“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him…” (Deut. 18:22).
We live in a world in which many people profess to have access to some form of deity. These people will proceed and presume to speak in the name of whichever deity to whom they subscribe, and many follow wholeheartedly after them blindly. Unfortunately, this also happens within the Body of Christ as well.
The question becomes for us: How, then, can we know when the word spoken comes from the Lord? God Himself has provided the answer for us in today’s Scriptural text in Deuteronomy, chapter 18, verses 21 and 22,
“…And if thou say in thine heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously…”
In addition to this, there is another way by which we may determine whether the person has spoken falsely in the name of the Lord. This is through our daily reading and studying of the Word of God, steadfast prayer life, and the gift of a discerning spirit. If we are consistent in maintaining our relationship with our Heavenly Father, Jesus said to us in John 10:1-5, 14:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. To Him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when He putteth has forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers…I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of Mine…”
This speaks of a relationship that has been cultivated over an extended period of time wherein a level of intimacy has been developed. This intimate relationship protects us from following after those speaking strange words which are not in alignment with and are contrary to the Inspired Word of God. Our Heavenly Father has provided all that we have needed to lead and guide us through these days of presumptuous speaking. Let us learn to hear His voice by practicing the art of being still and listening to hear what thus saith the Lord.