Day 24: Jeremiah 23:1-40
I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied (Jeremiah 24:21, NIV).
There are two important things that we need to get from Jeremiah 23. The first is to be careful what you listen to people tell you and the second is to be careful what you speak. There are a lot of people especially in leadership positions that preach prosperity messages and tell people everything that they want to hear. The reality is that sometimes God will give us a message that blesses us and sometimes He will give us a message that convicts us and challenges our lifestyle. A lot of people do not want to share the “bad” revelations because they fear people will get upset with them or leave their church. We can’t pick and choose what we share especially if God has laid something on our heart to share with someone. God comes down hard on the false prophets and rightfully so as they are leading people astray from the true word of God. When people are giving you a message that they say came from God ask yourself is it true, does it line up with the word of God, is it pointing towards God or the messenger? The truth is, regardless of a person’s title or how long they’ve been in church you have to be careful about receiving any and everything that people call themselves prophesying. We all know about that good old prophelying ministry that has way too many members.
The other side to it is that as you are sharing Christ with people you need to be careful about what you say as well. People are so quick to say “God told me to tell you” and God’s like uhm no you decided to say that, I was not a part of that none whatsoever. Even with good intentions we can lead people away from God when we say God said something that He didn’t and then people get mad because they never see it come to past. Before we tact on that statement to anything that we say we must ask ourselves did God really say this? It’s not about second guessing or doubting God but more so we need to realize that we will be held accountable for the things that we say especially when we tact “This is a message from the Lord” on to it.