Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Would You Die for that Word?

1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.

God is speaking this morning about false prophecies going forth and those who are receiving them. Many people are receiving words that seem contradictory in this season. It seems as if one prophetic word pronounces death, then another comes and pronounces life.

In our Bible study, we have been studying the deception of Eve. It’s ironic that Apostle Tonita also shared a post about talking to the serpent. This is so dangerous because deception comes when a small portion of the truth is changed. We must be very careful and aware of receiving what seems to be the same word, but with a twist. That small twist can cause a mountain of confusion and error.

Jer 23:30 Therefore behold, I am against the [false] prophets, says the Lord, [I am even now descending upon them with punishment, these prophets] who steal My words from one another [imitating the phrases of the true prophets].

I have dealt with many similar situations, and find myself going to God to ask, which Word did you really send? 99% of the time, when a personal prophecy is brought forth, God has already dealt with me about the situation. If He hasn’t, the word will still bear witness in my spirit. So, when neither of these take place, I immediately pray about the word that has been spoken.

Unfortunately, so many are still preaching false messages, and people are receiving them in error. This morning, God said to ask the people – both those prophesying and those receiving the word, “Would you die for that word?” In other words, if your life depended on it (though it does – we simply don’t realize it), would you still stand behind that word? The truth is that there is always some uncertainty with deception. Deception comes about when a little truth is mixed with lustful desire. What have we received due to lustful desire rather than God’s word?

It is very important for us to be careful of what we receive in our spirits. The very elect are being deceived. The Word of God speaks of this very thing, and it is true. DISCERNMENT is needed. This is a dangerous season for walking in deception. Before speaking and before receiving that which is spoken into your spirit, make sure the Father bears witness. Make sure you are willing to die for that word!

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