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Hearing From God – Beware of “Prophet Zedekiah”

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  1. “Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.

Some years later he went down to see Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for him and the people with him and urged him to attack Ramoth Gilead. Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?”

Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

“Go,” they answered, “for God will give it into the king’s hand.”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?”

The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”

“The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied.

So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.”

Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.

10 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns, and he declared, “This is what the Lord says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.’”

11 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious,” they said, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

12 The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”

13 But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says.”

14 When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

“Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for they will be given into your hand.”

15 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”

16 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”

17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”

18 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing on his right and on his left.

19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’

“One suggested this, and another that. 20 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’

“‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

21 “‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.

“‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’

22 “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.”

23 Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked.

24 Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”

25 The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son,

26 and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’”

27 Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the Lord has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!” 2 Chron.18:1-27 (GNB)

You have the right as a child of God to hear from God and to say so. There are many people who might think they have the prerogatives over other believers to hear God. God has the right to speak to any person he wishes to; denying God this right and denying other believers this privilege is out of place and a negation which has grievous consequences

“Prophet Zedekiah” will have none of that and can go all length to insist on his superiority. Beware of “prophet Zedekiahs” of this age.

This article is also published in http://www.gracefulvoice.com

Ref. http://www.biblegateway.com

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It’s A New Day – Step Up!

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For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

On the trees, figs appear when summer is nearThe fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Songs 2:11-13. (KJV)

The season is telling the story of changing times – The Winter is going – The Spring is almost here. IT IS A NEW DAY!

The end of the quote says “Come away”.

Your season of affliction, uncertainty, confinement, limitation, depression, sickness, worries, fear, stress, dryness and what have you, is ending. It is a new day!

The quote says “Arise”. Make up your mind to arise.

Believe in God; believe his word; believe in “yourself”; arise. You may need to change what you think and the confession of your mouth. Don’t wait for stock market forecast to change, don’t wait until the News change from it negative stance, don’t wait for politicians to stop fighting each other, stop waiting for approval from men; step out in faith. Tell yourself “I can make it” and mean it.

You owe yourself a duty to try to change whatever challenges you’re faced with. A least convince yourself that you tried. The only regret there is for those who refused to try.

You have a purpose on earth. You might need to try something new – what we are fashioned out for is rarely outside of us. Most times people fail because they have not looked inward; most people are desirous to be someone else; to be what other people desire. I dare you to arise and trust God. “Take your new beginning and put a smile on God’s face.”

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March 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

The Power of Persistence

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What does winning mean to you? What is success to you?

These are relative terms and can be defined in numerous ways.

I read in a book many years ago that “The secret of success is not in never falling but is rising up each time you fall.”

Winning is like a triumph over opponents , problems and the enemies – whatever that means to you.

You may be passing through challenges in your family, education, business, a relationship, a work place or in any other area of life. You might have heard stories of people who failed to make it and are anxious about the future.

One instrument of success that you need at a time like that is persistence. Persistence is persevering, tenacity, doggedness or importunity. You must not give up. Give it another go! Keep up faith and trust God for help.

You may say “God again!” “I know you will say that; I have prayed all the prayers I know of and the situation has not changed”

Prayer giants like Daniel did not give up or get angry with God when he was faced with the threat of being thrown into the den of lions. His miracle came in the den of lions. Don’t forget there are enemies on the other side and their operation is to “win”. You will not be their victim. God will come through for you.

You must persevere to win. You must never quit. You may have diet programme that you feel is not working, you might have failed your driving test; you may be struggling with your therapy sessions or lamenting that you have failed with the New Year resolution. Don’t quit! Go on with it and keep working on it until you succeed.

I am not writing to define winning or success. The Dictionary will do that well. I am here to hold your hands up and encourage you to get going until you win.

Hebrew 10:22 -23, says “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” NKJV

Jesus said “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” KJV.

Persistence helps you to overcome nagging problems. It helps you to build up a solid business, career, ministry, family; you just name it! Don’t lose faith or let you hope disappear. Stop all negative talking and stay away from “miserable comforters”

Your celebration is on its way.

Shalom

Mercy Will Come Through For You

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“For His mercy endures forever” ended the calls for thanksgiving in Psalm 136.

I have taken a lot of time to meditate on many favours that I have received from God and wondered how many of them I merited and how many I could afford to buy and the conclusion was that I did not merit any of them and I can’t afford anyone of them.

Many times we take the favour and goodness of God for granted; we pose as if God is indebted to us. Sometimes it seems as if we can fix God by anything. I have learnt over the years that we just have to remain grateful for all his goodness and mercy to us.

The call is “Oh, give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good and his mery endureth forever” Psalm 136:1. KJV.

Love, mercy and grace are three things that all the blessing of God hinges on. There is no person that these three can’t get to. At every point in life we all enjoy these in some measures.

You can go a step further by asking God for help. The love, mercy and grace of God will rise up in your favour. There is no stituation anyone is going through that God cannot handle. You don’t have to deserve his blessing before you come to him. He said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt. 11:28. KJV.

You don’t have to pay for the blessings; he said ““Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price.Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.” Isaiah 55:1 -2. NKJV (Biblegateway.com). You are invited, so come!

Are you bothered by guilt, God says come! His mercy will avail for you, if you dare to go to God for help. Jesus spent a lot of time working to restore those that did not deserve good things.

“And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Luke 5:30-32. NKJV. Biblegateway.com.

Don’t be paralysed by past faillings, step out of the shadows of guilt and let the healing power of God touch you today.

God will do this because of his mercy.

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January 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

How to Make Passion and Wisdom Work for You

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Passion and wisdom are two great ingredients of success when handled wisely. Passion is defined as a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling about something. It is a drive strongly channelled towards something. Wisdom is about right judgment based on knowledge of what is true.

The application of these two ingredient in a coherent and balanced manner can take any person to the top and keep him there. You will need this in every area of life to make a lasting difference.

You can grow in your passion for anything. The simple spark you need is to ask yourself “what is in it for me?” What is the reward if I let this thing take hold of me? The love of God compelled Jesus to come and endure all the contradictons of men. He saw the joy that will come to him in his mission and this was a driving force, in a dangerous venture.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” Heb. 12:2 KJV

What is your driving force for the years ahead?

There is need to walk in wisdom. This means being rightly informed and applying such knowledge properly. There is need to study and to think through every situation before taking any action. Praying according to the will of God makes divine wisdom available to you when you need it.

A passion without wisdom is destructive. It can actually open up a door for oppression, manipulation and many evil tendencies. In such a state, the person under such condition will always find a way to “sell himself” and continue in it. It is commonly called “evil passion”

Knowledge wrongly applied is offensive, limiting and destructive. It can produce indifference, selfishness, greed and ruthlessness.It is important that one does not offer the counsel of a fool; that is, acting without God and without the right information. Job’s friends, in the Bible, where like that and God rebuke them later.

It is importance to aim for a productive passion and godly wisdom. You need to be enthusiastic about what you do, get committed to it as if there is nothing else but at the same time seeking knowledge, applying it rightly and timely.

When you handle these two ingredient of life well, you will rise fast.

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December 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

A Gentle Touch was Enough – Try it Now!

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It was a gentle touch that nobody noticed except the Lord but it was a touch backed by a powerful desire and strong faith. It was one last struggle for help – a search for healing. I am writing about the woman who touched Jesus; who was only described by her illness. (The woman with the issue of blood.) – Do you know her name?

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” But he kept on looking around to see who had done it.  Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

It was not just an ordinary touch. The disciples were surprised that Jesus asked such a question at a time when many people were “rubbing, pushing, and brushing at him.” One encounter with God can make a lot of difference in any person’s life. It could be a gentle touch!

Hannah had such an encounter with God; after a long time of search, strife, pity, etc. She made up her mind to give it “one last push.” She went to God with a powerful desire and strong faith. She left the crowd and the feasting all around her and went to pray alone. (I am sure Eli was surprised to see her in the temple when every other person was eating and drinking.) It was like the “the gentle touch” from the woman with issue of blood.

“As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her.  Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking.  “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!” “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord.  Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.” “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.

You can get help from God now. You may be weak, hopeless or afraid; it may be a long standing problem or one that has defied all other search for help. If you to turn it over to God, through Jesus, as never before, even “a gentle touch” or a “moving lips”, can move that mountain. Give it one more push.

Reach out to God today, in Jesus’ name and receive your miracle. Try it now.

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August 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Help save the Earth – Go eBook

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Ebook is a short word for electronic book. Many existing books are now in ebook version. There are new ebooks being published every time.

Ebook is a way to help the environment. With an ipad you can almost carry a robust library in your hand anywhere you go. There are mobile phones, MP3, and SatNav. that are made with space for ebooks. You may already have what it takes to store your ebooks.

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