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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The LORD declares,” though I have not spoken?
These are the words that God told His prophet, Ezekiel, to say to false prophets. He said to Ezekiel, “Tell them that they were false prophets when they said, ‘The Lord has spoken,’ when I never said a word.” When someone is asking whether or not a certain individual is real or false when they claim to be speaking for God, the question is, does their word line up with God’s Word?
To be sure, we have far more information available to critique prophecies than the prophets and the listeners to the prophets had in Ezekiel’s time. We have the whole counsel of God because we have both the Old and New Testaments. In that day, they had the five books of the Torah, maybe. Certainly, they had the law, but it was more of an oral history than something written for the common man to read. Yet the people had the true prophets of God, which means they also had false prophets. The question then is the same now. “How Can You Tell A False Prophet?” Well, let me start by saying what I’ve learned in my life as it relates to the present that you can’t tell a false prophet much because they aren’t listening. However, that’s not the answer you’re looking for. There are two requirements today, and maybe only one requirement back then. First, is the prophet speaking the truth of God’s Word? Does it line up with Scripture? If not, they are a false prophet. Second, do you have discernment as to what the Spirit is saying? Obviously they didn’t back then, but that’s “How To Tell A False Prophet.”
This AM, I’m reminded of my need for spiritual discernment. I’m so grateful that I have your Word to help me line spiritual teaching up to, but then I know what’s most needed is the gift of discernment. I pray for continual spiritual discernment in my walk of life. Amen