Good Morning all. As I am walking in the valley of darkness, I am learning to guard my mind. And yes, that means guarding my mind not just from others but from myself. I am learning how to control the thoughts that just pop in there. I am learning how to replace ungodly with Godly. And with that being said, I am seeing many come out about God. I see all these people talking about God, which by the way is good. But we have to be careful. They may say pretty words but do they know God? Are they following Jesus? Is the Holy Spirit their guide for life? As I looked in Scripture, God has a lot to say about false teachers. I could not believe how many that is in there. Let's just take a look at a few but not ones that you hear everyday. Lets go to the true prophets of old. Jeremiah 14:14-15: "And the Lord said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of THEIR heart. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, 'Sword and famine shall not be in this land- By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed." Jeremiah 23:16: Thus says the Lord of hosts; "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They MAKE you WORTHLESS; they speak visions of THEIR OWN heart, NOT from the MOUTH of the Lord." And one more. Ezekiel 13:8-9: "Therefore thus says the Lord God; "Because you have spoke nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you," says the Lord God. My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, not be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God." Now go ahead and search the New Testament, it has plenty more to say. God warns us time and time again that there will be people who teach false things because they mix a little bit of God's truth with a lie and then sends out the word as if it was true. So how do we combat this? 1 John 4:1-6; "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because 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 of God and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows, God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of TRUTH and the spirit of ERROR." We are to test what is coming out of people's mouth by God's Word. Please do not take what someone says as the truth. Open God's Word, read, study, pray and let God discern if that person is speaking in His truth. And guess what that means ME! Test what I say, test what I write. You don't need my truth, you need GOD'S TRUTH! Judge the character! Test the spirit! Question if it just doesn't sit well with your soul. God will show you the truth. Have a blessed day and rise up children of God, rise up!
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