Dear Esther
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April 6, 2015

Dear Esther,

I’m a believing Christian who follows the Rapture Ready website, which I am in full agreement with. My question is in regard to (what I call) “personal prophetic visions.” The situation is this:

Five years ago I was moving toward a career change due to health reasons. I was discussing this with an elderly/mature Christian friend, who suddenly said, “I see children,” and that I would be working with children. Neither myself or this friend are prone to dreams or visions, so it was quickly forgotten.

Five years later, due to dwindling workloads and a desire to do a job that is “helpful,” I have embarked on a Childcare course; a diploma, which is the lowest I’m allowed to settle for. To cut a long story short, I’m finding that the industry/job is not quite as humble and godly as I thought it would be (very much the opposite in fact).

My question is this: Does that friend’s “vision” mean that it’s definitely God’s will for me to pursue this path? For the time being I’m stuck in this situation, but I’m very tormented by it. The industry is full of new age and psychology, and the course itself is quite difficult to pass, these being the positive factors.

However, I’m quite happy to do my best and see the course through, whatever the result. I do pray for God’s guidance and intervention.

I suppose one of the “gaps” in my spiritual understanding is the “visions” that some Christians have, and just how seriously we are to take them.

Thanks to many websites, especially Rapture Ready, I’ve become familiar with eschatology, and I realize that it’s not all about me. God has a plan for this fallen world, for Israel, Christians and unbelievers. As a Christian I’m to live in obedience to God’s revealed will set out clearly in both the Old and New Testaments. Unfortunately there are a lot of “competing voices” from the world and Satan.

I look forward to your response.

Confused


Dear Confused,

You sound like a very intelligent and cautious person. I would be very careful not to make any decisions based on what someone said from a “vision” or from verbal pronouncements. If you surf the Internet you will find hundreds of so-called prophetic “Christian” visions and verbal dissertations about things the Lord supposedly said to various people. You will also find most of them never come true and are simply not of the Lord.

“They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The LORD declares,’ when the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word” (Ezekiel 13:6).

Many well-meaning people feel they have a special hotline to the God Almighty and like to tell others what they believe they have seen or heard. Well, every true believer has a hotline to God through the Holy Spirit who dwells within.

I think there are some very confused people who mean well. They are so anxious to get a word from the Lord and have a special ministry, that they let their imaginations get the best of them. And sadly, sometimes emotional pride, and even previous dabbling in the occult can be a big problem carried over into their “walk” with the Lord.

“‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).

When some people make predictions and believe the Lord is giving them information, they may also be projecting a sense of “spiritual authority.” Yet, when their predictions fail, they more often than not do not own up to their mistakes. Instead they keep coming out with more predictions. An undeniable spiritual/emotional/mental disconnect is evidenced in such cases.

“For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting” (Romans 16:18).

This is also what I call prideful spiritual blindness. These people do not see or want to accept their own errors. They are more sold-out to their own agenda than to the Lord. But they convince themselves that they are serving the Lord. They believe they have an extra-special connection to the Living God. They might get some predictions right some of the time but too often they are simply wrong, and they have no explanation for their long string of failed prognostications.

However, that is not to say there are not some gifted and anointed people with various spiritual gifts. All born-again believers have spiritual gifts in specific areas. You are doing the right thing by praying for God’s guidance and intervention in your life.

The best guidance is that which you receive yourself from the Holy Spirit (that quiet inner prompting). Since you are saved, He lives within you. The Holy Spirit will guide you to your future. Be sure to continue to make time for Him, get into your prayer closet often and spend time alone with Him.

The Lord will reveal to you what His will is for your life. Pray for wisdom and ask Him to open the right doors and close the wrong doors. And ask Him to make it obvious. Little by little you will be able to discern His leading.

The Lord wants us to be dependent on Him, not other people who may or may not have the best of intentions. And you are absolutely right, there are a lot of competing voices from the world and from Satan. I have experienced this myself a number of times when I was not walking with the Lord (but I was seeking earnestly for the truth).

This happened after I became disillusioned with the huge amount of hypocrisy I witnessed in Christian circles over a 2-3 year span of time a few years after I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior. Satan has a way of reeling people into his web of confusion and frustration. He was definitely working on me when I was quite vulnerable. I had little biblical grounding at the time so I was especially a perfect target for his diabolical agenda.

A “psychic” once located for me a very valuable necklace which I had lost. I was floored. I had never spoken to the woman before. She spoke about God a lot but it became evident that she was not speaking of the same God that I so love. Nevertheless, the revelation she gave me kept me on the wide road to destruction away from the true and Living God. Her psychic powers added to my confusion.

But in God’s grace and mercy He drew me back to Him, and I then understood that the devil has power and he can use people to keep us buying into his lies. One of the biggest lies is that there is more than one true God and that Jesus Christ is just another nice teacher (one of many). After all, we should not be so discriminating, right?

Now regarding what your friend said years ago about working with children, that is not something that I would consider a grand revelation. Perhaps she had a sense that you would do well in work involving children. What she said may have even influenced you to look to working with children (the power of suggestion).

I would not take what she said as a road map for you future, especially since you are already finding out there are multiple problems in a field that has been infiltrated with New Age psychobabble.

Perhaps when you are finished with your training and schooling you might look to some Christian organizations where they would appreciate someone like you. Children can be easily influenced. We need godly teachers and caregivers who will have a positive effect on these precious little ones using biblical principles -- to steer them in the right direction.

We are living at a time when confusion and sleight of hand reign. Satan is having a blast creating mayhem anywhere he can. But when we walk in Jesus’ name and rebuke the devil and his army, we can carry on effectively for the sake of Christ.

Continue to pray and study God’s Word and you will surely find yourself in a situation that the Lord intends for you. The more we study the Word of God and understand it, the less prone we are to the influences of those who may mean well but are offering unreliable information that causes confusion.

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33).

If we take one step at a time the Lord will show us His best for us. Just keep tapping into your personal hotline to God Almighty by embracing the Holy Spirit with great love and devotion. You don’t need anyone else to tell you your future.

I would love to hear from you in the future as things continue unfold for you. We serve a great and mighty God and when we are as dedicated as you are to His truth and will for your life surely blessings will follow.

In God’s love,

Esther

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (John 4:1).