Wednesday, March 2, 2022

False Prophets

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Matthew 24:11-12 (KJV)And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

After suffering greatly in the hand of a particular false prophet, Bimbo was now generally cold towards ministers of the gospel and believers. She fell prey to that false prophet because he was claiming to be a genuine man of God who preaches holiness and righteousness, but ultimately was a charlatan who used witchcraft to turn people like her into his personal ATM.

Because of the things she had experienced, her love for the body of Christ had grown cold. She didn't trust anybody again and was now closed-hearted and tight-fisted towards the work of God.

I believe it is no coincidence that after the Lord Jesus talks about many false prophets rising that He informs us that iniquity shall abound.

Every church assembly is meant to be the light of its territory(see Rev 1:20, Matt 5:14), but through the invasion of false prophets claiming to be men of God, what is meant to bring territorial light becomes darkness, and if the light [of a territory] becomes darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt 6:23).

One of the most effective ways to identify false prophets is by their fruits in relation to money. They serve mammon and not God. Money is more important to them than the souls of men.

What then is the solution?
Believers must beware of false prophets (Matt 7:15). Do not follow people because of signs and wonders, but follow them because the words they speak impart life to your righteous spirit (see John 6:63, 68). False prophets can perform lying wonders and magic, but cannot impart the life of the Holy Spirit into their words.

Go into today remembering that it is not a light thing before the Lord for the love of a believer to wax cold. The Lord’s first letter to the Churches makes this clear (see Rev 2:4-5).

Prayer focus:
Revelation 2:5 (KJV) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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