“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know and recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ has [actually] come in the flesh [as a man] is from God [God is its source]; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus [acknowledging that He has come in the flesh, but would deny any of the Son’s true nature] is not of God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world. 4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 5 They [who teach twisted doctrine] are of the world and belong to it; therefore they speak from the [viewpoint of the] world [with its immoral freedom and baseless theories—demanding compliance with their opinions and ridiculing the values of the upright], and the [gullible one of the] world listens closely and pays attention to them" (biblegateway.com - 1 John 4:1-5 - AMP).
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
Beware of false prophets! This warning comes from Matthew 7:15: “Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (biblegateway.com - AMP). The devil will send these false prophets (teachers) to you, when you are most vulnerable; when you are at your weakest.
For the last eight months, I have been going through a terrible storm and because of this storm, the devil thought I was easy prey; he was very wrong! During that time, the devil sent me many wolves in sheep's clothing, who were false prophets. The good thing is, no matter what we go through in life, God is still with us, Jesus is praying for us, and the Holy Spirit is there to comfort us!
1 John 4:4 lets us know that we are of God and we belong to Him, we have already overcome the false prophets, who are the agents of the antichrist; because God, who is in us, is greater than the devil in the world.
In John Chapter 16, Jesus told the disciples a lot of things that would happen; in verse 33 Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding]" (biblegateway.com - AMP).
Through the things I have been going through, I learned that REAL peace ONLY comes from being in Christ and allowing Him to be in you; having a personal relationship with Him, TOTALLY giving your life to Jesus, so He can live through you. We need to walk in God's PERFECT PEACE at ALL times, whether they are good or bad; we need God during our good days and bad days! We should not only seek after God when we are going through our storms, but when we are in our calm season; relationship is EVERYTHING with God! Although I felt weak, hopeless at times, alone at times, and did not understand what was going on, deep, deep down inside of me, the Holy Spirit was comforting me; I felt like giving up many times - not going back into the world but wanting God to take me in my sleep - I am being honest and real!
God bless you and keep you in His perfect peace,
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks, PsyD
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