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When God Goes Silent

Have you ever been in a dry season spiritually? When you can’t seem to hear God’s voice and you feel uncomfortably empty inside? I have, along with many believers in the body of Christ around the world. But today I want to encourage you that there is a purpose to these seasons.

If you feel that your days of clearly talking with and hearing from the Lord have come to an end, you may be left wondering if God’s even listening to a word you’re saying. Or perhaps you’ve already given up talking to the Lord because you figured that there was no point in continuing the one-way conversation.

Today I want to encourage you to keep pressing in. Don’t give up on the Almighty, because He hasn’t given up on you. In fact, He’s actually pursuing you during the quiet seasons that feel like dry and bitter storms in the desert.

“For everything there is an appointed time, a time for every matter under heaven… a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 LEB

“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Romans 5:7-9 NASB

Why exactly does God go silent? 

First, it’s important to acknowledge that the pain of not hearing from God is very real. We can easily feel rejected when the rest of His body just seems “to get it”. We can also feel abnormal, as if we’re not getting something right – maybe we’re not praying enough, waking up early enough to have quiet time, or worshiping the Lord enough. We must not be doing something right, or else He would be speaking.

However, we must understand that those feelings are based on human understanding alone, rather than divine knowledge. If God is choosing not to speak, then we can rest assured that there is a divine and eternal reason behind it. And this reason undoubtedly requires His assistance (through the Holy Spirit) to understand.

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV

I believe God wants you to know, in the power and authority of Jesus’ name, that He does not want you to indulge in self-pity, fear of rejection, or holding your head down low believing (even for a moment) that God does not see you, know you, and love you. God is interested in you – He’s extremely interested in your heart and the affairs of your life.

“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.” Psalm 149:4-5 NIV

In studying His word (and through my own personal time with the Almighty), here are three reasons in why God may go silent: 

1. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking a deeper, intimacy with us. God knows that as He becomes silent, we become painfully uncomfortable. In doing so, we also become increasingly hungry to know Him and to experience Him. In these seasons, we are ripe for intimacy and growth in the form of experiencing His everlasting love and believing in His word. This season is a real gift from the Lord.

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV

2. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking to correct us. If we are ever in a place where we have heard God’s voice and He then becomes silent, or we have never heard God’s voice for ourselves, then we can be keenly aware that something is not right. This is a good time to evaluate your true heart condition. God may be pursuing you through silence to show you a sin in your life that needs to be eradicated through His forgiveness. Whenever I find myself entering into a season where the Lord is quiet, I always start here. We’re all sinners in need of grace, beloved.

“My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NLT

3. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking to mature us. Perhaps you have repented from sin, but God is still not speaking. You may be in a season of developing maturity, and the Lord may use His silence to test you. When God doesn’t speak, one of the outcomes is a hunger to hear from Him, as in the first reason above. But these seasons can also produce righteous fruits, specifically patience, faithfulness, and self-control. These are beautiful gifts from the Father that we should praise Him for!

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT
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Four Ways to Quickly Identify a False Prophet

False prophets are all around us. They are wolves in sheep clothing, appearing to be good, but deceptive to the core. We must be alert, beloved.

The single most effective way to counteract these false prophets is by knowing and leaning on God’s word.

We must know God for ourselves, which includes reading and studying Scripture on a consistent basis. 

If you’re just joining us this weekend, you’ll quickly notice that this post is part of a series called “Beware of False Prophets”. Feel free to catch up on the first two articles, which cover my personal confrontation with a psychic and the lessons that God taught me in the process. You can find those both by clicking the following links: Beware of False Prophets and Jesus Loves All Sinners

What makes someone a false prophet? In the most simple terms, this person is speaking falsely on behalf of God. They may have once received the gift of prophecy and then abused it for their own glory and gain. Or they may have self-appointed themselves (perhaps under the inspiration of a demonic spirit) to speak on behalf of the Lord when He hasn’t chosen them at all.

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” Jeremiah 5:30-31

Generally speaking , the words of a false prophet aim to accomplish one of two things: to exalt the speaker as one with power and knowledge, or to win the approval of mankind (including the church) by flattering people and affirming sinful behavior. These individuals crave attention. Yet because they are false, they speak from their own imagination and lead others astray from God’s word. Beware of these people. 

“His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.” Psalm 55:21 

“Because they lead my people astray, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, ‘Where is the whitewash you covered it with’?” Ezekiel 13:10-12 

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10

Allow me to share a few characteristics of false prophets that the Lord has shown me:

1. They exalt themselves as a prophet, with the expectation that they are to be esteemed and worshipped in some fashion.

“For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” Romans 16:18 

“Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5 

2. They seek monetary gain by claiming to share words from the Lord – This is detestable in God’s sight and an act of pure heresy.

You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.” Ezekiel 13: 19

3. They bring a message on behalf of the Lord that does not align with God’s word – Pay very close attention to this beloved.

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.” John 14:6 

Allow me to give you an example: A false prophet approaches someone in an inappropriate relationship (perhaps dating someone but living together as a married couple; or someone involved in an adulterous extra-marital affair) and claims to have a message for them. The prophet may claim that the Lord desires to further bless this relationship or that this relationship is in His will. Because the recipient is comfortable and enjoying this relationship, that word will greatly appeal to their flesh (sinful nature) and will feel good. But it is not the truth, beloved.

A false prophet may affirm sinful behavior, create confusion and unrest, or lead an individual away from Biblical truth. We must see that God is beyond our feelings. If it’s not truth, then it’s not of God, no matter what we feel.

The Lord is honest, just, faithful, good, and righteous. Most importantly, He is holy. God cannot partake in sin because He is holy; therefore He cannot bless anything that is sinful. Does He want the best for us? Of course! But His hand is removed in situations that are sinful (which are choices made completely by the free will of mankind). If we want God’s blessing, we must obey His commands.

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving towards all He has made. The Lord is near to al who call on him, to all who call in him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. ” Psalm 145:17-19

4. They deliver a message that never transpires – This is the most obvious sign that what was shared was not of God. Just as described in the book of Ezekiel, the Lord intentionally frustrates false prophecies to show both that He alone is Sovereign and to demonstrate what is true and false.

Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives, therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the Lord.’” Ezekiel 13: 22-23 

“He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings; ‘Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm’.” Psalms 105: 14-15

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Beware of False Prophets: A Story to Challenge Your Walk with Christ

***After a time of prayer this morning, I strongly believe this series needs to be re-posted as an admonishment and encouragement for those who call Jesus Christ their Lord. May God alone receive the glory!

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Have you ever received a word from the Lord delivered by an ordinary person, and then wondered if it could actually be true?

At times, the gift of prophecy can be a very sticky topic. You see, when the Great I AM speaks through a broken vessel (even one redeemed by Jesus Christ), there can be potential for misinterpretation. Because mankind is innately sinful, we tend to seek praise, attention, and influence (just like Satan – is that really a surprise?), all of which can be sources of distortion.

One example is when someone speaks out of turn and then throws the “God saith so” seal on top of it. Why would we do something like this? There is great danger in saying something on behalf of the Lord that never actually came from God.

“My heart is not proud O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my souls within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalms 131

Sin can greatly contribute to false prophecy. Sometimes, sin’s deception can blind us from even realizing that we’re engaged in it. Other times, some may realize that they are in sin, yet they intentionally choose to lead God’s people astray through false prophecies. This is exactly what Ezekiel faces as God’s messenger to Israel: everyone else is captivated by the exhortations of false prophets.

We too can be led astray by thinking that we are hearing God’s voice for a particular area of our lives, or believing what someone tells us in a prophetic word because it appeals to our flesh – it feels good.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” Jeremiah 17: 5

Through my own personal study of Ezekiel at the river yesterday, the Lord made me recall my own encounter with a false prophet.

One early morning a few years ago, I was heading to work when the Lord began speaking. Personally, I had been in a very broken state (emotionally, mentally, and spiritually) and was seeking hard after Christ. Just as I was preparing to drive onto the highway, the Lord prompted me to turn around and drive back to a particular building. Because I had a lot to do that day, I was trying hard to ignore His call. Yet He continued prompting me, filling my stomach with an intense cluster of butterflies that I could not ignore.

I knew I had to turn around.

In that season, I was learning obedience to God’s voice, no matter how radical. Driving the opposite direction, I ended up parking at a fast food restaurant directly adjacent to this simple building and simply stared in wonder. What could the Lord possibly want me to do at this building? The only thing in this building was a local psychic. Although I had seen its bright red “OPEN” sign for years, never had I thought to stop in. The place is evil, and Christians don’t go to psychics, right?

But the Lord had a message for this psychic.

As I knocked on the door, a middle-aged woman suspiciously cracked the door open and asked, “How can I help you?”

After stammering momentarily from nervousness, I was finally able to blurt out what God had commanded me to say to this woman: “God asked me to stop by here today. He wants you to know that He loves you.” She just stood there.

A few more awkward seconds passed before I felt an inner force push out the following: “What you are doing is not in God’s will for you. He doesn’t want you to consult evil spirits on behalf of others.”

In absolute disdain, she shook her head and firmly spoke these words that shocked my young, ambitious heart: “God asked me to do this. I am doing God’s work, He asked me to do this. Now, leave here.”

“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12 

I couldn’t believe what she just shared. Had she ever opened a Bible? Did she know what God said about psychics, wizards, and false divination? I cried.

Never did I expect to hear a psychic say that she was doing the Lord’s work.

But I did learn some things that day. Join me tomorrow as I share two life-changing lessons that God taught me through this experience. Trust me, you do not want to miss it!

Over the weekend, I will post the three original corresponding articles that support this series. In these posts, I will share my own personal experience responding to an evil divination, ways to discern between a false prophet and a righteous one, and specific steps that the Lord has taught me to wisely follow when receiving a prophetic word for our lives. May this be an enriching series to strengthen and equip you as a disciple of Christ. May He alone receive the glory!

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