7 Ways to Recognize a Lying Spirit

Antichrist and the Devil“The Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘How?’ He said, ‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and prevail also. Go and do so.'” (2 Chronicles 18:19-21)

We live in a day of deception (beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, subterfuge). (It’s increasing.)

And I’m just gonna come right out and say it: Politicians are lying at the highest levels of state. (And they’re being led by lies and liars.) I know it’s always been true. But it’s heightening. You can sense it.

And Jesus Himself said that the deception and lying in the last days would reach towards such a fever pitch that even the very elect might be deceived if it were possible. (Matthew 24:24)

So we must be keen to lying and lying spirits. If we are not, we will fall for the greatest lie of all…

Then that lawless one (antichrist) will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. (2 Thessalonians 2:8-11)

With these things in mind, here now are…

7 Ways to Recognize a Lying Spirit:

1. A lying spirit can not understand the truth. (John 8:43-45)
2. A lying spirit denies the deity of Jesus Christ (that He is God). (1 John 2:22)
3. A lying spirit stands with a majority opinion (many times). (2 Chronicles 18:21a)
4. A lying spirit practices unrighteousness. (1 John 3:7-8)
5. A lying spirit doesn’t listen to believers. (1 John 4:5-6)
6. A lying spirit speaks words that fail to come to pass. (2 Chronicles 18:27)
7. A lying spirit entices men to destruction. (2 Chronicles 18:19-21)

(Antichrist and the Devil picture above in the public domain: click here.)

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