2 Kings 9:5 You Have A Message To Deliver

When he arrived, he found the army officers sitting together. “I have a message for you, commander,” he said. “For which of us?” asked Jehu. “For you, commander,” he replied. 2 Kings 9:5

Prior to the days of cellphones, if a person had a message for someone else, he had to go to him to present it or else send someone to pass the message on. In large corporations, many of the top leaders will have others working under them to pass on information to others. The expectation is that the person will pass the message on correctly and timely.

Elisha had one of the young prophets go to Jehu, an army commander, to give him a message. This young prophet brings the message to Jehu immediately.

When someone has some very important or exciting message to pass on, he will try to get it passed on as quickly as possible. The person wants whoever needs to hear it, to hear it right away.

In order to get the message to the person clearly, one may have to pull that person aside to remove all distractions. This is so that the message may be heard clearly and completely.

Believers have a message that Jesus has told them to pass on to others. It is the gospel message that God loves people, Jesus died and rose again, and God wants to forgive the people and for them to live with Him forever.

This message is a timely one that needs to be delivered as quickly as possible. Every day people are dying without hearing that message. They are not given the opportunity to believe in Jesus and be saved and are heading to hell.

Many believers are sitting on that message and not passing it on. Each one needs to go out and deliver that message to everyone they meet.

Someone at some point brought the gospel message to you. Now it is your turn to pass that message on to others. As long as you have breath, God has a mission for you to tell others about Jesus. He does not want anyone to perish but have everlasting life.

Do not wait or hold back on giving that message. It may be their last day on this planet. Go and give this life-giving message to every person you can as quickly as you can. It is a matter of life and death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the message God has for you to pass on to others; that God will give you boldness to tell others about Jesus; and that many will believe in Jesus because of your message.

1 Kings 13:21 Have You Kept God’s Word?

He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.” 1 Kings 13:21

People are given commands or directions to follow every day. Many will follow the commands very well, but many will also reject those directions and do it their own way.

At the job, doing it one’s own way may get them fired from the job. Everyone is expected to follow the directions and commands of the boss or leader.

A man of God was sent to Jeroboam to give a message and then go straight home without stopping to eat or drink. A prophet deceived him, and he ate with the prophet. The prophet told him that he had defied God’s word and not obeyed His commands.

Workers are often told to do something that does not make sense to them. They cannot see the bigger picture that the boss can see and understand to cause him to give a command that does not make sense.

In the same way, God will often give a simple command that does not make sense, often defying logic. It did not make sense why the man of God could not stop and eat on his trip, yet when he did it cost him his life.

Just as in the workplace, many believers choose to not completely obey all the commands of God. They feel that they know what is best or that maybe they heard God wrong or that God made a mistake with them and choose to do things their own way.

True believers will obey God’s commands no matter what the cost or how little sense it makes. Their trust is in God, not themselves.

As you choose to walk with God, there will come times when God will give you a command that appears to defy all logic. When this occurs, you must remember that God’s ways and thoughts are above yours. He sees the bigger picture and knows what is best for you.

Do not allow yourself to go the way of the world and do things your own way, rejecting the command of God to you. Step out in obedience and trust the ways of God as being the best for you and obey His commands.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God gives you to; that you will obey God with your whole life; and that you will not defy any of the commands of God.

2 Chronicles 18:13 Saying Only What God Says

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what my God says.” 2 Chronicles 18:13

King Ahab in Samaria was wanting to attack the town of Ramoth Gilead and had asked King Jehoshaphat of Judah to help him in the attack. Ahab had consulted with many prophets, none of God, who all said to go and attack. Jehoshaphat wanted to consult a prophet of God first. They went to Micaiah, a prophet of God, for an answer. When he was called for, they told him what the other prophets had said. Micaiah said that he can only say what God says.

People everywhere claim that they know what God is saying and that they are speaking the words of God. The words that they often speak, are the words that the people want to hear. Many that are not fully following God with all of their heart, like to look at God and state that He is a God of love. They feel that they can ask God for anything that benefits themselves and God will grant it. They do not believe God will ever give them a negative answer.

It is for this reason that many people change from church to church on a regular basis. They are not hearing what they want to hear.

Although God is a God of love, there are times that He will give a negative answer to a person. All the words of God must be listened to and obeyed, not just the happy words.

If you are in a position to speak to someone about what God is saying or has said in the Bible, be sure to speak only what God says. Do not be the one who will speak just what sounds good or what others want to hear. There will be times of saying negative things to a person to get them back on track with God, while most times, God speaks with words of love to draw a person to Himself. Say only what God is truly saying.

This also goes for listening to God in your own life. Don’t just listen when the words sound good. Hear God when He gives you a message that is not easy to accept. Listen to the whole word of God.

I pray today that you will hear the words of God; that you will only speak as God speaks; that you will accept all the words of God; and that God will use you to draw many to Jesus.

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.