God will never go against what He says in the Bible
1 Kings 13: 18 “He said to him, “I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him.”
Here in this chapter we learn a very important lesson.
The story is about a man of God who hears the word of the Lord.
He receives a command from God and sets out to perform his task.’
His mission starts out well but ends in disaster.
The man of God starts out in obedience and ends in disobedience.
Here in the beginning of this chapter we see that God gave the man of God a message to give King Jeroboam.
But God also gave him strict instructions to not eat or drink anything while there and to return home by a different route.
Then a man approaches him saying he is a prophet.
This man also tells the man of God that he has received a message from an angel
I personally think that the old prophet was jealous of the man of God.
In verse 18, he was telling that “I also am a prophet like you”.
Unfortunately, the counsel of the old prophet seemed good to the man of God, so he went back to Bethel and to his destruction.
But the Scripture carefully points out that the older prophet was lying.
Today we do the very same thing.
God tells us how to live in His Word and the Bible and yet people still place other people above the Bible.
A lot of Christians go to Church and leave their spiritual growth exclusively to their Pastor/Priest.
They never open up their Bibles and never make sure that what their leader is teaching them is actually the truth.
There are a lot of false teachers, a lot of charismatic teachers, and prophets out here.
We are NEVER to take a man or woman’s word over God’s.
So if someone tells us that they’ve had a vision or word from God, don’t believe it unless we can back it up in the Bible.
God WILL NEVER go against what He says in the Bible!
When God speaks to us, we must hold fast to it.
We must turn neither to the right nor to the left.
When the devil sends the “old prophet” to cause us to doubt the word of the Lord, ignore that “old prophet” and follow God.
If we are going to doubt anyone, doubt the devil.
We must always be on alert and never take someone’s word over the Bible.
Jooley Mathew Z