Monday, May 10, 2021

THE PROPHETIC WORD

Today’s¬†Reading: 1 Kings 22

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Key Verse: 1 Kings 22:15

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?”

Micaiah is a prophet worth listening to. In verse 14 he makes this statement: “Whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” For us who are believers in Jesus, we may do well to read and pay close attention to the Apostle Peter who wrote about prophets. Read 2 Peter 1:15-21 and 2 Peter 2:1-3. There were false prophets in our reading for today. There are false prophets today. How do we recognize a false prophet? They will “exploit” because they covet our approval and our money for their own advantage. How do we recognize the truth when it is spoken as New Testament believers? According to Paul, the gift of prophecy will bring “edification, exhortation, and comfort” to us (1 Corinthians 14:3). New Testament prophecy is described as “the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 19:10b). Peter has warned us that we should expect to come across “false teachers” (2 Peter 2:1). We should ask ourselves these questions: ¬†Does a teacher stick closely to the Scriptures? Is Jesus front and centre? Is the teaching in line with the historical understanding of Christian doctrine, or is it, as Peter warned us, a “private interpretation?”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord, please keep me true to You and to Your Word. I do want to be true to Your Word, as Micaiah said, “Whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” What You have said, Lord, is here in my Bible. I pray that I will let You speak through my Bible as Peter said, “The prophetic Word made more sure” (2 Peter 1:19a). I recognize that the written Word is “more sure.” Please continue to open the eyes of my understanding every day as I continue this Bible reading discipline. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

A while back I came across an old letter from my mother to a young man named Jim, who was interested in my teenage sister, Elaine. Elaine is almost six years older than I am. I really liked Jim and hoped he and Elaine would someday be married, but it was not to be. I was eleven at the time. Anyway, here’s some good advice for us all from Mother’s letter…

“It is an encouragement for us to know if we have helped someone heavenward. But then we remember that if we are living close to Jesus our influence is always telling for Him. If we get out of touch, we are ‘scattering abroad,’ instead of ‘gathering with Him.’ Last Sunday I had the privilege of teaching a class of girls, including Elaine [my daughter]. One of them told us how she was troubled because evil thoughts would come to her mind. She never dwelt on them, but if she was right with God, these thoughts should not come. We told her that the very fact that she hated those thoughts and put them from her was proof that they had no part in her life. Christ was tempted, even to devil worship, but He resisted the devil. She surprised me in the evening service by coming and thanking me, as this which had troubled her for a long time was cleared up. And so the Lord does use each one of us to help others if we live where we are useable.”

My mother died just six months after she wrote that letter to Jim. Some years ago, when Jim became a Pastor in Hamilton, he gave me two letters he had received from my mother. I treasure these letters. I have given one to each of my two daughters, Elaine and Ellen.

Yours for reading God’s “more sure Word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19a – King James Version).

David

10 thoughts on “Monday, May 10, 2021

  1. We heed your counsel, Lord God and listen to the Bible as it is meant to lead us. We give thanks and praise that You are with us and we are not alone. You are our strength and rock, Lord God, and we are ever thankful. We sing praises to Your Holy Name and give You all the glory, as it is rightly so. His blessings be upon you, fellow saints in the Lord. Wishing you a wonderful day.

    For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
    We finish our years like a sigh.
    The days of our lives are seventy years;
    And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
    Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
    For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
    Psalm 90:9-10 NKJV

    I Sing Praises to Your Name
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXl7BNyYP2w

    • I Sing Praises to Your Name
      Free Chapel

      Could you all just stand to your feet if you’re physically able
      If you could stand to your feet right now
      Would you just raise your hands one more time toward Heaven
      And listen now, let’s just begin to worship Him
      All over this building and the overflow
      We’re going to prayer for every one of you that desires prayer tonight

      Some anointment in here is flowing into this room right now
      Let’s just begin to worship Him now
      Just for a few moments let’s entertain His presence
      Let’s worship Him right now, just give Him glory
      Close your eyes, lift your hands

      Tell Him in your own way how much you love Him
      Tell Him in your own way what He means to you
      We worship you, Jesus
      We worship you, Jesus
      We worship you, Jesus
      Precious Jesus

      I sing praises to your name, oh Lord (sing it with me)
      Praises to your name, oh Lord
      For your name is great
      And greatly to be praised

      I sing praises to your name (oh Lord)
      There’s no other name like Your name (praises to Your name)
      I love Your name (oh Lord)
      For Your name is so great
      And greatly to (to be praised)

      Lift those hands and sing it again right now, everybody
      I sing praises to Your name, oh Lord (that’s it, sing it)
      Praises to Your name, oh Lord
      For Your name is great
      And greatly to be praised (it’s so great, great to be praised)

      I sing praises to Your name, oh Lord (I love Your name)
      Praises to Your name, oh Lord
      For Your name is great
      And greatly to be praised

      I sing praises to Your name, oh Lord
      Praises to Your name, oh Lord
      For Your name is great
      And greatly to be praised

      I sing praises to Your name, oh Lord
      Praises to Your name, oh Lord
      For Your name is great
      And greatly to be praised

      Say it again, say it again for Your name is great
      For Your name is great
      And greatly to be praised
      For Your name is great
      And greatly to be praised.

  2. As David’s mother said, “If we are living close to Jesus our influence is always telling for Him”. Dear Lord God, help us be, and grow, ever closer to You. Thank You, Lord God, in Jesus’s name, amen

  3. What a beautiful, anointed, time of worshiping, Beverlee. Thank you. Blessings all. Beautiful day here in S Ontario. Enjoy.

  4. HJR, I have just prayed for you. Whatever it is that you are facing today, may the peace of God overshadow and overwhelm you. May His Spirit lead you and His favour be upon you.
    God bless you!

    Wishing everyone a blessed day today.

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