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September 11 Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 13:1-16:43 Memory Verse: Ezekiel 13:2-3 "Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ,,Hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! Song: "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" The entire thirteenth chapter of Ezekiel speaks against the false prophets and diviners who were claiming to speak for the Lord but were actually speaking out of their own imagination. They were not inspired of God; God did not send them. Rather they saw "falsehood and lying divination." They Lord had not sent them; "yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word" (13:6). Therefore, the Lord was against them (13:8). Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ,,Peace, when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! (13:10-11). False prophets tell people things are all right when they are not right at all! Israel will find continued punishment for her sins. She will not escape. People can easily deceive themselves when they let their feelings and desires come before their commitment to the Word and will of God. They can want something to be true so badly they ignore the real truth from God. False prophets must often blind themselves to the truth, so they can deceive others. Mankind, male and female, are often weak to self-deception. Our mental filters can block out what we dont want to hear and allow the falsehoods we invent. But self-deception ends tragically; we must be open to what God really says in His Word. Prayer: "Oh Father, keep my heart open to Your Word. Help me to say no to the lies and deceptions of the world. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Keep me free of lying to myself. In Jesus name I pray, Amen." Thought Questions: Do I let myself believe what I know to be false? Do I wish something so badly that I misuse Scripture until I justify my belief?

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