If you have ever believed any of the following lies, then this book is for you: "Emotions are soulish;" "Money is evil or secular;" "It is wrong to seek vision;" "Don’t trust experiences;" "God gave me a mind and expects me to use it;" "Politics are evil;" God is always beating on me;" or one of 43 more such detestable lies...
Could I Really Be a Pharisee Imprisoned in Error?
Though I didn't know it, I grew up a well-tutored pharisee. It never crossed my mind that there might be pharisees around today. I don't know why it didn't occur to me - they were the number one problem Jesus faced when He walked among men. Did I assume human nature had changed? Did I assume they were no more?
The purpose of this book is to identify 49 specific lies which hinder our walk in the Spirit and imprison us in error, repent of them, and establish new foundations in the Spirit which we can walk upon as we take steps forward in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is a record of my two-way journaling where God lovingly yet firmly called me to move from error to truth.
Wow! Even a Self-check Test to Help Me See My Blind Spots!
In this book you can take a 40-question test to discover if you have any pharisaical tendencies. (It's both fun and sobering.) What an eye opener this was for me. The results of this test provided me a great opportunity to repent and get off the wrong path. To get me on the right path, the Lord gave me 1-2 pages of two-way journaling on His truths which countered each of the 49 lies I had believed. He replaced my lies and illumined my darkness. He did it lovingly and gently, yet firmly. It was the kindest rebuke and instruction I had ever received. What a glorious heart surgery God performed on me! My prayer is for God to do the same for you, so that you are set free to walk in the Spirit in an new and wonderful way. Let's get out of our prisons of error and get onto God's highway of righteousness, power and anointing!
I Must Repent of Religion So I Do Not Block the Move of the Holy Spirit
When I look at the effect of these lies, I am certain they came from satan (the father of lies) with the goal of obstructing my Christian walk, which is exactly what they did for many years, and exactly why I wrote this book. I wanted to clearly identify each of these lies so I could repent of them and move on with my life. Since I am a teacher, I wanted to provide a road map for you so you too could repent and get on with a successful Christian life! Repenting of these lies removes us from boxes and prisons we have built for ourselves, and gives us a new platform in the Holy Spirit upon which we may walk.
12 of these lies drew me away from trusting and living out of my heart, and told me to live out of my mind instead. Of course, the Bible has only 100 verses on mind and 1400 on heart and spirit, so God puts 14 times more emphasis on my heart and my spirit than on my mind. Boy, did I have it wrong! Out of the heart flow the issues of life (Prov. 4:23).
16 of the lies led me to use an unbiblical method for pursuing knowledge. Well, that will ensure I never come to truth!
10 of the lies made sure that I would not honor and love all people, but would be committed to destroying the unity of the body of Christ. Yikes!
15 of them guaranteed that I would not believe in the supernatural power and wisdom of God to be active in my life today. How’s that for reducing me from radiating Christ to living out of self?
24 of them insured I did not have the power or belief that I could disciple nations as God had commanded me to in the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Instead I believed in the power of the evil one.
20 of them taught me the wrong approach to Christian growth. It was all trying and self-effort, and no relaxing into His arms.
And there were more! Since the numbers above add up to more than 49 lies, we can see that one lie negatively impacts more than just one area of our lives.
Now, do you see why it was important for me (and for you) to identify these lies, repent of them, renounce them and replace them with God's truth? If we don’t then we have no hope of living the life God intended us to live, or fulfilling the destinies God has created us for.
One more thing: You will discover as you go through this book how lovingly and gently God corrects us. He does not condemn us for our lies and errors. He does not judge us or come against us or call us names. He lovingly speaks truth to us, convincing us of His truth. He edifies and lifts us up as He corrects. I found that I had never been corrected in such a loving manner! You will appreciate His correction beyond measure, and through it, learn how to lovingly correct others!
I am convinced that recent moves of God have stalled and in many cases reverted back to religion because we have not properly identified our religious ways of thinking, and repented and thoroughly rejected them. We have tried to put the new wine into old wineskins and brought death to the moves of God. So God moves again and again, because He is going to have a Church without spot or wrinkle. I want to see it come to pass in our generation, and I invite you to join with me in the renouncing of 49 lies of phariseeism which the Lord has shown me. Will you join me on a path toward true, living, vital Christianity?