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18 August 19

Further on the false prophets. Who love to teach spirituality, and faith traditions, but do not talk about the cost of discipleship, or that most dreams and untrue.

Given some of the dreams that are out there, and some of our fiction, I pray fervently that our dreams are untrue.

I need to say again: do not trust the dreams and visions and acts of power of man. Trust the word, for it is a living fire.

23 “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord,
“And not a God far off?
24 “Can a man hide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’ 26 How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart, 27 who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal? 28 The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

Jeremiah 23:23-29
From Unsplash.

49 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51 Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; 52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out. 55 And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but [d]why do you not analyze this present time?

Luke 12:49-56
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

We see this division as our children fall away and follow their desires, as they are left in vulnerable places and can be exploited. You see it in the hatred of anyone who teaches truth.

Do not be them. Do not be like them. For our God is a consuming fire.