And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. So he went another way and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.
Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.
And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said I am.
Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.
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. So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. (1 Kings 13:8-19)
You always seek the face of God. And I don’t care who tells you anything contrary to what God tells you. Don’t you believe it? And you obey God. Will you do it? I don’t care who he is, how righteous he is, how much of a pastor he is, how much of a preacher, whether he’s a prophet.
He may be sent of God, a real true ordained prophet of God. But if God tells you something contrary to that prophet, don’t you believe the prophet. You believe God. How many believes that’s true?
Read 1 Kings 13. A young prophet went down and prophesied against all the bunch of them, done some miracles and the Lord said, “Don’t you eat nor drink, and come back another way from the way you went in.” And a real prophet of God, went and deceived that prophet. Is that right? You might as well be truthful.
He said, “The Angel of the Lord met me and told me to tell you to come to my house. He met me after He met you.” And the prophet, believing that prophet, turned and went back. What happened to him? A lion killed him. Is that right? And the old prophet wept over it. Sure, because he listened to a man instead of God. No matter who says anything, believe God first. And God is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. He’s the same Healer, yesterday, today, and forever.