Prophets of God
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways! “Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD. “You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the LORD of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. “Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce. “I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”
‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.’
‘Do not despise prophetic utterances but examine everything carefully ; hold fast to that which is good.’
‘Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.’
‘I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’
They must speak the truth. It includes rebuke and reprimand, not just encouragement. They must speak the truth enough to be prepared to pay with their lives (Think Jeremiah and Jezebel).
They must not be people-pleasers, tickling the ears of their audience.
They must truly hear from the Lord when they know for certain that failure is not an option. For how shall we believe those prophets if the event does not come forth as predicted? Prophets should speak only when they hear from God.
They must be careful that they are not influenced by the Western Americanized philosophy of positivity because it is not of God. How will our prophets then be prepared to rebuke God’s people with such a warped philosophy?
Next time when you hear someone described as as prophet uttering a word, ask yourself, ‘What kind of prophets do we have in our mist?’ Did what was spoken come to pass?