1 Kings 22:14 Speaking Only What God Says

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me.” 1 Kings 22:14

Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, was at war with the king of Aram. He had lost one of the cities to Aram and wanted to get it back. He sent for the prophet Micaiah to hear what he would say. All the other prophets had been prophesying success for the king and wanted Micaiah to say the same. Micaiah told him that he can only speak what God tells him to say.

People have their opinions about everything that is going on. All over the social media people talk about what they think about wars, robberies, deaths, killings, the economy, politics, and more. Television shows have various speakers discussing what they feel about everything. Sports fans always watch the games and have their opinions on how the play should have been called or actually played.

Opinions are not limited to the views of things in this world, but also in the church. Many believers also have their opinions on what God’s word says, some of which take into account all of Scripture, while others only a few verses.

Micaiah was willing to give a statement about the situation, but it was going to be only what God’s statement would be. He said the same things as Jesus would have said. Jesus said that He only said and did what the Father told Him to say and do.

As a believer you must also say only what God is saying. Sometimes that word is not a positive word. God may be saying to stop something or it will become a very bad situation. Other times God may speak positively in favor of something.

God always speaks out negatively about sin in a person’s life, and positively about living for Him and building people up in Jesus.

What are your opinions in this life?

What are the words you are saying?

Are the words your own words?

Or are they the words of God that He has given you to say?

I pray today that God will give you the words to speak; that God will reveal His thoughts to  you; that you will only speak God’s truth in love at all times; and that God will use you to reach the world.

1 Kings 21:28-29 The Results Of Being Humble

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will  not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” 1 Kings 21:28-29

Ahab had committed and caused Israel to commit more sins than any other king before him. He disobeyed God’s laws, set up false idols, and had innocent people killed. God had chosen to destroy his household and remove him from being king. When it was made known to Ahab what God was going to do, he immediately humbled himself and went around in sackcloth. God saw his humility and chose not to bring on the disaster on his household while he was living.

People will make mistakes on and off throughout their life. Some of these mistakes will be made out of a lack of knowledge, while others will be made on purpose in full knowledge of the wrong being done. Sin is the true meaning of these “mistakes”.

The common thing to happen when a wrong action is revealed is to place the blame on someone else. People want to excuse their sin for some reason or other. They blame society, or their parents, or the school, or the economy, or the police, or a job, or a gang, or a sickness, or one of an endless count of other reasons to do what they did. Regardless of who or what was behind their choices, they still made the choice to sin.

There are times in your life that you have been guilty of doing something wrong. Blaming others will not erase your action. It is humbling yourself before God and admitting you yourself, alone had sinned. It is completely your fault.

When you admit to God that you had sinned, Jesus is standing there ready to forgive you. He will see your humility and remove the disaster that was to come upon you because of your sin. The ultimate disaster is destruction of your life and eternal separation from God.

God wants to forgive you, but you must be humble and admit you did wrong.

Are you humble today before God?

I pray today that you humble  yourself before God; that you will allow God to control your life; that you will turn away from all sin; and that you will know the blessings of serving God with all of your life.

1 Kings 19:21 Burn The Bridges Of The Past

So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. 1 Kings 19:21

Elijah had just defeated the prophets of Baal and brought rain back to the land. Jezebel was set out to kill him and he felt alone. God sent him to Elisha, a farmer, to anoint him as the next prophet. As soon as Elisha was anointed, he killed his oxen and burned all his farming equipment. Elisha would  not be able to go back to being a farmer and plowing the fields, his equipment was destroyed, the bridge was burned. He chose to follow Elisha and become his servant.

When a person gets ready to leave a job for a new job, it is often said that he should not burn his bridges to the old job. That is saying that he should leave on very good terms with everyone at the old job. The purpose of that is because there is always a possibility that you may have to return to that old job, because the new one may not work out as planned. This is more common when a person leaves to do a new business adventure.

While this may be acceptable in the business world, it is not acceptable in life where God is leading and guiding. When God calls a person out of one area, He will never have that person return to that area. The Israelites were called out of Egypt and were never to return there. People are called out of sin, to never return there.

At a minimum, as a believer, you have been called out of a lifestyle of sin. You are not to go back into that sinful lifestyle. Burn those bridges to that lifestyle to prevent being able to return.

God may also be calling you forward into some ministry position. Be willing to move forward with God by stepping forward and burning the bridges behind you. When God moves you forward it will always be for the best. Do not hold on to the past. Grab what God has for you now.

Has God asked you to cross a bridge to a new location, physically or spiritually?

Have you burned that bridge?

Or do you keep going back over that bridge?

I pray today that God will guide you forward in His path for you; that God will remove all fear of moving forward and burning past bridges; that God will help you to not return to old ways; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

1 Kings 18:21 Choose Your God

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:21

It had not rained in three years in Israel because of their sins against God. God now had Elijah bring all the prophets of Baal and the people to Mt Carmel for a challenge. He had asked the people why they go back and forth between two opinions of who was God, either God or Baal. The people refused to say anything.

People do not like to be tied down to one way of doing things because they want to be able to choose how to do it when they want to do something. They want to be able to choose a different way according to how they feel or how things are going at the moment.

Various churches have been started in which any person of any belief can join. In these churches one can believe in Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Yahweh, Satan, or God and still be accepted. The world believes that a person can believe in any God and still get into heaven.

If these thoughts are true, then the Bible is wrong, God is a liar, and nothing in the Bible can be trusted.

Many “Christian” people claim to believe in Jesus, but end up denying Him in the workplace or school. Or they accept other beliefs at the same time. They have accepted the deception of the world.

You have to decide for yourself what you believe. Once you have chosen what you believe, you must stand on that and not go back and forth.

It is your choice who want to follow. You can follow the gods of this world or you can follow Jesus. There will be consequences to whichever one you follow, but you must choose.

Who do you believe is God, the gods of this world, or God?

Now, who will you follow?

Don’t be silent, but choose today.

I pray today that you will know God more; that you will follow God with all your heart; that you will turn away from all false gods in your life; and that you will be God’s witness to this world.

1 Kings 17:6 A Different Way To Provide

The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:6

Ahab had become the king of Israel. He completely walked away from God and started worshipping idols. God sent Elijah, a prophet, to Ahab to tell him there would be no rain for several years because of his sins. Then Elijah was told to go into the wilderness to a brook. While there God had some ravens bring Elijah bread and meat, both in the morning and in the evening so that he could have food to eat. During this time of drought, God provided water in the brook he was staying by.

There are people who work at trying to grow some of their food. While some people are very good at gardening and growing fruits and vegetables, others are better at raising various types of animals for food. Although many people try to provide their own food, many more want to go down to the local grocery store and purchase the food off the shelf. Either way, people want to know where their food came from.

Elijah did not know where his food came from, other than from a raven carrying it in to him. Very few people would be willing to eat food that was brought by a raven. The raven does not wash his claws, does not keep the meat clean or refrigerate it, and keeps the food on the ground in the dirt. Yet, that was the way God provided for Elijah to eat.

God is a big God who is in control of absolutely everything. If you are following Jesus and believing Him, God has already told you that He will provide for your every need. What He has not always told you is how He will provide for that need.

If you are doing everything that God has told you to do, you must then rest in the promise God has made to you to provide for all your needs. Be willing to be open to the different ways God will provide for you. Some of those ways may be very strange and unusual as with Elijah getting food from the ravens.

Are you open and grateful for the ways God provides for you?

Or are you keeping your mind closed to God meeting your needs in His way?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will not turn down any provision God gives you; that you will believe God’s promise to meet all of your needs; and that you will follow God with all of your life.

1 Kings 16:2 You Have Been Lifted Up

“I lifted you up from the dust and appointed you ruler over my people Israel, but you followed the ways of Jeroboam and caused my people Israel to sin and to arouse my anger by their sins.” 1 Kings 16:2

God was speaking to King Baasha through the prophet Jehu. God stated that Baasha had been a nobody, but was raised up to be the king of Israel. Now that he was king, he was leading the people into sin by following the sinful ways of Jeroboam. God was getting angry with their sins.

Leadership is a heavy responsibility for any person. Whoever is the leader of people sets the tone of action for the people. This tone can be a positive one or a negative one. The people will only do what they see their leaders doing, because that is what is happening, they are being led.

The world does not care about how they lead as long as they are the leaders and it works for them. The leaders of the world usually do not look at what God wants or desires.

Every person is a leader at some level. Some will be leaders of an entire nation, while others are just a leader of their family and maybe a couple of people at a workplace. Very few people are not in a position of leading someone else.

As a believer, who is a leader, you must be first concerned with what God wants you to do. The actions God requires of you is to first live for Him, and then you are to lead others to live for Him.

Jesus told every believer to go out and make disciples of everyone. This making disciples is the process of leading other people in what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

How are you leading other people?

Are you making them disciples of Jesus, following God’s ways of living?

Or are you causing them to sin, following the ways of this world?

Do not cause God to be angry with you because you choose to lead people into sin and away from God. God raised you up for a purpose to lead others to Him, do not make Him angry.

I pray today that you will see where God has raised you up from; that you will see who God has you leading; that you will be a leader who fully obeys God; and that you will not be the cause of other people to sin against God.

1 Kings 15:12 Getting Rid Of All Idols

He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. 1 Kings 15:12

Asa had become the king of Judah and followed God very well. He did what was right in the eyes of God just like David had done. One of the things he did was getting rid of all the idols across the land. Asa had turned the eyes of Judah back onto God.

It has been said that people are made to worship. They will worship something whether it is God or something else. Anything that is worshipped that is not God has become an idol for a person.

The idea of worship is in spending the majority of one’s time and effort for something. People idolize other people, things, positions, money, and much more. Satan has deceived the world into thinking that in putting these things first in their lives will make them the best that they can be, and that they will have the best life possible.

Although many of those things can be good when used correctly, none of them bring life to a person. God alone is life. He is the giver of life to everyone on this earth. Without Him there is no life, no purpose, and no value.

All the things of this world are just temporary and will fade away very quickly. They are just idols that may appear to give life, but in reality are just dead, inanimate things created by men.

Once you have become a follower of Jesus, you must seek to get rid of all idols in your life. Focus all of your time and efforts on God. Jesus said that He came to give you abundant life. This is life to the fullest, above and beyond anything that this world can offer.

Take a look at your life and ask God to reveal to you what idols you may have in your life. What are some things that you place before God?

Ask God to give you strength to remove those idols from your life. Do not follow the ways of this world, but follow Jesus. Allow God to be the center of your life and the only One you worship.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to any idols in your life; that you God will strengthen you to remove all idols; that you will have a stronger relationship with God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will do what is right in God’s eyes.