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Prophetic Spirits

“A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.” (Proverbs 14:25)

I am worried about a trend I see in today’s churches that seems to have caught on without any restraints or even any questioning as to its validity. I am talking about our rush toward pursuing this “prophetic spirit” that so many have been enamored with.

Churches these days are rife with schools for prophets, even initiating schools for children to learn how to develop a prophetic spirit. How we long to hear from God!  But is this a talent that can be learned or taught?  The retort always points to the references in the books of Samuel and Kings.  But were these classrooms to teach young people Prophecy 101?  Is there a Five Step program to becoming a prophet?  Is there something that can written down in a manual for would-be prophets?

The Bible does not mention a school of prophets – it talks of a “company” of prophets. The Hebrew is “hebel”, a union or group that is woven together like a rope.  It is related to “habel”, which has to do with a pledge or a security taken.  In other words, there were groups of prophets who were bound together by their commitment to one another and to God.  No schools. No course of education. No seminars for 99 bucks to sign up for and be the first on your block to have a “prophetic spirit”.  A true prophet of God is called, not schooled – and God calls you, not the other way around.

I have noticed a remarkable telltale sign that is universal with these “prophetic spirits” – they never talk about repentance, judgment or the fear of God.  It is always something warm and fuzzy about how God is going to bless you and how you are about to “enter into your harvest”, or something innocuous like that.  How nice.

But that’s not what I see in the Bible. As a matter of fact, Jeremiah declares that when a prophet of peace utters a word of prophesy, we are to wait and see if it happens first. (Jer. 28:9). According to the Bible, the effectiveness of a prophet is measured by his ability to bring the people of God to a place of repentance. (Jer. 23:22)  Maybe we should read the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah again before we start spouting off with our “fair-haired boy” prophesies.  Or is that not in the syllabus for our schools of prophets?

The job of a prophet is to stand in the gaps of the wall that has been broken down and declare unto the people of God their sins and transgressions so that they may repent and come back to God.  But those prophets always have a difficult time getting any traction in the Church. They’re not polite, neither do they seem to care if they hurt our feelings.  Maybe that’s because they really have heard from God, not from their ethereal thoughts.  They know exactly what the message is and who it is that has told them.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe it – you will soon enough. There are no misfires or mistakes because they could only “prophesy according to the measure of their faith”. But our prophets today keep their message “positive” and “edifying” so that it always appeals to the crowd with “itching ears”.

A solitary prophet, who tried for years to get Israel to repent from their “churchy” ways, sat in a ruined city after everything he had tried to call them to had failed, and cried out,

“Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.”  (Lamentations 2:14)

If we find ourselves in the same situation, we can expect the same results.

What we are chasing is not some prophetic spirit from God, but a spirit of divination from the powers of darkness.  It is designed to lead the Church away from a place of repentance through the fear of God and into a “Pollyanna” type Gospel where everything is beautiful and it is all about grace and love. But honestly, they are only telling us what we want to hear. They are the Gypsy tea leaf readers of the church today. And we respond by buying their books and videos as they lead us like a Pied Piper onto the Good Ship Lollipop to sail away with them.

But the reality is much harsher.  This is war, and Satan has done his job well in defusing our outlook into one of détente, one that leads away from repentance.  As we are lulled to sleep and drift off into a kinder and gentler Gospel, we lose our sharp edge and our ability to see with a spiritual clarity that only comes from the fear of God.  We have forsaken the right way and chosen for ourselves and our children an easier path that leads away from the Cross, not toward it.

Jonah gasps to us from the belly of the whale that those who observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. Let us take care that the “word from the Lord” we are itching to speak over others is from the Throne of God and not some enticing spirit of divination.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”  (1st Timothy 4:1)

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by Cindy Garris

God gives me rewards—Rev. 11:18:       
I like rewards.

God makes me happy—Prov. 28:14:
        Doesn’t everybody want to be happy?

God prolongs my days —Prov. 10:27:
        I’m not sure if this is a blessing or not!

I’ll be praised—Prov. 31:30:                   
:>) 

My soul  dwells at ease—Psalm 25:12:
        I like that feeling!

I have wisdom—Psalm 111:10:               
I hope all my friends and kids agree with how wise I am !

God takes pleasure in me—Psalm 147:11:
        WOW, is that cool?

I have strong confidence—Prov. 14:26:
        I like this feeling too.

Angels surround me—Psalm 34:7:
        That is exciting to think about.

God fulfills my desires, He hears me, AND He saves me—Psalm 145:19
        He HEARS me!

I flee from evil –Prov. 16:6
        Absolutely.

God delivers me from my enemies—2 King 17:36
        Thank you!

Jesus did—Heb. 5:5 .
        That is a pretty good reason right there.

 

 

 

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