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HOW NOT TO YIELD TO A LYING SPIRIT AS A PROPHET

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By Bishop Okwudili Eze

Matthew 16:16-23 KJV
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. [17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. [18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [19] And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. [20] Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. [21] From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. [22] Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. [23] But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

From the above scriptures, it’s evidently clear that a believer or prophet can give accurate words from the Spirit and if not guarded can equally give false words because of yielding to a lying spirit.

FIVE WAYS TO AVOID THIS ERROR INCLUDE:

1. Maintain an unbroken intimacy with the Holy Spirit at all times. This is achieved through consistent self-death, consecration, prayers and ministry of the word plus periodic fasting.

2. Remain small in your own eyes. Never come to a point in your walk with the Lord that you begin to think that you know it all. Take a decision to be a life long student in the university of the Holy Spirit.

3. Resist the temptation of prophesying when the anointing is not on you. All gifts of the spirit operate by the leadership of the Holy Spirit and not through a man’s will. If the anointing to prophesy is not on you to prophesy in a meeting, just go ahead and preach or teach the word because the word always works.

4. Never corrupt your fountain through material gains and money. Prophet Balaam had a genuine gift of the spirit operating through him. He even gave messianic messages concerning Christ. But he was not called a soothsayer until he began to profane his gift with the king’s filthy lucre and gifts. Once this is polluted, familiar and lying spirits simply hijack the operations of the genuine prophetic.

5. Never trivialise God’s commanded instructions. In 1 kings 13:16&17, God clearly gave the young prophet instructions not to eat or drink on the errand he sent him to. But because he was not able to hold on to the sacrosanct instructions God gave him personally, he and the old prophet was deceived by a lying spirit. Does it amaze you that the old prophet gave a deceptive word to the young prophet and few hours later he gave a correct word from the God? That is exactly why i am writing this because it is still operating in the body of Christ today because of the aforementioned points.

He that is taught is strong.

I call you blessed.

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