What is that?
I’ve asked it of myself many times. Do I presume to speak for God? How does anyone speak for God? Sure…in ancient times God raised up prophets in His name to speak His words. Does He still do that today?
So how do we know when someone is speaking for God, or speaking from his/her own agenda?
Please, hear me. The Israelites asked this question of Moses.
The LORD then said to me,
“What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.
“But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ Whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.” ~Deuteronomy 18:17-22
Of course, we don’t stone people today who mistakenly declare themselves to have a word from the Lord. We live under the perfect law of liberty. But we do have a sure word of prophecy that has been made clear. We do well to pay attention to it.
If I (Michelle) do not speak God’s word, then do not listen to me.
Do not listen to any man who comes in the name of the Lord and says, “I speak for God,” only if that man’s words can be held up to the standard of God’s word are we to listen. Otherwise, he is being presumptuous.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Annie has some good thoughts on Truth. She challenges me.