“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 7:15

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“Watch out for false prophets.

They come to you in sheep’s clothing,

but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

By their fruit you will recognise them.

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– Matthew 7:15 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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How are false prophets and genuine prophets to be distinguished?

By the fruit they produce.

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Those who truly speak the things of God

sow faith, hope, charity, peace and understanding.

False prophets, in their advice and behaviour,

sow division, hatred, resentment, pride and sensuality.

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So many false prophets out there these days.

We often fail to recognise them

because they can be from our own families,

from our own friends.

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False prophets have access to our own homes these days,

– so much TV programming, so many internet websites,

with shallow promises and instant solutions,

pointing us towards a Godless existence and self-reliance

and luring us away

from those noblest of human virtues: self-surrender and self-sacrifice.

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Am I surrounding myself with too many false prophets recently?

Am I, to a great extent, listening out for that advice which suits my own desires?

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QUOTE…

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“For a time is coming

when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching.

They will follow their own desires

and will look for teachers

who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear..”

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– St. Paul (2 Tim 4:3)

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus, teach me.

Only You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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