Some refer to the false salesmen people of yesterday as “Snake Oil Salesmen”. We have to be careful today and not fall for all people claiming to be Christian and having the gift of Prophecy or those sharing “truthful news”. Look for the Characteristics of Christ and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.
My patience has been tried so much lately, I often want to scream! So many people are in a chaotic panic mode, that they don’t wait on the Lord before professing something to be from him. There are many who are stating something is from the Lord, but are giving out messages that are often the opposite of prior “words” given to themselves or others.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.
Sometimes we just need to wait on the Lord and be quiet! Messages need to be confirmed. Some messages may simply be for that person, a specific audience or a specific time. There are others who are putting stories out claiming that they are true, just for the purpose of making Christians look ridiculous.
Most people today no longer believe in Prophetic messages, because of False Prophets or from those with the gift of prophecy that refuse to wait on the Lord for confirmation. It’s much like the old story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, when you issue a statement of fact, but have not received confirmation on it.
We need to take everything to the Lord in prayer. A persons heart might be in the right place with the Lord, but their mind may be in a place of chaos. There are some that may truly be suffering from mental illness and are in need of deliverance.
We need to keep all fellow believers in prayer, and not exclude anyone because they have strayed from the Word of God. Any of us can allow our emotions to get in the way of the truth.
Consider a review of the following prior posts about being patient, humble, non-judgmental and to remove pride from our lives:
“What a Friend We Have In Jesus”