Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work 
(King James Version)
 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work 
(New King James Version)

Another example of when the spirit of iniquity is lurking, is when you read or hear doctrine that is contrary to the doctrine that was preached which resulted in your Salvation. If left unchecked against the Word of God, this spirit would take up residence in your heart and you would begin to believe a lie. 

If you believe contrary to the Word of God then you would act contrary to the Word of God.  Iniquity is at work.  When doubt is present, faith is absent.  It is written in the Book of Hebrews that without faith it is impossible to please God!  Do you see the connection?  Do you see the ploy of the enemy at work?

The spirit of iniquity has taken up residence in your own heart when the following sins are manifest in you – Pride, Resentment, Hatred, Bitterness, Envy, Jealousy, Unholy Desires, and the like. 

You would notice that all of these manifestations are as a result of bad heart conditions before God.  These sins are hidden in the heart and nobody is able to detect that iniquity is present and is in operation.  Iniquity can hide behind smiles! It is serpentine!

You may have been treated wrongfully, maybe you were betrayed. Most of the time this is done by someone you are close to, and you may feel justified to harbour anger, bitterness or resentment because you were taken by surprise.  This does not justify your reaction of embracing of the sin of iniquity and thus bearing its fruit.

If you are faced with such a situation, the answer is right there in the Word of God.  Romans Chapter 12 and verse 14 instructs us to bless those people and not curse them.  That is an antidote against the spirit of iniquity.
Though these sins are hidden from easy detection by man, they are not hidden from Almighty God, who looks and judges according to the condition of our hearts.  Harbouring these sins would prevent us from making it to Heaven as was written in Galatians 5:17-21.  We must constantly guard our hearts against the fiery darts of the devil see Ephesians 6:16 – “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

As believers it is imperative that we remain attached to the True Vine since sin would always separate us from God.  Only then would we be able to draw from the character and nature of Jesus, and be attuned to the Voice of God.  Only then would we be able to recognize the contrary voice of the spirit of iniquity when it comes lurking, and so be able to immediately cut that spirit off. Only then would we be able to love the brethren and manifest the love of God to others. 

To remain attached to Jesus, the True Vine, we must digest the Word of God and do what the Word says.  In so doing, we would be guarding our hearts against the unclean thing and so prevent the spirit of iniquity from finding a home in us.

To God be the glory.


  1. So true! Stay attached to the Vine! Good teaching!

  2. Hi Allison! I am coming over from Sharing His Beauty.

    We do need to watch our hearts, you are so right. And you ground everything in love his word! What a lovely example of discipleship you are. So great to meet you today!

    Happy Monday,

  3. Awesome reminder. Thanks sister. That is how e succeed. Remain connected to God.
    Have a bless week ahead.
    Dropping by from TMATS. My entry " Away from home" from:

  4. Thank you for sharing from your heart at "Tell Me a Story." Yes, we must keep in the Word and compare teaching with the scripture. If it does not agree with God's words, then we can safely cast it aside. We can see truth and follow the teaching of Jesus because he is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

  5. So true! We must remain in the Vine and sin separates us. You have such good images to create your message too.

  6. The Grace of God is there for our taking - as long as we examine our hearts and reach out for that Grace. I agree, we need to be aware of what we're attached to. Christ is the only way.

  7. I just read those chapters in Romans today!

    I love the illustration of the wolf in sheep's clothing!

  8. That picture of the wolf in sheep's clothing always gets me. Such a good image. Yes, staying on the Vine is always the best place to be to recognize truth when we hear it and to discard lies. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. We must partake in the disciplines that foster in us a heart of openness and connection to God. When we attempt to pursue wholeness apart from God is when we become enslaved by the false self. Thanks for the writing today.

  10. There is so much false teaching in the world. We need to be reminded. Thank you for this reminder.

  11. This is solid, convicting teaching. Thanks for going with what God put on your heart to share. It is doing His work!

  12. Thankful that we are connected to Jesus; following where He leads.


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