✝️🔎TOPIC: BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS
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✝️📖TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 13:1-5(NKJV)
1. “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,
2. “and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’ — which you have not known — ‘and let us serve them,’
3. “you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4. “You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
5. “But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn [you] away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
Yesterday, we read how the Lord cautioned the Israelites against Idolatry in Egypt; today the Lord decided to warn of the perils of idolatry. God specifically made it clear that the only thing a false prophet could do in their midst was to lead them into idolatry: the worship of other gods (Vv. 1-3). It is clear from today’s passage that any prophet that directs or points people to other deities apart from God Almighty, is a false prophet. Similarly in the New Testament, it is written that any spirit that does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ
came in the flesh is a spirit of Antichrist (1John 4:1-3). In his farewell message to the disciples, Jesus cautioned that many false prophets would rise to deceive many (Matt. 24:4,11,13). Apostle Paul also expressed the same fear in his farewell message to the elders of the church in Ephesus (Acts 20:30-31).
False brethren are those who claim to be followers of Jesus but whose lives and messages do not agree with the kingdom of God. They are many in Christendom today. The only way to guard against deception from false brethren or prophets is to know the word of God. Jesus says “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”(John 8:32). Study the word of God daily because it is the Word that carries the spirit and life of God (John 6:63). Note that the elect are the major target of the devil; beware!
✝️🙏🏽PRAYER: Lord Jesus, strengthen me to know You more intimately
through Your word and mercifully deliver me from the plots of false