A Voice for God
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD'” (Jeremiah 23.26 NIV).
A prophet is someone who speaks the heart of God. God places a word into a prophet’s mouth, and the prophet is now accountable to declare His words when the Holy Spirit wills it. Prophets who speak opinions that blatantly go against God’s Word, the Bible, are obviously misguided and false prophets. However, the tricky distinction occurs when a false word is spoken that pronounces what we want to hear, not necessarily the true heart of God. Truth spoken in love is not always pleasant and doesn’t always align with our plans. We may gravitate towards people who will agree with our wants and desires, and who will declare that our will is part of God’s plan. But what if they are simply trying to please us? What if they really haven’t heard a confirmation from the Lord about our situations. Christians must be very careful when they are encouraging people. We don’t want to give them “false hopes” in the Lord. When we speak God’s authority with our own mouths, we have now set ourselves up as prophets; and if we are not seeking the will of the Holy Spirit, our advice may be opposing the very heart of God. We can easily transform into false prophets when we don’t daily commune with God. Love compels us to walk in truth. An encouraging word leads to heartache if it opposes the true heart of God. Fear of the Lord will ensure that we never presume to speak our minds, for we must only speak His heart.
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires” (2 Peter 3.3 NLT).