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False Prophets, False Gods

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 A prophet or someone who explains dreams might come to you and tell you that they will show you a sign or a miracle. And the sign or miracle they told you about might come true. Then they might ask you to follow other gods (gods you don’t know) and say to you, ‘Let’s serve these gods!’ Don’t listen to them, because the LORD your God is testing you. He wants to know if you love him with all your heart and all your soul. You must follow the LORD your God. Respect him. Obey his commands and do what he tells you. Serve the LORD your God, and never leave him.

In our desire to be successful (something that’s been drummed into us from an early age) it’s all too easy for us to give sway to false influencers and start elevating false gods in our lives. All … too … easy!

Some of the biggest, apparently most “successful” churches on the planet have become that way because of false influencers leading people to worship false gods. Everything from an aspiration for affluence to adulterous, anything-goes lifestyles, to the healthy, wealthy and wise mantra of this age. You name it, and there are leaders out there leading people to worship false gods – inside the church and out.

But hang on, why does God allow that? Why doesn’t He stop them? Well, He has a reason – a very good reason. Here it is:

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 A prophet or someone who explains dreams might come to you and tell you that they will show you a sign or a miracle. And the sign or miracle they told you about might come true. Then they might ask you to follow other gods (gods you don’t know) and say to you, ‘Let’s serve these gods!’ Don’t listen to them, because the LORD your God is testing you. He wants to know if you love him with all your heart and all your soul. You must follow the LORD your God. Respect him. Obey his commands and do what he tells you. Serve the LORD your God, and never leave him.

Why does He allow it to happen? To test us. To test you and me. Are we prepared to love Him with all our heart and soul, to follow Him, to respect Him, to obey Him whatever it may cost … or not?

Don’t listen to false influencers. Don’t worship false gods. Serve the LORD your God, and never leave him.

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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