Jeremiah 14:14 False Visions And Delusions

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14

As the people of Israel were being cast into captivity, there were many prophets who were proclaiming that God would come in and rescue them. They would say that God would bring them peace and give them back their land. Many were telling the people that they needed to fight against the invading nations and that God was on their side. All these things were being said because they believed that they were the nation of God.

God did not tell any of these prophets any of those words. The only prophet God was speaking to was Jeremiah and the words given him were much different.

Words like this are still spoken to this day. Speakers, preachers, teachers, and prophets all proclaim many things. There may be peace in America, or whatever nation you live in, but that is not the problem with a lot of the teachings that are occurring.

Many of the current prophesies or teachings are saying that God is accepting of sin. “Christian” leaders are now saying that various sins are acceptable in God’s sight and that God will not punish anyone for these sins. Words are said that if a believer accepts people in these sins, then God will love them and help them prosper.

God does not, now, nor ever has He, accepted sin or a sinful lifestyle as acceptable behavior. God is against all sin, regardless of political correctness or popularity.

These are the false visions and delusions that many people have. As a believer in Jesus, you must keep yourself focused on what God’s Word said from beginning to end. Do not allow yourself to deluded into believing that sin is acceptable.

God does love everyone who is living in sin, but He hates the sin. If one does not repent of the sin, there will be destruction in the end. If a nation lives in sin as a whole, there will be destruction in the end.

Who are you believing today?

God’s word?

Or the false prophets of today?

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says; that you will speak the true words of God; that you will walk in the truth of God; and that God will reveal the truth in the words people speak. 

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Isaiah 36:16-17 Don’t Make Deals With The Enemy

“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a  land like your own–a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” Isaiah 36:16-17

The king of Assyria had sent someone to talk to the people of Jerusalem about giving up a fight. He was working on invading the city and the people were holding out. They were asked to surrender and make peace with him, and he would allow them to live in their own land until he could bring them to his land. They were given many promises.

On the surface, the promises that were made sound very good. They were offered free moving to a new land that had grain, wine, bread and vineyards–everything they had and needed. Going with him would mean no battle or war to be fought and no one would die.

Despite the promises, there was nothing good about the move. The land may have all those things, but they would most likely not be able to enjoy them. They would go there as prisoners or slaves.

The enemy still does this type of talk today. The world tries to tell you to follow their ways and you will have life and be able to enjoy it. Wealth, health, and fun is promised if you will just leave what God has told you to do and walk their way.

Movies promise joy in entertainment if you will watch what God calls filth. Drugs and sex are pushed to give you a moment of pleasure. Living in certain lifestyles promises enjoyment. Changing gender, now is a promise of a better life.

Living the ways of the world may provide a short-term pleasure, but in the end it brings captivity and death. The other side of the fence may look good, but it is filled with death.

Who are you trusting in to provide the best life for you?

If you are trusting in God, do not allow the world to sway you to their lies and deception. The world cannot provide better, or even as good of a life as God can. Do not trust this world. Live for God.

I pray today that you will put your trust in God; that you will not be swayed by the promises of the world; that God will reveal all truth to you; and that you will know the provision and blessings God has for you.

Psalm 52:3 Loving Evil Over Good

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3

It is very easy to find things that are evil in this world that is fallen into the trap of sin. Man has fallen away from God and chosen to follow Satan and the evil he promotes. Satan states that he will bring a person joy and happiness, all that one will ever need. Yet, all of his words are a deception and bring death.

Take a look at the number one movies, or number one books that are made. Very rarely, if ever, are they a movie that promotes God and what God promotes. The world loves to view things that are filled with horror, death, sex, and “freedom” to do what a person wants, when he wants, the way he wants.

Along with what people watch, many fall into the trap of evil in the music that is listened too. The world loves to sing about death, divorce, killing, raping, sex, and other crimes as though it is good. Love of evil is prevalent in this world.

The sad part is that many Christians fall into this same deception. People of all levels in the church, from the simple attendee, to the pastor, have often fallen into the deception of this world.

People in the church talk about movies and music as though they were great. These are movies that are filled with extreme violence, without God anywhere in the picture. They enjoy movies and music that promote the things of this world.

Often, they will try to explain the movie or music in a way that excuses the falsehood or evil being promoted. The quality of acting is pointed out as great and worth seeing, even though it promotes a sinful lifestyle. Many fall into the same trap of calling evil good, rather than what it really is. They are no different from those in the world.

As you go through your days, what are you desiring to see or hear?

Are you keeping  your eyes and ears focused on God?

Or are you watching and listening to what the world has to say?

Be careful to not love what the world loves. See this world through the eyes of God and love what He loves–people, not things.

I pray today that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will love what God loves; that God will strengthen you to turn your eyes and ears away from evil; and that you will be a witness of Jesus in this world.

2 Kings 19:5-6 A Time To Ignore

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.’ ” 2 Kings 19:5-6

Sennacherib had threatened to destroy Israel. He made statements on how powerful Assyria was and all of the nations that they had already conquered. He also stated that God would not be able to help them.

King Hezekiah had sent some men to the prophet, Isaiah. Isaiah had told them that God is telling them to not be afraid. God had heard what the king of Assyria was saying and how he was blaspheming Him. God was going to reroute the Assyrian army and kill the king.

The enemy likes to boast of his power and ability to destroy and conquer. Over the years many different countries that have had larger armies have threatened smaller nations. They often feel that their power is greater and that nothing can stand in their way. Although they may have larger armies, there has been times when much smaller armies have rerouted them and won the battle.

In the spiritual realm, there is also an enemy that is at war with every believer. Satan and all of his followers are striving to put fear in your heart. The world, who follows Satan, will tell lies to you on a regular basis.

They will try to tell you that God is dead and cannot really help you.

He will remind you of the sins you have done and try to convince you that you are unworthy to be saved by Jesus.

Satan will try to tell you that God really does not hear your prayers, because they are not being answered the way you want.

When you make a mistake, the world will be right there to kick you some more to keep you down.

The false spirits will try to convince you that the Bible is just a bunch of made up stories.

The world will try to tell you that you, as a person, can do everything on your own and that you do not need God.

These are all lies of the enemy to put fear and doubt in your minds. The enemy may look very powerful, but in reality, up against God, is nothing. When these lies come in, it is a time to ignore those words. It is not the time to be afraid. God is greater and is absolute truth and love at all times.

Look to God’s word and see what He says. Read about how He loves you with an undying love and wants to forgive you and save you. Hold on to the truth that Jesus did remove your sins. Know that God is more powerful than the enemy.

God’s love will cast out all fear. Listen to His words, not the words of the enemy.

I pray today that you will know the truth of what God says about you; that you will not listen to the words of the enemy; that you will not fear the threats of the enemy; and that you will trust God to win the battles and war over your life.

When A Nation Forgets God

Title: When A Nation Forgets God
Author: Erwin W. Lutzer
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Date: 2010
Pages: 160

Erwin Lutzer looks at seven different lessons that people can learn from Nazi Germany on when a nation forgets God. He looks at how Hitler won the favor of the churches in Germany in order to gain control of the nation.

Hitler had used kind, favorable words to win their support. Once he had their support, he changed some rules that removed the authority of the churches and was able to get them shut down.

Using propaganda and education the people of Germany were slowly numbed to the changes that Hitler was striving to bring about. Most of the Germans would not have accepted the torture and killing that was going on, but due to the change of words and the picture given, it was made acceptable.

A lot of the same things have happened in America. He points out that thirty years ago homosexuality was scorned and hated. Through the media of television, movies, and music it was portrayed first as a funny or crazy thing, but it numbed the people to it. Today it is now widely accepted, even inside the church.

Along with that are the topics of abortion, evolution, drugs and many other areas. The people of the church are being numbed to the sin of these acts and are starting to accept them as good.

The author points out that every believer must keep their focus on God and what He wants. They must remain well grounded in the Bible to be aware of the schemes of the enemy. Satan will strive to get believers to take their eyes off of Jesus and be numbed to what he is really doing.

He is not a doomsday prophet in any way, but does present a picture that the church is allowing the enemy to take over. They are accepting the lies from the enemy.

This is a short but easy to read book. I would highly recommend every believer to read it and see what God has for them. You should pray and seek God in what He wants you to do. Seek God for spiritual eyes that will see the deception that is being presented everywhere around. Do not allow yourself to be deceived.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 A Burnt Conscience

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

All throughout time there have been people who have been followers of Jesus that decided, for some reason or other, to stop being a believer. Some have walked completely away from belief in Jesus, while others have started to follow a path saying they follow Jesus, but not the Jesus of the Bible. They have been deceived by those being led by demons and liars. These liars have had their conscience seared or burnt.

When a person burns a part of his body, that part usually loses feeling for a time, if not permanently. Think about a time when you were eating something hot (in temperature), your tongue gets burned. For a while you cannot taste anything clearly.

In this same way a person’s conscience can be burned by deceptions. The more it is burned the less it is aware of things happening. This type of burning is a little by little. It teaches the conscience to not be aware of something bad.

In martial arts, students will hit their hand into a bucket of sand to strengthen and numb the nerves in the hand. This is done to allow a harder hit on something.

The world is constantly setting things out little by little to change their conscience. What was not acceptable yesterday, becomes acceptable today because of the searing of the conscience.

Every believer needs to be aware of the lies that are being told around them all the time. Do not allow the deception into your life and heart. The world says you need things or a god, but not Jesus.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and know the truth. Jesus is the truth and He will set you free. Do not allow your conscience to become burnt and numb to the schemes of the devil.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lies around you; that God will help you flee all lies of the enemy; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to keep your heart soft and alive; that you will keep your heart sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-10 Believing Lies

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” 1 Thessalonians 2:9-10

Many books have been written on who the lawless one is or could be. I will not discuss this at all here. Let’s look at what he will do.

Paul says he will display many great signs and wonders. People love to see signs and wonders. They want to know that a person has some power. They want to see someone who can make things happen. Even Jesus showed some signs and wonders when He walked in Israel.

The difference is that the signs and wonders of the lawless one, or anyone of the world, is that they serve to support the lie. What is the “lie”? It is that man does not need God. It is that man has all the power in himself to do whatever he wants.

Whether the lawless one is here or not, this type of deception is going on all the time, all over the place. People everywhere are being deceived into believing that they do not need God and that they can do what they want. It is their own freedom. They are buying into the lie.

The reason they are believing the lie is that they refuse to believe the truth. The truth is Jesus. Remember that He said He is the way, the truth and the life.

Many, even in the church, are accepting the lies being told everywhere. Lies that a person can live like they want and still be Christian. Lies that a person can do whatever they want and that man is all-powerful. Many churches have accepted the world’s policy that anything goes, anything is good.

In the end times people will call evil good, and good will be called evil. This is what is happening today.

Are you believing in the lie? Or are you believing in the truth–Jesus?

Do not allow yourself to be deceived, believe in Jesus today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that God will open your eyes to the lies of this world; that you will not be deceived; that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit; and that you will be His light of truth in this world.