Good morning/afternoon/evening to all my precious readers, I hope you’re all keeping safe as well as staying creative, and productive during this season. Today I decided to do a part two to my last post, as I believe that there is still so much to discuss with regards to false prophets and teachings. I hope this post will give you further insight into the importance of being able to discern truths from ‘almost truths’ (lies).
So how does one know if a message is from God or not? This is a very significant and valid question for every believer to ask, especially because we live in time’s where there are MANY false prophets. So don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask such a question. It is God’s desires for us to ‘hear His voice ’ (to recognise and know His words) [John 10:27 ~ My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me].
Without further ado I shall now go onto share a few tips on how I distinguish wether a message is from God or from the pits of hell.
1. The gospel message MUST be Jesus focused. The foundation of the teaching being shared should be built upon Christ and none other.
2. In Holy Scripture God states that we can know that a prophet has not spoken in His name, if the prophets prediction does not come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:22 ~ If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared). I understand that no one person fully understands the Bible in it’s entirety, but it is wrong to profess that God has spoken/said a word to you if He has not. We must be very careful not to confuse our own thoughts with being commands from God (this is a whole new topic in itself).
3. One thing I’ve noticed is that a high number of false teachers like to target vulnerable individuals in order to take advantage of such persons either financially or sexually. They preach in order to fund their lavish lifestyles. (2 Timothy 3:6 ~ They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires).
4. Another step we can take to help us discern wether a message is from God or not, is by checking if what a person says is in line with the Bible. If what they share encourages one to go against Gods commands (the Bible), then you know their message is not from God!
5. By the fruits a person exhibits you’ll be able to discern wether they’re walking in darkness or in light! Yes I know that there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing, but one can only pretend for so long! And yes I understand that we all mess up at times but overall how does this individual HABITUALLY behave? (Matthew 7:16 ~ You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?).
6. Something else I’ve noticed about false teachers is that they intentionally cause division. They sometimes achieve this by setting up (creating) factions. They enjoy seeing people fight, as this creates the opportunity for them to play the role of a ‘saviour’. They adore self worship and glory, it’s all about them and their achievements instead of being about God Almighty.
7. Finally beware of individuals who constantly speak messages which bring fear into the hearts of people, with no hint of hope whatsoever. Yes we should fear (reverence) the Lord and hate sin, but we should not be bound by fear Amen. (2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline).
1 Timothy 6: 3-5 ~ Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
Always test the spirit, and study the word like the Berean Jews! Even Paul stated that if he started to preach another gospel that curses should befall him.
1 John 4:1 ~ Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.
Acts 17:11 ~ And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
Galatians 1:8 ~ Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.
Please don’t forget as mentioned in my last post, don’t allow individuals deceive you into thinking that you’re a ‘bad Christian’, just because you face hardships. Always remember that you are not the first to encounter such a problem and you won’t be the last!
Paul’s life story
2 Timothy 1:11-16 ~ And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. As you know, everyone from the province of Asia has deserted me even Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains.
Jesus’s life story
Matthew 27:42 ~ “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him!
Mark 15:31 ~ The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself!
Continue to hang onto God and His word, trust that He will never harm you or lead you along a pathway of destruction. He loves you deeply therefore don’t allow the enemy cause you to doubt His promises concerning your life, and don’t allow a wolf in sheep’s clothing lead you astray!
Good day and God bless lovely people
Christian lady after Gods own heart