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DAILY RENEWAL – TROUBLE WILL NOT COME A SECOND TIME

DAILY RENEWAL – TROUBLE WILL NOT COME A SECOND TIME

May 27th, 2018  || Scripture of the Day

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust Him But with an overwhelming flood He will make an end of Nineveh; He will pursue His foes into the realm of darkness. Whatever they plot against the LORD He will bring to an end; Trouble will not come a second time

Nahum 1:7-9

The city of Nineveh represented the Assyrian Empire. This Empire captured the northern part of Israel and subjected the people to extreme brutality including torture and mutilation. The people of Judah who lived in the southern part of the land of Israel felt threatened and afraid. Were the Assyrians going to come against God’s people a second time? God used the prophet Nahum to assure them that Nineveh would be destroyed and that affliction or trouble will not come upon the people of Judah a second time. Sometimes we tend to be afraid of the future and our minds get riddled with frightful questions:

“Will I lose my job again?”

“Will I be sick again after almost dying from a near deadly disease?”

“Is my child going to get into trouble again?”

“Am I going to have another financial crisis?”

I remember one particular day when I asked the Lord the same question after I had gone through extensive back surgery and a few years later, I faced the possibility of some more medical trauma. My question was, “Lord, will I have to be afflicted a second time?”

I experienced divine grace and intervention and God brought me healing without having to endure a very painful medical procedure. God encouraged me with the words, “Trouble will not come a second time.” Whatever fears you may have today, may the same encouraging words of scripture invade your heart and give you peace: “Trouble will not come a second time” God is watching over you.

Prayer : Father, Jesus said that in this world we will have troubles but we should be of good cheer because He has already overcome the world. I commit all my fears and anxieties into your Mighty Hand today. I stand upon Your Word that whatever afflictions I have experienced in the past will not come on me a second time. By the blood of the Lamb and the Word of my testimony, I have overcome. Thank you, Jesus. Amen

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DAILY RENEWAL – DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR WHAT GOD REALLY HAS TO SAY?

DAILY RENEWAL – DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR WHAT GOD REALLY HAS TO SAY?

 May 26th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

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 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.”  

I Kings 22:6-9

Four hundred prophets were assembled by the king to tell him the mind of God. They all spoke with one voice: “Go for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.” But King Jehoshaphat was not convinced that those four hundred prophets were hearing authentically from God. So he posed the question: “Is there no longer a prophet through whom we can inquire of?” That is when the truth came out from Ahab, “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…”

There are several things worth noting but let’s focus on just two:

First, Be very discerning when it comes to prophets, pastors or spiritual leaders who purport to tell you what God says about your life. Those four hundred prophets were concocting lies. They had not heard from God whatsoever! Jehoshaphat was so discerning that he was rather dismissive of what those false prophets had to say, hence his question to Ahab: “Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of.” He could tell what was genuinely from God and what was not. He could tell true prophets and servants of God from those who were not. This spirit of discernment comes from the Holy Spirit of God. When we have a close personal relationship with the Spirit of God, we can not be easily deceived.

Second: Ahab did not really want to hear truthfully from God. Ahab wanted to hear what was pleasant to him. He wanted his itching ears to be satisfied. He wanted to be told that God endorsed his sins when the truth he needed was that God disapproved of his sins. He wanted to be told in the name of God that all was well when all was definitely not well.

These are days when people do not really want to be told the truth that God has revealed in His word. Some pastors are also afraid to preach the truth for fear of offending people and losing their attendance. Scripture tells us that, “The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4).

Hearing the truth from God about our situations might not always be pleasant but it is the surest way for us to receive help and be redeemed out of whatever rot we might find ourselves in. Jesus said when we know the truth, it will set us free. So, question: “Do you really want to hear what God has to say?” Then receive it and be set free and be made prosperous.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that only the truth of your word has the power to set me free. Help me never to tune you out but to always thirst and hunger for your voice and your word. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – BUT FIRST SEEK THE COUNSEL OF THE LORD.

DAILY RENEWAL – BUT FIRST SEEK THE COUNSEL OF THE LORD.

 May 25th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. But in the third year, Jehoshaphat King of Judah went down to see the King of Israel.

The king of Israel had said to his officials, “Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?”

So he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?”

Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” But first seek the LORD.”   

I Kings 22:1-5

“But first seek the LORD.”

I can’t even begin to imagine the number of lives that have been ruined because this all-important but basic advice has been ignored time and again by God’s children. Marriages have been entered into with attendant life-long pain because God’s children never sought His face before entering those marriages. Business partnerships and dealings have been entered into and vast resources lost because God’s input was never sought. Monies have been lost because God’s children entered ventures that were never the will of God for them.

Ahab, the godless king of Israel wanted to drag Jehoshaphat into war without consulting God. Jehoshaphat immediately saw the red flag and insisted that they first seek the LORD for counsel. He wanted to know what God had to say about the issue.

What God has to say about anything we do is of utmost importance. First, we can hear what God has to say about any issue primarily through what He has given by way of revelation through His Scripture. Our daily conduct in any area of life can always be bounced of the divine revelation – the Bible. Second, we can hear God’s voice through intimations and clear directives from the Holy Spirit of God who lives in us and who is our guide and paraclete – the One who has been given to us by God to walk alongside us in the nitty gritty of life. He is real and He passionately desires to direct us in all we do. He speaks and directs us.

Seeking God’s counsel is of utmost importance because Scripture makes it clear that God knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us; plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Seeking God first before we move ahead into anything ensures that we are in complete alignment with God’s plans for our lives and that we are not doing anything outside of His will for our lives. Being in the will of God is the surest path to blessings and prosperity. Take time to seek the counsel of God.

Prayer: Lord, I desire that everything I do will be in conformity with your plans and will for my life. Please help me to patiently wait on you until I hear your clear voice of direction. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – REALLY, LORD; SO MUCH GRACE AND MERCY?

DAILY RENEWAL – REALLY, LORD; SO MUCH GRACE AND MERCY?

 May 24th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!”

“I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD.” He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel – slave or free. I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat…because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin…’

and also, concerning Jezebel the LORD says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country.’

(There was never anyone like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD urged by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner of going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)

When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite. “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

 I Kings 21:20-29.

One of my favorite songs is titled “Grace and Mercy.”

I can identify with the lyrics:

Your grace and mercy brought me through

I am living this moment because of you.

Justice demanded that I should have died.

But grace and mercy said, “O no! We have already paid the price!”

Theses lyrics summarize how I feel as a Christian in light of what I used to be and do when I did not know the Lord. I think of all the terrible things I said against Christianity but how God looked beyond my pitiful ignorance, showed me grace and mercy and called me rather undeservedly to be His servant.

Ahab was a notoriously ungodly king. The Scripture bears witness that, “ There was never anyone like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD urged by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner of going after idols…).” Theirs, was a wicked duo. They elevated idol worship to national prominence, tore down the altars of God and killed off God’s prophets. God was so angry that he caused a three-year drought to ravage the land. As if his wickedness was not enough, with his approval, his wife killed an innocent man so that they could take possession of his vineyard which Ahab had been coveting for so long!

So why in the world would God spare the life of such an individual? The answer can be found in two  words: “Grace and Mercy.” Grace is God’s, love, kindness and undeserved favor that He chooses to bestow upon us. Mercy is God’s compassion that causes Him to withhold the judgment that we rightly deserve from Him! God is totally sovereign so He bestows grace and mercy as He chooses and pleases. No one can understand let alone question God about that. When God saw that Ahab had humbled himself in light of the impending judgment, God had mercy on him.

Ahab was not alone in receiving grace; neither am I alone! The apostle Paul confessed in I Timothy 1 that even though he was the worst of sinners, God’s grace and mercy was poured out bountifully upon him. And look how far grace took him. So, really LORD; how much grace and mercy? Boundless grace upon grace (John 1:16).

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your bountiful grace and mercy upon my life; but please help me never to take your grace for granted. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – THE CONSEQUENCES OF GREED

DAILY RENEWAL – THE CONSEQUENCES OF GREED

 May 23rd, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Sometime later, there was an incident involving the vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.

Ahab said to Naboth. “Let me have your vineyard, to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange, I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever you prefer.”

But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” So Ahab went home sullen and angry…

His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”…

Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat. Cheer up., I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name…and sent them to the elders…

“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place…but seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”…

They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth…so they took him outside the city and stoned him to death…

When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite…say to him, “This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?…in the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood – yes, yours.”  

I Kings 21:1-19

How much money is enough? How much material possessions is enough to satisfy the human craving? How many houses? How many cars? How much power? Is the craving for power and possessions worth taking another human life? Is it worth jeopardizing one’s life, family and future over? Is it worth the possible disgrace and even imprisonment?

But alas, greed that drives people to into jeopardy and even ultimate disgrace is a rather common plight with humanity. No matter how much we have or control, we are never satisfied! There is an insatiable craving for more in the soul of humans. Ultimately, that craving can drive us to commit unconscionable acts. In a bid to cover up; we lie, destroy others and even murder!

As king, Ahab had the best of everything. He lacked absolutely nothing and yet he still coveted the only possession that Naboth had. Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, ended up ordering the murder of Naboth so that her husband could have Naboth’s vineyard. Needless to say, God brought judgment. Greed and coveting what others have is something that plagues and pollutes the human heart. If left unchecked, it can lead to all kinds of dastardly behaviors and actions.

May God help us to continually examine our hearts and may we be transparent enough to deal with any issues of greed, jealousy and coveting of that which others have. May we be content with our own lot and blessings. The consequences of greed can be quite ghastly.

Prayer: O Lord, please help me to examine my heart. May I be content with my blessings and not covet or be jealous of what others might have or be blessed with. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – IT NEVER PAYS TO DISOBEY GOD

DAILY RENEWAL – IT NEVER PAYS TO DISOBEY GOD

 May 22nd, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says, ‘Please let me live.’ ”…

“Go and get him,” the king said. When Ben-Hadad came out, Ahab had him come out into his chariot.

“I will return the cities my father took from your father,” Ben Hadad offered ….

Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him and let him go.

By the word of the LORD, one of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me with with your weapon,” but he refused…

The prophet found another man and said, “Strike me, please.” So the man struck him and wounded him. Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes.

As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.’

While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.”

“That is your sentence,” the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.”

Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. He said to the king, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people. Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.   

I Kings 20:32-43

Ahab was one of the most ungodly kings of Israel but God graciously gave him victory over the king of Syria and God expected him to put the king to death. But for material gain and political expediency, Ahab refused to kill Ben-Hadad and set him free with a treaty. The result? God pronounced judgment on Ahab and Israel.

The truth is: It never pays to disobey God.

It always pays to listen, follow instructions and obey. Disobedience can cost us the very blessings that we are disobeying God to keep. Ahab disobeyed God so he could get more territory to rule over but he ended up losing the very kingdom he was trying to expand.

Would you take a moment to reflect over your life? Is there any area in which you are being disobedient to God because you do not want to give it up? Do you realize that without God’s protective hand on it, you would not be able to keep it anyway?

May you and I be so in love with Jesus that there would be no known area of disobedience in our lives because it never pays to disobey God. May the Holy Spirit give us the grace to obey.

Prayer: Father, I ask for the grace to continually walk in obedience with you. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – A BIG GOD, TWO LITTLE FLOCKS OF GOATS, AND A VAST ARMY

DAILY RENEWAL – A BIG GOD, TWO LITTLE FLOCKS OF GOATS, AND A VAST ARMY

 May 21st, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

So it was, in the spring of that year, that Ben-Hadad mustered the Syrians and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel….

Now the children of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, while the Syrians filled the countryside…And they encamped opposite each other for seven days. So it was that on the seventh day the battle was joined; and the children of Israel killed one hundred thousand foot soldiers of the syrians in one day. But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; then a wall fell on twenty-seven thousand of the men who were left.

And Ben-Hadad fled and went into the city, into an inner chamber.  

Then his servants said to him, “Look now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Please let us put sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads and go out to the King of Israel; perhaps he will spare our life.”

So they wore sackcloth around their waists and put ropes around their heads, and came to the King of Israel and said, “Your  servant Ben-Hadad says, ‘Please let me live.’ ”

And he said, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”

I  Kings 20:29-32

Ben-Hadad started off boasting against Israel because Syria had a vastly superior army. What he did not know was that Israel did not depend on the vastness of their army but rather on the vastness of their God. Israel knew that God could save by the few or many as Jonathan the son of King Saul once said to his armor bearer. Israel knew that God could whittle down a vast army of 32,000 soldiers to a paltry 300 men and still give them victory as He did with Gideon.

Israel knew as the Psalmist says in Psalm 20:7 that “Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we will remember the Name of the LORD.”

God had already assured them of victory so even though they “Looked like two little flocks of goats, while the Syrians filled the countryside,” a victorious outcome was already theirs because the Mighty God was leading them in battle. The miracle of two little flocks of goats killing 100,000 enemy soldiers and twenty-seven thousand others crushed by a divinely orchestrated falling wall; along with their king wearing sackcloth and ropes tied around his head pleading for his life was a divinely orchestrated victory.

The vastness and enormity of your situation in light of your strength and ability to fight on, might make you look like two tiny flocks of goats facing a vast army that fills the countryside. You don’t have much of a weapon but the enemy has numerous horses and chariots. But hold on. Listen and look up to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. He is with you all the way.

Your vast and enormous situation might be in the form of the salvation of a loved one for whom you have been praying for years; It could be a difficult financial situation; It could a difficult boss at work or an overwhelming job situation and environment; it could be a messy marital situation or even an impossible legal situation; it could be a deadly disease ravaging your body. Like Caleb and Joshua, don’t look at the giants on the land, look at the Giant of the God you serve.

Don’t be intimidated by the vastness of your problem; be encouraged by the vastness of your God and keep fighting on. You might look like two tiny flocks of goats and the enemy might look like a vast among spread among the countryside, but you serve a big God. Don’t give up. Fight on. Get up everyday and determine to fight on. God will bring you the victory.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the assurance that it is not by my might or by my power, but by your Spirit. The mountain I face will be levelled in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – OUR GOD IS GOD THE VALLEY; AND GOD OF THE PLAINS.

DAILY RENEWAL – OUR GOD IS GOD THE VALLEY; AND GOD OF THE PLAINS.

 May 20th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

And the prophet came to the King of Israel and said to him, “Go, strengthen yourself; take note, and see what you should do, for in the spring of the year the King of Syria will come up against you.

Then the servants of the King of Syria said to him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. Therefore they were stronger than we; but if we fight against them in the plain, surely we will be stronger than they. So do this thing: Dismiss the kings, each from his position, and put captains in their places; and you shall muster an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse and chariot for chariot. Then we will fight against them in the plain; surely we will be stronger than they.” And he listened to their voice and did so.

So it was that in the spring of the year, that Ben-Hadad mustered the Syrians and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel…

Now the children of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, while the Syrians filled the countryside.

Then a man of God came and spoke to the King of Israel, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The Lord is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys, “therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.’…

So it was that on the seventh day the battle was joined; and the children of Israel killed  one hundred thousand soldiers of the Syrians in one day. But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; then a wall fell on twenty-seven thousand of the men who were left.

And Ben-Hadad fled and went into the city, into an inner chamber.   

I Kings 20:22-30

Really? Our Almighty Creator God is only victorious in the hills and not in the valleys? The God of all creation and all nature can prevail only in the Mountains and not in the Valleys? The God who parted the Red Sea? The God who parted the Jordan? The God who caused the Wall of Jericho to tumble down with no human implement touching it? The God who shut the mouth of lions to protect Daniel?

The God who turned a fiery furnace of fire into an air-conditioned environment to protect His children? The God who caused both the Sun and the Moon to stand still at the request of Joshua so that the enemies of God could be annihilated? The God who caused barren Hannah to conceive? The God who spoke and calmed the stormy sea of Galilee? The God who brought money out of the mouth of a fish?

You see: If you have an idea of who God is, but have no intimate relationship with Him, you will only be privy to some of His reported acts but you will never fully understand the larger spectrum of His unbridled power, His immeasurable grace and His insatiable desire to bless and prosper His children whether in Mountain or Valley situations. Our God is God both in the mountain and in the valley.

Ben-Hadad had no idea who God is: To him, God’s power was limited like that of his false gods to the plains. But God showed him otherwise through the sound defeat they suffered.

Many times, the Enemy confuses us to believe that the power of God is limited and that there are certain situations that are too difficult to believe God for! No! Never believe that!

The God who heals illnesses and diseases can also give financial miracles; He can save “unsavable” loved ones; He can turn impossible legal messes around in our favor; He can fight our battles for us on our jobs and businesses; He can bring us that spouse we have been praying for so long; He can cause barren wombs to be fruitful. Our God is God of the Valleys and God of the Plains. Your situation is covered by Him! Fight on in faith!

Prayer: Father, I will press on with the battle because I know my situation is totally covered by your grace and power. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – WHO CAN STAND AGAINST THE LORD ALMIGHTY?

DAILY RENEWAL – WHO CAN STAND AGAINST THE LORD ALMIGHTY?

 May 19th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Meanwhile a prophet came to Ahab and announced, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today and then you will know that I am the LORD.’  ”

“But who will do this,” asked Ahab. The prophet replied, “This is what the LORD says: ‘The junior officers under the provincial commanders will do it.’ ” “And who will start the battle,” he asked. The prophet answered. “You will.”

So Ahab summoned the 232 junior officers…then he assembled the rest of the Israelites, 7000 in all…they set out at noon while Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings allied with him were in their tents getting drunk…

Now Ben-Hadad had dispatched scouts, who reported, “Men are advancing from Samaria.” He said, “If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive.”

The junior officers under the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them and each one struck down his opponent. At that, the Arameans fled with the Israelites in pursuit. But Ben-Hadad king of Aram escaped on horseback with some of his horsemen. The king of Israel advanced and overpowered the horses and chariots and inflicted heavy losses on the Arameans.   

I Kings 20:13-21

Ben-Hadad had defiantly boasted about how he was going to defeat Israel and carry the king of Israel’s wives and children into captivity along with all the gold and silver in the land. What Ben-Hadad did not factor in was what the God of Israel could do for His people. He did not know that the Almighty God was the ultimate defence of Israel.

God sent a prophet with a word to Ahab that He would give Ben-Hadad into the hands of Israel using Junior Officers. While Ben-Hadad was busy getting drunk, Israel attacked and routed the Aramean forces under the leadership of 32 allied kings. Ben-Hadad escaped on horseback.

I am struck by two things:

First: What would have happened if Ahab had acquiesced to the threats of Ben-Hadad and had sent off his wives and children along with his gold and silver into the hands of Ben-Hadad? Obviously, He would never have experienced the victory that God had in store for him against Ahab and his 32 allied kings.

We must never give in to the threats and demands of the Enemy. We must look up unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. God will never abandon us. We are the work of His hands and He will always stand with us in whatever battle we face no matter how formidable the Enemy might prove to be. Who can stand against the LORD God Almighty? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Second, I am at a loss about the unfathomable grace of God! Ahab was a wicked and godless king but God mercifully came to His rescue when the enemy rose up against him. Understanding the grace of God – God’s unmerited favor, love and compassion would cause our hearts to be at peace. If God is so gracious to such a wicked king, why would he withhold His grace from us? When we find ourselves in dire straights, let us remember that the God of all grace is always with us. Never cave in to the threats of the Enemy because the grace of God will always be sufficient for you.

Prayer: Father, I confess that in the face of threats from the Enemy, my heart gets troubled. But I know that you are always with me and you will always fight my battles. Thank you that I can always stand still and count on your deliverance. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – DON’T CAVE IN THE THREATS OF THE ENEMY – YOUR GOD IS ABLE

DAILY RENEWAL – DON’T CAVE IN THE THREATS OF THE ENEMY – YOUR GOD IS ABLE

 May 18th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Now Ben-Hadad King of Aram mustered his entire army. Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria and attacked it. He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: “Your silver and gold are mine and the best of your wives and children are mine.”

The king of Israel answered, “Just as you say, my lord the king. All I have is yours.”

The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: “I sent to demand your silver and gold, your wives and your children. But about this time tomorrow, I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.”

The king of Israel summoned all the elders of the land…

The elders and the people all answered, “Don’t listen to him or agree to his demands…

Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”

The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’ ”

Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and so he ordered his men, “Prepare to attack.” So they prepared to attack the city.

I kings 20:1-12

“ I sent to demand your gold and silver, your wives and children. But about this time tomorrow, I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.”

The demands of Ben-Hadad was common practice in those days. Kings would attack other nations and carry off everything they could lay hands on. Overnight, royals could be captured and sent into slavery. That is what the King of Israel, Ahab, faced.

Ahab agreed to have the best of his wives and children, as well as his gold and silver to be taken by the invading king, Ben-Hadad. He caved in with no resistance whatsoever. This emboldened Ben-Hadad to make even more demand. After, consulting with the elders, however, Ahab mustered courage to reject the demands of Ben-Hadad. This caused Ben-Hadad to threaten Ahab with total annihilation. But his boasting was rather premature. It was not to be!

There are some noteworthy lessons here:

First, our Enemy (Satan) always starts by making “small” demands of us. If we give in, he will come back with bigger demands that can completely wipe us off because we caved in to his earlier demands. No matter how difficult your situation might be, never give in to the suggestions of the enemy simply because you want to survive. If you do, he will come back to completely deplete you.

Second: When you find yourself in a jam, seek godly counsel from trusted people around you.

Never go it alone. Godly counsel will enable you to see other possibilities and strengthen you to withstand the threats and attacks of the adversary.

Finally, the reply of Ahab to Ben-Hadad is rather insightful: “One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.” In other words, don’t boast about what you will accomplish in battle before you even set out for the battle.

Two applications: First, Never be boastful about tomorrow. Always be humble because you can never guarantee a positive outcome for tomorrow. Everything is by the grace of God.

Second: Our mortal enemy, Satan is very boastful when he comes against us with his threats. He would want us to believe that he has already wiped us out so we have no future to look forward to. But remind Satan that his boast has no basis because Jesus has already defeated him. His boasting is only to comfort his pitiful soul! Satan cannot overcome our Defender!

You are a child of the King of Kings! You are a child of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Let this truth uphold you. Don’t cave in to the threats of the enemy; Your God is able!

Prayer: Father, I thank you that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus my Lord. Amen.

Courtesy of RENEWAL CHRISTIAN CENTER