The Most Dangerous False Prophet


“How to Know Exactly What God is Telling You”

            Well, it’s confession time for me. I have made some real bad decisions that brought forth some real bad results. The sad thing about this situation is not the fact that I made myself look like a fool; it does not really take much for me to look like one; but the fact that I made those decisions under the umbrella that it was God who told me so. How do I know if it was not God who told me to do something? Very simple: What I said was suppose to happen; it didn’t! (Deuteronomy 18:22) Like many people, I did not plan for bad results, I made my decisions expecting the best outcome and I was convinced that this thing was of God. My intentions were good; I meant no harm; at least that’s what I thought, but I found myself face to face with my worst enemy: My own heart!

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is “the inner self that thinks, feels, and decides.” Let’s consider the power and vital importance of our own heart:

  1. The heart THINKS: “To consider ideas and make judgments.”
  2. The heart FEELS: Speaks of emotions. All emotions are felt in our hearts from love to hate, anger, sorrow, joy, etc.
  3. The heart DECIDES: This is the most dangerous aspect of the heart; it is in our heart that we make decisions.

 

            The heart is “intentionally misleading.” This means that the heart is that force within us that operates against God’s will and is sold out to serve the desires of our flesh. (Galatians 5:17).

            As I close this article the question remains: How can we know exactly what God is saying?

4. You know exactly what God is saying if your decision has the seal of approval of the word of God.

 

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

            Whatever decision we are about to make, must go through the power of the two edged sword of the Word of God first. It is the Word of God that will help us to discern (Understand something that is not immediately obvious) the “thoughts and intents of our hearts.” The power of God’s Word is needed to cut the flesh (our evil desires) out of our motives.

2. You know exactly what God is saying if you have the confirmation of two or three mature Christian witnesses who have an established relationship with you.

“…in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”

(2 Corinthians 13:1)

                This verse speaks of two or three mature Christian’s brothers and/or sisters who verbally expressed confirmation and approval that what you are saying is of God.  

            It is important to point out that these two ways of knowing exactly what God is saying goes together; they are both needed. We are experts in finding Bible verses to justify the motives of our hearts. Through history the Bible has been used to justified horrible things; 2 Corinthians 3:6 tells us: “…for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” In the process of making my decision I had plenty of Biblical justification, but I did not even have one close mature Christian friend that witnessed positively about what I was about to do.

            Let’s be honest, many times we don’t even want to go to our brother or our sister about a matter, because we already know that they will not approve of our decision. When we feel that way, it should represent our first red flag! The Bible also speaks to us about “The pride of the heart” (Obadiah 1:3). Pride isolates us and closes our hearts from whatever anybody else has to say. We convince ourselves that God spoke and therefore we need no one to tell us otherwise. It is a rebellious spirit with a godly form. We allow the pride of our hearts to separate us from the Body of Christ. In that separation we are at the mercy of the wickedness of our hearts and therefore we become easy prey to the devil’s destructive agendas for our lives. It is during these times that many relationships are broken. I deeply appreciate those that told me the truth, even when I was not willing to listen; they did it in love and today I love them more than ever as I consider them my dear friends.

            I surely learned my lesson the hard way as I became my own false prophet. I repented, but I am still following the painful consequences for my disobedience. I have been humbled like never before in my life and, believe me; it does not feel good at all. However, I am learning from my mistakes and I hope that my foolishness and what I share in this article serve you both, as a warning and as a practical teaching tool. You make your own decisions and so must deal with the condition of your own heart.

            The warning today is not to emphasis in being careful with the apostasy that is taking place out there; even as we should be indeed careful. My brother and my sister, the warning today is for us to be careful that we do not become our own false prophet by following the wickedness of our own hearts, even when our decisions appear harmless. It seems like when we follow our deceitful hearts, we become the most dangerous prophet of them all.

The Transforming Power of Salvation


“Going Back to Preaching the Purity and Reality of the Gospel without Shame and without Fear”

            The idea that there is another way to salvation, other than through Jesus Christ and that we can be saved today and continue business as usual tomorrow, can’t be further from truth. My concern, as it refers to our churches, is that they are watering down the truth of the Gospel trying to accommodate a more secular and less “offensive” approach.

The following twelve points should challenge all of us, as Christians and leaders, to review our own salvation and how we define and present the Gospel to a lost humanity. I should also add that the Holy Spirit play a center role in every step:

1.     You must come to the realization that you are a sinner in need of salvation.

Sin entered humanity in the Garden of Eden through Adam and Eve. From that very moment we stand in need of salvation. As long as we continue to see ourselves as good because we don’t drink; we don’t smoke and we have not killed anyone; we obviously have not come to the revelation of the reality of our condition as sinners.

2.    You must repent of your sins before God.  (Luke 3:1-3)

 Repentance is a MUST; without it there is no salvation. John the Baptist preached, as we can clearly see in these verses, “…a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” To ask Jesus to come into your heart, without repenting of your sins is a Biblical error and an inexistent gospel.

3.    You must believe in Jesus. (John 3:16)

The Bible states in this verse, “…whoever believes in Him shall not perish.” We will not perish if we believe in Jesus. There must be a deep revelation that Jesus is what the Bible says He is.

4.    You must confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord as you place your trust in Him. (Romans 10:9-11)

As you confess with your mouth and as you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raising Him from the dead, your trust in God is activated. Verse eleven tells us that “…anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” Now we realize that this is not a far away God. Now we know that it is personal, and that God is someone we can trust. This process of trusting is on-going, as we grow in our relationship with God and as we develop a history of testimonies of His faithfulness.

5.    You are now a new creation. (2 Cor. 5:17)

Your nature has change. It used to be your nature to sin, now it is your nature to please God. Yes, we will struggle with sin, the desires of our flesh, etc. Yet, in our new nature we desire to please daddy. We may stumble into sin, but we no longer live a life style of sin.

6.    Your love for God is activated in your heart, soul and mind. (Revelation 2:1-7) (Matt 22:37-38)

Nothing will be more challenged in your Christian walk like your “first love” for God. The Devil will come at you to take that excitement of that first love away. We must give God, not only our hearts, but also our soul and our mind. This is very important, because if we only give Jesus our hearts, we are giving Him our emotions. There is much more to us than our emotions. Our soul is our personality and our mind is our thoughts. Our personality and thoughts should also be given to God. It is then appropriate to ask Jesus to come into our hearts, our souls and our minds as we begin the pursuit of making that first commandment a reality in our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)

7.    You start loving your neighbor. (John 13:34-35)

This is the greatest evidence we can show the world that we are followers of Christ. Jesus said in verse thirty five, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” A born again believer’s love for others must experience an on-going increase.

8.    The Bible now becomes your final authority. (John 1:1)

That same Jesus that you call into your life is the Word. Therefore, the Bible must be the final word in your life; not your opinions. There are no “buts” after what God has established. Your sins; the culture you grew in, your ideas and opinions, etc; are not substitutes to the Bible. The same Bible that applies to Americans applied to Chinese, Latinos, Europeans, etc. We are all subject to the culture of the Bible. If you continue to insist in your ways above God’s ways; perhaps you need to check your salvation!

9.    We are now in position to bear fruit. (Matt. 7:16-20 12:33-34)

Jesus stated in Matthew 7:17-19 that, “…every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus by their fruit you will recognize them.”  Bearing good fruit for a Christian should be normal. Not bearing fruit is then evidence that a person who claim to be a Christian is not; therefore, their destination is the Lake of Fire. Just as we are able to confirm physical healing; the fruit of a person’s life allow us to confirm if that person is saved or not. This is not religion; this is Bible truth!

10. Our new faith involves action. (James 2:26)

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” We do not get saved by works. However, we can’t call ourselves Christians and do nothing for God. Good deeds must follow our faith; it is just part of who we are.

11. Fellowship with your brothers and sisters.  (I John 1:6-7)

 

“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” I am particularly interested every time I see the word “If” (A conjunction used to indicate the circumstances that would have to exist in order for an event to happen) If we are in the light; if we are in Jesus, then it is expected that we will enjoy fellowship with one another.

12. We must be ready to share our testimony of when, how and where our salvation took place. (Revelation 12:11)

 

Testifying of our salvation is crucial in order to be able to overcome. Paul, in all his insight, always went back to his testimony, “On his way to Damascus…”

Without salvation everything else will fall; we need a solid foundation. Also, as you can clearly see, salvation involves a tangible transformation of the human heart, soul and mind.  Let’s go back to preaching the purity and reality of the Gospel without shame and without fear. The Gospel is the only hope of the World!