Question of the Week: How do we know someone who claims to have a word from God isn’t lying?
Verses: Galatians 5:22-23, Deuteronomy 18:21-22
When a person claims to hear something from God, it’s going to be 100% right, 100% percent of the time. People often claim they are speaking from God or have a word of the Lord for someone, but how can this be tested? First, they need to be held to the same standard as their source. The source of all truth isn’t going to lie. Often times when people back up their statements by putting God’s name on it, it’s an attempt to get them to listen to how they feel. That’s the real issue. God isn’t the source of their statement. Their feelings are. That’s why the second standard isn’t just accuracy, but consistency. God isn’t going to contradict what we can confirm He has already spoken. When God legitimately speaks through someone, it will always line up with His written word. If it’s true, it’s not new. And if it’s new, it’s not true. Know God’s word and you’ll recognize His voice. Recognize God’s voice, and you’ll be able to spot a fraud.
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