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False Labor and False Prophets
by Jenny on April 21st, 2015

"And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people." Matthew 24:11

I experience a TON of false labor toward the end of my pregnancies. Contractions? All the live-long day. My body? Over half-way ready for delivery. I find it exhausting to endure so many false signs and wonders while failing to bear fruit.

During one of my recent quiet times I read through 1 and 2 Peter. In his second letter Peter warns readers of false prophets. As I reflected on Peter's warning I recognized a similarity between false labor and false prophets.

False labor promises the gift of life . . . but fails to deliver.

It's the same with false prophets.

Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 both warn of a path that seems right but that ends in death. False prophets speak words which draw us away from the path of life revealed to us by God through His Word.

2 Timothy 4:3 reads, "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear."

In Matthew 24 Jesus warned that many false prophets would come and that many would be deceived by their messages (emphasis mine).

John tells us, "Do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God" (1 John 4:1-2).

In addition to comparing a prophets message against God's Word, another way to determine whether we've been led astray is to examine where we invest our resources. I've heard it said that one sure way to identify our true object of worship is to examine our bank account. In regards to false teachers 2 Peter 2:3 cautions, "In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money."

On what do we spend the most money each month? Our homes? Cars? Material things? Substance of choice? In his most recent book, AHA: The God Moment that Changes Everything, Kyle Idleman asks readers to consider, "Did you spend more money this month eating out than on advancing the kingdom of God?"

Just as real labor pains are just that--painful--God's Word tells us that in this life we WILL face trouble (John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12, and many others!). Anyone who promises a life free from struggle and hardship and persecution has failed to read God's Word. God promises victory in struggle and hardship and persecution, but these are all roads that God warns we will travel at some point in life.

Jesus said, “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There He is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones" (Matthew 24:23-24).

We may not know the day our hour of Jesus' return (Matthew 25:13)--but the truth is that He will come.

It may not be for me to know the time and date that my son will arrive--but the truth is that he will come. Rather than allowing signs of false labor to distract me from the work God has given me to do, I've tried to make the most of every opportunity I have these last few days with our children. I've read extra bed-time stories, painted the girls' toenails, played trucks with our son.

How do we guard against the lure of false signs and wonders while we wait for the arrival of God's Son?

"Keep watch!" (Matthew 24:42)

"Be ready!" (Matthew 24:44)

"Make the most of every opportunity . . ." (Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5) to tell others the truth about Him.

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