1 Kings 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
Hocus Pocus, abra kadabra, ala kazam! What comes to mind when you hear those words? MAGIC! What we often call magic occurs when something that is not possible, seems suddenly to happen. At least it appears to. I do not believe in outright magic. However, optical illusions happen all the time. In the late 1990’s a picture craze came out called 3D Stereogram. They say if you held one of these pictures close to your nose and then moved it away slowly, you would see a 3D image slowly appear in the picture. In some cases, it was easy to see. However, with others, I held it close, crossed my eyes, stood on one foot, howled at the moon, and still was not able to see a thing. The only image to appear was to those around me who saw an idiot sticking his nose on a picture over and over again. Everything is not as it appears.
So it is in the religious world also. Everyone is not exactly who he or she claims to be. Our verse today told of a prophet who went about lying and persuaded some to believe him. That was thousands of years ago. In the New Testament, the apostles warned the church of false prophets over 2000 years ago. Well, false prophets are still with us today. Not everyone that says they are of God actually are. Not everyone who claims the name of Jesus, really cares for your soul or your spiritual well-being. Instead, many of them are really much more concerned with their own pocketbook. Here is their magic trick. Take out twenty dollars, tuck it in a stamped envelope, put their name and address on it, and mail it off to them. Then it is Hocus Pocus, abra kadabra, ala kazam! Your money disappeared.
1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” We must always compare what man may say, to what God’s Word really says.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Kings 21, 22 / Psalm 147-148 / Proverbs 27-28 / Revelations 20
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2 Chron. 1-3 / Acts 3
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