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Beware of Praise-Singers by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021

BEWARE OF PRAISE-SINGERS

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 18:1-12

KEY VERSE:
“And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.” – (2 Chronicles 18:7)

Just as it is today, false prophets were common in Old Testament times. They prophesied only what the kings and the people wanted to hear, claiming it was the message of God.

From the text, King Ahab asked King Jehoshaphat to join forces with him to battle Syria. Jehoshaphat rightly sought God’s counsel before embarking on the mission to which Ahab’s four hundred prophets gave answer of peace with one accord. They told him only what he wanted to hear by extolling his greatness and predicted victory regardless of the fact of the matter. To Ahab, those were good and true but in reality, they were false and perverted prophets God hath not sent. On the other hand, the true prophet Micaiah who always spoke the mind of God was hated and regarded as an enemy who always prophesied evil against Ahab.

The deception of our contemporary times has gone beyond the ordinary. Our Lord Jesus and the apostles repeatedly warned against them. “For… false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22). They can go to any length to portray evil as good. Some employ counterfeit signs and miracles and false prophecies to deceive their followers, thereby giving them false hope. They make people despise and reject the true and the right path to eternal life by their deception.

As people who have found the right path, we must hold fast that which we have and remain unmovable in our stand for the truth till the end. We should endeavour to shun and reject every appearance of evil and falsehood. The way of the Cross, the path of holiness of life and the totality of God’s word are what we need both on earth and in eternity and must not be exchanged for anything else.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Shun the broadway that leads to destruction.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Samuel 17-18

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