This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Philippians 3:12 (NLT)
Today, I am thinking about the growing number of false prophets. Recently, I was talking with a lady who will sometimes offer spiritual guidance to others. As I was listening closely to her speak, it seemed like every other sentence she was saying included, “…the spirit told told me this,” or “…the spirit told me that.” I thought to myself – “Are we talking about the same Spirit? Are we serving the same Spirit, because the Spirit that I’m in relationship with doesn’t just show up on demand like that.”
I am very familiar with that still small voice. I know when it’s God, and only God communicating to me. However, even when I call on that Voice, it doesn’t always come when I call upon It. This is usually because God is trying to build an inner strength in me, and to teach me how to trust Him more.
My second observation, certainly without a judgmental eye, was that her life in general didn’t seem reflective of what she was saying.
Sometimes, I think we shouldn’t shy away from testing the source of those who wish to offer counsel, especially spiritual counsel. I think the best prescription is to politely step away, and to choose not to fill our hearts and minds with things that are not of the same Spirit that we serve.
The Words that I use to guide me are – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit but tests the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets have gone into the world.” 1 John 4:1 (KJV)
Tomorrow, let’s talk about the importance of community. Please share this reflection with others, so that we may all be reminded of the importance of the veracity of advice.
So today, if someone is trying to give you spiritual advice, do as the Scriptures teach us and test their spirit.