Jeremiah 29:8 AMP
1. False prophets are always amongst you
Some one said, “if the devil would come as the devil I would know him and avoid him.” But you see, the devil is a master of disguise, so he would put on different forms to deceive you.
One of such forms is familiarity. He comes to you through things and people you are familiar with so that you will be caught off-guard.
The same thing can be said of false prophets. You can find them amongst people around you, people you already know and people that belong to the same group or church with you.
It would be a serious mistake to assume that there are no false prophets around you. Please take another look at God’s warning through Prophet Jeremiah:
“Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you…” (emphasis mine).
Did you notice that the warning is against prophets who are amongst you, not the ones that are afar off?
Not strangers, but familiar people; those who present themselves as harmless, yet have hidden evil agenda.
Speaking along this line, Jesus echoed a warning to His disciples saying, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” Matthew 7:15.
If a wolf comes as a wolf, you will see it and escape to safety. But if a wolf disguises as a sheep, you will not immediately take the requisite caution, thereby increasing the chances of your being caught unawares.
That’s the kind of danger you are exposed to with false prohets if you are not careful enough. Thankfully, you are not at their mercy.
As Jesus assures us, “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.”
2. False prophets want your attention
Do you have any idea of what it means to be an attention seeker? Think of someone who behaves in a certain way with a view to eliciting your attention or validation.
That’s what false prophets do; they put on shows to grab your attention.
But getting your attention is not an end in itself. What they really want is for you to believe in them as though they were true prophets.
As Jeremiah puts it, they want you to “attach some significance to their prophecies.” It is up to you whether or not to oblige them.
3. False prophets want you to attach some significance to their prophecies
Even though false prophets know in themselves that they are false and self-serving, they still want you to take them seriously.
Once they have your attention, they will want you to attach some significance to what they say. And that is where the danger really is.
But as prophet Jeremiah advises us, “pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which [false prophets] dream…”
In other words, when you see a false prophet, pay no attention to him or her and do not attach any significance to whatever he or she has to say.
The above advice is worth repeating: Pay no attention to a false prophet and attach no significance to his or her words. We will take a deeper look at that in the next post.
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