Up to this present age, man has never come to the realization of the terrors and horrors of human history. An avid student of mankind’s life story will warn you in a heartbeat that history repeats itself. The Scripture validates this claim and it is the truth.”
Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11 (NLT) “History merely repeats itself. It has all been before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.
And then some hot shot self proclaimed prophet will come along, acting like a rock star and begins to spit out from his mouth all kinds of weird stuff, and claims they are from God. Sadly, some blindly believe and follow his lies. For those who follow his teachings are unknowingly traveling down the road onto a spiritual disaster.
“What is truth?” Pilate asked (John 18:38a NLT). The question asked should have been, “Who is the Truth?” Evidently, Pilate was a spiritually blind. His spirit was dead and unable to accept the word of truth – the Word of God. Obviously, the Truth – Jesus the Son of God, the Lord of lords, and King of kings – was right there in his face, conversing with him, and disclosing himself to him. But his encounter with Jesus had never revealed who is the Truth (Read verses 28 through 40).
In every generation there arisen men who claim they are the only people in the planet who hold the truth and no one else, and belittlingly accuse everyone as a bunch of liars. They condemn everyone who refuses to listen and join them. They invoke fear and terror of hell for those who oppose their views and teachings. Not surprisingly, many of these false prophets have tried to kick against the prick, and at the end of the day they vanished. Sadly, many have picked up the mantle of deception and followed through what was left behind. Therefore the battle never ends. But the truth shall set us free.
It always amazes me how “fear” is able to deceive and paralyze man. Delusional leaders and false prophets utilize this tactics. They use fear as a tool to control, dominate, abuse and exploit their subjects. Also, they bring into play their authoritative position within a group – we call it the Power Trip. A false prophet would inject fear of God and fear of hell to gain his subject’s compliance to his demands. In addition, they pull their favorite scripture: “… Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm” (1 Chronicles 16:22 NLT). Not knowing that the context of this scripture is a warning against other kings at the time, and that they shall leave the children of Israel alone. And not even attempt to harass them.
Surprisingly, one of the manifestations of a false prophet is to bully his audience. He bullies the church, the Body of Christ. He goes up to the podium and whacks everybody in the head with a sledge hammer. Condemning and accusing his listeners as if they are children of the devil and that they are continuously living in sin. He sincerely believes that he is right in the aspect of interpreting the Scripture. On the other hand, the bully also thinks that he may be the only saved soul and the rest are hell bound.
Praise God, a child of God shall not be in fear. Fear is of the devil. Scare tactics is of the devil. “For God has not given us a spirit fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJ).
Another manifestation is that he walks on water (That’s what he thinks). At least, that is the visible attitude he projects. He is a holier than thou, and believes in himself that he never makes mistakes. And never accepts correction from anyone.
What causes this behavior? It is the deceiving spirits who made these men become false prophets. A person who is deceived will never realize that he is being deceived. Not until he is succumbed into sin and reap the fruits of unrighteousness.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1 NKJ).
Paul was warning Timothy that in the end times some will depart from the faith and follow deceiving spirits. Therefore, as a child of God, you must be enriched with the Word of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, well trained in the word of faith, and boldly enter into the presence of the Lord to pray.
Another is being a novice. Novice means a beginner. “… not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil” (1 Timothy 3:6 NKJ). A beginner has to learn the tricks of the trade from his mentor, trainer or teacher before working solo. Otherwise, he is going to be blast away by the enemy. That’s what Paul is telling Timothy. Without proper and right nurturing in the Word of God, many of these beginners in the faith may go out and become loose cannons.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32 NLT).
How are going to be set free? Set free from what? Set free from every wiles of the devil. Set free from the bondage of man’s traditions and man’s teachings. Set free from every works of the evil one. Set free from sin and the effects of sin in our lives. Set free from all sickness and diseases. Set free from lack and begging for bread.
Jesus challenges us to remain faithful to His teachings if we are truly His disciples. You see, a true disciple of Christ is faithful to His Words, not to any man. The Word of God is in our hands which is the Bible. It is the very Word of Christ. To be faithful in His Word is to be obedient in His Word. Many have failed to receive the blessings of the Word of God because of the disobedience. Obedience means to follow what the Word says. Some don’t follow the Word. Actually, what they do is testing or giving a try if the Word of God really works in their situation.
You need to renew your mind according to what the Word of God says in order for you to obey His Word. As a matter of fact, you need to think about, meditate, and reflect on the Word before you may be able to put the Word into action or into obedience. It takes a lot of discipline and firm determination to abide in the Word of God. And when you do, the Lord Himself will reveal His Word to you. Just like the men who traveled the road to Emmaus. The resurrected Christ joined them travel the road and discussed the Scriptures with them from Moses and to all the prophets. He expounded the Scripture to them and Christ opened the eyes of their understanding.