*Note: This post is not just referring to “the prophets,” but a much larger observation within the patriot community and those wanting to discern the times. These are principles that can be applied in numerous situations. Apply accordingly:-).
In Mike Thompson’s latest interview with Steve Schultz on Elijah Streams, he relayed several prayer encounters he has had with the archangel, Michael. Being a spiritual warrior and prophetic intercessor for years, Mike has had many visions and encounters with warring angels (listen to the last 20 minutes of his interview below). In one particular instance, he said he saw Michael and the warring angels trying to tear down strongholds over the nation. But, as soon as they would tear down one, another one would rise. They couldn’t keep up with them. Mike asked the angel why this was happening. Michael’s response was, “Because of the mouths of men…”
When Mike shared this, I immediately thought of believers attacking fellow believers. I didn’t think of the world’s accusations or the attacks from globalist opposition. I thought of our own brothers and sisters in the Church. I thought of all the strife and division that has been caused because believers don’t know how to process things together in a healthy and life-giving. I believe THIS has been just as big of an issue as the satanic agenda that has been coming against us – HOW we speak about one another.
We need a wake-up call to the potency of our words. Yes, we need to expose corruption and call out the counterfeits. But many believers have fallen into a trap of spreading confusion and doubt in the ranks and thus, opened even more doors for the enemy to come through. I see a spirit of SUSPICION masquerading as a spirit of discernment – and it’s killing us.
We have become so afraid of being lied to and deceived, we are calling out anything and anyone that doesn’t line up with our personal belief system. That is not discernment. And, especially on social media, it’s not helping. True discernment is not a guessing game based on “a hunch,” second-hand information, or a one-time statement or event that we deem unscriptural. It is not based on our own preferences or presumptions of what God likes. It is based on truth that has been established over time.
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 ESV)
Maybe you are uncomfortable with something that someone said or did. Maybe you have major questions about a practice or belief that someone has. You’re not alone! Everyone is having to reevaluate what we believe and who we believe – and why. But, we can’t label someone as fake or counterfeit just because we’re concerned, tell everyone else not to follow them, and then attribute it to Holy Spirit discernment. The devil feeds on speculation and controversy – and gossip. Our words are powerful in the spirit. And our enemy is listening.
Accountability within the Body of Christ always has to start at home – in relationship with others. Social media is not the place to be the judge and jury of someone we have no personal relationship with. If we are concerned about a public figure being compromised or corrupt – we must PRAY. If we believe there might be a wolf in sheep’s clothing – PRAY. Ask the Lord for those closest to them to rise up and intervene. Ask that those with proper authority would do the right thing and confront the issue appropriately. And, when we process this with others, we must weigh our words carefully. Know that WHAT COMES OUT OUR MOUTHS IS FOOD FOR THE ENEMY. Let’s use our words wisely and make sure to open the right doors – not the wrong ones.
On a practical note: It’s one thing to raise a question about something that someone said or did in order to understand it correctly. It’s quite another to judge or condemn the person. 1 Corinthians 14:29 says we are to weigh prophetic WORDS – not the prophets. (Some of you are going, “Wha!?”) Romans 14:13 says to stop passing judgment on one another. That’s God’s job. We can process together a question about a statement or incident without indicting the person. We must recognize the difference between a true wolf and a sheep that is merely misdirected or immature. Our attitude is critical. We can either process things with an open mind and sincere love for others, or a critical attitude that’s just looking for a reason to disqualify someone.
Personally, I’ve been on both sides of this issue. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of criticism that wasn’t aimed at understanding anything – only looking to reject the messenger. But, I’ve also (unfortunately) been on the giving side. I’ve learned, firsthand, the negative impact of careless and presumptuous words that came from a sour attitude (not my proudest moments).
My overall message here is simple. Our enemy, the devil, is looking to use the words that come out of our mouths as weapons against each other. If he can get us to divide over disputable matters, he knows he can nullify our authority and immobilize our advance. We desperately need to be of one mind and one heart in this season of spiritual warfare.
Let’s pursue righteousness, integrity, and purity of the gospel in a way that strengthens and builds up the Body instead of splintering it. Let’s weigh our words carefully and believe the best of others instead of the worst. Let’s override any spirit of suspicion with greater faith in God’s ability to separate the tares from the wheat. Instead of giving him ammunition that will eventually destroy us, let’s aim to give the devil some words that will destroy him.
“The hand of God was also on Judah to give them ONE HEART to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 30:12)