Manifestations of a Lying Spirit

Manifestations of a Lying Spirit

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this 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 Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

I John 4:1-6, ESV

How does a lying spirit and the spirit of error work together. . . . . .?

A lying spirit promotes the spirit of error which produces deceitful, deceptive heresies and demonic doctrines in hopes of destroying the flock of God.

What causes people to lie and fall into error?

Greed & selfishness

But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

Acts 5:3, ESV

What causes people to lie and fall into error?

Fear of man

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

Proverbs 29:25, ESV

What causes people to lie and fall into error?

Personal favoritism

(REF:) I Kings 22:19-23

What does God say about lying?


Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 12:22, ESV

What does God say about lying?

God hates lying

There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood

Proverbs 6:16-17, ESV

Why does God hate lying?

God is Truth

Trinity of Truth:


So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 

Hebrews 6:18, ESV

Trinity of Truth:


Jsus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6, ESV

Trinity of Truth:


Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:17, ESV

Remember this. . . . .

Many things can be true. But only ONE thing alone can be truth, and that is God, Himself.

Lying spirit separates

1.) Lying distances God from us.

2.) Lying causes our relationship with others to suffer.

Satan (God’s) adversary) is the “father of lies”.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44, ESV

Biblical response to lying


Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!  I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

Psalm 119:29-30, ESV

Biblical response to lying


Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Psalm 141:3, ESV

Biblical response to lying

 Bind and cast out

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18, ESV

Lifestyle response to lying

Lies, the lying spirit will loose it’s grip when you. . . . . . . 

Recognize them for what they are.

Share them with spiritually-minded friends.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:16, ESV


Lying Spirit


-Strong delusions

-Harmful impressions

-Substitution of truth for a counterfeit

-Religious bondage


-Exaggerations (Truth plus something)



The spirit of error

-False doctrines



-Servant of corruption

-New Age movement/teaching

-Embracing oaths of secrete societies

-Love of the world

-Twisted truth, 1/2 truth

Warning signs of the spirit of error that seeks a “body” a place of residency.

1.) Cordiality is equated with Spirituality.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. 

Romans 16:17-18, ESV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 7:15, ESV

 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

II Corinthians 11:14-15, ESV

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: ” Nothing beyond what is written.” The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another.

I Corinthians 4:6, CSB

2.) The choice of tolerance above the call of militance.

Language of scripture is full of military metaphors. (I Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 11:34; Ephesians 6:12-18; II Corinthians 10:4; Hebrews 10:32; Ephesians 6:12-18)

3.) The “language of Ashdod”

In those days also I saw Jews who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but only the language of each people.

Nehemiah 13:23-24, ESV 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2, ESV

Our best defense against a lying spirit and the spirit of error is our knowledge of truth.

17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:17, ESV