Cleaning House

They see deceit and lying divination, those who are saying, ‘The Lord declares,’ when the Lord has not sent them; yet they wait for the fulfillment of their word! Did you not see a false vision and tell a lying divination when you said, ‘The Lord declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?” ’ ”

Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: “Because you have spoken deceit and have seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord God. “So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, so that you may know that I am the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 13:6‭-‬9 NASB2020

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about all the false prophecy that the false prophets uttered in the last election cycle. While they are a stain and a blemish on the Body of Christ, they have all been exposed as idolatrous liars who speak their own vain imaginations and claim to be hearing from God. Pay no attention to them.

In fact, read Ezekiel chapters 13 and 14 to get God’s perspective on these wolves in sheep’s clothing. It seems like the ones who gather the most attention are the most corrupt. I’m not going to name any names, but just know that you judge them by their fruit.

If the fruit of their lips is lies, where did those lies come from? Their heart. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

There are two possibilities. One, they are sincerely deceived. Or two, they are knowingly lying and deceiving people for their own selfish gain. Neither one of these is good. We should pray that they repent and turn from their idolatry and turn to God for forgiveness and restoration.

The Bible says that many false prophets will arise and deceive many. Not some, not a few, not a handful, but many. Many deceiving many. That’s a true Biblical prophecy that we are seeing come to pass in our present day. How come the YouTube preachers aren’t proclaiming that truth? Oh yeah, because it wouldn’t tickle the ears of their monetized subscribers.

Politics is a false god. There I said it. Look at all the insanity that people do in the name of allegiance to their political party. They riot. They hurl insults at each other. They get disappointed when their party loses control. They oppress the poor and innocent as they fight for their own self-serving agenda. Politics is not the answer. Jesus is.

I’m apolitical. I’m a lifelong registered Independent. I don’t take someone else’s ideas as my own. I rely on the Word of God and the Spirit of God to lead, guide and instruct me. I think we’d all do better if we did likewise.

Here’s the deal. Why do false prophets, false teachers and false pastors want you to be devoted to them instead of following God? I think the answer is simple. Pride and money. Their hearts are corrupt and they see people as prey to be exploited. It’s sad, but it’s reality. They may not even be conscious enough to recognize what they are doing. They are under control of the evil one.

So what are we to do? We know that evil and corruption will continue to get worse. It will get so bad that if God doesn’t destroy the world, even the elect wouldn’t be saved. Our culture is entering its death spiral. Do we give up? Do we throw in the towel? Do we capitulate to the prevailing cultural influence?

No.

We each must make up our minds for ourselves. We each must search our own hearts and decide what’s worth living for, what’s worth dying for.

We are each free, moral agents. We decide for ourselves what we’re going to do. We may be unconscious of our choices as we go through the motions. Why do you think we’re in a pandemic? God has a reason for everything. Could it be that we needed to break out of the worldly rut we were in?

My faith and trust in God are more real to me today than even the day I got born again. I understand His grace, mercy and forgiveness and appreciate it more than the day He broke all the chains of darkness that kept me in spiritual blindness.

I guess you call that seasoning. I’ve been through a lot of different seasons and over time the cream rises to the top. My flesh is still alive but its desperate cries to be fulfilled don’t shout as loudly as they used to. Don’t get me wrong. If I open the door to sin, the outcome is always destruction. Yet, I don’t have to answer the door when the devil comes a knocking.

So how can I encourage you today? Don’t be ignorant of the devil’s strategies. If you pretend there is no enemy, you’ll be overtaken in no time. Also, don’t be ignorant of who God is and who He created you to be. Your identity isn’t tied to this temporary time and place. You are a child of God and, if you don’t give up, you will rule and reign with God in Paradise for eternity.

Don’t ever take your eyes off the prize. Don’t ever take your focus off of Jesus. He alone is able to save us. Trust in Him. Seek His face. Read His Word. Walk in humble obedience. Speak the Truth in love, with gentleness and respect. Everyone is one truth away from repentance. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop praising God. Worship God alone, not politics, not people, not power. God alone deserves our devotion.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be the King of your heart today and everyday, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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