June 25, 2018
What things seem to be on the "outside" are not necessarily what they actually are. If it looks, walks and sounds like a duck it must be a DUCK. But all that glitters is not gold. Deception is one of Satan's favorite methods of operation.
The Lord reveals that He actually allowed people among the Isrealites who could prophesy, dream prophetic dreams, and give people "signs and wonders". Notice it did not declare that these gifted people were NOT prophets. Not at all. They looked good, sounded good and appeared to be the genuine article. They were there to proclaim in a cunning manner that they have the "truth".
Satan always mixes in a little truth with his lie. When Moses threw down the rod which turned into a serpent before Pharaoh the magicians in Pharaoh's court did the SAME thing. In verse 3, God explains WHY He allows such things to occur, "...for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul". Its a test! A test we can only pass on our knees.
The Lord wants to increase our sensitivity and wisdom. This is not a time to feel insecure or bullied by someone else's truth. Quite the contrary, the Lord can help us know the difference. It does not mean we are relived of seeking Him diligently when faced with such things. Passing the test is essential and prayer will help us do it. God is loving and merciful enough to show us "what's what" so we can walk in the Spirit, talk in the Spirit and think in the Spirit.
It is the part of faith that gives us the confidence and self esteem to have the right attitude toward ourselves. We can tell the difference between what has the "appearance" of something from God (an angel of light) and what is really from the Master, the lover of our souls. There is no need to be confused by the trumpeting of religion all around us. We have a calling according to God's purpose. These tests will come our way, but there is no need to fret about them or get confused. For the Lord will give us the tools we need and show us how to use them for HIS glory.
Deuteronomy 13:1-18 (KJV)
Enticers of idolatry
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.
12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,
13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;
14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;
15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.
16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.
17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;
18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.