I mentioned a few other resources in tonight's lesson so I share them here for those interested:
I also feel moved to share the content of the in class Handout I presented to the in class students:
Bondage Breaker Lesson 11 Handout
8 Ways We Can Be Deceived
1. First, we are deceiving ourselves if we hear or read God’s Word but don’t do what it says. (James 1:22-24; John 13:17)
2. Second, John wrote that “if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). We are not sinless saints; we are saints who sin. (Eph 4:25-27)
3. Third, we are deceiving ourselves if we believe that we are someone other than who we really are. (Gal 6:3; Rom 12:3)
4. Fourth, we are deceived if we possess worldly wisdom yet lack an eternal perspective. (1 Cor 3:18-19)
5. Fifth, we have deceived ourselves if we think that we are mature but can’t control what we say. (James 1:26; Eph 4:29-30)
6. Sixth, we are deceived if we think we will face no consequences for our behavior. (Gal 6:7)
7. Seventh, we are deceived if we believe that the unrighteous will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10; Matt 7:22-23)
8. Eighth, we are deceived if we think we are incorruptible when we associate with the wrong crowd. (1 Cor 15:33)
If you have any questions about the origin of certain mental impressions, the validity of spiritual gifts, or the credibility of those who speak for God, we encourage you to petition God with the following prayer and declaration:
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I commit myself unreservedly to You. I desire to know and do Your will. I ask You to show me the true nature of this spirit, gift, or of this person claiming to be hearing from You. If I have been deceived in any way, I pray that You will open my eyes to the deception. Lord, if these impressions or gifts are from You, or if this person is sent by You, I gladly receive the message that I may grow and be edified by it. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.
Declaration: Now in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by His authority, I command all deceiving spirits to depart from me, and I renounce and reject all counterfeit gifts and all other spiritual manifestations that are not from God.
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