THE MARK OF A FALSE PROPHET (Part 1)

And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak. (Numbers 22:38 KJV)

One wishes that Balaam meant these words. He might be called and hear the voice of God but his main downfall is the love of money and elevating it above his calling. This may result in false prophecies and of course crossing wrong lines in seeking fame and money. This will also result in lies and all kinds of sin including seeking power from the enemy to advance his cause.

The Bible gives us the story of the prophet Balaam in the Old Testament. It is not conclusive as it ends with Balaam on the right side but the signs of him having ulterior motives were there to the extent the angel of the Lord would have destroyed him on his way if it wasn’t for his ass that saw and kept diverting his way.

Apostle Peter follows up this subject and says the following: 2 Peter 2:15-16
“Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.”

He shows us that Balaam loved the wages of unrighteousness but was rebuked for his iniquity. His words were in line with what God was telling him but inside his heart, he wanted the money, he was attracted by the riches. As a result, when the Lord seemed to say you may go with the Princes, he was quick to saddle his ass. Today, whatever office you hold, you might be an usher, pastor, prophet or any area of operation escape with your soul from the wages of unrighteousness. They benefit nothing. Endeavor to enter heaven yourself first before you take your followers.

Jude picks the subject and says: Jude 1:11 “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” Don’t preach for reward from man, let God be your rewarder! Don’t set up ministry for reward! Although Balaam was a great prophet in his time and hearing God’s voice, he is likely burning in hell. Greed is a sin strong enough to land one in hell. Refuse for the enemy to lead you this way.

This must also speak to you as an individual. Open your eyes and see these marks of a false prophet, pastor or preacher and escape with your life. I pray for you that the Lord would open your eyes to see what to stand for and who to follow leading your soul to heaven.

Declare this,
Today I open my eyes and give myself over to God’s word. I will follow what the word says and not just look to man. I open my inner ears to hear the voice of the Spirit to know where deception is.

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DECLARE YOUR VICTORY

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. (Psalms 49:15 KJV)

One of the special things about King David is how he used words. He knew what to say and when, no wonder He was a man after God’s heart. In the midst of turmoil and at the heart of defeat, he would raise his voice declaring his faith in the power of God to deliver him. It did not matter how long it took, his confession remained the same. Many believers today believe when it’s convenient and when things are okay. When things are otherwise, they are ready to try all other things than leaning on God’s word!

Faith is always tested in the face of a challenge. It is not tested when things are okay. Abraham had to believe for a multitude of children when he was childless. Noah had to start working on the ark even when there was no rain and as people mocked him. The word clearly spells in Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Without faith it is impossible to please God! You have to believe in every circumstance. It is faith that is going to move God not just tears. The one who approaches Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Have you sought Him for that situation or you have run to everyone else for a solution? He holds the reward and solution.

When he faced the grave, David declared, ‘God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave.’ Though the grave might seem strong, the grace provided by God is more powerful. It is sufficient for you. Let your faith anchor in Him and in His word and you will not be disappointed. The devil may try to lay you in many different areas but look ahead and declare your victory. Standing on the word! He disappoints the devices of the crafty so then can not perform their enterprise!

Recently a couple came to me, they were experiencing miscarriages. The doctors had conducted tests and said many things to them. They said man of God, what do we do? I laid hands on them and told them, “Go and have a baby and we will dedicate the child in nine months time. Stop all pregnancy tests because God has done it.” I was seeing the victory ahead and I declared it! Today we are waiting for the day of dedication!

Jesus endured the death of the cross as He saw the joy ahead. In faith He faced the cross. It is time to challenge your challenges through faith. You must vex those things which were vexing you through faith and declarations in line with God’s word and ability. Refuse to focus on the circumstances, He who promised is faithful to fulfill all His promises. I pray for you that your eyes may be opened to see ahead, that you may not be vexed by the current situation!

Declare this,
Today I change my confession. I speak the Word and nothing else. Whatever the circumstance and plan the enemy had put in place, God has redeemed my soul from the power of the grave through His grace. I declare it and I will see it!

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COME BOLDLY

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 KJV)

Are you a child of God? Separated from the world and received Jesus as your Lord and savior? If so, there are truths you ought to know as expounded by the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 4. When Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended as the word tells us, He has become our great high priest and Paul exhorts us to hold fast our profession (verse 14). The word profession here is the Greek word homologia meaning our confession. Faith works with the confession one holds. You have to speak the word only and nothing else. As you speak the word, it causes your great High Priest to move in His duties in your life.

In Hebrews 4:15, we are told our high priest is not detached from the feeling of our infirmities but he was in all points tempted as we are but without sin. He was able to resist sin even though He came to earth and faced the same challenges as we face but yet without sin. He overcame it all to become an example for us! There are times you might feel the pressure to do things the wrong way, just remember we have an example in Jesus! Are you facing an infirmity, weakness or disease? Do not give in, hold on to your confession of faith. You have a High Priest who is more than capable and overcame every form of challenge here on earth.

He only did not ascend to act on our behalf but He opened the heavenly portal, to enable us to approach the throne of grace with boldness. This means that we are now accepted by the Father as joint heirs with Christ. We can approach the throne of grace and the result is we obtain mercy and find grace to help in times of need. There are many things that challenge us here on earth just as Christ was challenged, the solution is the mercy and grace found in the throne room.

How does one approach the throne of grace. It is through the confession of the word and through prayer. Refuse to give up in the face of infirmities. Christ paid the price in full so that you may emerge a victor in all situations. The enemy may try to bring one thing after another against you but refuse to budge, hold on to your confession. You have a great high priest on your side who not only your example but stands on your behalf.

I declare victory in your camp today. I pray for change in your finances and in your profession. As you speak His word only may you become a witness of His wonder-working power in your life. Nothing is hard or difficult for Him. You hold the key to your victory through your mouth. Keep your confession in line with His word and victory will be yours!

Declare this,
I am a victor because He is a victor. I will not fear any challenge, infirmity, nor intimidation from the enemy for He attained victory on my behalf. I confess the word only and refuse to open my mouth to speak otherwise. I see victory ahead and I speak it into existence!

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MY HIDING PLACE

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. (Psalms 32:7 KJV)

Growing up we used to play hide and seek. One needed to find a good place to hide so that the seeker would fail to find him or her to emerge victorious. There was however a lot of cheating, for example, the seeker would open one eye when they are supposed to close both their eyes. They would then easily locate where the hider is.

Life is still a hide a seek! You are the one who must hide and the one seeking your life is the enemy of your soul, the devil. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” The devil is a cheater, he doesn’t play by the rules! When he is supposed to close both eyes he has one open just so he can trap your life. Peter clearly tells us to be sober and vigilant. Never take anything for granted!

The Psalmist says, “You are my hiding place, you shall preserve me from trouble.” When one hides in God, he or she is preserved from trouble. Every trick the enemy tries to employ won’t work as he has to go past God to find you. Every trick of his will fall fruitless and every arrow of his will fall aimless because in God there is all the cover one needs.

Listen to what Paul says in Colossians 3:3 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Now the coming of Christ made things even harder for the devil. Though you are alive, as a believer, it is even harder for the enemy to locate you. Your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Meditate on this truth! In Christ there is no arrow of the enemy that can penetrate. The work on the cross was total and complete, that’s why Christ uttered, “IT IS FINISHED!”

Refuse for the enemy to cheat you, to try and expose you through his sin, poverty, confusion etc. Your life is hidden in Christ, in God! You are in a place of abundance and protection. Refuse to be confused by the enemy. Declare your hiding place and don’t allow the enemy to trick you. Don’t focus on the outside circumstances, keep your eyes on Him. In Him you have victory all the time, in Him you have power to overcome and in Him you have a constant supply.

I pray for you that God’s grace will encompass you and cover you from every trick of the enemy. Victory and protection is yours in this life!

Declare this,
My life is hidden with Christ in God. I overcome every obstacle and situation set in my way by the enemy. It’s no longer I that lives but Christ lives in me.

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