If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is a message from the Lord,’ I will punish them and their household. This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’ or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ But you must not mention ‘a message from the Lord’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort the words of the living God, the Lord Almighty, our God.
Jeremiah 23:34-36 NIV
Father I pray for discernment to see and recognize the Truth in all people, all things, and all circumstances. I pray that I never take the words of a human to weigh more than Your Word. I pray to never follow behind a person like a sheep with its shepherd, because I know that if not Jesus or You, I am to go no where. Father let my mind remain focused on You, Your Kingdom, and serving my purpose. Let me question those who prophesy. Let me question those who claim to know, speak, and live Your Word. Let me see the Truth. Let me speak and live the Truth. In Your name I pray. Amen.
There are tons of people in the world who claim to have a unique relationship with God where they say they see, hear, envision, feel, and dream on a wavelength beyond the rest of us; and that this so-called ability allows them to share messages from God and the spirit-level with us.
How can you tell the difference between Jeremiah the prophet desperately trying to save Israel, as God instructed him, compared to any other human walking around today declaring they are speaking the words of God? We can ask God to show us the truth, and we can look closely at His Word and what He said about these so-called prophets.
God said that the false prophets, priests (and other religious leaders) words will always be apparent. The false prophet will be inconsistent and God is never inconsistent. The false prophet so-called vision or message will be flawed and limited, while God is perfect and everlasting. A true prophet or servant from God will be equipped and will never be focused on self, but on their Heavenly Father. A true prophet and servant doesn’t have their hand out, they are too busy giving others a hand up.
You should never have to pay a person to have God’s message or plan for you revealed.
So please don’t run behind a man or woman who makes lofty claims. When you become lost from following them, who is to blame but yourself? Don’t idolize people, things, or places. You have God and Jesus to look up to. Don’t freely give your money to a person or organization just because they say they are doing God’s work. When you go broke, who is to blame but yourself?
A self-proclaimed prophet is a person who has a lot of explaining to do before God. A person claiming to be sent here to lead God’s children, has a great deal to explain to our Father. A ‘promoted’ religious leader who by human standards ‘earns’ their title because they completed a human-made checklist, also has a lot of explaining to do before God. Just because you have made it through some storms, maybe been healed from disease and sickness, and had life-altering experiences, does not mean you are now a prophet or qualified to be a minister or pastor—or on the road to becoming one.
I too have overcome a great deal when others said I wouldn’t. I have been healed without medical intervention, when doctors said I couldn’t. But am I prophet? Do I claim to be a prophet, minister, or religious leader? NO!
God determines who walks which path, and which person takes on certain roles. It is not up to you or another human being to make the determination.
Just call yourself a servant, and proudly embrace your role.
It’s so easy to take some classes, get a verbal cadence, change your physical stance and walk, change your clothes, and convince yourself that you can be, should be, and have been called to serve as a person of the cloth. You immediately get a title, and after that it seems like a ‘pursuit of the titles’.
Be weary of a person who can recite the Bible but can’t forgive their neighbor or family. Be weary of a person who claims to be of the cloth but won’t protect and help the least of God’s children. Be weary of a person who claims to have visions and hear God’s voice, yet they can’t seem to avoid drama. Be weary of the person with the religious title who can’t seem to remember that ‘judging others’ and claiming knowledge of their condemnation is not in their job description. Be weary of a so-called healer that can’t heal themselves. Be weary of a religious leader with wealth whose congregation is mostly financially poor. Be weary of a person who tells you to trust God, yet they are quick to run to another human.
Learn to question. The answer will be revealed.
Ask God to show you the Truth. His Truth.
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