Jeremiah 21-25 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The devotional gives good advice: “Jeremiah’s warnings concerning false prophets are timely indeed. The next time you encounter someone who claims, ‘God told me . . . ,’ apply this twofold test: (1) does his life match his words? (23:13); and (2) does the Bible back up his statements? (23:21-22). If not, watch out. Read and remember 1 John 4:1-6. Don’t just accept what someone says; learn to ‘test the spirits’ and develop a discerning mind that won’t be deceived.”

1 John 4:1-6 “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. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

Jeremiah 23:33 literally says: “When one of this people, or a prophet or a priest asks you, ‘What is the burden of the LORD?’ you shall say to them, ‘You are the burden, and I will cast you off, declares the LORD.’” The word burden can also mean oracle. So when the people were asking for a Word from God, Jeremiah responded that they were a burden!

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