Psychic or Prophetic Predictions - Sunday's Dose - 20th May 2012

Sunday's Dose - 20th May 2012

Psychic or Prophetic Predictions

"Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether
they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the
world." - 1 John 4:1 (NIV). 

A few years ago Ralph Blodgett, who has researched psychic
predictions for several years found that in a given year out of 250
specific predictions by 30 of the nation's leading psychics, less
than three percent could be listed as "reasonably fulfilled."

Blodgett said, "I used to think psychics had to be led by either God
or the devil. Now I'm convinced that they are being led most of the
time by no one at all."

Sometimes, too, I can't help but wonder about some Christians who
claim that God has given them a special word. I've had articles sent
to me in the hopes that I would accept them for publication, the
writer of whom assured me that their message was given to them by God
and they wanted him to have all the glory for it. Frankly, I don't
think God wanted the glory for some of this material.

On one occasion one fellow informed me that God had told him he was
to work for me. I didn't give him a job. He wasn't qualified for our
type of work. I've heard others claim they had a word from the
Lord ... and what they "prophesied" never did happen.

In Old Testament times the test of a true prophet was 100% accuracy.
The punishment for a false prophet was extremely severe. It was
death. "But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in
my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak
in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die."
- Deuteronomy 18:20 (NIV).

Today, in New Testament times, we are warned not to believe every
spirit but to put them to the test to make sure their word is from
God. Of one thing we can be certain, if what a person says is a word
from God and it is contrary to God's Word, we know it is not from God.

So does God still speak to people today? Yes, mostly through his
Word, the Bible. It can also be through circumstances, through an
inner conviction—the still small voice within—and on occasion through
an audible voice. I recently wrote about a friend who, during a
storm, was awakened in the night by an audible voice that said, "Sit
up and take in a deep breath." She thought she was dreaming so went
back to sleep. The third time she heard the voice, she sat up, took
in a deep breath—and smelled smoke. Their house had been struck by
lightning and was on fire. The entire family barely made it out of
the house when it exploded in flames and was totally destroyed.

However God speaks to you and to me, we need to be certain it is in
harmony with his Word, the Bible. If not, dismiss it immediately as
there are many crackpots who, among other things, raise a lot of
money from ill-informed and sometimes gullible people.

Prayer: "Loving Father in Heaven, please give me a desire to read,
study and know your word so that I will not be led astray by false
prophets, or by my own mis-leadings. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team


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