BELIEVE THE TRUTH ONLY

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A friend of mine went to a certain Church and the minister called her name and said some certain things including sowing a seed for certain things to happen. She judged whatever that minister had said using the word of God and she found so many things wrong with it, she ignored him and still lived very fine. A lot of people would start panicking, they will start shivering and borrow money to ensure nothing bad happens to them. It is knowing the truth and keeping on with knowing the truth that differentiates one believer to another believer.
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A lie isn’t something that doesn’t work, it means something that isn’t truth. We do not believe something because it is working, we do not accept a practice into the Church just because that practice seems to be yielding results. Result isn’t what proves God’s calling, it doesn’t prove what truth is. It’s not every experience that is truth but every truth comes with an experience and one of the experiences of truth is that it sets people free when they receive it. I started this way because I have always hear preachers tell believers that if it has been proven to be working, then it is true but that is deception sounding like truth. Jesus never asked us to accept what is working, it is the truth which is a person (Christ) that is all things to us.
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If having large audience alone proves that a man is from God, then Mohammed, the propagator of Islam is from God. Islam is one of the most popular religion in the world! In fact, a Muslim once told me he got healed of a sickness after praying to ‘Allah’ in the muslim way. To him, it is working but that doesn’t make it the truth. The rosary, they claim is doing wonders and working miracles as much as they pray it. Does that make some dogmatic practices the truth? Hell no! Go to secular events, people gather in their millions at concerts, some even fall under what looks like “anointing” and some shed tears to the melody of the songs. Yet, there is no iota of the manifestation of God’s presence there. Having a wonderful organisation and state of the art structures with exotic aesthetics with soul rendering ambience doesn’t mean it is God! Many achieved it without acknowledging God. I remember watching Yanni concerts, it touched my soul and sometimes even got me crying but there was nothing “God” about that feeling except of course that it was God who designed the emotions.
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That people were asked to sow seed in Church before God can give them the friut of the womb may sound nice, it might work for some people, they might have sowed seed and received the fruit of the womb but does that make it the truth of the gospel? No! Jesus said “ask and you shall receive,” He didn’t say “ask and sow seed and you will receive.” Concerning what we are receiving, Jesus said “when you pray, believe you have received it and you will have it.” He didn’t say there is anything else that needs to be done. You will not find it anywhere!
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Even in the Old Testament, Hannah prayed to God sincerely and her prayer got answered! Her vow to God was to ensure Samuel will serve the Lord. I am not writing against sowing seeds in Church, I just want to highlight somethings that works for people but it doesn’t mean it is the truth. There is a different reason to give in Church other than having God multiply our money as though He runs a ponzi scheme. That people even came out to testify how God doubled their money because they gave for that reason doesn’t still make it the truth of God’s word. Native doctors and money ritualists also claim to get for what they have sacrificed. Well, on a different case, Jesus became our sin offering, our peace offering, our first fruit, our warfare offering and every sacrifice you can name. When we give in Church, we give for the sake of the gospel and for the smooth running of the Church activities, we also give to people who teach us the word as a sign of honor so that they don’t stress themselves about money but go on to teach the word (1 Timothy 5:17-22). We also give to the needy, meeting their needs and doing exactly what Jesus would do to them by extending healings to their wounds and words of peace. However, we shouldn’t preach what the word does not say about giving, just to get people give.
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If things that are working becomes things we can adopt as truth, then Christianity is another scam. Religions have always had things they do which works for them, magicians have things working for them but the believer in Christ is meant to believe the gospel as the only truth out there! No matter how much a believer have accepted a lie about being possessed by a demon and then after some deliverance sections started feeling fine, it has no ground to stand against the truth of God’s word by which we know a believer in Christ cannot be possessed by a demon.
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Lies can start working for anyone who believes it overtime and one bad thing about believing wrong is that it gives demons opportunity to operate in the affairs of that man who believes in a lie. For instance, when you believe that even as a believer you can be possessed by a demon, demons begins to attack you knowing that you aren’t strong in faith to resist them. When you believe your finances will not move when you don’t sow a certain seed in Church, the devil holds it against you and strike your business anytime you forget to sow such seeds. Why? What you believe is what sets the rule for the operations of your life.
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When we were asked to believe in Jesus and be saved (John 3:16) it means the moment we believe, it becomes the binding rule for our life that Jesus is our savior and Lord! But when you believe in a lie, that lie starts manifesting around you. The knowledge of truth is enough deliverance (John 8:32). The Bible says in John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”
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Jesus came into you and made you a dwelling place (2 Corinthians 6:16) because you believed the truth but this is exactly how it demons take possessions of the affairs of people who believe in a lie. Your belief system is the route through which spiritual things takes place in your life and satan follows the route of believed lies to deal with someone. Every lie has a spirit driving it and the truth is being driven by the Spirit of God. So, anyone who accepts a lie, be it a religious lie that sounds so much like truth is giving the devil an entrance into the affairs where that lie is believed. A lot of people are experiencing all kinds of demonic attacks because they believed they can be attacked, they believed every of their bad dreams are signs that they are not fully delivered. These lies are coated with the color of truth so that it can’t sound outrightly wrong. The Bible said the devil manifests as an Angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) but he is full of darkness! He can speak like the Church, quote bible like the Church and even make charismatic moves but that is his subtle way of bringing deception.
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The more people gets comfortable with lies, the more demons are comfortable with their operations in the life of that person. Unfortunately, the more people seem to think these lies are working for them, the more they don’t want to accept the truth even when presented with evidence of truth. They have been given to sensualism, they are moved by just the sensual feelings the lies they believe in gives them. They fail to realize we do not use logic to know the truth, we do not know the truth by what we feel… The truth is a spiritual thing that may not be decoded by the senses on its own. The devil will never want such person to accept the truth because that is the only deliverance they need to be free from him.
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One way to know if you have been believing a lie for a long time just because it has been working for you is by learning the word of God with an open heart, holding it in high esteem above whatever you have been taught in Church, above what any Pastor or book have said (Act 17:11). When your knowledge stops where what has been preached in Church gathering stops, you have a problem because you will just copy and copy wrong. You can only be able to take your stand against satanic influence and manipulations by giving yourself to the study of the word and allowing the Holy Spirit reveal it to you while being willing to loose hold of any lie you used to believe. If you can’t find its approval in the word which applies to the Church, reject it and never feel guilty about it.
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There is one simple way to know a lie, judge it with the word of God (1 Corinthians 2:15). The truth works but it only becomes truth to you when you accept it. The truth glorifies Jesus, it uplifts you and build you into maturity. Truth gives you more reason to deby self and love the Lord, truth makes you grow in love for all men, it forms Christ in you daily! Some lies are coated with what seems to be giving God glory but look well, there is always a trace of greed, self and mere want of material things. When you encounter the truth, you encounter light and you know a burden has been lifted.
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The Bible says in those days, even the elect shall be deceived (Matthew 24:24). It is not about the crowd, crowd isn’t a proof that God is in the business but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t add to the number of those who believed! However, we do not measure truth by the crowd, by miracles and by signs and wonders. Miracles are the least thing a believer should use to prove whether something is true or not. An unbeliever may need miracle to believe if God wills it that way but believers don’t need miracles to grow, they must be given to the pragmatic study of the word. Rememeber, Moses turned his stick into snake and the magicians of Egypt did the same! Jesus said that false preachers will do a lot of signs and wonders as have never been seen before (Matthew 24:11). What does this tell us? We must focus on preaching this truth, on training people in this truth and allow God to do what He wants to do with us. When it is not about self, you don’t even struggle to work power because as you teach the truth, you work it.
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Just hold on to the truth always! If it is God’s word, it is the only authority. Experiences and opinions does not count. There is no democracy in Christianity. Truth is the more excellent way… Stick to it!
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God bless you.
-George O.N-
#GracefulGeorge

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