Victory Church
A Shaking and an Awakening (part 3): Free From Deception and Delusion
January 15, 2023

A Shaking and an Awakening (part 3): Free From Deception and Delusion

January 15, 2023

A Shaking and an Awakening (part 3)

Free From Deception and Delusion



We just may be living in the time before the return of Christ.

This time period begins a time of judgment that culminates in Jesus’ return to earth.

We are leaving the period of Grace (it is still available) and entering a time of God judging His enemies and reclaiming the earth from Satan and his helpers.

In this series, I am talking about how to navigate these times of extreme change.

We as Christians also live in the land of Goshen where God has promised His care and protection.

If God in His sovereignty provided for Israel during a drought, and during the ten plagues, and if we have a superior covenant with God as New Testament believers than they did, then is not God obligated to provide for us during times of severe worldwide turmoil? Yes He is!

Today, see yourself as living in the spiritual land of Goshen. Expect your Covenant Father God to take care of you. You’re a son or daughter of Abraham. Remind God that you are trusting the covenant He has with you!

Today – Free from deception and delusion

1. We are not created to live life without God’s oversight.

We are spirit, soul and body.

We have an intuitive part of us that is designed by God to be a daily guiding light in our lives.

1 John 2:20-27 (NKJV)

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is an antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Romans 8:16 (NKJV)

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

Romans 8:14 (NKJV)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Proverbs 20:27 (NKJV)

The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inner depths of his heart.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (J.B. Phillips)

For the Word that God speaks is alive and active; it cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword: it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet, to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being: it exposes the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart. No creature has any cover from the sight of God; everything lies naked and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

We can expect the Lord to speak to us when we need direction, and when things happen that could steer us the wrong way!

God’s voice to us starts with His Word!

2. Be aware of the deceptions of the day!

The time just prior to Jesus’ return is typified as a time of unusual deception, and that’s the reason we so need to learn how to be guided and alerted by the Holy Spirit!

Learn to listen within when you hear anything from any source!

If your spiritual nature is trained and full of the Word of God, you will be able to sense deception when you see or hear it!

We are surrounded by deception today!

Listen to the these passages:

Isaiah 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Matthew 24:4 (NKJV)

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you .

1 Timothy 4:1-2 (TPT)

The Holy Spirit has explicitly revealed: At the end of this age, many will depart from the true faith one after another, devoting themselves to spirits of deception and following demon-inspired revelations and theories. Hypocritical liars will deceive many, and their consciences won’t bother them at all!

2 Timothy 3:13 (NKJV)

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

John 8:44 (NKJV)

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.

Revelation 21:8 (NKJV)

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Listen to Daniel Webster’s 1828 definition of deceive:

1) To mislead the mind; to cause to err; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose on; to delude. 2) To beguile; to cheat. 3) To cut off from expectation; to frustrate or disappoint; as, his hopes were deceived. 4) To take from; to rob.

Deception was first seen with Satan tempting Eve by distorting truth in Genesis 3:

Genesis 3:2-5 (NKJV)

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Today, deception and truth-twisting have permeated the world.

Prior to 3 years ago, we were a society that could voice our opinions, disagree with others without recourse, and generally believe media outlets and government officials. And we trusted much of what we saw and heard on social media.

Now almost 3 years later, censorship of information has become a mainstay with the news media, social media, and selective information is given by our government that must be checked and verified before it is believed!

In October of 2020, thousands of accounts were banned from Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook. Factcheckers began to censor inappropriate content on social media sites that did not agree with a certain vein of thinking.

In an eerie way, the mainstream legacy media began to say exactly the same words and use the same phrases to explain what was happening during the Covid-19 lockdowns and the riots that blanketed major cities in America. It was as though someone or some entity was giving out a script behind the scenes that was being read!

Unless you were alerted or were looking at other information sources, you may not have noticed.

I noticed, and let me share with you how and why I noticed.

When you decide to seriously get into the Word of God and to pray, you alert the Holy Spirit in your life, and He will manifest Himself to you when you need it!

Let me use the Covid-19 as an example of deception and false reality that is beginning to permeate so many areas of life.

And, let me again mention the WORD God gave me about Corona on March 13, 2020:


extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous:

a nefarious plot.

OTHER WORDS FOR nefarious:

heinous, horrible, odious, outrageous, shameful, vicious, vile, abominable, atrocious, base, corrupt, criminal, degenerate, depraved, detestable, dreadful, evil, execrable, flagitious, flagrant, foul, glaring gross, infamous, infernal, iniquitous, miscreant, monstrous, opprobrious, perverse, putrid, rank, rotten, treacherous, villainous, wicked

When I heard that one Word from the Lord to me, I knew He was seeking to make a point and get my attention about what was happening with Covid.

As the weeks, months, and now years progressed, information has become twisted with partial truths and many times outright false information and lies!

We’re living in a time right now that a false reality is being created by those who control the public narrative.

Listen carefully – if all you listen to is the main media outlets and their opinions, then you are most probably a deceived person.

CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Tic-Tok

Twitter has come alive with balanced, free speech since Elon Musk bought it last October!!

I have added to my sources of information the following sites because you can no longer trust that what you are hearing is truthful!,,,,, Whatfinger, Populist Press,,

Are you awake and aware of the deceptions all around us?

3. Refuse to be a delusional person!

Another characteristic of the days just prior to Jesus’ return is delusion.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV)

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


1. An erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary.

2. A false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts.

3. A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.

The results of misinformation – lies that are spoken over and over again is delusion!

The antiChrist is typified in Scripture as a deceptive person that will create delusional living.

The spirit of antiChrist is preparing the entire world for a future of global deception. The antiChrist will one day rise to power in the Middle East, and will aid Israel with some kind of treaty. This person will be a deceiver par-non! Listen to the scriptures:

Daniel 8:25 (NLT)

He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but he will be broken, though not by human power.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV)

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

1 John 2:21-23 (NLT)

So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antiChrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

1 John 4:1-6 (MEV)

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.This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and is already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world, and therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are of God, and whoever knows God listens to us. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 (TPT)

The Holy Spirit has explicitly revealed: At the end of this age, many will depart from the true faith one after another, devoting themselves to spirits of deception and following demon-inspired revelations and theories. 2 Hypocritical liars will deceive many, and their consciences won’t bother them at all!

When was the last time you knew that you heard something that you know is false? If it is not really recent, like today or yesterday, you are probably a person vulnerable to being deceived.

This is not just with spiritual things. This is stuff you hear in the world all around us. The spirit of antiChrist is setting the stage for the world to be controlled. Misinformation abounds!

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (TPT)

Timothy, in the presence of our great God and our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who is destined to judge both the living and the dead by the revelation of his kingdom—I solemnly instruct you to 2 proclaim the Word of God and stand upon it no matter what! Rise to the occasion and preach when it is convenient and when it is not. Preach in the full expression of the Holy Spirit —with wisdom and patience as you instruct and teach the people.

3 For the time is coming when they will no longer listen and respond to the healing words of truth because they will become selfish and proud. They will seek out teachers with soothing words that line up with their desires, saying just what they want to hear. 4 They will close their ears to the truth and believe nothing but fables and myths.

So, are you going to stand strong as a believer when it is not convenient?

Are you going to stand strong when it goes cross-grain to what is popular?

It will come quickly. Are you willing to be persecuted for what you believe?

Here is a list of behaviors that the spirit of antiChrist motivates:

lying, abortion, same-sex marriage, pornography, living together without marriage, relative values or values that change from person to person and in different situations, socialism, communism, control, atheism, lawlessness, fear, godlessness, amorality, divisiveness, inequality, rioting, violence, racism, borderless nations, compliance without questioning facts, and a one-world government.

4. Get acquainted with God and His unshakable Word!

Today is a day to weigh what you hear in a balance against the Word of God. It is amazing to me that in this age of technological advancement, we are potentially more deceived than ever.

To remain free from deception and delusion today, there is only one way – listen to and obey the WORD OF GOD. And, TURN OFF THE MEDIA!

If we hear the word but do nothing with it, we will remain deceived and deluded, just like most of the world. But if we choose to listen to and obey the WORD and the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we can remain free in this strange day of deception and delusion.

What are you choosing, deception and delusion, or truth?

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you (John 14:16-18 – NLT).

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me. (John 16:13-15 – NLT).

So this is why we abandon everything morally impure and all forms of wicked conduct. Instead, with a sensitive spirit we absorb God’s Word, which has been implanted within our nature, for the Word of Life has power to continually deliver us.

Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life! If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning. You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word, but then you go out and forget your divine origin. But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do! (James 1:21-25 – Passion Translation).

Everyone who hears my teaching and applies it to his life can be compared to a wise man who built his house on an unshakable foundation. When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation. But everyone who hears my teaching and does not apply it to his life can be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand. When it rained and rained and the flood came, with wind and waves beating upon his house, it collapsed and was swept away (Matthew 7:24-27 – Passion Translation).

James 1:22-25 (NLT)

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

So, if God’s Word says be honest and don’t lie, then I choose to be truthful.

If God’s Word says my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, then I treat it with respect and don’t do things to abuse it.

If God’s Word tells me to love my wife the same way Jesus loves the church, then I choose to love my wife that way.

If God’s Word tells me to discipline my child, then I discipline my child!

If God’s Word tells me to work responsibly, then I work responsibly.

If God’s Word tells me to give, then I give.

If God’s Word tells me to forgive, then I forgive.

Choose to ask yourself over and over, what does God’s Word say about this in every action you take.

When you do this, you are setting yourself up for the Holy Spirit to guide you in specific ways!

Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.

Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Psalm 89:34 (NKJV)

My covenant I will not break,nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

Ps 119:89 (NKJV)

Forever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.

Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Jeremiah 1:12 (AMPC)

Then said the Lord to me, you have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.

Matthew 5:18 (NIV)

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Matthew 24:35 (NKJV)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Action Points:

1. Do you have enough of the Word of God within you that the Holy Spirit can alert you to false information when you hear or see it?

2. Do you generally believe most of what you hear from media and social media sources without checking its validity?

3. Do you know what is right but choose to act contrary to what you know is correct because you hear it over and over again?

4. Do you go with what the majority think, speak, and do without questioning it?

5. Have you decided to measure what you see and hear by the standard of what God’s Word says? Are you open for the Holy Spirit to speak to you, and do you pause to listen?


Save PDF Locally

Click to save a copy of the filled-in notes to a PDF file on your device

Save PDF to Google Drive

(Android & PC Only) Click to save a copy of the filled-in notes to a PDF file on your Google Drive account

Send to Email

Enter your email address below to receive a copy of your filled in notes