Choosing A Righteous Course - Where Are You Headed Now? - Wednesday, March 1st
King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, dressed in their royal robes, were sitting on thrones at the threshing floor near the gate of Samaria. All of Ahab’s prophets were prophesying there in front of them. One of them, Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, made some iron horns and proclaimed, “This is what the Lord says: With these horns you will gore the Arameans to death!” All the other prophets agreed. “Yes,” they said, “go up to Ramoth-gilead and be victorious, for the Lord will give the king victory!” Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, “Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.” But Micaiah replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.” 1 Kings 22:10-14
Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4:1-5
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. Philippians 3:17-19
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Ahab is far off course and has surrounded himself with people who will support the folly of his plans for fulfilling his selfish desire for war. As we saw earlier, God has promised death for Ahab and his people, and so he has distanced himself from God and those who speak for God. How like us this is. If we will stop and look at what our desires are, we will find that if they are not what they should be we have already distanced ourselves from the influence of God and His people in favor of influences that support our wayward desires. It is a “chicken and the egg” kind of thing in regard to which comes first: desires/supportive influences or supportive influences/desires. Regardless, a great way to begin getting back on course is to get away from bad influences and get close to people who can support you in the pursuit of God and His desires for your life.
These passages show the reality of the powerful pull of two entirely opposite courses for life. The reason we come to Christ in the first place is so that He might have His way with us and so that our lives can be set on a new course. It is up to us as to determine what course we truly want for our lives. When what we want is God’s course we will also want the support of others who have chosen the right course and not those who influence us adversely. Such Godly supporters (small groups) will be an encouragement to us to keep close to God whose infilling presence will enable us to live out in day to day living the Divine course He has in mind for our lives.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, overall I want you to have your way with me. It’s just hard to stick with it on a day to day basis. Grant that today I will stay close to you and will look for support from those who can help me live fully for you. Guard me from all that would interfere with me staying on course with you. Thank you. Amen!
Posted on Wed, March 1, 2017
by Ken Hart