BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING
Matthew 7 verse 15 - 18
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognized them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?' Likewise, every good trees bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Sometimes fear is a healthy thing. If it protects you, then it is healthy. It is good to fear to be taken in by wolves in sheep's clothing. If you are wise you will pray hard not to be deceived, by the enemy. And believe without a doubt that God will open your eyes to them, because He will. You may be temporarily fooled by them, but sooner or later they will be found out, if you follow Jesus's instructions. False prophets are more dangerous to your soul I believe, than people who openly attack Christianity, because they act as if they are your best friend and that they have your best intentions at heart. And all the time they are planning to harm you. In the end times we are told there are going be a great many false prophets. I believe they will try at first to water down the teachings of Scripture and when you are taken completely in, then they will start teaching you the reverse of what Jesus actually teachers. False prophets have to win your confidence first, before they will twist the Holy Bible around to mean something completely different than it does. They are planning to destroy Christianity. In the book of Revelations, it is clear Christianity will not be destroyed, because God will protect those who will remain loyal to Him.
There is a real spiritual war happening before our eyes. And there are only two sides. False prophets do not serve God. Their father is the father of lies. They believe Satan has more to offer them than God. I was told once that con artist are the easiest people to be conned themselves. That is what false prophets are basically, a con artist. They deliberately what to steer you away from God, so that you will accept false teachings from Satan. There are also people who mistakenly think God is speaking through them when He is not. Like the Scripture say test the sprits because Satan can come disguised as an angle of light. The way Satan often fools you into thinking your vision or your prophesy is from God is that he very carefully and subtly works through your vanity or pride in such a way you may even think you are actually being humble, when you are not. It will bear bad fruit. If the vision or any spiritual gift comes from God and if it does not go to your head, (remember you have been given a free will,) it will in fact keep you very humble in truth because all the glory will go to God not you. And also serving God requires you to discipline yourself in such a way that you have to learn to walk by the narrow road that leads to life eternal. If it does that you will find that your love for God increases and you are more ready to serve Him even if it cost you dearly. Your interest becomes His. You are more interested in serving God not yourself. There is always great joy when you think of God.
Matthew 7 verse 21 - 23
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day.' 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' then I will tell them plainly. 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
Obeying God is all in all important. We need to be very honest with ourselves, if we want to be right with God. Are you serving God or are you serving yourself? Do you want the praise of men? or are you doing it entirely to please God? False prophets may give you the impression you are not so bad, when you may really be needing to be corrected. We need to repent of our sins daily. We are not surprise that we need to wash our bodies every day, then why are some of us, are so surprise that we need to repent in the name of Jesus every day? It keeps us on our toes and if we are genuinely sorry, Jesus will wash our sins away with His blood. We must make an effort to know what the will of God is for us. If God puts something into your heart, try to practise 'instant obedience,' or you may find out you missed an important opportunity for yourself to serve God and give Him great glory.
I believe that Christian don't often think just how powerful their prayers can be, so they pray for small things and only for people they know. I believe in praying big because I know God wants to do great things through us.