By Pam Sheppard
Towards the end of the Apostle Paul’s life, he warns Timothy of the perils that would come upon believers in the last days. The peril concerns every single child of God. NONE OF US ARE EXEMPT. His ominous letter reads something like this.
The peril concerns every child of God, and no spiritual believer should be so foolish to assume that he or she is exempt from peril. Paul’s prophecy of the Holy Spirit declares, that (1) “some shall fall away from the faith; (2) the reason for the fall will be a giving heed to seducing spirits. The essence of the deception is that the operation is looked upon as sincere and pure. (3) The nature of the deception will be in doctrines of demons (4) The way of deception will be that the “doctrines” are delivered with “hypocrisy.” Those who do so will be admired, revered, and believed to be teaching the truth.
Before the Apostle Paul, the Lord Himself pinpointed how the deception would come. through false prophets: He warned, “”Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am Christ:’ and shall lead many astray” (Matt. 24: 4, 5, A.V. and R.V.);”and many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many” (Matt. 24: 11, A.V.).”There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray [or “deceive” A.V.] if possible, even the elect” (Matt.24: 24)
Consequently, a “try the spirits” premise is to realize and remember that the peril of deception was predicted in the bible to be manifested through apparent believers who declare that Jesus is Lord.
You may need to stop and take a breath on that one.
Try the spirits premise number two is connected to number one. Most believers erroneously assume that every supernatural experience that comes from the enemy is evil and scary. the truth not being realized that religious demons and fallen angels work under cover of light (2 Cor. 11: 14). The deception is much stronger if these seducing spirits can use an apparently “good” person to first accept a mixed or false doctrine and then pass it on “as truth.” A sincere, attractive, upstanding person is a much more effective channel to deceive than an obviously raunchy man or woman for the goal of deception is to get you to believe.
Since “How to Try the Spirits” is a series of blogposts, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, so I will conclude with premise #3. Let us not forget the revelation of the Apostle John concerning endtimes. John revealed that at the close of the age, the main weapon used by the deceiver for obtaining power over the people of the earth, will be supernatural signs from heaven, when a counterfeit “lamb” will do “great signs,” and even make fire come down out of heaven to deceive the dwellers on the earth, and thereby exercise control over the whole world. So premise #3 asks a question. Should we assume that we are living in endtimes in a perverse nation or even world that seeks after signs? I suggest to you that it is safer to assume that we are living in the last days. Pentecostals call tongues “fire from heaven” and charismatic churches have adopted a practice called passing through fire tunnels. hmmmmmmm!!!!
In conclusion, my un-deception was both a sudden and a gradual process, beginning in 2002. The truth is that I have experienced so many supernatural signs and wonders over 3 decades, most of which were from the enemy, pretending to be God. In fact that I would have to pull out several notebooks to bring them all to mind. Therefore, I have found that premise number four is essential, and that is, “to try the spirits, the spirits have to try YOU.” In other words, our discernment comes from being tried. As Paul wrote, our senses need to be exercised to enhance our spiritual discernment. (Hebrews 5:14) We need practice which means the enemy has got to step to us to attempt to deceive.
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- Are We Living in the Days of the Great Apostasy?(endtimeheadlines.wordpress.com)
- Are you armed? (livingmoreabundantly4christ.com)
- Why Are So Many Deceived? (dontbefooled666.wordpress.com)
- How to Try the Spirits (settingcaptivesfree.me)