Evil Faith and False Hope

The bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for.  So when considering evil faith, we need to concentrate on false hope. According to Jessie Penn-Lewis in “War on the Saints,” evil faith is a compulsion to “believe”which comes from evil spirits.  She makes an interesting point that even though the enemy may attack our shield of faith, this does not mean that the faith he is attacking is true faith. It has been my experience that when I came under the strongest attack, it was a counter-espionage type move, wherein the religious fallen angel assigned to me, attacked the faith that he himself inspired in me through false hope. Certainly religious spirits fight against true faith, but as the woman of God pointed out, we must examine and know the nature of the faith that is in us.  Is it of God by His Spirit, or does it emanate from our mind our will, or our personal desire?  Simply put, is its origin from us or from God? (p 275- 9th edition, unabridged version.)

Faith also comes by hearing, and hearing, by the word of God.  Was the Apostle Paul referring to the Bible?  Absolutely not!  The bible was not printed for 1500 years AFTER Paul wrote those words to the Hebrew Christians.  I believe the word of God in this instance is the revelation knowledge of the Holy Ghost, spoken to our spirits, interpreted in our minds and acted upon by the use of our wills. ” In other words, if we do not hear from God in the spirit, how can we have godly hopes that produce  true faith? Contrarily, evil faith is produced by the messages and revelation of evil spirits that comes forth as a result of giving credence to their words that we hear as messages we believe came from God.

I can look back now and recognize that I was sent messages from both God and the enemy.  Divinely sent hope and false hope produced both evil faith and true faith within me.  Here are a few examples, starting with the evil side first.

Prior to my salvation in 1977, I was very much the skeptic and the pessimist. Consequently, I did not  entertain any fantasies about soul mate and getting married.  In fact, I preferred dating married men for I rationalized, “if he cheats, it will be on his wife and not me.  Therefore, I won’t have to harm him or his goods.”  However, once I was born again, the enemy sent prophecies, visions and dreams that  declared I would be blessed with a husband who would be my spiritual partner in ministry.  These messages produced a compulsive, evil hope that fueled the wrong kind of  faith. In fact, evil faith  led me to sin with some and marry 2 different  husbands sent from the enemy to destroy me. In spite of my failures, the Lord delivered me from all enemies.

On the divine side, about 10 years ago,  I was shown that I would be inheriting from my grandmother’s estate.  I did not fully understand the dream at the time because my uncle Richie was alive and still living in Grammie’s home for 20 years after her death. Since her house was her entire estate, I did not understand how I could inherit  until Richie, my mother’s brother died.  I thought “Oh, this must have been the meaning of the dream.” However a week after Richie’s passing, Grammie’s heirs discovered that Richie had influenced Grammie to sign a will that left him her entire estate.  I contacted 5 different lawyers who all said the same thing.  The will was valid and we could not win the case.

Yet, divine hope triggered true faith.  Why? Because  I believed on the dream–that I would receive my rightful portion.  My faith led to works, for I became the pro se lawyer on the case, and with the help of God, I  proved in court what professional, seasoned  lawyers swore was impossible—-  undue influence and testamentary capacity.  It took 7 years, but by true faith, I would not be dissuaded or deterred.  When I won, victory has also come  to those heirs who did not contest.

 I received the check on Friday, July 13th, 2012, My uncle Richie’s birthday!!!

Since there are 364 other days that victory could have been achieved, how do I interpret this amazing event?

 With true faith, no weapon the enemy formed against me prospered.  My enemy was not my Uncle Richie.  Evil spirits simply used  his greed to block my inheritance.  The fact that I received the check on his birthday, seven years after his death— is divine proof that God is the author and finisher of my faith in this instance.

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