June 12 – Today’s Readings – 1Kings 21-22 and Proverbs 12
1 Kings 22:6-7 reads, “So the king of Israel brought together the prophets – about four hundred men – and asked them, ‘Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?’ – ‘Go,’ they answered, ‘for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.’ But Jehoshaphat (the King of Judah) asked, ‘Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?”
How is it that you can have 400 “prophets” all saying the same thing; “Go – for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand”? One of them even going so far as to build a very impressive set of iron horns, setting them on his head and “prophesying”, “With these you will gore the Arameans”. The king of Israel, a godless man, was satisfied with these words but Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, sensed that the 400 were not prophets “of the Lord”. Jehoshaphat must have been even more alarmed when king Ahab told Jehoshaphat how much he hated Micaiah the prophet of The Lord.
When Micaiah arrived, he sarcastically told the kings to “go” and that they would succeed. Ahab stopped him and told him to speak the truth. Micaiah then gave them the real Word of the Lord – that they would fail, and that the royal “prophets” were all lying to them. What is incredible here is that, for the sake of political correctness, Jehoshaphat still foolishly went to war – and scarcely escaped with his life.
Be careful which “prophet” you listen to! Some are just speaking off the top of their heads! Some are just trying to get you to join their church or television viewing audience in order to get your money. How will you know which one is true? – “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (1 John 2:26-27)
There is “A Voice” within you that gives you direction, illuminates Scripture to you and bestows wisdom. This Voice, of course, is the whisper of the Holy Spirit. To follow the voice of the Spirit however requires that we be brutally honest with ourselves and examine our own motives well.
Test: – Are the things being prophesied coming to pass? – Does the written Word confirm them? – Is there is a witness of the Holy Spirit in your heart? – How about the witness of a mentally stable and spiritual friend?
If prophecy is only vague encouragement then take it simply as that and nothing more. If it is wrong or steers you in the wrong direction then why are you submitting yourself to that ministry’s prophecy! May God give us clear discernment.
Why do Christians tend to seek the will of God through “prophecy” and not through the written Word, prayer, or Godly counsel?
When was the last time you felt the Holy Spirit give you a message of prophetic encouragement for the Church?
Assignment – pray that you may prophesy!