What tone will you use? What approach will you use? What strategy will you use?
Do you realize that the approach will have an interpretation to the one you are approaching? Do you realize there are consequence and benefits to picking the right approach?
How will you approach?
Will you be coming asking or demanding?
Do you realize that it’s important to be going to the right place? Do you realize that it’s important to be asking the right person? Do you realize the implications of going to ask the wrong person?
Elijah Prophesies to Ahaziah
1After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2Now Ahaziah fell down from the balcony of his upper chamber in Samaria and was injured. So he sent messengers and instructed them, “Go inquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this injury.” 3But an angel of Adonai said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron?’ 4Therefore thus says Adonai: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on, for you will surely die.’” And Elijah departed. 5When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you returned?” 6They answered him, “A man came up to meet us and said to us: ‘Go, return to the king who sent you, and say to him, thus says Adonai, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on, for you will surely die.”’” 7Then he said to them, “What kind of man was he that came up to meet you and told you these words?” 8They answered him, “He was a hairy man with a leather belt around his waist.” “It’s Elijah the Tishbite,” he said. 9So the king sent a captain of 50 with his 50 to Elijah. When the captain went up to him, behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. So he announced to him, “O man of God, by order of the king, come down!” 10In response, Elijah said to the captain of 50, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50!” Then fire did come down from heaven and consumed him and his 50. 11So the king again sent to him another captain of 50 with his 50 men, who addressed him and said, “O man of God, by order of the king, come down quickly!” 12In response, Elijah said to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50.” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his 50. 13So the king again sent the captain of a third 50 with his 50. But when the third captain of 50 went up and came near, he knelt before Elijah, and begged him saying, “O man of God, please, let my life and the lives of these 50 servants of yours be precious in your eyes! 14Behold, fire came down from heaven and consumed the two previous captains of 50 with their 50; but now let my life be precious in your eyes!” 15Then the angel of Adonai said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king. 16Then Elijah said to the king, “Thus says Adonai: You have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron. Is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on, for you will surely die.” 17So he died just as was the word of Adonai that Elijah had spoken. Then Jehoram became king in his place, because Ahaziah had no son. It was in the second year of Jehoram son of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. 18Now the rest of the deeds of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
–from 2 Kings 1
Where will you turn? Who will you ask? What will you believe? Why would you trust something said or done that is against the Word of God? Will you ask advice from people who always give you a good report? Will you ask advice from people who always speak the truth? Will you find it more valuable to get the truth or something that makes you feel better in the moment? Do you realize the implication when the message is a lie? If you are asked, will you give a “happy” answer or will you speak the truth in love?
Prophecy of the Deceiving Spirit
1Now Jehoshaphat had wealth and honor in abundance but he allied himself with Ahab by marriage. 2Some years later he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and bulls for him and the people with him, and urged him to march with him against Ramoth-gilead. 3King Ahab of Israel asked King Jehoshaphat of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth-gilead?” He replied, “I am as you are and my people as your people, and we will be with you in battle.” 4Jehoshaphat then said to the king of Israel, “Please, let us seek, today, the word of Adonai.” 5So the king of Israel assembled the prophets—400 men—and asked them, “Should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should I hold off?” They answered, “Go up, for God will give it into the king’s hand!” 6But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn’t there another prophet of Adonai here of whom we should inquire?” 7The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can inquire of Adonai—but I hate him, because he has never prophesied anything good about me but always evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” But Jehoshaphat said, “May the king never say such a thing.” 8So the king of Israel called an official and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah quickly!” 9Now the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, wearing their robes, were sitting on their thrones on the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria with all the prophets prophesying before them. 10Zedekiah son of Henaanah made for himself iron horns and declared, “Thus says Adonai, ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are exterminated!’” 11All the other prophets were prophesying similarly, saying “March against Ramoth-gilead and succeed, for Adonai will give it into the hand of the king.” 12Now the messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Look, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably.” 13But Micaiah replied, “As Adonai lives, what my God says that is what I will say.” 14When he came to the king, the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should I hold off?” He replied, “March and be victorious! They will be given into your hand!” 15But the king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the Name of Adonai?” 16 So he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and Adonai said, ‘These have no master—let each man return home in shalom.” 17So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies good about me, only evil?” 18Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of Adonai. I saw Adonai sitting on His throne with the whole host of heaven standing on His right and on His left. 19And Adonai said: ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ Then one said this and another said that, 20until a spirit came forward and stood before Adonai and said, ‘I will entice him.’ So Adonai said to him, ‘How?’ 21He answered, ‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You will entice him and you will also succeed. Go and do so.’ 22So now, behold, Adonai has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours and Adonai has decreed disaster against you.” 23Then Zedekiah son of Chenaanah approached Micaiah, slapped him on the cheek and said, “How did the spirit of Adonai pass over me to speak to you?” 24Micaiah replied, “Behold, you will see on the day that you go to hide in an inner room.” 25Then the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah and turn him over to Amon, governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son, 26and say, ‘Thus says the king, “Put this fellow in prison and make him eat the bread and water of affliction—until I return in shalom.”’” 27Then Micaiah said, “If you ever return in shalom, Adonai has not spoken through me.” He added: “Listen, all you people!”
Ahab Dies in Battle
28So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah marched against Ramoth-gilead. 29Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into the battle, but you put on your robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and they went into the battle. 30Now the king of Aram had already ordered his chariot commanders saying: “Don’t attack anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel alone.” 31So when the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat they thought, “This is the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him but Jehoshaphat cried out. Adonai helped him and God diverted them from him. 32When the chariot commanders realized that he was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. 33But a man drew his bow aimlessly and struck the king of Israel between the lower armor and the breastplate. The king said to the charioteer, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” 34The battle raged that day and the king of Israel remained propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans until dusk. Then at sunset he died.
–from 2 Chronicles 18
Will you align to God? Will you turn from your own ways and towards God’s? Will you allow God’s wisdom and direction and correction to lead you and direct your steps?
Jehoshaphat’s Judicial Reforms
1Then King Jehoshaphat of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem. 2Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate Adonai? Because of this, wrath from before Adonai is against you. 3Nevertheless, good things are found in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles out of the land and have set your heart to seek God.” 4Jehoshaphat dwelt in Jerusalem and he went out again among the people from Beer-sheba over to the hill country of Ephraim and brought them back to Adonai, the God of their fathers. 5He also appointed judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city. 6He said to the judges. “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for Adonai who is with you when you pass judgment. 7Now then, let the fear of Adonai be upon you. Be very careful what you do, for there is no injustice or favoritism or bribe-taking with Adonai Eloheinu.” 8In Jerusalem also, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites, kohanim and the leading patriarchs of Israel to render the judgment of Adonai and to settle disputes among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 9He charged them saying, “This is how you shall act: in the fear of Adonai, faithfully and wholeheartedly. 10When any dispute comes to you from your kinsmen who live in their cities, whether bloodshed, or concerning Torah, mitzvot, statutes or ordinances, you must warn them so that they will not be guilty before Adonai. Otherwise wrath will come upon you and your kinsmen. Act accordingly and you will not be guilty. 11“Behold, Amariah the chief kohen will be over you in all matters pertaining to Adonai, and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the House of Judah, in all the matters pertaining to the king. Also the Levites will serve as officials before you. Act courageously and may Adonai be with the good.”
–from 2 Chronicles 19
Don’t lose hope! Don’t lose trust! Don’t give up! Turn to God! Call on Him!
My Help and My Deliverer
1For the music director, of David, for a memorial. 2O God, come quickly to deliver me, Adonai, to help me. 3May they be put to shame and disgrace who seek my life. May they be turned back in humiliation who delight in my hurt. 4May those who say, “Aha! Aha!” be turned away because of their shame. 5But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You. May those who love Your salvation always say, “Let God be magnified.” 6But I am poor and needy— God, come quickly to me. You are my help and my deliverer— Adonai, do not delay.
–from Psalms 70
Let’s choose early to walk with God and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior! Let’s choose early to hear and obey His Word! Let’s choose early to ask Jesus when we are faced with situations and need to measure the results and reactions. Let’s not wait to receive Him and let’s choose through the furnace, the pit, the storms, and the valleys to never turn from Him but to hold onto Him even tighter. Let’s live as those in the lamb’s book of life! Let’s not be marked to eternal death, but to eternal life through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1Then I saw a beast rising out of the sea, that had ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten royal crowns, and upon his heads were slanderous names. 2Now the beast that I saw was like a leopard, his feet like a bear’s, and his mouth like a lion’s. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. 3One of his heads seemed to have been slain, but the fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast. 4And they worshiped the dragon, because he had given authority to the beast. They also worshiped the beast, chanting, “Who is like the beast, and who can make war against him?” 5The beast was given a mouth uttering great boasts and blasphemies. It was given authority to act for forty-two months. 6Then he opened his mouth with blasphemies against God, to slander His name and His tabernacle—that is, those dwelling in heaven. 7He was also permitted to make war against the kedoshim and overcome them, and he was given authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. 8All who dwell on the earth shall worship him—everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain. 9If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10If anyone is meant for captivity, to captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, by the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and faith of the kedoshim. 11Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and he makes the earth and all those who dwell in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13He performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven in the sight of men. 14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth through the signs he is permitted to perform, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image in honor of the beast who has the sword wound yet lived. 15The second beast was permitted to give life to the image of the first beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause all who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16He also causes all—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slave—to receive a mark on their right hand or upon their forehead. 17And so no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark—either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number of a man, and his number is 666.
–from The Revelation 13