A Fake Gem
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
~ 1 John 4:1
My friend Joy, was so excited about a brooch she had received. It was given to her by a relative that told her it was a gift, long ago, to her father by a sheik in Arabia. My friend explained to me, over the phone that it was 24 karat gold, surrounded by 24 pearls. She sent a picture to me and it indeed was impressive. It had a large red stone in the center, with an emblem.
She and a friend decided to go to a jeweler to have it appraised as to its worth. Under a jeweler’s eyes, who studies gems on a daily basis, the real worth would be revealed.
After several hours, I received a message that the jeweler said the broach was worthless. So even though she was told a different story, and the brooch looked expensive, it was not. It was a fake.
We are told in the Bible that we are to be careful of false prophets. They look real, sound real and even get an impressive following. They may even entice the very elect — Christians.
When they speak they may use scripture and touch on the truth. The Bible says we must test the spirits to see whether they are from God. If we are in the Bible and know the word, then when we look closely at these false prophets, we find many times the Word is twisted. They may change the word, just enough, to suit their own agenda.
We can test a prophet to see if they exhibit the spirit of a true Christian. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” When you look closely at a false prophet you may find, in their own personal lives, enormous flaws in these areas.
The best way to stay on guard is to stay in the Bible. Saturating ourselves daily in God’s Word will help us to be more aware if we are hearing the truth or a lie. To my friend, the brooch looked real, but under the jeweler’s eyes the truth was revealed. We must stay in the Word, become knowledgeable in the truth, let the Holy Spirit guide us, and when we are presented with a fake, we will know.
Dear Father, Thank you for your truth. Help us to be on guard to know the truth from a lie. In the name of Jesus, Amen
~ Jenny Calvert