June 18 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4

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Relational Permission | Nikki Metzger

S~ There is one more man who could consult the Lord for us, but I hate him.  He never prophesies anything but trouble for me!  ~ King Ahab to King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 18:7 (NLT)

O~ The two kings were uniting and going to war against another nation were seeking advice.  Ahab did not like this particular prophet’s advice because he never had good news for Ahab.

A~ Life is a little different now than for those kings back then.  The Holy Spirit lives in us, so He is always there to guide us.  But godly people speaking into our lives is very important too.

It’s important that I’m intentional about putting people in my life to speak truth.  I’m very sensitive to off-handed, random comments and the tone in which they are uttered.  Many times I will take those comments into my heart, dissect it and let it grow into negative thoughts unnecessarily.  Those comments cause me much hurt, pain, emotional energy, and time.

It’s time to just stop that.  It’s time to identify three or four people who LOVE the Lord, who seek Him, who I actually like, and let those people have relationship permission to speak truth into my life.

And let go of all the rest of the people and the world clamoring away for my attention.  It doesn’t mean that I forget about everyone, it just means that their words really have no power in my thoughts.

P~ God, I want my eyes to be fixed on You, that You would say I’m committed to seeking You.  I would like my circle of people who have relational permission to speak into my life to grow.  I pray this in Jesus’ Name!

Acceptance | Michelle Myers

S~ Then Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘I told you!  He never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad.’ 2 Chronicles 18:17 (NCV)

O~ King Ahab wanted the advice of a prophet, before going into a battle.  He had asked all but one prophet, Micaiah.  He was reluctant to ask Micaiah, because he never got the answer he wanted from him.  The king was urged to ask him anyway.  On the way to the king, the messenger told Micaiah, that all the other prophets prophesied that the king would win, if he went to battle.  The messenger told Micaiah that he should agree with the other prophets.  Micaiah told the messenger that he should tell him what God says.  When they get to the king, Micaiah does the opposite and tells him that he will win the battle.  The king knows that Micaiah is not telling the truth, and tells him to tell the truth.  Micaiah does, and tells him that he will not win the battle.  2 Chronicles 18:17 is the kings response to Micaiah.

A~ Like the king, I can often struggle with acceptance.  Acceptance that things are not the way I would like them to be.  Acceptance that things are not the way YOU would like them to be.  Acceptance that there is often nothing I can do about it.  Then, I struggle with handing it over to YOU and trusting that YOU will handle it.

There are specific relationships and circumstances that I am struggling to let go of.  You want me to.  Ignoring that, is not going to change the fact that I can’t do anything about them nor is it going to change what YOU want.

P~ Thank you God for Your peace.  I need it.  Help me let go, and hand it over to You.

Opportunistic Love | Kelley DeAses

S~ Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders: make the most of every opportunity.  Colossians 4:5 (NIV)

O~ Paul isn’t one to mince words, but to directly, pointedly, and boldly proclaim the gospel and instruct in the ways of Christ.

A~ This specific instruction — to be wise in our actions with respect to non-believers — presupposes we are in contact with those outside the circle of faith.  We are not to be so cloistered among Christian friends and groups that we are not interacting with those who are lost. In a Beth Moore study I took within the last couple years, she brought a number of women on stage with her to stand  shoulder to shoulder facing into the circle, representing our circles of like-minded Christian friends, groups, and Bible studies.  Then she had the women turn around, still should to shoulder, but facing outward.  They were still in community and supportive of one another, but looking out at the needs of the world.  They were poised to “Go and make disciples” according to The Great Commission we have been given.

This verse also reminds me to make the most of every opportunity.  Every day, I have the chance to either smile or scowl at someone I pass on the street.  I can send a note of encouragement or gratitude, or I can grumble and complain.  I can take every chance to speak upon the name of Jesus Christ or be silent.  Paul was in chains, yet he was opportunistic to speak and write and teach and preach.  How much easier is it for me to do the same?

P~ Father, Empower me by Your Spirit to take up the charge — to be wise in my interactions with non-believers and to take advantage of every chance I get to show love over negativity or indifference.

When Opportunity Knocks | Joni Tyner

S~ Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders.

Don’t miss a trick.

Make the most of every opportunity.

Be gracious in your speech.

The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

–Colossians 4: 5-6. The Message

O~ This is my second blog from the Message this week. It’s fun to read and gives a great explanation of how to live out our faith. I love this—“The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, no to put them down, not cut them out.

A~ Joni!—you live and work around people who don’t yet know Jesus. Be ready as opportunities open up to encourage everyone. Be careful what you say!!! This is your mission field, you are Jesus with skin on, make the most of each conversation.

P~ Dear Lord, help me to use my words to build your Kingdom, not scare people away with harsh, judgmental rants. I want to be faithful for you and not miss a trick!

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