Spiritual Gifts part 313. satan counterfeits the treasures.

1Ti 4:1-2; Joh 8:44; Isa 14:14; 2Co 2:10-11; 2Co 11:3-4, 13-15; Mat 24:24.

ROMANS-431-120926 - length: 61:15 - taught on Sep, 26 2012

Class Outline:

John Farley
September 26, 2012

Spiritual Gifts Part 313:

satan counterfeits the treasures.

The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

Point 4.
Developing the capacity you need to function effectively in your spiritual gift.

What is discernment?

Spiritual discernment is the ability to separate God’s person, God’s work, God’s will, God’s truth from everything else that wants to encroach upon it. [MacArthur]

Why do we need to have discernment?

1. One reason is because there are those two kinds of wisdom in James 3.

There is a wisdom that comes from below = earthly, natural and demonic.
And there is that wisdom that comes from above = the mind of Christ.

We must be renewed, equipped, and trained to be able to distinguish between these two absolutely antithetical kinds of wisdom.

And the naturally minded man cannot discern, cannot distinguish between the two, 1CO 2:1-16 !

PRO 16:25

There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

2. The Bible warns us over and over again to be vigilant, because there will be MANY false teachers in our midst.

1JO 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

3. The Bible tells us that, in the last days, the believer will be bombarded with an incredible amount of evil, through various media.

This describes the intensification of the invisible phase of the angelic conflict.

4. In the middle of a firefight, if you don’t know how to distinguish friend from foe, you will get hurt!

5. Satan’s game is deception. It has been his game from the very beginning, and it will stay that way until he is destroyed, JOH 8:44.

ISA 14:14
'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.'

In our human nature, we are overmatched in trying to decipher what is from God and what is from the kingdom of darkness.

Satan has counterfeit...  

Doctrine 1TI 4:1
Ministers 2CO 11:13-15
Gospel 2CO 11:3-4
Communion Table 1CO 10:20-21
Spirituality GAL 3:2-3
Righteousness ROM 10:3
Power 2TH 2:8-10
gods 2TH 2:3-4


6. There are forces of evil in the universe who are pretending to look just like the messengers sent by God.