Don’t seek people’s validation.

The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” The man of God said to the king, “Even if you gave me half of your house, I would not go in with you, neither would I eat bread nor drink water in this place;  for so was it commanded me by the LORD’s word, saying, ‘You shall eat no bread, drink no water, and don’t return by the way that you came.’” 1 Kings 13:7-9

Be careful of always trying to impress people. The man YeHoVah will use greatly and that will eventually have a lasting ministry need to learn from this prophet. On the completion of his assignment he is commanded not to seek validation.

The deception of seeking validation is that it comes in three ways:

1. Eat no bread

2. Drink no water

3. Don’t return by the way you came

So he went another way, and didn’t return by the way that he came to Bethel.” 1 Kings 13:10

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A prophet should have the courage to walk another way, and avoid things that makes it appear as if he need validation from others to confirm his ministry.

 Now an old prophet lived in Bethel, and one of his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king.

 12  Their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” Now his sons had seen which way the man of God went, who came from Judah.

 13  He said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it.

 14  He went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. He said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” He said, “I am.”

 15  Then he said to him, “Come home with me, and eat bread.”

 16  He said, “I may not return with you, nor go in with you. I will not eat bread or drink water with you in this place.

 17  For it was said to me by the LORD’s word, ‘You shall eat no bread or drink water there, and don’t turn again to go by the way that you came.’”

 18  He said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are; and an angel spoke to me by the LORD’s word, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” He lied to him. ” 1 Kings 13:11-18


The Old Prophet

I have seen countless times how the old prophet will chase you down with lies that, ” God told them this to tell you. “
Their goal is only to derail you. I discovered that the more I am not seeking the validation of old prophets,    nor disobedient kings, or man the more I am useful in YehoVah’s hand. 

The man of God heard from God not to eat or drink, or return from the way he came. But because he was still seeking man’s validation to what God clearly told him, he listen to the old prophet.

He went back!


So he went back with him, ate bread in his house, and drank water.” 1 Kings 13:19


Don’t seek anyone else validation for what you know God clearly spoke to you about. You may be deceived. Maybe the man of God felt the old prophet could hear God better than him, or he felt the old prophet had more experience in hearing God than himself. This error cost the man of God his life.

As you can see, nobody can hear God better than yourself.

Be careful of seeking validation of divine directions from people who are no longer walking with God.

As they sat at the table, the LORD’s word came to the prophet who brought him back;

 21  and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “The LORD says, ‘Because you have been disobedient to the LORD’s mouth, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you,

 22  but came back, and have eaten bread and drank water in the place of which he said to you, “Eat no bread, and drink no water;” your body will not come to the tomb of your fathers.’”

 23  After he had eaten bread, and after he drank, he saddled the donkey for the prophet whom he had brought back.

 24  When he had gone, a lion met him by the way and killed him. His body was thrown on the path, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the body.

 25  Behold, men passed by, and saw the body thrown on the path, and the lion standing by the body; and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived.

 26  When the prophet who brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who was disobedient to the LORD’s mouth. Therefore the LORD has delivered him to the lion, which has mauled him and slain him, according to the LORD’s word, which he spoke to  him.” 1 Kings 13:20-26

The man of God began well but finished poorly. A man who was untouchable by king Jeroboam was mauled by a lion. A man before whom a kings hand dried up died a shameful death. Simply because he sought the validation of an old prophet over a Prophetic word he personally recieved from God.



The man of God began well but finished poorly. A man who was untouchable by king Jeroboam was mauled by a lion. A man before whom a kings hand dried up died a shameful death. Simply because he sought the validation of an old prophet over a Prophetic word he personally recieved from God.

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