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How to Protect Yourself From False Spiritual Teachers and Prophets.

If you wondered about the name of this ministry, Arming the Saints, let me explain.  It is our heart to give God’s people the knowledge, wisdom and training to be armed against the battles of this world and in the supernatural realms and the lies of the enemy that keep many people blind to their true blessings and authority in Christ.  It is so heavy on my heart that so many are being blinded and deafened by the world and religious miscommunications, false prophets and teachers and incorrect human interpretation of Biblical truth and maybe you are too.  So here are a few posts on how to protect yourself.

  1.  Do not believe everything someone tells you, especially if they attach any religious words or titles with it.  What I mean is test everything as we are told in 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  Testing the words of your pastor, TV spiritual teachers and spiritual friends is perfectly acceptable and highly recommended!

Know that spirit comes in the form of spiritual influence that come to us in feelings, emotions and most obviously in words.  The best way to test the spirit (or teachings/statements) is to know the truth in the Word of God.  This truth comes from studying the Bible not just reading it and asking for wisdom and understanding.


Are You a Peacemaker?

“Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:1-3.

In this scripture, Paul is speaking of the unity of the body of Christ or the Church, but I can’t help but apply it to this world we live in now.  The commentary in my NIV Bible says “It is the heavy responsibility of Christians to keep that unity from being disturbed.” Remember that Jesus states in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.”

Are you are peacemaker (unity keeper or builder) in this world?  In your family? At your job? In your household?  This does not mean to not speak truth or correction but do you do it with peace and love?  Take a few minutes before you respond in every situation to ask if the words you want to say are your flesh (indignation, anger, hurt or resentment) or from God spoken in and with Love.  The truth of how you feel about something does not always need to be told!

God Will Never Leave Us  

Do you ever feel like God left you or forgot you?  Perhaps we left Him.  I say this because He said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb 13:5).  When we feel like we have been overlooked, that is the time to press in and make sure we are studying the Bible and we are praying for others and looking for God’s hand in everything we do.  I have felt that I was not plugged into the God circuit as strongly as I wanted to be and when I focused on my time with God and praying and blessing others, I was able to see God at work again. 

This year of 2023 is a year to realign with God and refocus on learning about God and being obedient in loving and blessing others.  When we take the focus off of ourselves we can see God at work in others and affirm that He never leaves us!  If nothing else, just look around at the beauty around you that is all created by God for us to enjoy!

We Reap What We Sow.

Reaping and sowing is a world principle also know as planting and harvesting.  What is it that you want to harvest and have in abundance this new year?  Health, love, peace, joy, finances, blessings…?  2 Corinthians 9:6  states, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”  Think about it, if you plant 2 seeds will your harvest be different than if you planted 2,000 seeds? YES!  So when we sow into others we will receive in proportion with how much we sow. 

Many people will think they want more financial benefits and think they will just work more, but we can have so much more when we operate with Godly or Kingdom principles by sowing financial seeds into others to grow our finances.  Sowing into others by donating money to organizations that take care of people, giving money to the homeless, helping a ministry or taking care of the needs of someone with a financial blessing to them.  This is the same principle with other things.  You want love – love others, you want peace – be peaceful with others, you want joy – find joy in everything. 

Oh, by the way, when you sow ugliness guess what you get?  Yep, ugliness!

Guess what?  We can sow many types of seeds at the same time and have it ALL.  I call it blessing others.  Ask God to show you who to bless and watch your joy, love, peace, health and finances grow!

Love God and Love Everyone is The Greatest Commandment.

Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment in the law and Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40.

When we operate out of love we also have peace!  It IS hard to love the unlovely, but remember that hurting people hurt others.  Let’s make a conscious effort to ask God to bless them and give them grace.  Pray for them to have the peace of the Lord to know that whatever they are going through, God can handle it and bring them to the victory!  Do NOT take on offense – forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing since they are operating out of pain and they don’t know who you are in Christ.

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