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Where Do We Get our Words?

March 25, 2011 1 comment

I have been reading through 1 Kings and have come to chapters 21 and 22. The Holy Spirit has impressed on my heart as I have read through this OT book the critical need for integrity in every area of life and ministry. In chapter 13, the “man of God” was disciplined by death because he did “not keep the commandment of the Lord his God” (13:21).

In chapter 21 and 22 we have a different challenge; whether the “prophet” or “man of God” will speak what God has commanded him to speak, even if it results in death. I feel deeply the challenge, as did the prophet Micaiah, to say only “what the Lord says to me” (22:14). The danger is for us to give into the pressure of speaking what people want to hear because they have “turned away from listening to the truth and wandered of into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). As it was in the days of Israel, sadly there very few who really want to hear what God is saying as did king Jehoshaphat (22:5).

Our greatest model of faithful speaking is Jesus. He said in John 12:49; “…the Father who send Me has Himself given Me a commandment – what to say and what to speak.” In this verse lies another important principle; that the man of God is not sent by men to say what men want us to say, but sent by God to minister ONLY in the power and control of the Holy Spirit (See Acts 13:1-3).

Both Micaiah and Jesus were willing to die for speaking the word of the God. They both lived in intimacy with the Lord so they knew what He wanted them to say. Success is not measured by how many people agree what what we say or how long we live. God measures success by whether we hear His words and obey them. As I write this, I feel very challenged by my own words – may they be the words I have heard from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,” (Philippians 1:27).

I will not refrain from speaking His truth or His name,
Neither for fortune or for fame.
I treasure my Lord’s call and His command,
More than man’s applause, glory and shame.

Sherman

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