1 Kings 22.❤
Hello everyone! Happy first day of the month we thank God for His mercies.
Today’s Word is powerful! Wow there is so much in this chapter glory to God, and I pray that you are blessed and encouraged by it.
So he said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight at Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” I Kings 22:4
Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the
word of the Lord today.” I Kings 22:5
Thank God that now we do not need to inquire of anyone before we can receive the Word of God.
For we have Jesus the Living Word whom is shared with all!
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to fight, or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king.” I Kings 22:6
And Jehoshaphat said, “ Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of Him?” I Kings 22:7
So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “ There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!” I Kings 22:8
King Ahab is funny, he hated the prophet because he never prophesied anything good to him, and because he did not prophesy anything good to him he thought he was evil lol!
The Word of God is good and not evil.
However, even though the Word of God is good it is also what it says in Hebrews 4:12.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
His Word causes conviction.
His Word rebukes in love.
His Word is Truth, and sometimes the truth hurts.
And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for the Lord will deliver it into the king’s hand.” I Kings 22:12
Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Please, let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.” I Kings 22:13
And Micaiah said, “ As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” I Kings 22:14
What a wise response from Micaiah!
The messenger pretty much tried to persuade Micaiah to prophesy falsely to King Ahab with pleasing words but Micaiah responded “As The Lord lives, whatever The Lord says to me, that will I speak!”
This must be the exact attitude that we have as Christians.
We need to be bold and speak The Word of God no matter how displeasing or how pleasing it may sound!
Remember Micaiah prophesied to a king!
If Michaiah could speak words of truth to king Ahab, then why can’t we speak words of truth to our friends, to our loved ones, to the people that God has been leading us to speak to?!
The worst thing is that they may get angry, or irritated like king Ahab but so what?! They can’t kill you. Did king Ahab kill Michaiah after all those times he had been irritating him with the word of God? No.
I have been trying to do this more often at work, encouraging them with prayer and the Word of God and to my surprise they haven’t rejected or looked at me like I’m crazy for the sharing an encouraging Word with them.
I’m praying against that spirit of fear, and I pray for the spirit of boldness now! In Jesus Name!
Remember that John planted.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6 ❤
So neither he who plants is anything nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater. 1 Corinthians 3:7❤
He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:8❤
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building. [Isa. 61:3.] 1 Corinthians 3:9❤
Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go and prosper, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king!” I Kings 22:15
The Spirit of The Lord confuses the enemy!
When I read verse fifteen I was thinking did Michaiah prophesy falsely to king Ahab because he was afraid? No that was far from the case!
The Lord used what king Ahab wanted to believe to destroy him, since he refused to listen to the truth that Michaiah the prophet had previously prophesied to him.
King Ahab was deceived and destroyed by what he chose to believe, the lie.
Do not be persuaded by self, do not be persuaded by the lie, do not allow yourself to be deceived, else you will allow yourself to be destroyed!
Learn from the story of a supposed man of power king Ahab.
Power cannot change Truth.
It’s as simple as that.
God said His people will perish for lack of knowledge, for not knowing His Word, for not knowing The Truth.
Know The Truth, The Living Word Jesus Christ and accept Him before it is too late!
Jesus is the only way.
Jesus is the answer for the world today.
Above Him there is no other.
Jesus is the way.❤
So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord ?” I Kings 22:16
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?” I Kings 22:18
If one refuses to accept the Truth (The Word of God), then they choose to believe the lie of the enemy. The enemy deceives and destroys.
The world is irritated by the Truth, they blaspheme against The Truth, they hate The Truth, and it’s sad.
The world would rather believe the lie which keeps them in captivity, rather than The Truth which sets them free.
Reveal Your Truth oh Lord!🙌🙏
Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord : I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. I Kings 22:19
And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. I Kings 22:20
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ I Kings 22:21
The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ I Kings 22:22
Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.” I Kings 22:23
Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go from me to speak to you?” I Kings 22:24
So the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son; I Kings 22:26
and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I come in peace.” ’ ” I Kings 22:27
They can ridicule you, curse you, arrest you, but they can never ever ever destroy you for proclaiming The Truth, The Word of God!
Hallelujah for Jesus our Lord our King has won the victory!
Death could not hold Him down!
He is the One and only risen King, seated in majesty!Amen!❤🙌
And indeed The Word of God came to pass and king Ahab was destroyed!
But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!” I Kings 22:28
Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” I Kings 22:34
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria. And they buried the king in Samaria. I Kings 22:37
Then someone washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood while the harlots bathed, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken. I Kings 22:38
No one can escape the judgment of God.
The city of refuge is the place of Truth.
The city of refuge sets the captives free.
The city of refuge is the place of deliverance.
The city of refuge is the place of prosperity.
The city of refuge is the place of peace.
The city of refuge is the place of justice.
The city of refuge is the place of restoration.
The city of refuge is the place of victory.
The city of refuge is the place of revelation.
The city of refuge is our saviour Jesus Christ.❤
The Holy Spirit put this beautiful song into my heart yesterday.
Oh Lord, you’re beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.❤
I want to take your word and shine it all around.
But first help me to just, live it Lord.
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.🙌❤
Oh Lord, please light the fire,
That once burned bright and clear.
Replace the lamp of my first love,
That burns with Holy fear.❤