How many people do you know are a qualified candidate for a title but for some reason was not chosen?
How many of US are qualified for a title, selected for a position but really not authorized to carry that position? In a lot of situations and circumstances, I find this to be the case.
Just because a person has all the right credentials and degrees, the eloquent speech and words that seem to sound true; have all the right moves and does everything that seems to be in line with God's will, does not authorize them for that position.
Let's take preaching the Gospel & prophecy for example:
The words tells us this: And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:15
Are you really sent or did you appoint yourself to preach the Gospel and rightly divide the Word of Truth??? Check out Matthew 10:1
Let's take it a step further...
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are (the) called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing (righteousness) with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Are you qualified and not authorized?
Let's go deeper...
He (God) is against these false prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from God. Yes, He is against these smooth-tongued prophets who say this prophecy is from the Lord. Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams and spew flagrant lies that lead God's people into sin. I did not send them nor authorize them and they have no message at all for My people. False prophets leading God's people astray with their reckless lies. God did not appoint them and as a result, God's people do not benefit from their false prophecy. Jeremiah 23:30-32
If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says they have a prophecy from the Lord, God will punish that person along with their entire family. Jeremiah 23:34
Check out the lives of these prophets that profess to live for God. These "so called" prophets prophecy over others and can't prophecy over themselves effectively??? The word tells us that we will know them by their fruits...
Are you producing any fruit? If so, what kind?
Not all of us with prosper at the same time but we should prosper in some way. God's people will suffer such as Christ suffered but as we share in His sufferings we also share in His blessings. That's God's promise.
I have often asked God why the children of God who attend worship every week, touch and agree with other Believers and still live in bondage. Well, it's the "under-shepherd that covers the sheep. I know it is the responsibility of individuall to seek God for themselves but when you join a Body of Christ and connect to the real "men and women of God", you should be able to witness God's blessing upon the under-shepherd and the sheep. NO we are not to covet but enjoy our own blessings - be it big or small. As I grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God's word, I can see clearly now why there is no real spiritual growth and delayed blessings with God's people when dealing with some churches because they house 'prophets' whom have NOT been called (sent) by God. The best kept secret is to try the spirit by the spirit0- then you will know for sure, who's real and who's faking it.
If what a prophet proclaims, in the name of the Lord, does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Does that prophet call for repentance; for holiness and loyalty to Christ? Or is he/she scratching some itching ears?
So, I ask again...are you just qualified or are you really authorized to speak on behalf of God???
Deuteronomy 13:1-3 "If a prophet who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he/she has spoken takes place, and he/she says, 'Let's follow gods you have not known and let us worship them,' you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love HIM with all your heart and with all your soul" or if you are completely relying on what has been proven by your finite eye-sight?
Now, let's bring it on home: Matthew 24:3-5,10-11 Jesus is questioned: when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus answered, "Watch out that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name; at that time many will turn away from the faith and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people."
Ephesians 5:6 - Do not let anyone deceive you with empty arguments: it is for this loose living that God's wrath comes down on those who rebel against him. Make sure you are not included with them. Check out Ephesians 5:11!!!
My advice is to get away from these fakers and shakers and connect with the authorized prophets - those called by God Himself. I know "they" seem real...the strange tongues...the sincere and humble looking & walk...the jerking and crying...the testa-lies and propha-lies...all looks and sounds convincing but it's all SMOKE! Once the smoke dissipates, you will clearly see that it was mimicked and copied replicas of real prophets. And, please refrain from arguments and proving your declaration; just keep on living, watching, fighting and praying that God will protect the innocent, the seekers; that they find Jesus and quickly and put all of their faith and trust in God and God alone.
Qualified but not authorized??? Be sure to connect with an "authorized agent" of God. Yes, the quality of a prophet may be there but it's the authorized prophet that has access to the heavenly realm as we dwell on earth. The real prophets, the called by God for God's purpose, the one's appointed by the Giver of Gifts to the church and to humankind are the sons and daughters of Him whom sent us. God is sending us out amongst wolves - Luke 10:3 "Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves."
Acts 20: 29-31 "I know quite well that when I have gone, fierce wolves will invade you and have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks their will be men & women coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard!!!
Be blessed today and remember to seek the Holy Spirit to test 'the spirit' that comes in the name of the Lord. May God's blessings rest upon you and may God's peace dwell in your soul!
It is in Jesus' name, the Messiah...Amen...Amen...and Amen.
Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
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