A narcissist will use gaslighting in a relationship to sow seeds to manipulate a nonbeliever to doubt him or herself. What is even worse is that the narcissist will use the same technique to cause a Christian to doubt his or her relationship with Jesus. The narcissist will eventually try to become his or her partner’s demigod.
When conducting military operations, the term “fog of war” describes the uncertainties that lie ahead (despite the best intelligence and preparation), and also the things people do in the heat of the moment. Similarly, a relationship with a narcissist comes with a “narcissistic FOG” to cloud the target’s decision making and other faculties. Sadly, to an outsider, the FOG makes it seem as if the narcissist is the more stable person in the couple, even though he or she is the source of the upheaval. The narcissist is the FOG generator.
The narcissistic FOG is due in part to the narcissist’s use of Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to cause a person to enter and/or stay in a relationship. One of the many reasons why the narcissist tries to isolate his or her target is to keep the individual from receiving wise (Godly) counsel, which could help to lift the FOG so the victim can began to see and think clearly again. Unfortunately, when the narcissist uses the fear of the Lord to influence a person to take or not take action, it contradicts the following Scripture: “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) It is hard to have the mind of Christ when someone basically keeps your circuitry saturated with water…
If you are in a relationship, regardless how much you may love or think you love the person, if your reasons for staying predominantly include fear, obligation, and/or guilt, you may want to ensure you don’t have a FOG generator in your life.
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There are two ways for you to ruin your reputation as a minister, do evil and/or associate with or vouch for those who are evil (false).
People will know you by your fruits, and what/who you tolerate. Your reputation plays a significant role in whether people, especially those who are seeking the Lord, will receive anything from you. Protect your gifts and calling from all sources of contamination. Jeremiah did not tolerate Hananiah (Jeremiah 28), and Paul did not tolerate the woman with the spirit of divination who was trying to associate herself with him and Silas (Acts 16:16-18). Also see Revelation 2:18-23 regarding the Lord’s heart of what people, particularly His ministers tolerate.
Never forget that we are to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” ~ Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
I close with the additional reminders:
o “…I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:20-22 (KJV)
o “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I AM the Lord your God.” ~ Leviticus 19:31 (KJV)
o “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate’, saith the Lord, ‘and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters’, saith the Lord Almighty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)
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Pontius Pilate was an unbeliever, yet he realized that Jesus was a righteous man, one whom the chief priests and elders delivered to him for crucifixion because of envy (Matthew 27:17-18). People who claimed they were serving God wanted to kill the Son of God because of their jealousy. Plus, they were bitter because He exposed their true colors that despite their righteous appearance, they were hypocrites, children of the devil (Matthew 23).
Unfortunately, sometimes unbelievers are more skilled at spotting hypocritical Christians, especially religious leaders. This is in part because the do not fall for things such as a person’s title, and they are not intimidated by threats, such as do not touch the Lord’s anointed. Another reason why they are not deceived is that a sinner can recognize another sinner, to include one hiding behind religion. Isn’t it ironic that when an errant minister is brought down that it usually happens because of a nonbeliever? Many Christians are such cowards that they even let ministers get away with criminal conduct, until law enforcement officials step in. Christians hide the pastor’s sins (to include criminal conduct) by remaining silent and even trying to silence those with the courage to speak out. By the way, do you know you have the authority to fire your pastor? One of the easiest ways is to renounce that individual’s authority over you and to walk away from his ministry. Whenever you leave a ministry, especially if you had to escape from rottenness, please ensure that you renounce that individual’s authority over you. If you don’t know the reasons, feel free to comment and ask why?
It is better to walk away, sever the connection from a minister and/or ministry, be uncovered (as they like to say) than to have a rotten covering, which is no covering at all. By the way, the devil is referred to as ‘…the anointed cherub that covereth…’ ~ Ezekiel 28:14 (KJV) Closely examine who is actually “covering” you and make the determination if you need to fire your pastor. Do not follow and serve anyone who is not following and serving Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:1). The name of the Lord is on many ministers lips even though their heart is far from Him. Whichever god a minister is serving is the god that you subjected yourself to…
I never expected this exhortation to go in this direction, or for it to be this long, but I am inspired to remind you to “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” ~ Philippians 2:12 (KJV) Sometimes that means recognizing when other professing Christians, to include ministers, are working their way to hell and separating yourself from them is best for your salvation. Scripture tells us to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the Light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is Light.” ~ Ephesians 5:11-13 (KJV) Some ministers are doing some evil things, as if God is blind. There is more to those dreams that some people are having about ministers and/or other professing Christians…
Ensure you do not share in anyone’s judgment, as is prescribed in the following:
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.’ Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning…’” ~ Revelation 18:4-9 (KJV)
No one is worth going to hell with or for. Some of what I have been inspired to convey may sound like rebellion to authority, and it is, but only to ungodly authority. There is also a separate case against authority figures whose period of authority over you has expired…
Your relationship with the Lord will put you at enmity with others, to include those who once called and even treated you as a friend. The Lord gave us the following warning. ‘…For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.’~ Luke 12:52-53 (KJV)
The same Lord who told us to honor our mother and father (Matthew 19:19) also told us, that in some cases, our relationship with Him will cause a rift in those and even other relationships. Which begs the question, “Who are you putting above the Lord in your life?” I submit that in some cases, that exalted one is a so-called spiritual parent, for which people disobey God to give him/her/them honor. Many people quote Malachi to induce fear to cause people to pay tithes and offerings, even though the Lord used the prophet to primarily rebuke the clergy at time. And yes, the Lord still uses prophets to rebuke the clergy, even though many prophets have become Jezebel’s eunuchs, or at least like them. One of the other things the Lord used the prophet to convey was, ‘A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a Father, where is Mine honour? And if I be a Master, where is My fear?’ saith the Lord of hosts unto you, ‘O priests, that despise My name. And ye say, ‘Wherein have we despised Thy name?’~ Malachi 1:6 (KJV) Have you been giving anyone more honor than God? If you say the Holy Spirit is your Comforter, why is He covering you, like a comforter? Are you trusting a person to do something that only the Lord can do?
For those who think the members of the clergy are untouchable, never forget the following, especially for wayward ministers:
o Jesus said, ‘Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.’ ~ Matthew 18:15-17 (KJV)
o “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:19-20 (KJV)
When you are doing the work of the Lord, you will experience persecution, to include from within by those who are seemingly your brothers and sisters in Christ, and worst of all, from the shepherds who should know and do better. When you serve Christ you can also expect to suffer like Him. Sometimes the persecution is worse from professing believers in Christ than from nonbelievers, as was the case with David. David found more peace living with the Philistines for 16 months than he did in Israel while king Saul spent years trying to kill him (1 Samuel 27). Some people are in Godly positions but they are of greater service the devil. But like Jesus said, ‘These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues [churches/ministries]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me.’~ John 16:1-3 (KJV)
Watch out for the ‘leaven of the Pharisees’(hypocrisy) among professing Christians. They will try to crucify you in one way or another because of your relationship with and service to Christ Jesus. I close with the following Words from the Lord:
‘Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.’ ~ Luke 12:1-5 (KJV)
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One of the worst parts of prophetic ministry is issuing a warning, or warnings, to an individual or group who either will not listen or will not heed (listen and obey) the warning. And then, like Jeremiah, having to witness the individual or group suffer the consequences. For example, before king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged Jerusalem, and later carted off the some of the Judeans who survived into 70 years of captivity, Jeremiah gave several warnings, to include, ‘I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these Words, saying, ‘Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?’ ~ Jeremiah 27:12-13 (KJV)
There are some prophecies that you should not rejoice when they come to pass, but a Word from the Lord must come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). By the way, for “prophets” who want to use Jonah as an excuse for a failed prophecy, I invite them to look at the Word of the Lord to Nahum and Zephaniah regarding Nineveh…
In closing, despite the severity of the consequences, it is not the prophet’s assignment to make people heed the Word of the Lord, lest he or she venture into witchcraft. The Lord has sent many prophets on assignments to people He knew would not listen. For example:
‘And theLordhath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.’ ~ Jeremiah 25:4 (KJV)
“And He said unto me, ‘Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My Words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.’” ~ Ezekiel 3:4-7 (KJV)
And lest not forget that many people would not listen to Jesus either…
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The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sWord (Hebrews 4:12). But before you use it like an offensive weapon to fight others, ensure your greatest enemy is not the inner you (soul and/or spirit), or that you are not fighting against those who are truly doing the work of the Lord. Do not think more highly of yourself than you should, lest you find yourself being like the Pharisee in the following parable Jesus told:
‘Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.’
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.’ ~ Luke 18:10-14 (KJV)
There is a difference between using the piercing effects of the Word of God like a needle that is inserted into the pericardium to alleviate a cardiac tamponade versus like a knife to stab someone in the heart. When the religious council seized Peter and the other apostles, the apostles told them that they were serving Jesus, the Son of God, the One the members of the council had killed. “When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.” ~ Acts 5:33 (KJV) The apostles weren’t necessarily calling the other men murderers, but their reaction indicated that they needed to repent. The apostles tried doing a “pericardiocentesis” but the council members treated it like a “stab to the heart”. For most of the council members, their greatest enemy was not the apostles; but rather, it was the condition of their inner man. It was a blessing for the apostles that one of the Pharisees named Gamaliel was humble enough to offer some advice to the Sanhedrin, which included the following very powerful statement: ‘And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.’ ~ Acts 38-39 (KJV)
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I usually get irritated when I hear ministers (usually pastors) speak out against prophets when they are clueless about what a person goes through in order to become a prophet, and more importantly, how the Lord uses His prophets. I served in the U.S. Army for many years. I can tell you about things I experienced in basic training for example, but I would limit my comments regarding what the other branches of service basic training are like because I have never been through them. I have seen documentaries and movies about basic training for the other branches of service, but that does not make me fully qualified to speak about them. Similarly, the Lord specifically designs how He transforms a person into one of His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). You may have heard me speak out against (errant) pastors, even though I am not a pastor, but that is a part of my job description in accordance with Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34, Matthew 23, etc. However, I limit my comments as directed because I do not want to overstep my boundaries.
I recall being in the USO at an airport when I saw a deficiency on a young Marine’s uniform. I was not a Marine, so I would not have been able to spot a deficiency such as the improper placement of the accouterments on his uniform like a Marine Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) would. However, I saw that one of the clasps on his marksmanship badge was broken so I went over and quietly let him know. I did not do so from the point of view as a Soldier trying to make a Marine look bad. I also did not approach him like how a SgtMaj who does not want anything or anyone to be a poor reflection on the Marine Corps, to include a small dangling portion of a badge, may have. On the contrary, I treated him like a brother in arms who looked sharp but I wanted him to look his best by pointing out a deficiency he needed to correct. And by the way, I was not in uniform, yet I did not need to identify myself in order for the Marine to take corrective action. Similarly, there are things that the five types of ministers can point out to each other, in order to help them serve the Lord and His people to the fullest. But there are also limits, especially when a person’s deeds are not of the Holy Spirit.
An example of something I have heard pastors speak out against is “parking lot prophets”. I understand how they may be trying to protect their congregants, but I have never heard a pastor speak about receiving personal prophecy in private in the correct manner. Not every person who tries to deliver a prophetic message in private is a deceiver, a “parking lot prophet”. I can provide several Biblical examples of where the Lord sent a prophet to deliver a message in private. There are other cases where the recipient would have preferred if the message had been delivered in private, but I will only provide one for the sake of brevity. Take note of what happened when the Lord sent the prophet Ahijah to deliver the prophecy that Jeroboam was going to become king: “And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field.” ~ 1 Kings 11:29 (KJV) Many of today’s pastors would have discouraged Jeroboam from receiving that prophecy because Ahijah would be described as a “parking lot prophet”. Also note, in addition to being alone, they were in a field instead of a place of worship. But here is one of the reasons why the Lord had the prophet deliver the message in private: “Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.” ~ 1 Kings 11:40 (KJV)
Prophets do not give prophecies in private as a way to escape accountability, false prophets do. You receiving a prophecy in public, to include a church, may bring out the devils in people you would not suspect. As was the case with Jerobaom, prophecies are a magnet for spiritual warfare. Lest not forget that it was Joseph’s brothers who wanted to kill him so that the Word of the Lord would not come to pass (Genesis 37). Joseph may have thought his family would be supportive of his God-given dreams that they would bow down to him. But even his father Jacob, a man who had several prophetic dreams from the Lord that came to pass, rebuked his son (Genesis 37:10). Too many pastors have used their limited knowledge of prophets, and prophetic ministry, to cause harm to true prophetic ministries. They applied Scriptures such when the apostle Paul wrote: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:29 (KJV) That is a doctrine primarily for periods of prophetic utterances in a church service or other public settings. It does not mean every prophecy should be given in public. Don’t forget that some prophecies do not require the recipient to judge if it is a Word from the Lord or not. If the Lord sends a prophet to tell a person to stop committing adultery because He is going to unleash the devil on both transgressors, the adulterer would probably prefer to receive that message in private. In addition, the person would know the messenger was from God. I know people have used the Lord’s name in vain to deceive others, but pastors, please stop making it seem as if all prophets are false prophets. When you teach about what to look for in a false prophet at least take the time to study and then speak about how true prophets operate. I have heard that some pastors teach that John the Baptist was the last prophet, even though the Bible speaks about the prophet Agabus (Acts 21), and the apostle Paul established doctrine for how prophets should prophesy in church. A part of why I speak out against errant pastors is because of their ability to mislead God’s people, arguably more so than prophets, evangelists, and teachers.
I am also dumbfounded by how many pastors preach the errant doctrine of having a “spiritual covering”. Some pastors do it out of ignorance, others want to protect people, but some simply want to gather people to themselves for tithing purposes (another false doctrine commonly taught in churches – see Leviticus 27:30-33, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, etc. for the truth). Many ministers want to serve as a “spiritual covering” for others even though that is a function of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-14). In addition, many ministers who want to serve as a “spiritual covering” (god) for others need covering themselves. Just look at ministers who have succumbed to greed, lust, perversion, etc. Some of those fallen ministers had identified another minister as his or her “spiritual father or mother”, yet that “spiritual parent” was powerless to prevent the other minister’s downfall. Some people would criticize me for not submitting to authority, ignorant of the fact that I simply refuse to bow to baal. I have heard many ministers cite Paul’s reference to Timothy as his son in the faith (1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2, etc.) for having spiritual sons and daughters. But they seemingly overlook that the same apostle also referred to the same Timothy as a brother (2 Corinthians 1:1, Philemon 1:1).
Many ministers who are serving as a “spiritual covering” for others are wrestling with the same sins the people they are “covering” are struggling with. If you have ever experience sleep paralysis, which is actually a demonic attack, say or think about the human who is your spiritual covering and see what happens. Then call on or think about the name of Jesus and see what happens. The same demon that attacks you probably just left your spiritual covering’s house and he or she is busy watching a pornographic video or engaging in some other sin, most likely oblivious to what you are experiencing. Let’s just say it is hard for your spiritual covering to cast out a demon he or she is in a partnership with. Also, keep in mind how the Lord exposed the idolatry people were practicing in the temple to his prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8). There is still a lot of idolatry in many so-called houses of God. Many ministers fell because people saw that the minister was about to fall and felt intimated and could not approach the minister as a brother or sister in Christ. Other people worship their pastor and believe that the pastor can say or do no wrong; they even defend the pastor’s errant ways. There is no better “spiritual covering” than the Holy Spirit, and He dwells in the clergy and the laity (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Prophets do not point people to ministers, to include themselves; they point people to Jesus, which is also one of the functions of the Holy Spirit.
Pastors, and other ministers, look in the mirror and examine yourselves regarding if you have been speaking on things you are not qualified to speak on. Doctors can read x-rays yet they rely on the expertise of a radiologist. Each ministry gift in Ephesians 4:11 has an area of expertise; the functions of an evangelist are different from those of a teacher, yet they are co-laborers in and for Christ. True pastors aim to protect the children of God, and so do true prophets. Pastors are referred to as shepherds, and prophets are the watchmen who look out for the sheep, and the shepherds. I also refer to prophets as being the Good Shepherd’s “sheepdogs”, so please stop treating them as if they are wolves or expect them to act like sheep. Instead, shepherds, learn to work with the sheepdogs. A sheepdog is not going to turn on a shepherd unless the shepherd is hurting the flock or the sheepdog. Arguably, no one is against a false prophet more than a true prophet… The Good Shepherd uses sheepdogs because He knows that some shepherds are hirelings, wolves in shepherd’s clothing, so He uses His sheepdogs to root them out. The Lord’s instructions to some of His sheepdogs are similar to the following instructions that He gave to Jeremiah:
‘Behold, I have put My Words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant… And I will utter My judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings…, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I AM with thee’, saith the Lord, ‘to deliver thee.’ ~ Jeremiah 1:9-10, 16-19 (KJV)
Prophets, if you have been bowing down to “your pastor”, worshipping baal, it is time to get off your knees. If necessary, how can the Lord use you to rebuke someone who has you on a leash? Nathan worked for king David, and he respected the king, but we know what happened in 2 Samuel 12. Do not become like king Ahab’s prophets, instead, be a vessel of the Lord like Micaiah (1 Kings 22). Too many prophets have become like spiritual eunuchs in churches.
Sometimes an “I do” turns into “What did I do?” because the other person’s true colors came shining through.
A revelation may come as a pleasant surprise or a rude awakening. Likewise, there are also times when “suppressed evidence” chances nothing, but then there are times when it changes everything. When it comes to a relationship, the suppression of evidence may constitute fraud, which may cause the victim to file a motion to terminate the relationship, immediately. It is hard to trust someone who would withhold inculpatory evidence in an effort to get or keep someone. A relationship built on deceit is one that is rapidly heading towards its demise; sometimes the bottom falls out quickly and suddenly. Most people don’t like being lied to; it is a “deal-breaker”. A person who truly loves you will love all of you. As a result, you won’t have to hide anything, to include potentially incriminatory information that would have or may have deterred others. Conversely, if that person loves you, he or she won’t hide something important from you either. For example, the wedding night (after exchanging wedding vows) is not a good time for a man to find out that the woman he married was born a man.
You may be familiar with the following: “Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evilbut rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
Now, with respect to this post, please pay attention the fifth verse, which states, “[Love] …does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking…”
There comes a time when denial meets an insurmountable obstacle called reality.
If you are single, one of the ways you get to find out how people in your life feel about you is based on whom they would or would not try to set you up with.
It’s a telling sign when a person’s words and deeds do not align.
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This is an example of how low the devil will go to prevent, disrupt, or destroy your God-ordained relationship. “IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk
There is only one version of the truth, and that is the truth without a version or revision. Similarly, there are many antichrists but there is only one Christ Jesus (1 John 2:18, John 3:16). Never revise the truth to exclude the portions that contradict your narrative. The Bible includes Jacob’s deception, king Saul’s rebellion, David’s adultery, etc. If my life story was in the Bible, you would see a man who, in one way or another, violated all 10 of the Lord’s Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). However, I am a recipient of God’s love as demonstrated through His mercy and grace. I can relate to when Paul said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:15-17 (KJV)
God changed me, but He does not change, and neither does the truth. Please keep the following in mind:
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” ~ Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
‘For I AM the Lord, I change not…’ ~ Malachi 3:6 (KJV)
Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”
Discernment is a very precious gift from God, in so many ways. The “discerning of spirits” is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, which is tragically an overlooked and undervalued, yet desperately needed, gift to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:10). I won’t go in depth on the subject, but it is incredible when the Holy Spirit reveals which spirit a person is truly of. Do you remember when James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven (like Elijah) to destroy a Samaritan village simply because they did not want to receive Christ. But Jesus rebuked His apostles by saying, ‘Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.’ ~ Luke 9:55 (KJV) There are several things about that incident, one of which is that it does not matter how close a person is to the Lord, he or she can do things based on the wrong spirit. The apostles thought they would be representing and defending Christ when they would in fact be misrepresenting Him. The incident also speaks to how people can do things out of arrogance and/or ignorance; the apostles did not know they were of the wrong spirit so it took an observer to let them know.
One of the things about discerning of spirits is how a person can shout at you and the Lord allows you to tell the person’s motives come from a place of love. For example, a person shouting degrading comments at his or her spouse is not operating under the same spirit as someone who shouts at a distracted person, who is wearing headphones while crossing a street and is about to get run over by a truck. Conversely, a person may speak softly and act friendly yet the Holy Spirit will reveal that the person is a snake. There are other ways that the Holy Spirit communicates things to the gifted individual. Some things are revealed in dreams and/or visions, smelling things that are not in the natural atmosphere, and feeling things such as other people’s emotions. The gift may not always feel like a gift but it truly is.
The following are examples of the gift of discerning of spirits in operation:
“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, ‘Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’ Nathanael saith unto Him, ‘Whence knowest thou me?’ Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.’” ~ John 1:47-48 (KJV)
“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, ‘Will ye also go away?’ Then Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?’ He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.” ~ John 6:67-71 (KJV)
Whereas Jesus knew there was no guile in Nathanael, He knew Judas was a devil. It is truly a gift from God when He shows you who is trying to enter your life, or may already be in it, and which spirit a person is of. It is also very important to note, even though this gift is an asset to you, it is also meant to be a gift to others. Sometimes the Lord will reveal things to you for you to warn others about. It may be a tremendous responsibility to tell a person who is about to walk down the aisle that he or she is about to marry a devil… Everyone has to prophesy in accordance with his or her measure of faith (Romans 12:6), and sometimes the Lord gives you the ability to help someone avert a disaster (see Ezekiel 33). By the way, prophesying does not always mean saying, “The Lord said…” I’ll give you an example.
I had a dream a couple of months about a business. A few days later, I was speaking with the owner but I did not feel as if the Lord had given me a message from him. However, as we continued speaking, I felt led to simply share the dream with him even though I did not have an interpretation. Well, as usual, the Lord knew what He was doing because the dream related to decisions the owner had been pondering; things I was not aware of. It was after I responded to the unction of the Holy Spirit to simply share the dream in its raw state that He began to give me things to reveal to the owner. Quite frankly, as I was typing this, I wondered if I had gone off topic, until I was reminded that the dream related to discerning which spirit some people were of.
I was simply the messenger, so unlike James and John, I was not going to force the business owner to take a certain action or impose punishment if he did not. The Lord gives us free will, which includes the ability to not take His recommendations or heed His warnings. For example, Jesus knew Judas was about to betray Him, but He did not try to stop Judas, He simply gave him a strong warning of the consequences of his actions and let him choose (Matthew 26:24). Similarly, my only recommendation was for the business owner to pray and seek the Lord about everything. One of the things I have discovered is a prophecy is an invitation to commune with the Lord.
I recently received a prophecy about the Lord’s plans for me. I trusted the messenger, in part based on previous interactions, and I also trusted the message, partially because some things I either knew or they aligned with my journey thus far. However, I still prayed and asked the Lord for additional insight. And that reminds me, sometimes the Lord will show you the actual person in a dream or vision, but there are times when He may use symbols. Dreaming of snakes, crocodilians, or a rose with the emphasis on its thorns usually indicate someone with bad intentions. It is then important to pray and ask the Lord to reveal whom the symbols represent. Whatever the Lord shows you, believe Him. Yet, you first have to discern the source of your revelation.
I hope this gave you a glimpse into how useful the gift of discerning of spirits can be. If you have this gift but have not been using it to the fullest, I encourage you to start doing so. The more you use it is the more proficient you will become so please use it. “…Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” ~ Hebrews 5:14 (KJV) And do not worry about people rebuking when you reveal things to them. My approach on that is similar to when Micaiah told king Ahab that his prophets’ prophecy was of the wrong spirit (1 Kings 22). In the fullness of time, people will know if what you communicated was from the Lord. It may be difficult to see someone ignore your advice and end up in divorce court before the wedding photographer processes the wedding photos, or a church split because the pastor shut you down (possibly because you didn’t have a ministerial title). On a final note, once you have discerned whether someone is good or evil, it is time to go into intercession; sometimes the Lord wants you to pray instead of giving a prophecy. Stay tuned for a post about the sometimes unheralded position of the intercessors…