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Discerning God's Voice

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heargodsvoiceOne of the biggest keys to living the abundant life is to know the voice of your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Praying for discerning of spirits and the gift of wisdom is first and foremost a good first step. The gift of discernment (1 Cor. 12:10) is a supernatural ability to distinguish between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, between holiness and evil. Discernment means looking beyond the surface of what's being said or taught or written to find the truth in it. Some people liken the spiritual gift of discernment to "gut instinct," because sometimes discerning people just know when something's not quite right. In regard to hearing Gods voice - keep practicing - I hear His voice projected as my own thoughts or visions most of the time.  I started with seeking Him and asking Him to talk to me and recording in a book every vision, thought or voice I heard in my imagination then lined up those things with the Bible Scriptures and the character of God.  Most people are hearing God all the time – they are just not recognising Him.

The Bible tells us that Satan comes as an 'angel of light': For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, NIV). The Bible also shows us that Satan will try and deceive the most elect. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (Matthew 24:24, NIV).  Most people would assume that 'listening' and 'feeling' the Holy Spirit in comparison to a demonic spirit they should be as different as night and day, right?  Wrong!  There is such a fine line between the evil spirits and the Holy Spirit (as their job is to deceive).  The Lord sent me on an incredible eye-opening adventure to discern His voice and promptings.  My biggest prayer, when I was first saved, was "Please Lord, don't ever let me be a false prophet," and "please let me know Your voice each and every time You speak to me, so I can deliver Your messages wherever and whenever You need me to".  Many people told me, "Be careful what you ask the Lord for, because He takes each prayer and each word literally"!!   I had been through many deliverance and healing sessions but I still detected demonic entities that would scream at me, oppress me, take away my energy and mimic the voice of the Holy Spirit - at times even quoting Scriptures and dialogue with compassion and empathy so I would deliver a wrong message. In despair I would ask the Lord, 'Why, why can I not be delivered from these powerful entities that oppressed me continuously and made my life a misery?"  I then received this revelation:  Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness"  (2 Corinthians 12: 6-9, NIV).  The Lord then told me I was going to be a 'Teacher of the Truth' - in order to do this He needed to take me on a rigorous training regime using the 'entities' for a time to discern His voice and promptings.  He said to me ~ " Before you can teach the truth you must first know the counterfeit"!  In actual fact there are a few Scriptures where God will use demonic spirits to bring about His plans and purposes.  “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers"  (Luke 22:31-32, NIV).   Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’  The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’  Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you" (1 Kings 22:21-23, NKJV).  In Job 1 & 2 Satan was permitted to destroy Job's family, wealth and afflict him physically.  What an interesting, enlightening journey the Lord was about to take me on!  The entities tricked me on a number of occasions pretending to be the Holy Spirit. I learned they could manifest a form of Love, euphoria and light which I mistook many times as the Holy Spirit.  Once I received a  word for a pastor and his wife of a local church.  The word was a corrective word so I was needing to be sure it was God before I delivered it. The Holy Spirit told me that He would bring the pastor to me so I could deliver it, which is exactly what happened, but  unfortunately it was rejected.  A few weeks later whilst in the church I felt the presence 'presumably' of the Holy Spirit because it took my breath away.  During this manifestation of awesomeness I received a word saying the corrective word I had given was wrong, and I needed to repent and apologise to the pastor. I did this only to find out later I was fooled, it was not the Holy Spirit I had felt at all telling me to repent.   I (of course) accepted this in the moment of euphoria as I believed it could only be God; surely no demon could make me feel this magnificent presence. The Holy Spirit showed  me that because of my feelings I got so 'caught up in the moment', and accepted this deception.  A lesson learnt the hard way!  Never ever rely on feelings!

I soon learned that demons could quote Scripture perfectly (as did the devil to Jesus when he took Him into the wildnerness) so discerning them was tough, until one day the Lord gave me 1 John 4:1-3 (KJV);  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  This was the beginning of a huge journey of deception that the devil took me on.  The revelation that hit my spirit with this scripture, was that you can actually ask the spirits talking to you  to  confess that 'Jesus Christ is come in the flesh' for confirmation. When I first started this the demonic entities would at first swear at me when asked to do this, and the Holy Spirit was only too happy to oblige and spoke this confirmation every time!  One day I received a message which ended with 'Jesus Christ is Lord,' so I assumed the message to be correct, then a few seconds later I received a derogatory comment of what Jesus Christ was Lord of!!!! Clearly this was not the Holy Spirit speaking to me!  Another time a demon confessed to me that 'Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour over all he created'. I, from that day on did not accept any other confirmation except the one I was shown.  I prayed to God and told Him I would not obey any word except when the confession that 'Jesus Christ is come in the flesh' was spoken to me.  I believed that the reason they could not confess that Jesus Christ  is come in the flesh is because (a) 'We are the flesh, which represents our carnal nature and Jesus Christ is in us, and (b) Jesus Christ is God incarnate, meaning that Jesus is the flesh of God'.  The devil of course hates our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and particularly hates that God would manifest His power through us.

I used this scripture and the test for over two years, but it was frustrating as I was hearing confusion and interference that reduced me to tears at times.  Trying to hear the confirmation through my chaotic mind was very tiresome, but like a good soldier I kept persevering, until I met a very discerning man of God who showed me the truth. My father and mother-in-law, founder/director of The Gospel Faith Messenger Ministries had a man and his wife who run an itinerant prophetic ministry from Auckland to stay.  Mark and I  came to meet them.  As we sat around chatting I saw the gentleman a well-known man of God turn into a black cobra in a vision before my eyes.  Well, that took me by surprise!  I then heard through discernment that the snake was Baal and was rooted in Catholicism and I needed to tell him.  I asked for the confirmation, it came many times, so I took the bull by the horns and told him.  Well, that went down like a 'lead balloon'; he confirmed that there was Catholicism in his background, but he had dealt with it and there was no way that this Baal demon was with him.  He then proceeded to tell me that there was a familiar spirit with me blocking my true discernment and I was wrong.  He asked if he  could pray for me to expose and remove that spirit so I could be free and have true discernment.  I felt very angry at this point, but because he was well-known in the Christian community I prayed to God out loud and said "If I am being deceived I repent and ask You to show me", then I accepted prayer from this man. He told me that there were many wounds, that I would cry a lot of tears through healing and that I would become very discerning, in fact discernment was going to be a prevalent gifting from the Holy Spirit.  I remember leaving, going home and thinking, 'Stupid man'; I already have that gift of discernment, I test the spirits, what does he know? The next day this man and his wife were ministering so Mark and I decided to go and listen.  During the session a thought occured to me, 'What if I  have been deceived; what if the revelation I discerned from the Scripture was  incorrect'.  I prayed to God and asked, "Have I got the revelation wrong? If so, please show me the truth".  Immediately the Holy Spirit spoke and told me to re-read the Scripture.  He showed me that only the anti-Christ spirit cannot speak that confirmation as it so clearly pointed out in the verse. I had in my ignorance assumed all demons were anti-Christ and it applied to them all.  In a nut shell I learned at that moment that all demons are liars and can confess anything they like to suit their own agenda. He then said "Python the familiar spirit with Tania I command you to speak the confession and then tell Tania why you can say this."   Python said, "I am Python and Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, I can say this because my name is Python, not anti-Christ".  ****(Python is a spirit of divination and a very religious spirit who actually loves to congregate in churches and meetings, mainly to whisper lies and deceptions into people as they are participating in meetings and services. In fact he is the very spirit in Acts that was in the slave girl who was annoying Paul and Silas.  It appeared to others that she was agreeing with them, but in actual fact Paul discerned the real intent behind the spirit and that was to distract and actually turn people away from Jesus.  The word familiar spirit means a spirit who is a spirit guide, or guardian.  Many believe that familiar spirits are spirits of the dead, but they are in actual fact demons mimicking the dead). To say I was gob-smaked was an understatement. That smarmy smart-mouthed demon was mocking me!  At that point I wanted to run, quit....... anything, but being there.  The Holy Spirit spoke again and said "I need you to go to the gentleman who exposed this and confess to him that you were deceived".  I did, and upon doing so I felt a release of freedom - instead of disappointment I actually felt freedom.  The test had become a real bondage to me, it had caused much confusion, stress and 'hair-pulling' when waiting for confirmation. *(I have since received more revelation on this Scripture, it actually refers to the spirit of man and is a test to expose false servants of God.   See Exposing Wolves in Sheeps clothing. Also the Holy Spirit showed me if we cannot confess that Jesus Christ is come fully into our flesh (that is if our mind, will, emotions and physical bodies), then we are not finished being sanctified.  What this means is if we don't reflect all the fruits (love, joy, peace, patience etc) of Jesus, then Jesus has not come fully into our flesh.  There is more work to be done to perfect us into the likeness of Christ).

Later that night after the meeting I sat before God and worshipped Him. As I prayed with the Holy Spirit I wept and wept as He put healing into my wounds. He showed me that the Intuition area of my spirit was also being blocked by my emotions.  Intutition is the area where we discern God's voice and presence. The Lord then showed me that wounds of rejection caused me to rely on my emotions, my feelings rather than my intuition.  My discernment operated out of my feelings and emotions, and unfortunately emotions can lie. He showed me that I had a long walk ahead of me to put to death my out of control emotions. I Googled 'intuition' and this is what it means: 1. The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes; immediate cognition. 2. Knowledge gained by the use of this faculty; a perceptive insight.  3. A sense of something not evident or deducible; an impression.He told me to rely on that first impression when receiving a word. There will be a peace and a knowing that hits deep within your spirit and you will just know. When I heard this I knew exactly what He meant, because there were times when I had that sense of knowing deep within my knower. If that inner peace and 'gut impression' doesn't happen the Lord showed me that there are other ways in which to discern His voice. The enemy will give you a mixture of truth and lies when they mimic the Holy Spirit. You will notice that when they use Scripture there is always an untruth, twist or deceptive innuendo attached to it.  It may be subtle but it will always be there. When You start to meditate and study the Word the enemy will find it harder to deceive you with the lies. Every word you receive must a) Line up with the Word of God, and/or b)Line up with the character of God.  As you learn and fill Yourself with the essence of God you will learn His character and of course His written and spoken Word.  True discernment comes through having a personal relationship with all aspects of the Living God.  Unfortunately there is no magic pill, quick fix or gift for always knowing when God is speaking to us.  It is through spending time with Your creator, making mistakes and learning through them. "My sheep know Me, they know My voice and they do not follow the voice of a stranger" (John 10:4, 27). In order for us not to follow a stranger, God has to become our friend!!

Timing is another area in which we need to operate in wisdom.  There are many times I have received a message, run ahead and delivered it, only to find out that the timing was off.  When we do things in God's timing, it will be perfect and the revelation will be impacting.  When we deliver it incorrectly the word can be right, but we don't see the result we would have hoped for.  When receiving a message make sure you ask God "Is this for now or for another time"?.

God has since taught me many things in regard to discernment.  He showed me that demons cannot touch our human spirit, only our soul, for the spirit belongs to God, and is the breath of God. Satan will tempt us with exciting spiritual things so demonic spirits can enter our souls and give us counterfeit gifts, and awareness into the spirit realm.  These counterfeit gifts operate from our souls, not our spirits and are what we see with psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, healers etc....  These counterfeit gifts can actually block true spiritual awareness and gifts that God gives. It comes in on occult practises. God removes a wall of separation between soul and spirit  when we are born again, so His gifts operate out of our spirit, but it is at His will and according to His timing and only when needed. This Godly connection was severed when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden.  When we die if this connection is not re-established our soul goes to Hell to be eternally tormented. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity (Ephesians 2:14-16, NKJV).

If we are born-again our soul/spirit go to be with Father for eternity. Satan can also place a counterfeit veil that divides between spirit and soul. It represents a spirit of stupor (slumbering), which blocks our discernment. It is also known as a spirit of lethargy. It is able to enter through not worshipping in Spirit and truth, going against God's commands and not putting God first in our lives. The Bible tells us that being lukewarm is worse than being cold. Being lukewarm allows the spirit of stupor to come. Being lazy and entering into procrastination is another way we can invite this spirit to attack us. He may even convince you that you are tired because you are getting older so you just accept this and partner with it. Look at the old 'greats' from the Bible, they were doing more for God than many young ones, this was because God sustained them! Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you (Isaiah 46, NKJV). Worshipping in Spirit and truth is total submission to God with all of your heart and trust - trusting God always no matter what the circumstances or trials are telling us. When we cannot trust God, His word and His promises in all things this is counted as false worship. False worship enables satan to inflict us in our flesh. In the Bible many men and woman of God were given this spirit because of rebellion and unbelief. This was due to their lack of trust in God. God once told me that trust is the ultimate goal we need to accomplish. The devil will do all He can to prevent this. The slumbering spirit blinds true understanding of God and His word.  If this counterfeit veil is with us true spiritual awareness and understanding may not happen immediately when we are born-again. It can be a process. The slumbering spirit works hand in hand with the deaf and dumb spirit, and also the spirit of deception.

●But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:14-17,NKJV).

●“God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see. And ears that they should not hear, to this very day" (Romans 11:8, NKJV).

Prayer for removing the counterfeit veil and slumbering spirit 

(CLIENT) – “Heavenly Father I repent for going against Your commands. I repent for hardness of heart and resisting the leading of the Holy Spirit. I repent for false worship due to lack of trust, unbelief, pride, rebellion, stubbornness, rejection, laziness, lack of discipline, procrastination, striving for approval and favour from You, and not putting You first in my life. I repent for partnering with tiredness and the belief that it is part of aging when Your word says that You will sustain me. I have allowed the slumbering spirit to block true revelation and understanding of Your word and practices. Please open the eyes of my heart Lord and impart a discernment and perception to 'see' and 'hear' You. I pray that You would also show me the simplicity of Your word as it was originally intended.

In the name of Jesus Christ I break all curses and access points that enabled the slumbering spirit to come. I command all demons of unbelief, rebellion, stubborn, disobedience, deception, pride, striving, slumber, torpor, tiredness, procrastination, confusion, mind blocking and deaf and dumbness to leave immediately in the name of Jesus Christ. I sever the counterfeit veil between soul and spirit. Pray: (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV) - For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

I speak to my eyes and ears and declare Matthew 13:16 ‘Blessed are my eyes for they see, and blessed are my ears for they hear’.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18, NKJV). I release and partner with life, vigor, energy and enthusiasm with God in Jesus name".

Counterfeit Silver Cord/Gifts - Our human spirit belongs to God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6, NKJV). The devil does not have access to our spirit, but he does however have access to our souls (heart) and physical bodies (flesh). The Holy Spirit gives gifts which operate from your human spirit via the Holy Spirit.  The devil gives gifts which operate from your soul via a demonic spirit. We can operate in many giftings which we believe are from God, but in actual fact are counterfeit.  You need to be aware that upon these prayers you may lose giftings that you have believed to be from God. Laying down ones gifts is to put trust in God, that He will return to you, that which is needed and in His will. We all have a calling in Him, and we may look at the possessions, giftings and callings of others and desire them.  We may pray and ask God for them. The Bible says to pursue love and desire spiritual gifts.  If we are desiring these things from a fleshly heart and not for the purpose of love and the glorification of God it can actually hinder us receiving what God has for us. I myself coveted and desired a gift of seeing that my friend had and would pray and pray for this gift.  One day the Holy Spirit told me that He had a gift of seeing for me, it was nothing like my friends gift and I had actually hindered Him giving me this gift because I had been coveting.  If you are a sensitive person in your body, soul and spirit you will be a target for the devil to overload you with false burdens.  Sensitivity to God is an incredibly powerful gift but we need to make sure we are not carrying false empathetic giftings.

Third eyeThis is what the occult realm call the gift of seeing into the spirit realm and/or having a sixth sense as in ESP (extra sensory perception).  It is the gifting a medium or clairvoyant has for knowing things of the future and for seeing spirits.  The third eye is directly inbetween and above the natural eyes (It is an elongated eye). When used for occult purposes it can also be used by others through divination to gauge your whereabouts. It can be activated by simply reading a horoscope. For many years we simply got people to repent and then we anointed and closed the third eye until the Holy Spirit showed me that the actual spiritual eye was a God-given gift of disernment, intuition and perception located in exactly the same place but for His purposes.  Satan got in and used the God-given gift for His purposes using demonic spirits as the source and called it the third eye.  I asked the Holy Spirit where in the Bible does it talk about this mysterious spiritual eye?  This is what He showed me:- “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!(Matthew 6:22-24, NKJV). 'The eye' when taken back to Greek means ophthalmos and is translated the mind's eye and the eye of knowing.  Interesting! What this means is we can be receiving and acting out of our spiritual eye using faulty perception if we haven't dealt with the demonic spirits involved. We can be perceiving God and situations incorrectly and totally get the wrong end of the stick because of this. If we have ever rejected this spiritual eye (like I did) thinking it is evil we may also be rejecting our God-given perception. Discernment operates out of this area so if we struggle in this area chances are we have blockages in our spiritual eye which need to be cleared out so we can have crystal clear vision and see how God wants us to see!

Astral Projection/Travel - This is defined as an out of body experience where your spiritual body is believed to leave your physical body and travel within the spiritual dimension. The Lord using our spirit or taking us in the Spirit whilst leaving our bodies behind is a frequent occurrence in the Bible (2 Corinthians 12:2-4), (Ezekiel 37:1), (Revelation 17:3), (Acts 16: 9, 10). This is controlled by Him and should by no means be attempted by us or controlled by us. Any attempt on our part to initiate this through any kind of practice is occult and a sin. Until now I wasn’t sure if satan could actually project your soul from your physical body or whether it was simply a demon attaching itself to your sub-conscious mind allowing the person to believe they are astral travelling. Turns out he can.  In a recent session the Holy Spirit revealed to us that an occult member was astral travelling to a client and having sex with her in the spirit.  Freaky stuff! Occultists when describing this mention seeing a silver cord. The Godly silver cord is mentioned in Ecclesiastes 12:6 and is the link which breaks upon physical death. This looks like an umbilical cord and is connected between you and God. It is the life-line between you and God. This cord the Lord explained to me also connects between the spirit and physical body. It goes from God to human spirit, then spirit to physical body. A friend of mine once received a vision of the Spirit of God as a huge white encompassing cloud with many umbilical cords hanging down entering His children. There is also a counterfeit silver cord attached from your soul to satan. Satan is the god of this world and uses this cord to feed your soul with counterfeit gifts.

(CLIENT) - “Dear God in Jesus name on behalf of myself and ancestors I repent for all occult involvement and practises which gave us counterfeit awareness into the spirit realm. I repent for all attempts to astral travel instead of waiting and allowing You to take us into the spirit realm . Father God I am sorry if my ancestors and I have ever rejected Your God-given gift of seeing and I instead thank You for this gift. I repent for the times we have allowed the occult realm access to this God-given gift through occult involvement and practices.  I repent for this and turn away from all knowledge and perception of things that are not of God.  I ask that You supernaturally cleanse this gift of seeing and remove all things that are occult. I submit to You and give you permission to sever all counterfeit links, ties, and cords that I have formed with demonic spirits, and other people. I repent for every desire I have had for spiritual gifts that came from a fleshly place. I repent for the times I coveted spiritual gifts that others had and was jealous of them.  I want to do Your will father, and glorify Your name, not mine. I relinquish and place on the altar all gifts, talents, sensitivities, anointing and abilities I have been given. I ask that all false gifts, false anointing, false prophecy, talents and abilities that are not of You be removed, never to be returned. Let me die to them.  I know that You will give back those that you want me to have, refined and directed by the Holy Spirit.  I ask that You also remove all spiritual, emotional and physical sensitivity from me that is counterfeit. I wish to remain sensitive to You and request the fullest amount of sensitivity there is.  I ask for boldness to go hand in hand with this sensitivity so I will not be afraid to step out and do whatever the Lord Jesus Christ asks of me.

I sever the ungodly silver cord, all ungodly soul ties and links that I have formed with demons, satan and other people. I bind all spiritual gifts, fleshly desires, spiritual sensitivities, empathetic giftings, anointing, prophecy, talents and abilities that are counterfeit and render them powerless.  I command every demon associated with these to leave in the name of Jesus Christ.  I ask You Father God in Jesus name to impart to me all gifts, talents, anointing, sensitivity and abilities in accordance with Your will and purposes.

With anointing oil anoint the spiritual eye in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Pray: - "With the blood of Jesus I cleanse the spiritual eye from all demonic sources and command it closed to the occult realm. I pray for a Godly impartation of perception, intuition and and discernment into the spiritual eye for Kingdom purposes in Jesus name, Amen".

******If someone is attacking or visiting you through astral travel the Lord gave me this prayer against them: - “In the name and power of Jesus Christ I command all astral travellers to leave right now.  I cut of your power to astral travel to me, my family and our home in Jesus name.  I bind the demon who gives you this power to astral travel in Jesus name. I break every ungodly soul tie between us in Jesus name. I put the Blood of Jesus Christ between us and declare you will not cross this Bloodline.  Father God I repent for every ungodly soul tie I and all persons in my Bloodline have ever formed with astral travellers in Jesus name.”
***If after this prayer the person astral travelling to you still hasn’t left then ask Jesus Christ to send His Heavenly forces to deal with them!

Prayer for removing deception Deception is when satan plants a ruse to ensnare you. When you believe it, accept it or come into agreement with it, it can actually come upon you. Satan uses all forms and methods to accomplish this.  He will twist God’s word, he will use demonic spirits in the form of seducing beguiling spirits, other people to give you words and direction, including your friends, teachers, and even your Spiritual leaders. He will play on our fleshly desires and tempt us to choose the ‘appealing path’, and many more.  God taught me that the only true way to thwart deception is to have an intimate relationship with our creator and learn His word.  We need to learn His character and put aside time to listen to Him talk to us, so we can learn His voice. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:4-5, NKJV). One of the easiest ways to be snared is to listen to a false doctrine being taught and come under it.  Many people who teach these doctrines don't even know that it is false.  Most teachings are based on quoting passages from the Bible and making them fit around a message.  The problem with this is that you need to go back to the actual place where the Scripture is taken as it may be taken completely out of context.  You may also find there could be an equally compounding Scripture that is in direct opposition to the Scripture you just read and were taught about.  There are many instances in the Bible where Scripture seems to contradict one another.  What I have found with this is to take them both in their correct context and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it is really saying.  Each time I have done this I have found that the Scriptures were not contradictory at all.  God taught me that when I have heard a message to always confirm it with what the Word of God is really saying.  A good way to do this is to take back the Scriptures to the original Greek and Hebrew translations. (I use Bible Wheel via Google to do this).

In view of deception and how rampant it is I became overly cautious and even started to fear deception.  God revealed to me that the road to God is narrow.  It is so easy to veer off to the right and then come back to the middle only to veer off to the left which is the complete opposite to the original problem.  This is what happened to me.  Fear of deception can actually block the truth to make it appear wrong which in turn makes us reject the truth when we are actually shown the truth.  What God showed me is that it is good to be aware and be on guard but ultimately trust God to always reveal deception.

(CLIENT) - “Dear God I repent for allowing myself to be seduced and deceived by the enemy. I repent for believing something was right when it wasn’t,  and for the times I believed something was from you when it was from the enemy. I repent for any words spoken over me that I came into agreement with and/or accepted that was untrue. I forgive all those people with good intentions who gave me advice that went against the will of God, especially when I accepted it and I am sorry for the times I gave advice with good intentions that also went against the will of God. I repent for the times the enemy told me lies about You Father God, and I believed them.  I repent for any deception I have believed that is contrary to the word of God and I am sorry for teaching this deception to others.  I pray that You would correct all wrong teachings.  I understand that ignorance is also a sin so I repent of all ignorance. I confess as sin the times I too have told lies, exaggerated and deceived myself and others. If I ever believed I was led by the Holy Spirit and took the wrong path and aborted Your plans for me, I repent for this. I ask that You show me anything I am teaching or believing that is not in alignment with Your word. I renounce all false peace and false witness operating in Jesus name. I pray for wisdom, revelation and discernment to always see when it is a gift of the Holy Spirit operating within me or a lie from the enemy. Father God I also repent for becoming so afraid of being deceived that fear of deception came and blocked Your truths from me.  I am truly sorry that I didn't trust You enough to know that You would always reveal deception to me. I repent for believing also that You could ever deceive me.

I address all ignorance, seducing-beguiling spirits, deception, self deception, fear of deception, denial, heresy, false peace, false witness and lying spirits and break every hold and access point and command you, as well as all demons with you to leave in the name of Jesus Christ.  I release the Spirit of Truth in Jesus name. Pray: This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6, NKJV).

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come (John 16:13, NKJV). 
*(Impartation:  Pray for the Holy Spirit to impart the Gift of discernment - to know the difference between truth and error. Pray also for the Holy Spirit to impart true peace and a true witness to operate when doing the will of God)

By Tania Francis