It happens every new year. Those prosperity preachers who want to ‘tickle the ears’ of their congregations make their annual claim, “This is your season for BREAKTHROUGH!!!
Good news is a great way to convince struggling members to ‘sow a seed’ into many of these ‘self-serving’ ministries.
The fact is that many hear this promise every year and never get their ‘check-in-the-mail’ breakthrough.
Yes, there are some good, transparent ministries out there doing great Kingdom work by serving the community and building relationships with God.
But, there are quite a few hustlers out there too.
It’s amazing how many of the true prophets in the bible were thrown into prison and persecuted.
BECAUSE, THEY DIDN’T ONLY DELIVER GOOD NEWS.
They warned the people of what God would do if they didn’t turn from their sins. Most of the time this wasn’t well received.
They also reminded the people of God’s unfailing love and willingness to forgive and restore if they turned from their wickedness.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
However, whether the news be good or bad, the one constant has always been the test for a true prophet is that the word came true.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (NKJV)
21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Don’t allow those who pervert the Word of God by reducing it to a message of selfishness and prosperity harden your heart.
Use the word of God to distinguish between FAKE NEWS and FAITH NEWS.