They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace,' but there is no peace.
The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My Name. I have neither sent them, nor commanded them, nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.
When Jeremiah prophesied ruin...
The city of Jerusalem ransacked,
The nation of Israel overcome,
The children of God removed from their homes,
The rich men who would die or be enslaved,
The survivors who would lose everything,
The consequences of idolatry...
God's people didn't want to believe it. So they didn't heed Jeremiah's pleas to repent and return to their first Love.
At the same time, false prophets sweet-talked them.
Distinguished priests with holy credentials,
Religious rulers dressed in fancy robes,
Gifted speakers who ignited the crowds,
Revered teachers who had mastered the Law,
Mystical preachers who professed visions...
Prophesied both peace and prosperity.
God's chosen people chose to believe them. Instead of Him.
These hype-stars were make-believe men of God, who gave Him superficial attention. They led God's sheep (who were already lost) into even more dangerous places... step by step, lie by lie - and con by con.
They denounced Jeremiah's dire warnings. Instead, they conjured up sweet fairy tales.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Hollywood is all about magic:
Tales of wizards, vampires and witches, where right, wrong, good and bad are twisted. So be mindful of the roles you take - and refuse to glorify evil.
At the same time, be compassionate. Most media kings don't know your King. In their pretenses, they are honest.
But church leaders have no such excuse. Among them, be wary of sweet talk. They may tell you what you want to hear, rather than what God wants you to know.
So become intimate with the Word. How else can you know if talk is true?
## Self-Examination 2020: The Magician's Mirror (Part 5)
NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2020 series.