“And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ ” Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!”
Ezekiel 13:1-3 NKJV
When I was a new believer, I had the tendancy to open the Scriptures and seek confirmation of what I already believed, or what I wanted do. I was seeing how far I could go and not be in sin. I was seeking to tiptoe along the edge of the abyss. In that time, the bible was the sum of its parts: ink, glue and paper and did not have the power to change my heart and transform my mind. I was living dangerously.
Ezekiel was instructed to prophesy against prophets who were doing the same thing, as they were telling the people what they chose to tell, or what the people wanted to hear. As a result the were building walls with “untempered morter”, meaning there was no real substance to withstand the storms that would come against them.
In my own reading, I was finding what I wanted to see in the bible, and not the truth that was truly in the words. I was like one looking in a mirror and ignoring what I saw. I had a preconceived notion of my true state and avoided the truth and the conviction that the word would have brought. I was a hearer of the word, but not a doer.
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
James 1:23-24 NKJV
It took the storms pounding against my weak walls, to wake me up. Truth slammed into my preconceptions, as I lay in a hospital bed in the Mayo Clinic, with a diagnosis of cancer, considering the question mark where my life used to be. I began to read the bible from the perspective of what it had to say to me about the real state of my heart. I could see the sinful smears of filth on my face in the mirror, the stains of sin in my heart, and the strongholds that I had allowed to build up. Facing the truth was humbling. The power of the Holy Spirit used to word to transform me.
There are many false prophets in our world today, telling people what they want to hear and not what the truth is. There are those who tell of a grey god who excuses sin and tells you all your fleshly choices are okay, or the false prophet who tells you that your nation is the greatest and worthy of worship, even though it is really bound for judgement. There are many false prophets and teachers, playing to the itchy ears of people of faith today.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
II Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV
In these perilous times, the stakes are high. Many people are filling pews in many churches and most have not believed the Gospel. Few are actually converted. there is coming a day when Jesus will coming for His church, and many will be left. Those who wake up and come to salvation will face the most horrific lives of anyone who has called on the name of the Lord.
Brothers and sisters, choose today to open the Scriptures and let them speak to you. Do not go into the word with preconceived notions, but let the word of God bring you truth and show you who you really are. If you find that you have not truly been saved, make it right now. If you see areas that need change, then pray for the Holy Spirit to bring the refinement into your life. Time is short, and it is all hands on deck in the spreading of the Gospel.
The word of God instructs us to go out and share the Gospel, to pray, to fellowship and to worship. Let us be about the Father’s business. Let the x-ray power of the word of God examine your heart and prepare you for ministry.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
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