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2 Peter 2:15 (NET)
By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness

Now there is another category of prophets who started as true servants of the Lord, but along the way, because of mammon, they have ended as enemies of the cross (see Phil 3:18). They can also be classified as false prophets.

The first known prophet who entered this kind of error is Balaam. He was a prophet of Almighty God but an enemy of God’s people brought him money to help place a curse on God’s people. Balaam initially refrained because he understood that it was wrong for him to do such a thing. But because the people who came brought money, Balaam kept asking the Lord to let him go and place a curse on His people, people who like Jethro, Balaam was supposed to be on their side.

After trying several times to no avail in cursing God’s people, he gave their enemy a strategy that ultimately worked in getting God’s people to walk in iniquity so that they would be destroyed.

Even though he was supposed to be a prophet of God, Balaam worked against God’s kingdom agenda because of money.

There are many prophets today who are walking in the same error as Balaam. They have used their spiritual skill and anointing to help the kingdom of darkness (some without knowing it) rather than edify God’s people because they want more money. Many of them have twisted the word of God knowingly just because they want to extract more money from the people.

Instead of feeding God’s children with the sincere milk of God’s word that would help them grow into the stature of Christ, they have fed them with the milk adulterated with worldliness that would keep them as babes who would continue to depend on them and fill their pockets with money.

Go into today remembering that you cannot serve God and serve mammon (see Matt 6:24). Any attempt to do the two as a servant of Jesus would lead you into the way of Balaam.

Prayer: Lord, please deliver me from walking this evil path and help me depend on you alone. Amen.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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