Study to show thyself approved unto GOD
Seek GOD not the PROPHETS
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.
God’s word is not to be thought of or used like “crystal ball” for fortune telling! We should not seek out prophets or anyone to just get “word from the lord”; but in contrast, seek God himself for His will for your life!
In the world today, there are a lot of teachings and doctrines coming forth. But one thing is for sure, we must seek God and we all must study the Holy Bible, the Word of God, for ourselves! We cannot depend upon the prophets or anyone to just “feed” or to just “give” us a word from the Lord.
“… for the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” 2 Timothy 4:3.
This is not speaking against prophets, because there are many true prophets as well as other servants of the Lord whom God uses to speak to His people. But on the other hand, there are many false prophets who will lead you blindly to glorify themselves, or to gain financially, and will cause you to go astray.
So many of us have become complacent and “lazy” and would just like for someone to speak a word to us. We are seeking what sounds good and what feels good. We have gotten to the place of having “itching ears” and are seeking out prophetic words and teachings that will please our flesh. As a result, our motives and intentions have come to the point where we are seeking out prophets, teachers, and others, to specifically ask them questions such as, ” does God have a word for me?”… or “did God show you something about me?” This is wrong and is not biblical teaching!
If some of us really would hear what God has to say or is really saying to us, then we wouldn’t bother to listen or to hear him!
Likewise, we should not glorify or seek out prophets, pastors, teachers or anyone as if we are seeking information from the psychics, horoscopes, mediums, palm readers, fortune tellers, or any other ungodly sources Instead, God’s word is to be used as a “road map” for holy and wholesome Christian living and to seek God’s will for our life!
God is the only one that can give us the answers that we are seeking. If we study His word and get in a holy covenant relationship with His, He will speak directly to us. The Holy Spirit of God will come in and lead us and guide us into all truth!
“… seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.
To sum it all up:
God’s will is that we seek Him first for holy and righteous living, and all of the other things we need or desire, He will add to us!
We ourselves have to study and know the Word of God for ourselves, and learn to seek God’s will, to live a holy life! This is done by studying the holy Word of God, going to our bible studies, praying and seeking God for our answers, and asking God for direction and guidance for our lives.
Equally important, God wants us to seek Him and depend on him and not to seek and depend on others for just “a word” or His will for us. Therefore, we must study to show ourselves approved unto God so that we can rightly divide and discern the word when a prophet or any other claims their words are from the Lord.
“… dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” 1 John 4:1.
– by Geraldine Coleman
Geraldine Coleman: Is a teacher and educator and ministers to prisoners at a prison facility where she is an instructor.