Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lying Prophets

Then I said: "Ah, Lord GOD, behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.'" And the LORD said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds."
Jeremiah 14:13-14

Sometimes what is said
claimed in the name of The Lord
cannot be trusted as true
because it is not God's Word.

When men say it, but claim God's name
the truth is tarnished for human fame.

God does not send
everyone who claims prophecy;
a simple test
can verify their authority.

Does what pours out of a man's head
fit with everything else God has said?

False optimism is a clue
that vacuous deceit is behind
the upbeat message
issued from a liar's mind.

A deceiving hope will spin
hearts away from repenting from sin.

Discernment is vital for all
so know God's revealed Word
and then deceit will fail to grab
those who know "thus says The Lord".

"Grant wisdom so Your people know
truth from lies, Your ways to show."

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