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The pursuit of happiness, beauty, relevance…

My heart overflows with a noble theme

My mind wanders to a land far away from me yet so close to me

Only that i see the rest of humanity in this mysterious land

Its a land full of ponderings. A land full of wisdom. A land ancient, and famous for its mystery throughout the ages

There’s a vast world within. Not for the faint. Silence. Solitude.

Life’s a paradox; The only way up is down

The only way to live is to die.

Vanity upon vanity all is vanity. I’m searching for reality. I’m searching for happiness. I’m searching for beauty. I’m searching for relevance.

The voice of humanity echoes through my mind.

I once met a wise Teacher

He claimed to be the answer to the voices in my head.

The yelling of humanity.

He said, “the only way to live is to die. You’ll come alive when you learn to die”

He walked me through this mysterious land. He beckoned me to go with Him. He was taking me to my destiny.

Terrified.

I nearly said no, but then i saw then i saw the Fire in His Eyes.

There was something about those eyes. Desire.

I went with Him, still going with Him.

Oh the beauty of Transcendence! Happy Holiness, Joyful Righteousness.

Though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil.

The questions of the great philosophers answered!

Now i must embrace my pilgrimage to the eternal city.

I’m an ambassador, inviting all to the wedding.

For in that day, the first shall be the last, the last shall be the first. Kings and paupers. Queens and maids. The rich and the powerful and the forgotten of the earth.

The great Equaliser.

Therefore you kings, be wise. Be warned you rulers of the earth,

The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up His zeal, with a shout He will raise up the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.

(P.S  I have no idea exactly what that was haha but i was having a good time writing that :). I have also referenced 2 Bible verses in the end- Psalm 2:8 and Isaiah 42:13)

Love, Faith and the Gifts of the Spirit 2

  In my last post, i wrote briefly on how Faith is worked out by love. Love is the height of spiritual maturity. I spoke on how Love is the battery for our faith torchlight. Furthermore, the gifts of the spirit are received by us from God by faith. So the gifts of the spirit are energized by faith, and faith energized by Love.

The gifts of the spirit cannot be kicked out of the Bible like it doesn’t matter or it doesn’t exist. However, every gifts of the spirit should be rooted in Love. It becomes a problem when people use their gifts not entirely wisely, or when people don’t even recognise that they have a spiritual gift given to them specially by the Holy Spirit. I believe that the gifts of the spirit are given to believers for the building of the body of Christ. They are given to keep believers steadfast in the faith, and also to draw unbelievers into the faith.

Hebrews 2:4 explains how it keeps believers in the faith when it says:  ‘[Besides this evidence] it was also established and plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of it by signs and wonders and various miraculous manifestations of [His] power and by imparting the gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers] according to His own will.’

Let’s take a look at the life of Jesus when he was in the world. Out of the love of God for mankind, He sent Jesus into the world. Jesus demonstrated this love to people when He healed the sick, raised the dead, taught the scriptures, and went about doing good.

Once at a prayer meeting, i described Peter as ‘loud’ and compared him to John the beloved. Afterwards, i had a tough time with God as he convicted me of what i said. Peter had a function as much as John did. He had revelations from God and that was why he could tell Jesus, ‘You are the Christ! The Son of the Living God!’. Maybe Peter was not as ready to receive the love of Christ as John was, but he sure did have a role to play. He was full of passion and enthusiasm. Jesus even told him, ‘You are a rock, and on this rock i will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it’. Jesus also said Satan had asked specifically for Peter to be sifted into his hands. Satan must have seen something special in Peter.

I wondered why God convicted me of what i said and it occurred to me that Peter was the one that gave the sermon at Pentecost. Peter was the first disciple to perform the first healing after Christ ascended. Interestingly, Peter was with John when this happened. I believe that John had to be there because he was the one with the revelation from Christ on love. The healing had to be driven out of love. I don’t know if this happens to you, but recently when i see sick people around me, i feel really moved with compassion, and then i pray in my heart for God to heal them. It just comes naturally for me to do that because i know God loves them.

Like i pointed out above, the reason why Christ healed people and performed miracles was because he loved them. It was his way of expressing His love for them. We should aim to be like Christ. He was love and out of that love He did supernatural works in the lives of people.

Love had to come down in the person of Jesus before the spirit of God was poured out from heaven. Its sad how love is separated from the gifts of the spirit nowadays because the reason why God gives us these gifts is to use them to show love to others. Even Paul warns the church at corinth that every gift of the spirit is nothing without love: ‘But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all–love].

We should earnestly Love because outside of Love, there is no proper gift of the spirit. The gifts of the spirit are nothing without love. Love and gifts of the spirit should be united together. I would even go as far as saying that, every ‘gift of the spirit’ manifested anywhere, without the love of God at its root is not of the Spirit of God but of the spirit of the antichrist. 1 John 4:3 says the spirit of the antichrist is already in the world. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 also says that the coming of the antichrist is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of pretended miracles and signs, lying wonders and delusive marvels. In case, you didn’t know, demons teach doctrines. 1 Timothy 4:1 talks about how in the latter times some christians will turn away from the faith, giving attention to seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach.

So we have to very alert and very careful about the places we go to just because signs and wonders are manifested there. It could be the Spirit of God but could also be the spirit of a demon manifesting. However, i believe the best way to discern if its the Spirit of God is if the motive behind it is the love of God. God is love, and where love abides God abides.

Linking Revelation 3:19 to Proverbs 1:23, when we walk in love, God pours out his spirit on us. Revelation 3:19 says the people that God dearly and tenderly loves, he tells them their faults and convicts, convinces, reproves,chastens,disciplines and instructs them. It admonishes us to have an enthusiastic attitude and to burn with zeal when God tells us our faults(rather than feel condemned); and afterwards repent. Proverbs 1:23 then says: ‘If you will turn(repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I (Wisdom) will pour out my spirit upon you, i will make my words known to you’. Christ is referred to in the Bible as the Wisdom of God, so when we heed to his reproof and instructions, He pours out his spirit on us.

I’ll end by encouraging you to put on love. Putting on love is spiritual warfare. The love of God is powerful. I believe when the love of God comes, everything comes after. If you have been asking God to show you what gifts He has given you, start loving first of all, then see what happens. Love should be the foundation of all the gifts of the spirit.

Love, Faith and the Gifts of the Spirit 1

Like i said in my last post, i would like to keep sharing what God has been teaching me on love. In this post, i will be talking about the importance of love in expressing faith, and using the gifts of the spirit for God’s glory in the church. This post includes a lot of my recent reformed beliefs and i am in no way trying to offend anyone with it. I hope you learn something new from it.

Firstly, today’s church has somehow succeeded in separating the gifts of the spirit from Love. Whole denominations have been formed based on their belief in the gifts of the spirit and other denominations about how they believe we should desire love but not the gifts of the spirit.

Its such a shame how we get denominationalism from such things in the church today because that’s not what Jesus wanted. The other day i was with some of my christian friends, and we met an atheist and he asked, ‘Which one of them are you? The happy-clappy ones or the methodist or baptist’. And then each one of us starting telling him the denomination we belonged to. When he got to me i told him ‘I’m in the middle of it all’. I must admit i felt ashamed that even though we were all christians we had to divide ourselves into groups. There was nothing uniting about someone saying ‘church of england’ and another saying ‘baptist’. Growing up as a teenager, i always referred to myself as a ‘pentecostal’. But one day, i read one of Jesus’s last requests to His father just before he was going to be crucified. He said, “That they all may be one, just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.”

You can imagine Jesus was asking his Father for what was most precious to His heart because He knew He was leaving the world. That is the basis for my non-denominationalism. I may still hold on to my pentecostal beliefs but if you asked me what denomination i was i would just say ‘I’m a christian, a member of the body of Christ’. Imagine what would happen if we could all focus on our similarities and lose sight of our differences? The reason why Jesus asked that we may be one was so that the world may believe and be convinced that his Father sent Him. Expectedly, the atheist we spoke to was from a christian family. His mum was methodist, his grandmother was apostolic and most of his extended family were ‘happy-clappy’. One Church=Won World.

Its even more scary when we make up theological terms and say we belong to a man because He came up with some doctrines. Yes, Martin Luther and John Calvin really helped in the building of today’s church foundation but Calvin and Luther belong to Christ. There’s no need to call yourself a ‘Calvinist’ or a ‘Lutheran’. This was what the church in corinth did that Paul wrote to them about in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13:

What I mean is this, that each one of you [either] says, I belong to Paul, or I belong to Apollos, or I belong to Cephas (Peter), or I belong to Christ.

     13Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul?

Calvin and Luther were servants of Christ. The doctrines they came up with were not their doctrines but the doctrines of the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit. Maybe if everyone stuck to the name ‘Christian’ (instead of Lutheran, pentecostal, baptist, methodist etc) the world will not think christianity is a joke. Another thing i find quite strange is when preachers say their teachings can be plagiarised. I don’t understand how the word of God can be plagiarised. If you teach something, you didn’t reveal it to yourself, the Holy Spirit did. Can a teaching of the Holy Spirit be plagiarised? Is it not for the benefit of the body of Christ? I don’t understand this but if you read this and you think there’s an explanation for it i’ll be more than happy to hear what you have to say :). I take hope and joy from Christ’s promise however : I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Love cannot and should not be separated from the gifts of the spirit. Neither should faith be separated from Love. God has taught me that no virtue in the Bible should be separated from Love. Not grace, or faith, or patience. Love is a complete fulfillment of the law. The gifts of the spirit should be rooted in Love. These days you have many churches that teach faith and all i ever get out from some of the sermons i hear about faith is a willpower that lasts for a couple of days. Faith come by hearing, studying and meditating on the word of God. But do you know what the Bible says about what Love does to Faith? Do you know what gives energy to your faith? Or what activates the faith you get from the word of God? Love is the answer.

Galatians 5:6 (Amplified Version) says: 6For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.

So love is the battery for your faith torchlight. Your faith grows from the word, but your faith needs love to activate it, energize it, express it and to work it out to the glory of God. Basically, your faith is useless without love. Just as faith without works is dead(works without faith is dead too), Love without Faith is dead. Love is the way we do the good works God wants us to do.

Note that everytime i say love in this post, i’m mostly talking about letting God love us. I believe very strongly that when we let God love us we let us love us, and we let us love others. If you miss the first step you miss it all. If i was to explain this practically, i would say letting God love us is letting Him be involved in everything in our lives and having an intimate relationship with Him. Sometimes i even ask God things like ‘Which subject do you want me to study today Lord?’. That’s what God wants from us. He wants to be our best friend and trust Him, and cast every single care on Him. Every worry, every fear, every tear. Just tell it all to Him. He wants to be our counselor, our Helper, comforter, intercessor, strengthener. He wants to be our all. If we can just humble ourselves to be like little children and live simple lives where we don’t attempt to hide anything from God or keep worrying about things but cast all our cares on Him, our lives will change.This is what i admire from David in the Bible. He was honest with God. He told God his greatest fears, and described to God about how he felt when he was down. He praised God the best way he could when he had victories. I believe this was why David could have such revelations on the coming of Jesus, and many other things he wrote about in the psalms.

I’ll continue this topic in my next post, cause i think its quite a lot to discuss in one post.

God Bless! 😀

My Perfect Love

In light of the revelations God has been giving me recently on His love i was meditating on what i had learned; And then God reminded me of His word to me on the 21st of February this year. Usually, when i hear God speak to me about certain things, i never note it down. But that day, i really felt like the Holy Spirit wanted me to type it, so i typed it on microsoft word immediately.

That same day, i had a prayer meeting to go for at church, and i was so excited about what God said to me. I typed it before the prayer meeting, took it with me, and read it out to them. However, i told them that i felt this was what God was saying to me, and although it may be benefiting to them, i didn’t know if it was a word for the church too.

Interestingly, at the time God spoke to me, i thought it had something to do with my exams. I thought something really bad was going to happen to me, and then through that bad thing, God will fulfil what He had promised. But only recently, God reminded me of what He said and told me what has been happening in my life recently is what he was speaking to me about. Most interestingly, God has given a word through many people at my church about how we need to build our foundation of love before he sends people in to the church. I look back at what God said to me that day and realise that the word was not just for me, but for my church. This was what i heard God say to me:

MY PERFECT LOVE

Main Word Summary: I know you by name, I will show you my perfect love and you will know my perfect love. You will experience my love.

Notes from Scripture: 1 John 4:18 says 18There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. Do you not know that everything I give is perfect and is there anything I start that I don’t bring to completion? My loving-kindness is perfect, My Strength and power are perfect in your weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9- But he said to me, My grace (my favor and LOVING-KINDNESS and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show yourselves most effective in [your weakness]. Therefore you should all the more gladly glory in your weaknesses and infirmities, that my (Christ the Messiah) strength and power may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell upon you.

Paul said in Philippians 1:6- And I am convinced and sure of this very thing that He who began a good work (Christ’s work of love) in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ[right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Fear not, for I am with you, my love is being made perfect and my work of love in you is coming to completion. Rejoice in your hardships, distresses, infirmities, persecutions and perplexities for when you are weak [in human strength] then are you [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).I don’t want you to just have mere knowledge of my love for you, I want you to experience my love for you in every edge and corners in your life. [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! (Ephesians 3:19)

I’m eternally grateful to God for what he has revealed to me recently about his love. And till He is done with teaching me i will never stop declaring and speaking about his love and faithfulness. I used to think His love was about singing ‘Jesus loves me, yes i know. For the Bible tells me so’. I had heard ‘Jesus loves you’ so much that it didn’t even matter to me anymore if i heard it. Most people think they know God’s love but only today God told me: If my people knew my love they will not feel guilt or condemnation or live in fear, or be faithless and unbelieving, or live in sin; there would be no anxiety or hopelessness and they would know it is much more than words or singing a couple of songs but it comes with power. If they knew how much I loved them they wouldn’t have any problems loving themselves and other people

You cannot love yourself or anyone else if you don’t know how much God loves you. Where love abides, God abides, because God is love.

1 John 11:12: 11Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.

     12No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!

True Spiritual Warfare 2

Ephesians 6:11-18(AMP):

Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with thefirm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Think of yourself as a soldier. A soldier of Christ making you hated by all the forces of darkness as there is nothing in common between light and darkness. Little wonder why christians have the most problems in the world. The fruits of the spirit are joy, peace, patience, love, kindness, goodness(benevolence), gentleness, self control, faithfulness(keeping commitments and living by your word).

But many christians in the world hardly ever have any of these fruits in their lives because they have let the Devil use their problems to steal them(the fruits) away from them. A very profound Joyce Meyer quote is ‘Your problem is really not your problem but your problem is your attitude to your problem’. The reason why you got angry the last time u did was not because of what that person did. The reason why you got angry was because the Devil got you thinking so much about what that person did, and probably whispered something like ‘why should u let this person get away with what they did’. And its with things like that we open doors in our lives for the devil even when sometimes we pray for them to be closed. We have to be sensitive to be aware of the strategies and deceits of the Devil.

When the Bible talks about spiritual warfare it refers to facing the devil on the evil day of danger. So the battle is for the ‘evil day’. However we must always learn to put on our spiritual armors always because the Devil comes when we least expect it.

Wear your belt of truth. When the devil tries to deceive you into thinking someone does not deserve your forgiveness tighten your belt of truth and remember that Jesus said we need to forgive people. It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. It doesn’t even matter if they recognise that they have offended you. You have to forgive them. Unforgiveness opens wide doors for the devil into our lives.

Lift up your shield of faith. Faith is believing that you’re whatever the Bible says you are and you have whatever the Bible says you have. I like how the Bible says lift up. A shield is useless if you don’t lift it against any missiles. So i believe the way we can lift up our shield of faith is confess the truth of the word of God out loud when the Devil sends his missiles. Like Jesus did when the Devil tempted it saying ‘It is written’ is speaking out the truth boldly.This is also how we use the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. And the more we say what we believe the more we believe it. You cannot receive anything God gives us through Jesus except by Faith. Even our salvation is by grace through faith. Without faith in the grace God gives us to be saved we can’t be saved.

The helmet of salvation. I like how salvation is a helmet in our spiritual armor because it reminds me of what goes on in our heads. That’s where we think things. Your thought life is important for spiritual warfare. Think positively! Expect the best thing to happen! Expect your salvation to come!

Learning from Jesus, obviously the Devil hated Him more than anyone else. But did Jesus go around screaming at the devil? Did he have that much problem with the Devil? This just tells me that Jesus was always so fully prepared that the devil didn’t even bother Him. I believe Jesus put on love everyday too. Jesus is Love Himself. When we put on Love the devil doesn’t even know what to do with us.  Jesus recognised his enemy was the devil and not Peter or anyone around Him. And that was why he was sensitive enough to realise when Peter rebuked Him, trying to stop him from going to the cross, it was the Devil and so immediately rebuked the Devil and went along with what he was doing. Many christians today do a lot of ‘thinking’. They don’t just walk out of situations like that. They think its the person that they’re talking to that’s the enemy when the Bible clearly says our friends or family members are not the true enemies. Our enemy is the Devil. And when we get into those situations of someone saying something nasty you have to realise the devil is trying to steal your joy and peace through them. When someone offends you so badly and you think you can’t forgive them because ‘they win and you lose’ then remember that the devil is deceiving you through what happened. We have to learn to put on love above all else. Be patient with people and kind. Don’t compare yourself with others because that would lead to jealousy and envy and love does not envy. Love does not boast about what they have except boasting in Christ Jesus. Love is not being rude to people. Love is ready to give allowance for someone else to have their way.. It is not always selfish and self-seeking. It does not rejoice at injustice being done to someone. It pays no attention to what someone’s done to you- It keeps no record of wrongs. It is not touchy, it believes the best of your friend, it is not proud. When you love, you terrify the devil and bring all his schemes to an end. Prayer is important, but without the full complete armor of God, there is something missing.

Colossians 3:13-15(AMP)- 13Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

     14And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

     15And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Give Preachers a Break!!! Don’t make yourself ‘An Accuser Of the Brethren’.

I feel the need to write this post today because i’ve just seen something i find quite offensive. As usual, i was looking through the internet for joyce meyer’s childhood sexual abuse story(video) because one of my friends needed to watch it.

I think at this point it is necessary for me to enlighten you on how i actually started listening to Joyce Meyer. While i was still in secondary school, during the holidays, i would come home and my mum loved watching TBN a lot. As you would expect, i always complained and moaned about it because at that point everything in christianity was boring to me. One of my mum’s favorite shows on TBN was joyce meyer ministries’ ‘Enjoying Everyday Life’ show. My mum was always watching her, and she would always say how much she was blessed by Joyce Meyer’s sermons. And i always complained because i always wanted to watch something else. Now i need you to get this. I somehow found myself saying to my mum several times, “Joyce Meyer is a prosperity preacher and all she does is preach on finances”… and till now i have no idea or clue on what made me say that. No one from my school knew Joyce meyer, no one around me knew her apart from my mum. And i never listened to her sermons. So who was the source of information that she was a ‘prosperity teacher’.

After about 2 years since i’ve started listening to Joyce Meyer, God has revealed to me that the source of that lie and information was THE DEVIL HIMSELF. I remember the first day i started listening to her messages. She was talking on the mind and how important your thinking had to be. And she spoke about how she was sexually abused by her father as a child. That didn’t sound like preaching prosperity to me. I’ve only come to realise now that if i never listened to Joyce Meyer, i would never be as close to God as i am now. The Devil had that knowledge, so he lied to me… and i believed him. He didn’t want me to have that relationship with God that God would have wanted me to have.

But time passed and passed and passed. And you know, her messages have totally transformed my life. I didn’t know i could ever think right or control my feelings and emotions. I had no idea that the Devil sends thoughts in my mind to be converted into feelings like fear,doubt and guilt. And most of all, i didn’t know that i could really come to practice God’s word in my life, and that my life would never change if i didn’t have that personal time with God. God has used her to literally change my life, and bring me into a relationship with Him.

Then after sometime, i got really interested and i noticed she had a sermon for everyday on her website. I googled her name and the Devil showed me more and more 😕 I saw all the nonsense about her being a ‘prosperity preacher’ and about her being a ‘word of faith preacher’ and ‘false prophet’. And all the judgemental comments from ignorant christians about her being false because she owned a private jet and a big house. And yeah they said she had a facelift so therefore she was a false prophet.The Devil was bringing more and more to keep me away from listening to her messages. Some people might interprete that as God trying to take me away from listening to her but i can tell you for a fact that if i was distracted by all those lies and didn’t have a look for myself by watching her show everyday, i would never have the relationship with God that i have now.This is why is very important to distinguish between the voice of God and that of the Devil; the devil can come in such very clever ways sometimes. Acts 16:17-18 says:

17She kept following Paul and [the rest of] us, shouting loudly, These men are the servants of the Most High God! They announce to you the way of salvation!

18And she did this for many days. Then Paul, being sorely annoyed and worn out, turned and said to the spirit within her, I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her! And it came out that very moment.

In those verses there was a slave girl who was possessed with a python spirit that exclaimed through her(talking about Paul and some other apostles) saying “These men are the servants of the Most High God! They announce the way of salvation”. Now you may have thought the spirit was the spirit of God speaking through her. But the people in the area(where Paul was preaching) were Gentiles(Not people from Israel who would have understood what it meant). The Gentiles would have understood the ‘Most High God’ as Zeus, and therefore the spirit was using her to be a hindrance to the spreading of the gospel in the area so Paul had to cast it out of her when it became unbearable for him. We have to be very careful and sensitive to recognise the voice of God, and of the devil(which is always the easier one for everyone to hear most times).

Oh and yes the devil also led me to some information with people saying “a woman is not allowed to teach the Bible”(By the way, the point here is not what is right or wrong, but the fact that if God tells someone to do something then you can’t bring them under judgement for doing it)- For example God may command me not to drink alcohol at all but permit someone else to drink it. If i drink it, it is sin to me, even though it may not be sin to someone else(See Romans 14). The Devil has tried many other things to distract me away from God including trying to convince me and make me believe that the Amplified Bible is a ‘wrong’ version. He would even use the Word of God against you to lie to you.

But you know everytime i just look back at the wrong information i had from people then, i just can’t stop being so so grateful to God for being by my side and letting me know what to do. I think Christians should be very very mindful of the kind of things and claims they make about people working for God because, whatever words you say, or whatever things you claim, might just be the Devil using you to distract someone else from God. Sometimes it might be God trying to use you to draw someone towards him (and away from a false prophet leading people to Satan), and that is why i think it is very important to always pray and hear from God before making any false claims.

The Devil wants to use your mouth to draw someone to him as much as God wants to use your mouth to draw someone to Him. If you are the christian that always searches around for false doctrines and preachers; GET OVER IT PLEASE. Even when we hear from God about a preacher we have to ask Him again how he wants us to use that information about the preacher. He might ask you to speak out against the preacher, or not to say anything at all, or to speak to the preacher privately in love, or just pray for the preacher.

I believe with all my heart that any person that you may consider as a false prophet, does not really want to be a false prophet in their hearts. They may be ignorant and God can still turn things around. I don’t believe that any Bible teacher that does anything considered to be ‘false’ really knows in their heart that what they are doing is false. And God looks at the hearts of people. God would rather have a preacher whose heart is clean than one with a bad heart, but with good outward ‘behavior’.

Many christians like to be the ‘watchmen’ looking out for the ‘false preachers’ that they get so involved in that full time job they’re blinded by their ignorance and pick out the innocent people. I don’t think it is our jobs to be constantly picking on people called by God. I’m actually surprised Joyce Meyer gave an answer to all the questions brought to her by people asking why she got a facelift, or why she has a jet or why she teaches if she’s a woman. To be frank and honest she doesn’t owe anyone any explanation for what she did but God alone. Its almost as if she’s being forced to give an account before men for what she does in her Life. And we both know that the only person we will(and should) be giving an account to of what decisions we make in our lives and our use of our gifts is God. He is the one we’ll stand before on judgement day to give an account of our lives.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: THE DEVIL IS THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN. AND IF YOU ARE CONSTANTLY ACCUSING ANY CHRISTIANS OR ANY PEOPLE CALLED BY GOD INTO MINISTRY YOU MAKE YOURSELF OUT TO BE OF THE DEVIL.- I think this is a key point because when i started writing this post i never intended to add this. As i was looking through the post again, i heard God remind me that its the Devil’s job to accuse christians.

I’ll end with a verse i really like because i think it touches nearly everything. If you don’t learn to be balanced to know if someone is from God or not, then the Devil will use u to lead people away from Christ: 1 Peter 5:8 says:

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour