b. Truth. Psalm 139:20-22, “For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.” As a deliverance minister I hate evil, I don’t frolic with nonsense. A lot of things are upside down today because of the wrong definition of love. The son that the Father loves he chastises. If you refuse to chastise your son, he will continue to be a baby and end up with entitlement mentality. You cannot have true love without truth. There is the truth side of God and there is the mercy side of God; the ways of God are mercy and truth.
Mercy is horizontal while truth is vertical; mercy and truth merge at the cross. That is why the cross of Christ is the greatest display of the grace of God where mercy and truth merged together. You can see people toy with sin all over the place because they have not been well taught. You cannot be deceived unless you have a lying spirit inside of you. If you have truth inside of you nobody can deceive you. I can understand it when there is deception in the world but when deception creeps into the Church, then there is a serious problem. Many prophecies are manipulative. I can remember what happened in a church we used to attend when we were growing up where people were allowed to prophesy at will. A woman started prophesying but almost immediately another woman got up and started saying ‘you are not sent’. I was shocked. There was so much confusion in the Church on that day. If you are still patronizing charlatans in the name of vision seeing, then you are a baby, you are in a wrong place, please break away from there. These charlatans end up distributing evil seals to their victims and leading them to hell. Rom. 8:9 says, “But you are not like that. You are controlled by your new nature if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that if anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ living in him, he is not a Christian at all)” TLB.
The spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit. What is the spirit of Christ? Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. So, anybody that does not have the spirit of truth is carrying an evil seal, run for your dear life. If during courtship you discover that your fiancée is a liar, don’t think that you can change him, it is enough reason to stop the relationship at that stage. Unfortunately, people go into courtship with the mindset that it must end in marriage. Do not enter ‘one chance’ and think that you can end up in the right destination. Truth is simple, truth is clear, truth is consistent, truth explains all. Truth is not afraid to stand on its own. Absolute truth is found in the word of God. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). It is your responsibility to test every spirit. Prophecies are to be judged. You cannot tell me something that is not consistent with the word of God and say ‘thus says the Lord’. That is why we need to be familiar with the word of God to safeguard us from the deception in the world today even in the Church. I am a student of progressive sanctification; where I was last year is not where I am right now and that is not where I’ll be tomorrow. Am pressing forward, making deliberate progress. That is how it should be. If you don’t want to be deceived nobody can deceive you. The spirit of Christ is the spirit of truth, the spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth is the spirit of God. The spirit of truth is the seal of God. The seal of God will make you end up in God’s house in eternity. Whose seal are you? That is why God ensures that he seals us with the Holy Spirit. Eph. 4:30 says, “Don’t cause the Holy Spirit to sorrow by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who marks you to be present on that day when salvation from sin will be complete” (TLB). If the Holy Spirit has put his seal upon you and you sense that someone who is carrying the seal of deception has come to ask your hand in marriage, what do you do? We need a lot of prayer shield. Deception is the name of the game in this end time. Nobody can have the key of David without holiness and truth. The Church wants to use the key of David without holiness, it cannot work. You cannot use the key of David without truth. This key opens and nobody can lock and when it locks nobody can open. That is why we are not seeing the authority that Jesus gave to the Church being exercised in the world today. The Church has what it takes to heal the world but it must be a holy and truthful Church.
TO BE CONTINUED…