THE WORLD IS DECEIVED
(I have been in ministry for 50 years and in spiritual warfare ministry for almost 35 years. God has used both to teach me and make me more like Jesus. I’d like to share some of the lessons I have learned through studying, writing, teaching, counseling and praying spiritual warfare.)
I’m a bit careful who I talk to about the spiritual warfare ministry in which I am involved. Most unbelievers, and even many Christians, would think I am crazy and mock what I say. I don’t want God’s truth mocked so I don’t share it when there is that possibility. The world has its own explanation for evil, guilt, demon possession or oppression and the spiritual battles we face. Their reasons for it are often more unusual and hard to believe than the truth. But they do give man an option, a way of rejecting the reality of Satan and God and therefore denying any accountability they have to God. So they’ll buy any philosophy, believe any explanation, take any mental health drug and blame any Christian they can. Haven’t they noticed how often these philosophies, explanations and drugs keep changing? Drugs only mask the symptoms, and even then they are forever changing the drug and the amount used – is this the best the world can do? Of course it is, for the only real solution is Jesus.
Only Jesus truth sets us free (John 8:32). Only Jesus is always true (John 14:6). It is His truth that protects us from attack and gives us victory (Ephesians 6:14). Only God’s Word gives us the truth we need (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12). Do you know the truth? Do you follow it?
Genesis 3:4-5 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
What lies and deceptions does Satan use against you? Why does he us them? Do they work?
What can you do to have victory over them?