Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fighting False Prophets

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t hope for a bright tomorrow. We all have hopes and dreams that life will be wonderful in the days ahead. Yet, when we get to the edge of seeing some of those dreams become reality we can become consumed with worry or dread. There can be many sources of fear, but one of them is that we often listen to misinformation. Many times we can find ourselves listening to lies.

In his book Running Scared, Dr. Ed Welch says that many of our fears are a result of listening to false prophets. A false prophet is someone that doesn’t give accurate information when forecasting the future. They offer the wrong answer as to what is to come. If you will take a moment to think about that you will find it is very true. Anxiety and fear is usually a result of worrying about things that will never happen. We worry about our needs, family, health, finances, career path, safety and the list could go on and on. We should be concerned about these things, but they can become points of fear when the “what if” questions we ask aren’t the right questions to be asking.

So, how do we battle against this? We need to turn to promises that are true.

Followers of Jesus should cling to promises such as Hebrews 13:5 where God says He will never leave us. We should look at Matthew 6:25-34 where Jesus tells us that the Heavenly Father is aware of our needs and will take care of us. Lean on the promises such as 1 Corinthians 1:13 where we learn that God gives us strength when we face temptation. Remember that Ephesians 2:10 says that we are created in Christ for accomplishing good works. You should rest in the truth that nothing can ultimately separate believers from Jesus Christ according to Romans 8:31-39.

As I think through these verses, many more come to mind. What verses can you think of that will help you battle the false prophets that want to steal your hope? Why not make a list of verses that you can quickly recall so that you will be able to stand on the promises God has made to His children.