True prophets are called by God and what they prophesy must be understood in the light of Scripture. In other words, the people of God must be grounded in sound doctrine to fully realize what God has in store for them.
After the Lord Jesus arose and ascended to the Father in heaven, the disciple continued in what the master taught them. In Acts 2:42 the Bible says, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (KJV). The disciples held on to the teachings they received from Jesus Christ that is why they served the Lord effectively.
The word of God contains principles that will stand the test of time. These principles are what believers should hold on to in order for them not to miss the mark. In other words, they need to follow these principles so that they may not sin against God. This calls for commitment for every child of God. How can we as children of God avoid spiritual pitfalls of sin? Well, we can avoid pitfalls by holding on to God’s principles. People who are not committed to God’s word end up disobeying God.
In first Kings chapter thirteen the Bible talks about a prophet in Bethel who prophesied against the altar on which king Jeroboam was offering sacrifices. This prophet was charged by God not to eat anything on this mission trip until he got back home. When this young prophet got to the altar that day, he prophesied in obedience to God’s word and the word was confirmed with a sign. Now, as he prophesied, king Jeroboam stretched out his hand to try to stop him, but his hand withered. This young prophet willingly prayed for him and he instantly got healed.
When Jeroboam noticed what happened he decided to ask the prophet to stay and refresh himself, but the prophet refused because God charged him not to eat anything on that trip. Now, while the prophet was on his way home, another prophet came and tried to convince him that he needed to go back and refresh himself. In 1 Kings 13: 18 we are told, “He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him” (KJV). The young prophet did not know that the old prophet was lying to him that is why he went back.
Now, if this prophet had a strong commitment to the word of God, he would not have gone back.
Are you committed to the word of God?