ARE YOU HEARING FROM GOD OR THE DEVIL ABOUT THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT?
The enemy really designs his deception based upon his knowledge of us. The secret desires of our hearts and our assumptions provide religious demons with both the blueprint and the building blocks of the grand deception that fuels the enemy’s overall plan. The plan begins as a kind of conspiracy theory which answers the questions , “what makes him or her tick? And if I do THIS, then will he or she do THAT?” What the religious demon has to do is to find a way to “guide our steps.” There is no greater thrill than for a religious demon to manipulate and control a child of God and cause that person to become both his prey and his captive.
Point number one in trying the spirits is this: When you go wrong in your assumptions, you have given place to the devil.
What is an assumption?
An assumption is taking for granted that a particular supposition, fact or circumstance is true. It is prematurely accepting as truth, what is merely a hypothesis or a guess. For example, when I reflect upon my very first assumption as a Christian, I “assumed” that because I had power in my hands to heal, that:
1. the healing power was from God;
2. that God was calling me to minister healing.
It took about 25 years for me to find out that “the healing power that I had was NOT from God.” So logically speaking, if the power was not from God, and if it was not from ME, then it must have come from the enemy. If the power came from the enemy, then what was his agenda in giving me the power?
When I “tried the spirits” on this matter, I realized that I had first manifested healing power while I was a new age occultist. When I became a Christian and I saw in the bible that Jesus is a Healer, I just “assumed” that since I was now “born again,” I could simply transition occult healing into my Christian work for God. WRONG!!! Along this same train of thought, we “assume” that because what we are doing is similar to what the early apostles did, that we are doing “the same thing.” It ain’t necessarily so.
With every Christian, the enemy assigned to you is going to “set you up” to be disappointed in God, so that eventually, you will be so frustrated with failure, that you will throw your spiritual hands up in the air and declare, “I’m done with this.” This was the intent of the healing power I operated in. The religious devil’s motive was to frustrate me when those I laid hands on did not “keep” their healing. This works also in the opposite direction. If the sick keeps the healing, then “the healer” will assume that he is operating off of divine power, when he is not.
Consequently, the devil remains in control and can exercise authority in the healer’s life whenever he sees fit.
Assumptions are constantly made by Christians who believe that “the 3 witnesses rule” is an indication that a sign, wonder, message or circumstance is “a confirmation” from God.Confirmation! It’s a twelve letter dirty word that covers a wide field of consideration! In fact, Satan and his crew get many chuckles out of this one.
There are so many varieties of “confirmations” that it is hard to present one representative example, so I’ll have to make one up. You had a dream that you should move to Georgia. Or perhaps someone from your church prophesied over you—“God has called you to minister in Georgia.” The same day, you heard Ray Charles sing, “Georgia on my mind.” Then someone called you on the telephone from Georgia, but it was a wrong number. In the afternoon, a friend stopped by and gave you some peaches. Georgia peaches.
“So there it is” you say to yourself. I got 3 signs or witnesses that provide “confirmation” to my dream or prophetic word. God wants me to move to Georgia. I give this foolish example to make a point of how un-wise Christian “confirmation” really is. Yet foolish believers constantly depend upon “confirmation.”
Getting back to the subject of the Gifts of the Spirit, counterfeit healing and miracles shall be rampant in the end times. I believe that I have the gift of healing and the gift of miracles. However, it is not for right NOW. It is for the end, just before the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth returns to earth to rule ALL nations. The elect of God will go through the tribulation and therefore we will need all of God’s supernatural gifts like no other generation has ever needed them. The devil knew that about me before I knew it and so he tried to co-opt me with his fake healing counterfeit. With 30 years of ministry under my belt, I know how to WAIT!
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