Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
So many people come in the name of God and say He told them to tell you one thing or another. But have you ever questioned them to see if they truly were sent to you by God? Have you ever listened to their words and tested them against the Bible? Everything that is said is not from God and you shouldn’t be taking it in, practicing it, and putting God’s name on it.
A lot of practices that are being presented to us today, especially in the U.S., are trying to pull you away from God. They seem to be harmless and they help you become at peace and fulfilled in life. But, what if they only give you a sense of peace and fulfillment because they feed your human nature and want to control everything.
There’s so much being thrown at us and many people are buying in. From manifesting things, speaking it into existence, constant talk about money and more money, and many other things. These things sound like something we as humans need in life so that we can get what we want in life. Other people have done it and got what wanted, so you begin to feel like you can begin to get all that you want by doing the same thing.
But what does God say?
He says, test every thing that comes your way, especially if His name is being included in it. Would you want your family or friends to believe someone tells them to do something because you said so, they do it, and end up harming themselves because they never came to you to make sure the command/statement actually came from you? God wants you to discern whether something is right or wrong. Whether it is has His blessing or not. If you never go to Him and test what is being said, then you are choosing something/someone else as your god.
Outside of the many practices that are bombarding us lives, our biggest distraction is money. Money is the greatest competitor of God. If you are honest with yourself, you can look at your entire life and see that money has always been needed to get basic needs met and something we deeply depend on. People get divorced because of it, some get married for it, others seek certain careers or illegal activities to have more of it.
But, can money fix all of your problems?
Can it heal you?
Can it give you peace that surpasses all understanding?
Can it give you eternal life?
Can it love you?
If you don’t know who you are, whose you are, who God is to you, and who Jesus is, and all you know is money, then you will be overcome by it. It will destroy you in ways you never thought could happen. The number one thing is when you believe in it and feel that it’s all you need, you will be pulled away from God. But if you don’t catch yourself, it can turn on you and you’ll begin to lose it. You’ll be like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), spending all you have on foolish living, everyone leaving you, then recognize that God cares for you.
It’s time to choose who you will serve this day. Is it what other people are throwing at you, money, or is it the one true living God (the creator of everything!)? I suggest that you choose God, but I can’t choose Him for you. He gives you free will and you can do whatever you want, just know that there is a result from what you decide.
Who will you choose to be your god?