This has been on my heart for a while and as I believe I have gotten a better understanding of it, I will finally take the time to share it with you.
In this 21st Century, the attacks on the Church have increased, which might have caused a little pressure on the leadership and the Body.
I think it is imperative that this be highlighted and brought to light.
Apostle Paul spoke about Jude 1:4 and it says,
“For certain men (not necessarily referring only the male gender) have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the Grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only LORD God and our Lord Jesus Christ…..”
The part that has been so heavy on my heart is. “Who turn the Grace of our God into lewdness…”
To better understand what he is saying, I think it is important that I define the meaning of the words “lewdness” and “grace”.
Lewdness is an act of immorality and wrong doing. Based on my understanding, I believe wholeheartedly, immorality stems from having no regards for the Word of God and the principles being taught.
This can cause the wrong perspective and a belief a person holds to which is opposite what the word of God declares.
According to the Queen’s English Dictionary, “lewd” can be defined as indecent, lustful; obscene.
The word “grace” can be defined as goodwill; favour. Being used in the context of the “grace of God”, I believe the word “grace” can be described as the capability afforded by God to walk out or walk through a particular thing or place, or to deal with a person the natural man could never do alone or on its own.
I think Jude 1:4 can be linked and related to 2 Timothy 3:1-4 which says
“But know this, that in the last days perilous time will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
When Apostle Paul spoke about Jude 1:4, which says, “turning the Grace of God into lewdness and denying the Lord,” I believe He wanted us to be mindful, watchful and expectant of those who have no regard for God and the things of God to rise up secretly in the last days displaying various behaviors and attacking the body of Christ.
Below is a list of some of the things I have observed overtime and seen which can be lined to 2 Timothy 3:1-4.
I believe this will greatly help those in ministry to understand the tactics of the enemy and how they can be prepared and combat these attacks.
They are as follow:
1. One of the strategies that in full effect are the use of witchcraft and manipulation to connect with someone for the benefit and personal gain of the person.
If a connection is being forced and you notice your personal barriers are being infringed upon you need to take immediate action.
Anything forced is of the devil. Only the devil forces because of his need to gain control and have power over something and someone.
2. Giving, is a very popular phenomenon, and it is to be done out of a pure heart.
Giving should never be done with the intent to receive. That is bartering not giving.
Giving should not be used as an act to manipulate or control the person in any way.
Men and women of God be very careful of people who wants to give to you to manipulate or control you.
Be led of the Holy Spirit as to who you give to and what you receive.
Discernment is key, in this time we need it more than ever.
3. Give and ask of you, because they want to create a covenant and an opportunity to remain connected with you.
As I said previously, not everything and everyone is from God. Some people are sent from the pit of hell. Their motives are wrong.
You should always use discernment and never make a covenant with the kingdom of darkness. Doing so is an open door to attack you and hold you in bondage.
4. Be careful of those who will try to separate and cause disunity between the people God has connected you to and with so they can get closer to you.
The people God connects you to are very important to your destiny and purpose. Do not allow anything and anyone to destroy your connections.
5. Spiritual monitoring and stalking through witchcraft is running rampant.
Be careful of those who will monitor you in the spirit through witchcraft to fight, hinder oppose and stop you.
You may find that when they cannot control, program or use you as a puppet to do fulfill their motive towards a person they attack you. This is often related to the occult.
6. Using the Church to hide their true identity, or saying they want to get baptized,or become part of the Church, because they have an agenda or a motive that they cannot successfully carry out any other way.
Some of these persons may very well be in gangs, secret societies, drugs or whatever darkness it may be.
Understand that not everybody who comes to Church or joins a Church has the same pure heart as you.
Satan goes to Church too. The Word of God says, “Not everybody who says Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 7:21).
7. Wanting to hold the Church and even leaders accountable and responsible for their irresponsible lifestyles, behaviors and actions.
Listen, the Church or the body of Christ is not responsible to support or care for no grown woman or man and their children who refuse to get their life or act together and can get a job to take care of their own responsibilities and family.
8. I am convinced that the spirit of insanity is running rampant, because there is a spirit of delusion, where you are being monitored and attacked by a persons in the spirit, whom you do not know, do not have a desire to know, but they somehow think they know you, because of information they are receiving from a witch or a warlock concerning you.
For some reason, they think they are close to you.
Men and women of God, sometimes this is the first sign that a person does not only want to destroy you but control you.
They will try to attack you from spirit and then they try to work their way around you in the naturally to make it appear as if it happened naturally and before you know it you lose control of your very life because the boundaries you established were somehow broken down.
I say this with, if you find yourself in a situation similar to this you need to take war in the spirit, take back your authority and build healthy boundaries.
Your personal space and peace is important, protect and guard it with everything you got.
9. Want to make themselves a god in your life.
Sometimes, how idolatry begins even in the Church is because those who may be suffering from inferiority or superiority complexes are in need of validation, so they prey on the weak or vulnerable, or those who are rejected by others important to them by showing or being “compassionate” or “loving” towards them.
Notice I have the words compassion and loving in quotation marks, which means it does not necessarily mean that what is being done is true.
These actions will cause the other party in the vulnerable state or suffering from rejection to become drawn to what they are being given.
As this continues it can build up a level of trust which will begin to cause the person to solely depend on the manipulator making he or she a god which will cause them to see the person as being superior or greater than what he or she really is.
I believe this is what Jude meant in Jude 1:4 when he said denying the LORD God and our Lord Jesus Christ
10. Understand, there is no power that is greater than the power of God. Any other power being used is not the power of the Holy Ghost, and is not greater than the Power of God.
Therefore, it becomes powerless and harmless when we are covered and under the blood of Jesus Christ.
No matter what is being used by the enemy to try to intercept the will of God, understand it will not work.
God’s will shall stand. Casting spells, releasing curses, walking through fire or other Satanic rituals, praying or fasting against the will of God will not change the Will of God.
What God ordains or allows, was not just ordained for now, it was ordained before the human population came into existence.
This therefore means the plans of God are bigger and much older than we are.
~ Shelly-Ann Powell
Shelly-Ann Powell is a woman after God’s heart, founder and director of the Impact Nations For Christ organization whose mission is to empower, strengthen and point humanity to the Savior Jesus Christ.