To expose the lying spirit we must understand what is spiritual warfare?
Spiritual warfare is the lie combatting against the truth or vice versa.
Study (2 Chronicles 18:11-21)
Jehoshaphat & Ahab allied through marriage.
Just because you share the same last name or family, doesn’t always mean you HAVE to ally. We must always inquire of the Lord just like Jeoshaphat.
The Lord sent a lying spirit to Ahab a part of God's wrath.
You become deceived when you fall in love with lies.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
Why did God send delusion? Why did the lying spirit come?
Because they don't love the truth.
Delusion in greek means a wandering mind.
A mind that is also in error that leads to deception.
Deception is the fruit & the lie is the seed.
There's a process to becoming deceived and that's first believing the lie.
So if you don't love the truth you will become sensitive to falling into the enemy's lies.
The GREATEST lie is when people believe that the LIE is their TRUTH.
You gotta love THE truth, not YOUR truth.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:42-47)
Jesus spoke to these religious people back in the day and they did not receive what He was saying here.
The devil is the father of lies & Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
Another translation says 'seducing spirits' instead of 'deceiving spirits'.
They don't just deceive you they are also seducing you at the same time.
The more you hear a lie the more you start to believe it as truth unless you test it against the actual truth.
There's a difference between what's true and what's truth.
What can be true in one season does not mean it's true in the present season.
Truth is God's word.
Truth is I'm the head and not the tale.
Truth is He who is within me is greater than he who is in this world.
Truth never changes.
Truth is God's word that lives & abides forever.
Sanctification is to be set apart and to be made holy.
Making decisions that are set apart from this world.
Be set apart by the word of God & prayer.
3 ways to overcome the lies
#1 Word of God
His word is truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
Fight back lies with truth.
'It is written...'
Praying to Abba Father
Prayer opens up the floodgates of heaven and allows the impartation of divine revelation.
#3 Love truth!
You must love the truth.
Since they did not love truth God sent strong delusion.