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When The Prophetic Is Pathetic

Matt Richards

Nehemiah 6:10 Later I went to visit Shemaiah son of Delaiah and grandson of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home. He said, “Let us meet together inside the Temple of God and bolt the doors shut. Your enemies are coming to kill you tonight.” But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!” I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me.

Be careful who you listen to when it comes to prophecy.

Here Nehemiah was first told to come down and stop his work by the king. Secondly, Shemaiah who was a believer told him to put the church in lockdown. What's more he did it through a prophetic word.

Oh how I can relate to this.

First the devil tried to stop the work of building church through governmental authority. Then through the voice of false prophecy.

In these last days, we so need to know the voice of the Father and obey it.

Last year, God gave me a Word: Acts 4:29

We were then threatened by a lawyer from the council that if we continued meetings they would prosecute.

Two separate churches plus a Christian solicitor told us not to go as causing shame and one said, would you reconsider under the spirit of Romans 13?

I said I couldn't. And that night the Glory of God came to the beach.

I could have missed it if I had listened to the government, the council, the lawyer, the churches.

There are times when the prophetic is pathetic and is used by the enemy to stop the building of His church.


Father please give us discernment. What matters most is what You are saying. Forgive us for obeying the voice of man or all false prophecy. We choose to obey Your voice today. We follow You in Jesus' name amen.

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