And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
What a comforting passage. To know that I must be able to identify the work of the Holy Spirit in a prophecy and that the proof of the pudding lies in the fulfillment of that prophecy.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.'And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?'—when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not to be afraid of him.
There have been several times in my life when someone has announced that they have a word of prophecy concerning me. I cannot recall a single instance where the "word" came to pass.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 68
Evening: Psalm 144
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