There are some people believe that sometimes we need to trust the process…hahaha. Not in my present world; we trust in the LORD GOD, because the process can deceive us!
Pastors and all believers, please join me in prayer. I want you to pray with me, we are going to add today’s prayer points to our previous ones. We will pray up to the end of this year.
We are going to rebuke in our lives, our loved ones, and everybody concerning us. May GOD protect us and help us escape:
- The spirit of premature and untimely death in our lives. None of us shall die prematurely. We shall fulfill the numbers of our God-given days. IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!
- The spirit of divorce. Divorce is not an option for us. We just have to learn to love each other. IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!
- The spirits of sexual immoralities and abnormalities in our lives. We come against demonic spiritual husbands and wives. We come against homosexuality. We come against adultery and fornication. We come against sexual dysfunction and impotence. We come against sexual tormenting spirits. We come against sexual abuse activities in spiritual and physical realms. IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!
Don’t treat these things normal. They are not normal in the sight of GOD. They are not GOD’s Will for our lives. In the book of 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 3 to 9, it says that “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you His Holy Spirit. Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.”
Again, we will pray these prayer points till the end of this year. May GOD intervene in our lives. I will also pray for all who pray for me, and of course my audiences…hahaha.
We are continuing with our series, “The Kingdom Of GOD In.” Today we are going to learn about another form of lying spirit that called the spirit of deception.
- Deceiving spirit
I don’t know about you, I think there is a deceiving spirit working in my life. Anyway, I have already asked the LORD to help me, and to deal with that spirit in my life.
The deceiving spirit is another spirit of the devil that can use anyone basically to tempt and challenge us especially those of us who desire to follow godly ways and steps. This spirit can trick you out of the Will of GOD and challenge you whether GOD really said about something that you have been holding and treating as truth.
Okay let’s go to the Bible for references concerning what we are discussing about today.
The first Bible passage example is in the book of 1 Kings chapter 13. And it says “At the Lord’s command, a man of God from Judah went to Bethel, arriving there just as Jeroboam was approaching the altar to burn incense. Then at the Lord’s command, he shouted, “O altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: A child named Josiah will be born into the dynasty of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines who come here to burn incense, and human bones will be burned on you.” That same day the man of God gave a sign to prove his message. He said, “The Lord has promised to give this sign: This altar will split apart, and its ashes will be poured out on the ground.” When King Jeroboam heard the man of God speaking against the altar at Bethel, he pointed at him and shouted, “Seize that man!” But instantly the king’s hand became paralyzed in that position, and he couldn’t pull it back. At the same time a wide crack appeared in the altar, and the ashes poured out, just as the man of God had predicted in his message from the Lord. The king cried out to the man of God, “Please ask the Lord your God to restore my hand again!” So the man of God prayed to the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and he could move it again. Then the king said to the man of God, “Come to the palace with me and have something to eat, and I will give you a gift.” But the man of God said to the king, “Even if you gave me half of everything you own, I would not go with you. I would not eat or drink anything in this place. For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’” So he left Bethel and went home another way. As it happened, there was an old prophet living in Bethel, and his sons came home and told him what the man of God had done in Bethel that day. They also told their father what the man had said to the king. The old prophet asked them, “Which way did he go?” So they showed their father which road the man of God had taken. “Quick, saddle the donkey,” the old man said. So they saddled the donkey for him, and he mounted it. Then he rode after the man of God and found him sitting under a great tree. The old prophet asked him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” “Yes, I am,” he replied. Then he said to the man of God, “Come home with me and eat some food.” “No, I cannot,” he replied. “I am not allowed to eat or drink anything here in this place. For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’” But the old prophet answered, “I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this command from the Lord: ‘Bring him home with you so he can have something to eat and drink.’” But the old man was lying to him. So they went back together, and the man of God ate and drank at the prophet’s home. Then while they were sitting at the table, a command from the Lord came to the old prophet. He cried out to the man of God from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: You have defied the Word of the Lord and have disobeyed the command the Lord your God gave you. You came back to this place and ate and drank where He told you not to eat or drink. Because of this, your body will not be buried in the grave of your ancestors.” After the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the old prophet saddled his own donkey for him, and the man of God started off again. But as he was traveling along, a lion came out and killed him. His body lay there on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. People who passed by saw the body lying in the road and the lion standing beside it, and they went and reported it in Bethel, where the old prophet lived. When the prophet heard the report, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the Lord’s command. The Lord has fulfilled his word by causing the lion to attack and kill him.” Then the prophet said to his sons, “Saddle a donkey for me.” So they saddled a donkey, and he went out and found the body lying in the road. The donkey and lion were still standing there beside it, for the lion had not eaten the body nor attacked the donkey. So the prophet laid the body of the man of God on the donkey and took it back to the town to mourn over him and bury him. He laid the body in his own grave, crying out in grief, “Oh, my brother!” Afterward the prophet said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried. Lay my bones beside his bones. For the message the Lord told him to proclaim against the altar in Bethel and against the pagan shrines in the towns of Samaria will certainly come true.” But even after this, Jeroboam did not turn from his evil ways. He continued to choose priests from the common people. He appointed anyone who wanted to become a priest for the pagan shrines. This became a great sin and resulted in the utter destruction of Jeroboam’s dynasty from the face of the earth.”
What a story. I mean, they were both prophets. One allowed the devil to use him to deceive the other one. And you can see how this spirit of deception works. The young prophet knew what the Lord said and told him. He even told the old prophet when he asked him to come home with him and eat some food that he is not allowed to eat or drink anything there in that place for the Lord gave him this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’
And the Bible says the other prophet said “I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this command from the Lord: ‘Bring him home with you so he can have something to eat and drink.’” But the old man was lying to him. So they went back together, and the man of God ate and drank at the prophet’s home.”
That’s why it is important to pray every day to escape temptations of any kind. In the Lord’s Prayer, in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 13, there is this section that says “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” In New Living Bible translation, it says “And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”
It’s not GOD Who tempts us; it’s the devil. In the book of James chapter 1 verse 13, Apostle James said that “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone.”
Another example of how this deceptive spirit operates is in the book of Matthew chapter 4 from verses 1 to 11. It says that “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights He fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order His angels to protect You. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” Next the devil took Him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to You,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”
Who tempted the Lord Jesus? It’s the devil who tempted Him, not God. Even though the Lord Jesus was led up by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, but it wasn’t The Holy Spirit Who tempted the Lord Jesus.
The Bible says in the book of Proverbs chapter 20 verse 24 that “The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Another translation says “A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?”
What does it mean then? GOD may bring us into the presence of many tests and temptations, perhaps to test us and to perfect us; only He knows. He does not put evil desires in our hearts because He has no evil in Him. But He may allow the devil to tempt us sometimes so that to know whether we will obey Him and chose Him regardless of the circumstances and situations.
One more example is in the book of Job chapter 1 verses 6 to 22, and it says that “One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the accuser, satan, came with them. “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the Lord asked satan, “Have you noticed My servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So satan left the Lord’s presence. One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the Name of the Lord!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”
There are some tests may we not to go through in this life; they are really tough. I know someone special who maybe going through a little bit of what Job went through right now. It’s not an easy test to see everything you worked hard for threaten to be taken away. It’s hard, it’s really hard. When I saw the news online about it, I couldn’t even think well, I went down on my knees to pray to GOD for help. To this day I haven’t yet recovered from the shock of it because I really don’t know what God is doing behind the scenes and what His plans are. I have been praying this year, more than I have ever prayed years before. Sometimes we make serious mistakes, but we don’t have to lose everything to be corrected and start over.
Anyway, let’s continue with Job example. As you can see, GOD allowed satan to test Job. The Bible says “Then the Lord asked satan, “Have you noticed My servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.”
God wanted to see if Job would remain blameless, and stayed away from evil, and continued to love and honor Him, even after everything had been taken away from him. He wasn’t interested on making His life miserable. He wanted to see Job genuiness toward Him. Because in the book of Job chapter 42 verses 12 to 16, it says that “So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life”
You see, GOD restored everything Job lost. In fact, He blessed him in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.
This example is the one happened in the Garden of Eden. In the book of Genesis chapter 3, it records that “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard You walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman You gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel.” Then He said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.” And to the man He said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and He sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And He placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Maybe let me ask you a question? Who sent satan to tempt and deceive Eve? It looks like even GOD wasn’t aware of it. The Bible says “Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard You walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
So this spirit of deception challenges us on what God really said. We see in this example how the devil changed the story and planted his own story there. The passage says “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.”
One reason we see here is that God wanted us, in this case it was Adam and Eve, to use the free will He has given us to choose Him by our obedience toward Him. God’s commandment was a loving warning; it was to protect them. God told them not to eat it to save them all the effect that was going to happen when they know evil and good. The Bible says in the book of Romans chapter 6 verse 23, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” That tree had knowledge to know evil that will introduce them into sin world. If they were kept from knowing it, they wouldn’t have involved in it; they would always be innocent. God told them not to touch it, so that they would be safe.
But I think Eve was curious. It’s like when you are told; don’t have sex before marriage, but you say to yourself, why don’t they want me to have sex before marriage? Or when they tell you don’t steal, for instance, and you go ahead and still. That tree had all the knowledge of to know good and evil. Who knows what they could use that evil knowledge for? So we learn here when God tells us don’t touch something, don’t touch it. Don’t try to get too many details about it, just trust God on what He says because He knows we may not be able to handle the consequences. Basically it’s for our own good.
Another thing we see is that GOD was disappointed they didn’t obey Him, and therefore He punished them. His righteousness required Him to punish them and banish them from the garden. God was honest with Adam and Eve, when He said to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, because doing so would bring death to them. Satan disguised as a serpent knew if they ate the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, they would take in the poison of his evil and sin nature, and that’s why he deceived them.
Before there was no need to put all the protection to guard the tree of life, they could eat fruit from it. They could eat fruit form the trees in the garden except the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, which later satan told them it was the tree to know both good and evil. After they disobeyed and sinned against God, they were banned from the Garden, separated from the tree of life. And God had to protect and guard the way to the tree of life. Why? It looks like He did want sin to live forever. If they took fruit from the tree of life, and eat it after they sinned, they would live forever with their sin-nature. Remember now, this was before the Lord Jesus came to take sin away, and provide us the way to Salvation and eternal life.
How do you know you have been affected by this spirit? Have you been betrayed or betrayed others? Have you been lied on, been offered wrong solutions, or you are the one who offered wrong solutions?
I mean, satan doesn’t have to use someone. He can come to you through thought suggestions. Your own mind can be used as the point of temptation. It would come like a conversation going on your mind. Maybe let me ask you another question? Who told you to go and watch porn video for instance online in secret? Who told you to go and steal in secret?
This is a spirit that can enter you or people surrounding you without even being aware of it. That’s why we need to take a full armor of GOD to be able to discern and overcome this evil spirits maybe tormenting us. The Lord Jesus said we need to watch and pray so that we may not fall into temptation (Mark 14:38; Luke 22:46).
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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