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Psalm 50:6 says, The heavens declare his fairness, for God is judge. (Selah)

And Psalm 73:28 says, But as for me, God's presence is all I need. I have made the sovereign LORD my shelter, as I declare all the things you have done.

Declaring the goodness and greatness of God and telling about His wondrous deeds is commanded of us in the Bible. (See Psalm 50, among many other references.)

But another trend of declaring has emerged in these last days - that of self-proclaimed prophets. What does the Bible say about this?

In Deuteronomy, God is giving the law to the Israelites through Moses. In chapter 18:20-22 he says this: "But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, 'How can we tell that a message is not from the LORD?' - whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”

Declaring or prophesying is a powerful and holy business.

There is a movement in the “Christian” realm today where people actually practice prophesying. Nowhere in scripture do we see a Prophet of God practicing prophecy or being told to practice it. Either God has called them or not - plain and simple!

Matthew 24:24-25 says For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.

Now, the Gift of Prophecy and knowledge are very real gifts not to be mocked or played around with. The warning given in Deuteronomy still applies today.

So if Holy Spirit prompts you with a word of knowledge or prophecy, proceed with caution. Make sure you are not speaking from your own knowledge about a situation. Prophecy is a serious business not to be played around with.

Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The LORD will judge his own people. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:29-31 (NET)

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