Are You Hearing From God or from the Devil About Your Ministry?
At times, God WILL confirm. When he does, it will not be an assumption. IT WILL BE FACT AND TRUTH THAT SETS YOU FREE.
Take it from one who knows. Most confirmation comes from the devil.
Here is a personal experience.
The devil set me up early to falsely assume that I could not have a ministry without being under the spiritual covering of a husband.
Here is how the enemy got started on this false assumption, about a year BEFORE the Lord called me into ministry. I have used this real life example before, but it bares repeating because it clarifies my point. In 1979, I had a dream that I saw a
minister standing on my church’s steps, with a robe across his arm. He looked at me and said, “Girl, I’m gonna marry You!” In the dream, he was wearing a navy blue suit purchased from Sears and a pair of navy blue swede shoes.
Two weeks later, on a Sunday morning, “a force” was trying to stop me from going to
church. I “assumed” it was the devil. So I persevered and went out of the door,
walking to church. Looking back today, I realize that it was God who tried to
stop me from going, or at least an angel sent from God.
When I arrived, the new visiting pastor was at the church, robed and wearing a navy blue suit and blue swede shoes. I was sitting in the congregation and he set his eyes on
me from the pulpit chair. Later that evening, my pastor called, claiming that the visiting pastor wanted to meet me. When we met he said “Girl, I’m gonna marry you cause you sooooo pretty!” I asked, where did you buy your suit? He said “Sears and Roebuck.”
Plenty of confirmation here!.
Without the dream and all of this “confirmation”, I would never have given this man a second glance. He was simply not my type. So because of all of this “confirmation,” I assumed “this must be God.” To make a long story short, it was not God. This minister was one of the worst men to ever enter into my life. He was a Satanic setup for things that could have literally “taken me down and out!.”
So when you have circumstances occur that are similar, with all kinds of confirmation, a try the spirits tip is this—- ,
Run like a bat let out of hell. It’s the devil.
The excuses that we make to explain why we find ourselves under demonic attack are another form of an assumption. My meaning is better explained by illustration. I founded a church with a name that I discovered more than a decade later, was given to me by a religious demon. My kind of vanity was that I “assumed” that because the Denomination I was ordained in was defiled, that my ministry was clean. You need to know that just because your opposition may be wrong, that doesn’t make you RIGHT!!! I was unaware of this truth, so I “assumed” that the church that I founded was superior to any of the churches in the Denomination.
So when my church and I came under a persistent attach from all sides, I assumed, “we must be doing great things and the devil is angry.” So the attack caused someone with a personality type like mine to brace myself and hold on to my church and ministry with an even stronger grip. Little did I know that “this was the motive for the attack—that I would hold on to what God wanted me to let go of, as long as I assumed that I was doing God a service.
Usually when demons bombard you with frequent attacks, they are already in control. They simply want you to assume that you have a fighting chance. According to Jessie Penn Lewis, “They attack a person because they are in possession, but make him think and believe it to be an indirect attack, ie. through another person. The blame is placed on the man himself or someone else, or on anything but the true cause, so that the intruder may not be discovered and expelled. It is therefore important that all ‘excuses’ should be examined, i.e., the ‘reasons’ for such and such an unexplainable
manifestation. Here the words of Jessie-Penn Lewis, the woman of God of the 19th, the 20th and the 21 centuries:
The causes should always be gone into, for by believing a wrong interpretation of the manifestation, more ground is given to the lying spirits. The believer may be refusing ground on the one hand, and giving new ground on the other, unless he examines all the suggestions which come to his mind concerning his condition.” (War on the Saints, pg. 176)
This is what the enemy is looking for when he takes advantage of the assumptions we make. He is looking for “new ground” to continue to deceive and control us. Those who are most vulnerable are those who love their ministry more than they love Jesus Himself. Anyone who has a ministry should not assume that it was God who gave it to you. So go back to what was going on in your life when you assumed that God called you into ministry.
Since I have “been there and done that,” it is easy for me to recognize those who are themselves possessed by a ministry that they assume God gave to them. I can recognize an obsessed worker, one who is consumed with either revival, deliverance, setting captives free, healing, even saving souls, which no one does but God
Those who are obsessed by “their” ministries are blind to their condition. Certainly, helping others, giving of your time, teaching and preaching, and un-deceiving the deceived are all rightful things. Nevertheless, very often, the enemy uses ministry as a distraction to the worker’s own need of deliverance from the enemy’s deception.
If you put yourself into the hands of workers like these, you will be subject to both their confusion and their contradictions. Such workers will seem strong, yet they are weak, loving but they are really stoical and distant. Why? Because they are un-trusting and afraid of every dark shadow. Remember. The
Lord’s yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Anytime you assume that God can’t do His work without YOU, you are in the devil’s hands.
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In “Come Out of Her, God’s People,” I share my personal testimony of how I overcame a “religious set-up” and all of the various deceptions and obstacles the enemy put in my way to keep me from my true ministry , which is that of an end time prophet in the anointing of John the Baptist.