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Written By Ellianna Destinee Citro

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:

because greater is he that is in you,

than he that is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

False advisors are sometimes more numerous than what meets the eye. They can seem so convincing and sincere that it's hard to believe that you shouldn't take their advice. The enemy can and will use false advisors to speak lies into the lives of God's children. We must learn how to discern between the true and false advisors.

In the book of 1 Kings, chapter thirteen, there was a young prophet from Judah who was sent by God to speak to King Jeroboam. After confronting the king, and after having to later intercede for him, the king invited him to a meal and offered him a gift. The young man replied: "'Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.' So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel," (1 Kings 13:8-10). Now on his return, the young man was met by an older prophet. “So the prophet said to him, ‘Come home with me and eat.’” (13:15) The young man told the old prophet that he was told by the Lord “You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.” Instead of allowing the young prophet to carry on with what the Lord had commanded of him, the scriptures say the following: “The old prophet answered, ‘I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’’ (But he was lying to him.) So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house,” (13:18-19).

The old prophet purposely deceived the young man; that is an example of a false advisor.

The story continues: “While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’ When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it," (13:20-24).

There may be many people who attempt to speak falsely into the lives of believers. They are used by Satan to purposefully misguide and deceive the children of God. We must be very careful and take caution when taking certain advice from others. Some may say that they were told from God to advise you to do something, just as the old prophet had done. You should test their spirit, and think about if their words could be from the Lord. You should also ask the Lord for confirmation of the person’s words, to be sure that it was from Him.

In America and all over the world, there are many people who intentionally mislead others. We must pray for those who are being falsely spoken to. Pray that they may be correctly guided by those who truly hear from the Lord.

Now we shall all believe together that the Lord will shut the mouths of those who wish to speak lies to others and that there will be victory over the false advisors.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, together we ask that You guide Your people according to Your plans and purposes. Give us all Your perfect guidance. We ask for the ability to discern between true and false advisors. Lord, we ask that You open the eyes of Your people, help us to see what is true and what is false. We ask that you shut the mouths of false advisors so that they may no longer spread lies to others. We pray for current government administration. Guide them to make the correct decisions that are led by You, Lord. Open their eyes and their ears to know what You are commanding them to do. We ask that You send them true advisors, give them true words that are directly from You. We thank you for the victory that we shall see over the false advisors. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Praise & Worship: The Victory Belongs to Jesus -Tod Dulaney

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