Scripture: Ezekiel 13.
(What is God saying here?)
Ezekiel 13:6-7 (NLT)
6 Instead, they have told lies and made false predictions. They say, ‘This message is from the LORD,’ even though the LORD never sent them. And yet they expect him to fulfill their prophecies!
7 Can your visions be anything but false if you claim, ‘This message is from the LORD,’ when I have not even spoken to you?
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Through a vision, Ezekiel was told how to handle those who were falsely prophesying. It is evident that God dislikes anyone claiming that they have a word from the Lord, if it’s really a personal point that the messenger is trying to convey. I believe that way too often messengers throw in the thought that God told them to say this or that in order to emphasize the importance of the item. Unfortunately, no matter how important the subject is, and no matter how biblical the thought might be, we must be careful with our words. When we use the wrong words, we lift ourselves up to a level where we are so much closer to God than our audience, because we are hearing directly from God and they may have never heard His audible voice. As a child of God, I might say that I believe that God would have me share or emphasize a certain truth with you. That may be totally true, based upon the studies of His Word that day or that week. However, when I say that God told me to tell you something, then I have just elevated myself to a level where I had a personal conversation with God. Verse 7 indicates that I would have told you an untruth in the latter example. There is New Testament scripture that warns us to test the word of the messenger. I encourage you to always have the Bible opened when being taught from God’s Word so that you can see for yourself what the Word says. It is so easy for messengers to throw lots of personal belief and principles into a sermon or a teaching, and while that may still be vital information and great advice, you want to know exactly what the Word of God says.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
O Lord, being in a teaching position I want to be honest in what I teach and not mislead anyone. You have given us so much to learn in Your Word, so I beg You to direct me into teaching what You have said in Your Word and not try to lift myself up in doing so, but to lift up the name of the Lord for Your honor, Your glory, for the lifting up of the saints and for speaking to the lost or non-Christian. This is all about You Lord, not me.
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