DID GOD TELL YOU?
Some people casually say "God told me " as a prelude to almost everything they say or do, appearing to use a claim of God's guidance to manipulate others and gain instant authority for what they say. A great man of God, Moses, heard God more than most people the last forty years of his life. Moses had conversations with God and one time when God threatened to "DESTROY" the children of Israel, Moses talked Him into changing His mind. A man of God greater than Moses, Jesus, gave us an example to strive for when He stated that everything He said is what God told Him to "SAY" and that He did what God told Him to "DO". This relationship with God is possible for us as Jesus says that those who believe in Him "WILL DO WHAT I DO". We cannot criticize people just for constantly claiming God's guidance, as Jesus gave us the awesome example of constantly following God's guidance, although He was not constantly claiming it or reminding people of it. 1
No, we are not at the mercy of "FALSE PROPHETS" who Jesus says will be more prevalent in these end times. Yes, we can recognize them "BY THEIR FRUIT". Not fruit the world admires like material success or large followings of people but fruit Jesus teaches us about, like not getting "ANGRY", having love for everyone including "ENEMIES", being quick to "FORGIVE" others, being humble with a subordinated ego as Jesus teaches we "MUST DENY" ourselves, etc. Bad fruits invalidate a person. Yes, God can use people with weak fruits or lack of good fruits and does speak to them, just like God speaks to people, who do not know Him personally. Recognizing a lack of fruit does not invalidate claims of "God told me ". We can recognize people with lying fruits, who God refers to as "TELLING LIES IN MY NAME", as they invalidated themselves by one false statement. When God shows a person to have falsely used His name, we must consider them totally discredited because lying is a bad fruit. If a person is new in learning to hear God's voice, they would be wise to not say "God told me " unless God specifically told them to include that statement. A person experienced in hearing God's voice will only say "God told me " if God guides him or her to share that detail. 2
Occasionally people experience a person saying, "God told me to tell you ". The best response, even if you have never heard God speak to you previously, is "Thank you, I am looking forward to God telling me", because at Jesus request God sent His spirit who is available to "GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH", including hearing God personally. God loves us so much He wants to be in a personal relationship with all of us and for all of us to hear Him. The best protection from "FALSE PROPHETS" is to know God personally. Know God in a way that only His son, Jesus, can "REVEAL" Him. Know God's unchanging attributes, such as mentioned previously, God does change His mind. Know God so well that you can ask Him questions, especially concerning people who say "God told me " casually. Know God so well that He guides you in what you say and what you do, so you can firmly say with confidence back to a person, "what you said is not from God!" 3
1. Ex 32:10; Jn 12:49; 14:31; 14:12 (GN)
2. Mt 24:11; 7:20; 5:22, 44; 6:14; 16:24 (NI); Jer 14:14-15 (GN)
3. Jn 16:13 (NI); Lk 10:22 (GN)
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