But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
Deuteronomy 18:20 ESV
The Lord doesn’t want you to presume anything. He wants you to know! This only comes from spending time with Him and being in the Word. There are no shortcuts!
But many in Christianity have looked for shortcuts when they have run to a preacher or “Bible scholar” who has told them what they wanted to hear. The wannabe preachers use parlor tricks and prey on emotions to get people to follow and support them.
God was very clear to Moses and the people of Israel. If a prophet’s word doesn’t come true, he is supposed to die. God took this very seriously.
The people of God need to be very careful when they hear “Thus saith the Lord.” They need to know how to discern through the Holy Spirit so they don’t get caught up in the hype, but in what the Word of God truly says. Christians are lazy when they go to hear a preacher or “prophet” or whatever to have them “hear from the Lord” for them.
The good thing here is if you know the Word of God and walk in and are led by the Holy Spirit it is much easier for you to discern what God wants for you! It’s all very simple: pray, read His Word, be led by the Holy Spirit.
How much time are you truly spending with the Lord?
Father, thank You that You have revealed Yourself to us. Look down from Heaven and see those that truly seek You. Let them walk away satisfied.