A Voice of Truth (Dec 22)

Today’s Scripture Readings:

Psalm 145:1-7 | Micah 2:1-3:10 | Revelation 13:2-8 | Proverbs 30:18-29

Today’s Scripture Focus:

Micah 3:8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.

Micah saw injustice and corruption among the political and religious leaders of Judah. Other prophets were telling the people what they wanted to hear: messages of peace and prosperity. He refused to compromise the truth; he stood as a prophet that declared the impending judgment that was to come to Judah.

The leaders failed to act justly; the needs of the poor and powerless were being ignored. Micah tells them to expect the same treatment from the Lord (3:4). They will cry out to him and he will hide his face.

Micah, seeing the injustice and knowing the consequences of such violations of God’s law stands up to be a mouthpiece of truth. He knows that as he speaks truth, the Spirit of the LORD has empowered him to declare the message that the people do not want to hear–pointing out the sin and transgression of the people.

It’s easy to listen to the voices that tell us what we want to hear. Be discerning; don’t too quickly assume that the message you hear is God’s message, especially when it “tickles your ears.” God’s message will both confront sin and bring hope. Expect both from God’s messenger.

Be a voice of truth. Don’t be afraid to stand up amidst the false prophets who tell people only what they want to hear. Stand up against the crowd.

When confronted by conflicting messages, don’t too quickly assume that the message you want to hear is God’s message. Make sure the voice speaks truth, and is not just tickling your ears.

With Joy,

Jeff

Tomorrow’s Scripture Readings:

Psalms 145:8-13 | Micah 4:1-5:11 | Revelation 14:1-20 | Proverbs 30:21-23

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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