Word at Work December 8, 2016

Scripture: Jeremiah 28:1-17

In Jeremiah 28, Jeremiah finds himself living in the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, in a conflict with another prophet called Hananiah. Hananiah was a false prophet and he declared within two full years the Lord would bring back the exiled king from Babylon. Jeremiah has been told by God to tell the people to submit to Nebuchadnezzar, because the alternative would have been far worse. That brought Jeremiah and Hananiah into conflict. Verses 14-17 state, “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “‘I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also.’ Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, ‘Hear now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will cast you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have taught rebellion against the Lord.”’ So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.” Jeremiah faced off with the false prophet, declared the Word of the Lord on the false prophet and God killed him. The realm of religious spirits and of the counterfeit prophetic had to be subdued by Jeremiah. And if the realm of the counterfeit prophetic had to be subdued by Jeremiah, rest assured it has to be subdued today. The real question is, who among us have the faith and righteousness necessary to walk out that calling? God is looking for those prepared to resist and subdue. Every prophetic voice that prophesies from the motive of manipulation or for personal gain is a counterfeit. Will God find any Jeremiahs today? I trust He will, in Jesus’ name!

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