Each New Year is a great time to rethink old issues and establish new priorities. It’s also a hot time for prognosticators of all sorts. But before you make any plans for 2013 based on some psychic, consider how well they fared in 2012. Among the misses were:

* ANDERSON COOPER WINS EMMY AWARD FOR TV TALK SHOW – I put this one first because of the unfair treatment he gave me and the Teenage Exorcists on his show. His show was canceled last fall, with the last episode to air in spring 2013.

* TIGER WOODS WINS U.S. OPEN – About all he won was a cad-of-the-year award. And get this-the psychic who got it wrong charges $500 an hour for a phone reading.

* BARACK OBAMA WILL BE ONE-TERM PRESIDENT – Now that’s one that many of you may have wished would come true, but once again a certain psychic, “karmic relationship counselor” was wrong.

How do these diviners get by with such lousy foresight? Simple; people get all excited by the prediction and 12 months later forget what was said, in most cases. Unfortunately, the same is true for many modern Christian “prophets.” Some folks run from one conference to another hoping to get a “word from the Lord” through the lips of the latest rage in prophetic utterances. Some such declarations may be good, even Godly, but many are so much expelled oxygen. They aren’t worth the time spent seeking them. Before you take heed to what some “prophetically gifted” individual speaks over your life, check out their track record. How many of their proclamations actually came true?

Remember that God allows for only 100% accuracy in divine predictions.  Deuteronomy 18:21-22 says, “You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”