1/3 Matthew 24:5

5 "For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray."

Jesus answered the disciples' question about the sign of His coming by warning them multiple times about false christs and false prophets. The multitude of false spiritual leaders along with the gospel being proclaimed in all the world were the two signs he emphasized, and they go hand in hand. Satan will try to counter them with the proclamation of a lie. Jesus warned that these false teachers would even perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if it were possible, even the elect (Matthew 24:24).

I live in a town where we see this fulfilled on a daily basis. Signs for the New Age healers and psychic readers are on every corner. These false teachers claim to heal, talk to the dead, and see into our future. Most are simply frauds, accepting credit cards or travelers checks but preferring cash. Others are convinced that another power enters their bodies and performs these signs and wonders. That belief may be true. Those evil spirits they accept may be one reason our city has one of the country's highest per capita suicide rates.

There are several notable differences between God's children who have gifts of the Spirit of God and those who yield to the demonic realm. God's children have the mind of Christ. They are humble and take no credit, giving all the glory to God. They wouldn't think of profiting in some way from showing you the love of Christ. And perhaps, most importantly, they always point to the eternal hope for our souls found in Jesus alone. Demonic influence feeds our pride and suggests that we deserve honor, wealth, and praise. It feeds a hunger for personal power. Jesus has warned us of these false prophets and christs.

Remember: Humble obedience to God and His Word is the way of the Spirit.