Recently I had a dream that my words were being stolen. It was a very brief dream and in it, I saw a text that I believed to be a proverb of some sort. It stated that “the thief had come to steal their words”.
Immediately when I awoke, I went to the concordance to search it out and the only reference I could find concerning the stolen Word was in Jeremiah 23. If you have a moment, spend some time reading this chapter entirely. For brevity sake, I have only put a portion here.
21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. 25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
In the Amplified version, Jeremiah 23:30 reads that the stealing of the His word is “imitating the phrases of the true prophets”.
God has been speaking to me much about imitation recently. My last post http://insimplicity.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/top-seed/ touched on this.
There are imitation seeds that have been planted in our gardens but it’s the true Word of God that is going to completely uproot and plant these in the sea in the coming days.
Today I was doing some studying on Merriam Webster online and something caught my eye. The editor will do a segment addressing questions that are asked every now and again. This particular segment was entitled ”Ghost Word”.
A ghost word is basically a “word form” never in established usage. I see this as an “imitation” word. The one fake word came into being on July 31, 1931. (If you’re wondering, that word was “dord”.)
Dr. Shirley Arnold (http://www.shirleyarnoldministries.com/) carried a word to Women of Valor this year in regards to this. False proverbs are being laid to rest or to death will no longer be put to use! (Ezekiel 12:22-25). The proverbs have had nothing to do with the will of God but came with an agenda of disabling the church.
In fact, that passage of scripture surrounds the very verse that God gave to Pastor Sharon, concerning Women of Valor, Now Is The Time!
There have been words spoken, Jeremiah says, without and within the walls of the church, with the assignment to “fake” us out!
It shakes me when I read verse 16 of chapter 23 as it should all of us.
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”
Do I truly desire for NOW to be the time for me and ultimately God’s purpose for me? Does the church?
If so, then I (we) will be bold enough to examine the prophecies spoken to me (us) and through me (us).
I’m not ignorant to think that prophecies have not come to “speak to my vanity” or that others have not cast visions not of God’s heart before me. It could be that I have seen distorted visions my own self (without the help of anyone else). We are the prophet of our own life first.
Even more challenging, I’m not ignorant to think that I am not guilty of partaking in “feel good” prophecy that has spoken to the vanity of others as well. Not with the intent to hurt someone, ever but simply because I am not infallible and it is very possible that I could have spoken to someone from human perspective and fleshy compulsion. For that I repent.
If you find yourself in any of the above categories, there is hope. The very fact that God is opening our eyes to such things should germinate and resurrect our hope! It should be lively within us!
First, allow God to reveal to you anything that is not from Him. He is for you and there is none that can be against you! False prophesies are the very things that are depriving us of God’s best and nurturing poverty in our lives, simply because we are wasting away sowing into words that will never profit us! It’s time to weed the garden and it’s not hard.
What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (vs. 8 & 9)
The Truth and His fire will simply blow upon it and burn it off your threshing floor. It’s nothing for the hammer to break through the rock!
Secondly, if you fear that you have spoken falsities, simply repent. You cannot go back and retrieve those words. You can’t undo what’s already been done but God can. Just like He is revealing to you, we must trust that He will reveal to others. And in the future, examine before you speak.
How will you know if what you are hearing or speaking is from God? The word of God is good enough to spell it out for us. True counsel will cause the people to hear and turn from evil ways, toward Him and it will never cause them to forget His name for another, as the fathers had forgotten His name for Baal. (vs. 22 & 27)
As for the church, it’s a bigger scale. What we do personally will determine what occurs as a whole.