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Speak truth | Marisa Tomlinson
S~ So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.’ 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. 1 Kings 22:23-24 (NIV)
O~ Micaiah was called before the kings of Israel and Judah to prophesy about their plan in go to war with Aram. All 400 of the other prophets said the kings would surely have victory over Aram. Micaiah listened to the Lord and told the kings what he heard. One of the other “prophets” slapped him for telling the Lord’s truth.
A~ It’s so unpopular to speak the truth. Thankfully, we aren’t slapped across the face for truth telling, but saying something unpopular can definitely get you attacked. YouTube videos are posted, Facebook posts are written, and memes are created to make fun of others for speaking truth. People use the relative anonymity to be mean and/or cruel. Following God’s leading and listening to His word is contrary to popular culture. Just like the kings, people what to hear what flatters them and supports their way of thinking; whether or not it’s the truth. When someone is bold enough to tell the truth rather than pandering to popular opinion, they’re attacked. People lie so that you’ll like them, just like the 400 prophets were doing.
P~ Lord, help us to stay strong and always speak truth even when it’s unpopular. Thank you for keeping me in your heart and protection. Thank you for healing my tongue. I love you. Amen
God’s Move | Kelley Deases
S~ But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:3,5 (NIV)
O~ Paul reminds us in these words how it is God, the Faithful One, who does the strengthening and protecting, and even the directing of our hearts toward His love. Our part is simply to receive it, walk in it and stand firm in the faith. It is God who does the heavy lifting!
A~ Having a home for sale, one purchase contract having fallen through and back on the market, makes for a trying season. My husband and I are wondering aloud why our dream home was presented to us in the first place, whether our existing home will sell, and what the future will hold as far as where we will live and when we will be settled. But through it all, we are forced to exercise our “trust muscle,” fixing our eyes on Him, even when we cannot see the end of this road. We know He is working this out for our good. Even as we clean for showings, even as we do home repairs, even as we go to work and live our normal lives, even as we sleep, He is directing our hearts and steps (and the hearts and steps of others) to accomplish His purposes, whatever — and wherever –that may be.
P~ Father, Daily I need to remember anew that You are faithful, You are on Your throne and I can rest in this assurance.
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