Tuesday, January 26, 2010

INTIMACY WITH GOD - PART 1 - Vine or Weed

“I am the true vine, 
and My Father is the vinedresser.” 
John 15: 1

If Jesus said that He is the True Vine, then it means that there are false vines to which you can become attached. How can you tell when someone is a false vine?

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” – Matthew 7: 15, 16
  • Their motives are to satisfy themselves rather than serving the people of God. Listen carefully to the words of the preacher. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
“…there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money.” – 2 Peter 2: 1-3
  • Is the focus on getting a blessing rather than on being a blessing to God?
  • Do they claim to be the only ones to have a certain revelation that you will miss out on if you don’t buy their book or cd, or support their ministry?
  • Do they promise that you will be blessed, or your problems will be prayed for and solved….once you send them a “love offering” of no less than $xyz.
  • Do they insist that people come to the altar for healing or a prophesy with an offering in their hand? Often they determine what the offering amount is, and keep lowering it until they ensure that everyone has given. The ones who have the least to give usually get a “God bless you” while the ones who gave thousands of dollars are attended to more.
  • Do they focus on getting their book or cd on the bestseller list?
“They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” – 2 Peter 2: 19
  • Humility is a key characteristic of any true teacher.
  • Beware of those who boast about what material possessions they have acquired. God is not impressed with planes, boats, luxury cars and estates.
  • Do you see a lot of worldly influence in the ministry?
Whenever you read or listen to a messenger who claims to come from God, ask the Holy Spirit to show you if that person is connected to the True Vine or if they themselves are a weed.





3 comments:

  1. This truth has set me "free". In the past I have given money to ministries who promised blessings that I have yet to receive. I had gotten caught up in the "hype" they were selling. It was my lack of faith and ignorance of GOD's word which says if I ask, believing (trusting), then I shall receive. Now I know better.

    These false prophets will prey on the poor, sick and desperate people who are in need of a miracle from God. Well if God loved us enough to die for us, surely He will give us anything we asked of Him according to His WILL.

    I do wonder about these ministries that want to be paid up front. Even the Holy scripture of Matthew 10:8 states, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."

    God will always make provisions for His laborers.

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  2. It is so easy to get caught in these traps when you are desperate for an answer.

    This is definitely a reminder to me to keep my eyes and ears open and to rely on the word of God as my guide.

    And it's not just about others, I have to be careful that I walk in and present the truth too.

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  3. This is a Word "in season"! The Word of God warns us about the last days and what to expect. "They will merchandise you!" "Be not deceived"! This is the age that we live in presently. those who have eyes to see would see. The Word of God, unedited, as off the pages of the Holy Bible, needs to be in every believer's heart in this hour so that we would not follow that "broad road" that Jesus so vividly indicated to us that we ought not to take. Thank God for His remnant upon the earth who would continue to be faithful to Him in these dark days of deception and wanton.

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