Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 5)
The Magician's Mirror
They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace,' but there is no peace.
Jeremiah 6:14 (NASB)
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.
Jeremiah 14:14 (NASB)
They are leading you into futility;
They speak a vision of their own imagination,
Not from the Mouth of the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:16 (NASB)
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 the True Lord.
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 understood signs... 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 His 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 and conjured up sweet fairy tales instead.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Hollywood is all about magic: tales of wizards, vampires and witches. Right and 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. Media kings don't yet know your King, and they're honest in their pretences.
But church leaders have no such excuse. Be wary of sugarplum prophets leading you into futility. They may tell you what you want to hear, rather than what God wants you to know. Become intimate with the Bible. How else can you know if talk is true?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.