Jesus cautioned the disciples about false prophets–people who preach what they think is right but not what the Bible says. Sometimes statements like, “State it and claim it,” or “Believe it and receive it,” are misused concepts of prayer. If you ask a friend if they know whether or not they are going to heaven, some may say they don’t know. Others might say they think so based on their good works. Brothers and sisters, we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. God created us in His image, so we have choices in life. Without God, we will choose the selfish, self-centered, sinful way.
This is the Good News: God loved us so much He gave His only Son to take the punishment of our sin on the cross so we could experience His love, His forgiveness and be reconciled to Him. Death did not hold Jesus. He rose from the grave and was seen by more than five hundred people before He ascended into heaven. When we accept this and believe that Jesus paved the way for us to have a relationship with God, we have eternal life with Him. We are co-heirs with Jesus in His kingdom. Revelation 21 tells what that will be like. It’s glorious.
Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:15-16).
THINK ABOUT IT
The world is filled with attractions in media or advertisements that cause us to want more than we have. The ads are based on our desire for more wealth, possessions, friends . . . Don’t be misled by anyone who says, “If it feels good, do it,” or “You’re the most important person.” God is supreme, and as we seek His word and hunger and thirst for more of Him, He promises we will be filled to overflowing.
PRAY ABOUT IT
Lord, help us to live in light of your word and salvation. Make us beacons of your love and compassion so others might come to experience your love and know you in a personal relationship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.