From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”
Regularly studying The Holy Bible and faithfully living by The Word of God are considered to be outdated and old-fashion in many people’s views. The attitudes about sinning becomes increasingly tolerated, excused, overlooked, and accepted as time goes by. Disobedience to God also becomes seen as watered-down sinning.
Jude 1:17-21, “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
2 Timothy 3:1-7, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Whether the sinning is intentional, unremorseful, and unrepentant, walking outside of The Word of God is disobedient. We have to always abide by His Word, from fear of Him and His judgments.
1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
St. Matthew 24:11-12, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
There are a number of individuals who are called to the Lord’s ministry to allow His Spirit in them to bring people closer to Him. Yet, not all people who appear as such are from Him. Just because some individuals vocally praise the name of Jesus, owns churches, perform miracles, quote memorized scriptures from The Holy Bible, and give revelations do not mean that they are working from the hands of His Spirit.
St. Matthews 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Evil spirits are able to make people prophesize, and they are able to leave and return, back and forth to whomever they enter in.
1 Samuel 16:23, “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
1 Samuel 18:10, “And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.”
There are many individuals who lead some people to faithfully claim Christianity but avoid being Christ-like, while they give off wrong impressions of the Christian faith to those people.
Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 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.”
Many unsuspecting people have crossed paths with the wrong type of individuals. Then by the time those particular individuals were finished with those unsuspecting people, some amount of those unsuspecting people became confused about the Christian faith, which made them misled in it. Some others mistakenly came to wrongfully prejudge true sanctified, men and women of God also, from mistrusts and negative false beliefs.
St. Matthews 7:15-23, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
It is for us to recognize that there are some individuals who do claim the Christian faith, but will grab some Christians by the hands and into the direction of the devil. The ways to identify such individuals are from what the scriptures in The Holy Bible states.
St. Matthews 23:15 and 23, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, … for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves… for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
Continuously developing in the Lord’s Spirit is beneficial. Distraction in the Christian faith is blinding. From being blind, we may follow the wrong type of influences, which will get us into trouble.
St. Matthew 15:14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Always keep in mind that the devil knows how to look as if he is a holy angel, just like some individuals who walk in his footsteps know how make themselves appear as if they are spiritually anointed in Christ. With these individuals, in the midst of coming across as sanctified, men and women in Christ, their personal lifestyles will not match how spiriutally anointed they appear inside of sanctuaries.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such as false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; …”
St. Matthew 23:3-7, “…but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets,…”
St. John 12:42-43, “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
Galatians 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
St. Mark 8:33, “…, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.”
St. Mark 12:14, “And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth:…”
St. Luke 6:26, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”
St. Luke 16:14-15, “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Children of God will point others to the Lord instead themselves, and pride is not in their hearts.
St. Matthews 23:11-13, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”
The communications from the Lord that He speaks through the mouths of those with the spiritual gift of prophecy will be completely accurate, and will happen exactly as He says it will.
Jeremaih 28:9, “…, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.”
Deuteronomy 18:21-22, “And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee,…”
People who the Lord’s works through will not do things that The Word of God clearly speaks against. Then come across as if those disobedient actions are being done in the name of Jesus, for the benefit of His ministry.
Deuteronomy 4:2, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
St. Matthew 23:25-28, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
While presenting ourselves as men and women of God, we are not to speak as if God will send peace and blessings to those who are against Him, as well as to those who walk outside of His Word. We are also not to tell others that God will overlook their sinful ways.
Jeremiah 23:16-17, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.”
We are not to give our own opinions and interpretations. Then claim that those were from the Holy Spirit.
Jeremiah 23:25-32, “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, …The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.”