1 Kings 22:1-40

1 Kings 22:1-40

1 Kings 22:14Vintage message from April 30, 2000.

One of the things I’ve come to learn in my years of being a Christian, that we have to be very careful [with] the alliances we make with the world. We have to live in the world. God placed us in the world for a reason. He wants us to be a light and a witness to the godless in this world, but oftentimes, in trying to be that light and that witness, we enter into treaties and alliances with the people of the world; that we befriend the things of the world; and then, soon, are caught up in those things of the world, and God says do not be caught up in the things of the world. And as we enter into this place where we make the treaties with the world, we get ourselves in trouble…

Sometimes those who are hardest on you are probably your best friends. The ones who will speak the truth to you, even though that truth may be harsh, they are your best friends. They’re the ones you want to listen to… It is too easy to gather “yes-men” around us: people who will tell us what we want; people who will tickle our itching ears. If you’re doing that, you are standing on a very slippery slope. If all of the counsel you ever get is from friends who tell you everything you want to hear, let me tell you, you are living dangerously…

A true man of God is one who is going to speak the truth even though it’s painful, even though it may mean he’s going to suffer… God’s Word says that if you trust Him, if you will believe Him, all things work together for good. Even the uncomfortable things. Even the things you don’t like. Even if you have to wait. Even if you don’t want what’s coming your way. Even if you’re not getting your way. It works together for good. And God uses those times, I believe specifically, to tear away portions of our flesh to reveal the spirit that’s inside of us that needs to be having fellowship with God. But our flesh is continually in the way, causing us to hear the lies around us, feeds our flesh, and let me tell you, the more you desire something in your flesh, the more you can probably figure that it’s wrong. If it makes your flesh feel good, you might want to question it. If it’s there only for your pleasure, if it’s there only for your comfort, if all that you’re doing is just making you happy, you might want to stop and question it… And that’s the biggest danger: when we live only for our comfort, when God’s Word finally is revealed, we don’t want to believe it. We fall for the lie rather than stand for the truth…

I have to ask myself this question: have I become so much like this world that the people of the world can not recognize me until I finally open my mouth and shout for God to save me? Have I become so much like the world that I can walk through the streets and no one recognizes me as being anything different than they are? Are we a people who are different? Are we a people who stick out? Are we a people who are recognized for our godliness? Are we a people who are recognized for our godly speech and our love for our neighbors? Are we a people who are recognized because we stand firm in the things of God? Or, have we become so entangled in the things of the world, that our flesh has become so comfortable in the world, that the people around us can tell no difference? That in this battle that we fight daily in this world that the enemies of God do not recognize us as being anything different?

Pastor Dave Elkins