Do not yield to seduction and deception

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” (1 Timothy 4:1, KJV).

 

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In the midst of so much distraction, pressure, change and the challenges of the current times, we need to discern the motivating forces in the spiritual realm. When the pain and agony of life seem to be an unending experience, when the tears of sorrow become a daily routine or nightly routine, or when despair seems the only way out of our troubles, it is easy to be easily seduced by deceiving sprits. It is similar to the situation David describes in the Psalms when we says, “My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"  Anyone who is in this kind of situation is very vulnerable to seduction from Satan. The spirit of seduction works hand in hand with the spirit of deception. It is in this place of weakness, confusion, hopelessness and where you feel like God has abandoned you that you can easily open yourself up for wrong advice or counsel. You can even stop pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14, KJV). Remember that when God seems to be far, that is when he is very near. When you feel like you do not deserve God or God does not want you, that is when he is really expressing his love and his need for you. Satan, the enemy of our life, is in the meantime trying to do the opposite. Paul plainly puts it this way “Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:9).

In hard times and moments of trials or hopelessness, the voice of the Lord speaks louder and clear. However, it can also be voiced down by whose ear we tend to favor at such moments. This is where the spirit of seduction and deception work harder to lure us into falsehood. The spirit of seduction first attacks by making our minds to wander from one thing to the other. At times it is from one decision to another. Its aim is to take us off course from the promises of God. When the spirit of seduction gains ground in one’s life, insane choices can seem logical, even spiritually sound. This is the point at which one is led astray from the principles of faith as they have been taught to them. They are gradually pulled away from God’s truth through compromise and justification. The spirit of seduction eventually lures you into desires that are targeted to taking your focus off your calling. This spirit works undercover. The devil knows the importance of delayed gratification more than most of us believers. So he watches you and me for several months or even years and develops a customized attack that only fits you as a person, your environment, your home, your mind and the situation he brings your way. Remember God already knew what the enemy was doing, and has also customized your way out; it is already established for you to walk in it, by ignoring the voice of the enemy.

How does the spirit gain entrance into one’s life?  The main way is through unforgiveness and unhealed wounds. A recent poll showed that people in most congregations have unforgiveness towards each other or towards their pastors. You can refuse to be seduced in this hour by being a voice of truth and a force of love. Refrain from associations, books, shows and music that can lure you into being and becoming a victim of seducing spirits. Keep your forgiveness up to date and allow the Holy Spirit to work on your character. Love people with a holy passion or devotion. Constantly have an open line of communication with God; what Paul calls ‘praying without ceasing’ (I Thessalonians 5:17). Bless the Lord always and in everything give thanks to the Lord. Know that God is for you and not against you; he is on your side. If you are determined to protect yourself from this spirit then refuse to have any known character flaw or wound. This way, the seducing and deceiving spirits cannot be able to enter your heart. All they can do is to harass and fight from the outside. However, they will not be able to defeat the purposes and work of God in your life.

 

Ask the Lord to create in you a pure heart, and draw boundaries in your life based on the teaching of the word of God. Be satisfied with the life God has given you because dissatisfaction is a stronghold. Give thanks in all things, not at the end of things but in all things. Be careful who you connect with. You cannot sit at every body’s table if sitting with others opens you up to seduction.

 

If you are in the San Jose area, we invite you to come to our weekly meetings every Tuesday night.  You are also invited to our monthly breakfast meeting this Saturday, November 12, 2011. For more on these meetings and other ministry information visit: www.vesselforhonor.org

 

By Evangelist Isabella Mwango

 

 

 

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