Devotions By Jan

Real or Fake?

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640px-USS_Recruit_TDE-1Scripture for Today:  I John 4:1  “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

I see this ship when I take my “power walk” at Liberty Station in San Diego.  I passed it several times thinking it was real.  But in fact, it is only a two-thirds scale model built right into the ground.  It is called the “USS Recruit,” although it has been nicknamed, “USS Neversail.”  She was formerly used to teach shipboard procedures to recruits.  Now she sits unoccupied, waiting to be turned into a museum.  It is very authentic looking.  And in my defense, I did not slow down to take a closer look!

Our verse for today encourages believers to take a closer look at those purporting to be prophets of God but who are false.  They may look authentic and may delude many people.  They may even use Scripture, but they do not speak for God.  We are to test them to see if they are real or fake.

There are several tests that reveal whether a prophet is false.  We know a prophet is a false one when he denies the deity of Jesus (I John 4:2-3).  We know that a so-called prophet is lying when he says he knows God but does not obey God’s commands (I John 2:4).  A true prophet will be one that obeys God’s Word.  His life will match his words.  And the false prophet will not teach God’s truth but his own version of it.  None of these tests have anything to do with their apparent success in the world, the size of their audience or even the miracles performed.

Lord, give me Your wisdom so that I can be discerning!

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One thought on “Real or Fake?

  1. HI JAN & RANDY,

    I LEARNED TO TIE NAVY ROPE KNOTS
    IN BOOTCAMP BESIDE THIS SHIP
    BACK IN 1966, BEFORE GOING TO
    JAPAN & VIETNAM IN 1968.

    RANDY—YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS,
    KEEP US UPDATED.

    fr@nk & KAREN CORDOVA
    PSALM 23

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