, it is between us, and the individual we were enabled to help and God!
We need to examine why we are doing what we are doing in the first place. Are we doing it because it is the right thing to do, and pleasing to God, or because we are seeking to be recognized by man? This is a spirit of self-exaltation. This is why he says: those that are seeking glory of men, have their reward, but those that do it from a good heart, and seeks nothing in return, those, God will reward openly.
6: 5-8 says that when we pray we should make sure it is not because we desire to be heard or seen, he calls these people hypocrites. A hypocrite is a person who pretends to have virtue, pretending to be holy. This is a person that loves to be recognized or even glorified! “Look at me and how good I can pray, or how long I can pray.” He says he already knows what things ye have need of before we ask. The prayers that are in secret; meaning when it is just you and God, and no one else around to be a witness, is the prayers that he will reward thee openly.
We have to remember that our Lord is all knowing…He knows our inner most thoughts. There is absolutely nothing that we can hide from Him. He knows if a prayer is sincere and he knows if we are truly being charitable. He knows us better than we know ourselves! Let us be certain that we are doing what we are doing in good conscience so that it is Christ that is exalted and not man. Again he says, that which we do in secret, we shall be rewarded openly. So let us always examine ourselves and our motives for what we are doing; that vain glory has no place in our hearts. Amen.