Monday, April 28, 2014

Jeremiah 27

Day 28: Jeremiah 27:1-22

“Do not listen to the words of the prophets…I have not sent them, declares the Lord.. They are prophesying lies in My Name (Jeremiah 27:14-15, NIV).

                There are multiple instances in this chapter where God tells Jeremiah to speak on the false prophecies that have been going forth. It made me think of the importance of having discernment in order to be able to tell when a person speaks a word from God to you versus a word from their own flesh. There are a lot of people who are more concerned with pleasing people than pleasing God so in return they will say anything that is pleasing to the ear even if it is not true. You should be weary of individuals that are always telling you everything good or everything that you want to hear. Just like with the false prophets, a lot of people don’t want to give you the “bad news” even though they know you need to hear it for your benefit. The thing about love is that it requires a person to speak some things to you that you may not want to hear but they will say it anyways because they know it is for your good. People who truly love you and care about you are more concerned with pushing you towards Christ than having you happy with them all the time because they tell you everything that you want to hear. The false prophets were making the people “happy” by feeding them lies about what God would and would not do but ultimately they were leading these people away from God and setting them up for a path of destruction. Ask God to show you the hearts of people and allow Him to remove the people in your life that are hindering you from growing in Him.  

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