Refuse Violence And Anger! – Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo Devotional January 6th



(Don’t Let Them Rule You)

TO THE BIBLE: 2 Chronicles 18:23 TLB
“…Zedekiah (son of Chenaanah) walked up to Micaiah and slapped him across the face. “You liar!” he yelled. “When did the Spirit of the Lord leave me and enter you?”

Ahab, the king of Israel, wanted to go to war to reclaim Ramothgilead, a land he believed was rightfully his, and he invited his friend Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, to go with him.

Jehoshaphat agreed but requested Ahab to call the prophets in the land to know what God thought about the decision.

Ahab called the prophets, including Zedekiah. The Bible says, ‘…All the prophets were staging a prophecy-performance for their benefit.

Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had even made a set of iron horns, and brandishing them, called out, “God’s word! With these horns you’ll gore Aram until there’s nothing left of them!” All the prophets chimed in, “Yes! Go for Ramoth Gilead! An easy victory! God’s gift to the king!” (2 Chronicles 18:9-10 MSG).

In spite of this unanimous prophecy, Jehoshaphat still wanted some more confirmation. It was at this point that Ahab sent for Micaiah.

But amazingly, the prophecy of Micaiah was different from that of Zedekiah. After Zedekiah had said to Ahab, “Go, the Lord is with you,” Micaiah said, “God isn’t with you on this mission.” So, who was “lying” here?

The Bible shows whose prophecy couldn’t have been from the Lord. Their response and disposition let us know who was being moved by the Spirit of God and who wasn’t.

Zedekiah, in anger, slapped Micaiah in the face for daring to give a word that contradicted what he had prophesied! Evidently, Zedekiah’s behavior was contrary to the Spirit of God.

Look at Jesus! The only time He responded to anybody in anger was when worshippers abused His Father’s house, and it was holy anger. He had a strong zeal for His Father’s house (Psalm 69:9).

He never responded in anger to what anyone did against Him. No matter what was said to Him or about Him, He never responded in anger.

Don’t let anger or violence rule you; be yielded to God’s Spirit. Always maintain the right attitude that’s befitting to your nature as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, regardless of how pressured you might be to act otherwise.

Go Deeper
Proverbs 25:28 MSG; James 1:20 GNB

Father, I thank you for the wisdom I’ve received from your Word. I subject my words, actions, and attitude to your Word. In my relationship with others, I’m propelled by your Word to respond in your love, which is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 5:21-48, Genesis 15-17
Matthew 3:10-17, Genesis 6

If you’ve exhibited anger or been hurtful to others around you, receive forgiveness from the Lord and apologise to them.

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