Spiritual warfare is the battle between the lies & the truth.
Lies come from the enemy… the truth is Jesus.
Lies are the seed.
Deception is the fruit.
We don’t just become deceived, deception happens when you start to believe the lie.
The lies started in the garden in Genesis 3! So he’s been doing this for thousands of years.. imagine how good the enemy is at it today.
So how do we overcome the lies? TRUTH!
If you fill your mind up with God’s truth, the enemy has no room for his lives.
If the enemy can lie us… we will continue to walk in that deception.
Whats worst about deception?
It’s deceived people continuing to deceive more people as they are walking in deception.
4 levels of deception that Jesus warns us about.
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. (Matthew 24:4)
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. (Matthew 24:5)
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24)
The enemy will deceive through great signs & wonders… it might be SO close that it looks like God… but it’s NOT.
IF possible… even the elect can be deceived?
If you are not planted in the Lord… & constantly in His word, you MAY be deceived.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Because they do not LOVE the truth… a strong delusion will come.
It’s not just a strong delusion, it’s a spirit of delusion.
Delusion means wandering… or error that leads to deceit.
When you are operating in a mind of delusion, your mind is wandering.. or your mind is operating in error.
Love truth! or become deceived.
Jesus is the way the truth the life… John 14:6
4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it! (2 Corinthians 11:4)
You don’t just get preached a different jesus, or a different gospel… you ALSO receive a different spirit! Beware.
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, (1 Timtohy 4:1-2)
“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9
#1 Study & understand God’s word
Reading God’s word and memorizing scriptures is NOT enough in these last days… we need fresh encounters with God
#2 Relationship with the Holy Spirit
A relationship is relational NOT transactional.
#3 Live in Jesus name
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)