Day one: Not inquiring of the LORD. 1 Kings 22:1-7
Jehoshaphat says he will join battle but first he wanted to ask for the word of the Lord. This is the first picture of how to destroy your life. Ahab has no interest in seeking the will of the Lord. He just wants to act. He just wants to go to battle against Syria because that is what he thinks is the right thing to do. The first way to destroy your life is never ask God for direction. Never look to God’s word for guidance. Blaze ahead with your life without consulting the Lord. Thankfully, Jehoshaphat puts on the brakes and says that he need to seek the counsel of the Lord first. Jehoshaphat is generally regarded as a righteous king according to 2 Chronicles and so he says what Ahab should have said.
Thoughts: Are we asking the LORD for counsel? Are we praying and fasting, or rushing into things? What does God think about your plans and dreams?
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Faith grows as we respond to our best understanding of God's will, even when we feel unsure and afraid.
Seeking wise counsel includes the willingness to respond and try something different. Sometimes, we will feel unsure about and afraid for reasons that have nothing to do with whether we made the right decision. Once we move forward, things become clearer.
Jesus' teaching leads us to conclude that it is better not to make a vow than to swear an oath that we have no intention of keeping. It also reinforces the point that oaths and vows should not be made on just any occasion, but they should be reserved only for occasions of great import and lasting significance. In other cases, we should let our yes be yes and our no be no. But in all circumstances, we must strive to keep our word.
Not inquiring from the LORD over time brings false prophets and destruction in society and life.
God gives us a peace when we do things that surpasses understanding.
It’s ok to wait on the LORD if you don’t hear from the LORD.
Thank you God for your grace that I wasn’t consumed by evil desires.
Do it Gods way. Not a way but Gods way.
If we are not inquiring from the LORD daily we are setting ourselves up for failure. We need to be daily in his word and around godly counsel so we are not lead astray by our own evil desires. It makes it harder for us to stay in Gods Will if we are not seeking him daily.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
Pray for Wisdom and DiscernmentLike Solomon (1 Kings 3:1-15), we can pray and ask God for wisdom that comes from him. We can ask God to lead us and help us receive his wisdom in our lives, not once but as often as needed. We also receive wisdom outside ourselves, through the wisdom God gives to others.
Pray for wisdom, for yourself, and for others who interact with you. Pray also for discernment to know how to apply wisdom. Pray for courage as you respond to wise counsel.
2. Seek Counsel Outside YourselfMoses' father-in-law, Jethro, saw him judging those who came to him all day long—alone. Moses was overwhelmed with the needs of others. Jethro provided counsel by suggesting he assign God-honoring individuals as judges to help carry the load (Exodus 18:13-17). Wise counsel helped Moses use the gifts of others for the service of many rather than manage everything on his own.
God's plans include using people to help people and that all people would seek and honor him in all they do. Here's the thing; we do not see things accurately and can never fully understand all there is to understand. We need the perspectives, experiences, and wisdom that comes through other people. Others provide what we cannot provide for ourselves.
3. Seek Counsel from the Holy SpiritAs mentioned above, wisdom comes from God. The Holy Spirit supplies wise counsel for anyone who believes in God. This offering is freely available to all believers. John chapters 14-16 refer to the coming of the Holy Spirit as a helper and a testimony of the truth that comes from God.
Thank you for another great day of Zoom Battle Prayer