1 Kings 20-22, Psalm 100
When sharing with others, a popular word being used now is “spiritual”. People tend to use this term when they don’t follow the one true God, but instead claim they have a respect for a generic higher being. This view tends to be inclusive of all deities and forms of worship. We see bumper stickers like, “coexist”, which incorporates a sign of each religion in these letters. As open-minded as this may sound, it is a viewpoint that the One True God does not allow for. This “spirituality” breaks the first commandment (Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”). In today’s reading we read of prophets who were “spiritual ” and one who was a true prophet of God. The false prophets had no problem using the word, Lord. Unfortunately, those who were spiritual then and now, if not of God, are on the wrong side of the spirit world. We read in 1 Kings 22:23 that God put a lying spirit in these false prophets. Since God doesn’t lie, he at times allows Satan and his demonic horde to influence those who are not of God.
Just like everything else in the Bible, there are only two choices. There are those who belong to God and filled with His Holy Spirit. And there are those who reject or want the One true God to be one of many options, which amounts to rejecting God for He alone is God and will not be worshiped along with other gods. There is no middle ground or option.
This exclusive position sounds narrow minded to the world. But like Micaiah will we speak the truth or hold back for fear of upsetting others. Proverbs 27:2, says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful “. In Ephesians 4:15, Paul encourages us to speak the truth in love. May we love others enough and have the boldness to speak the truth of God’s Word, even if our comments are not popular. We need to care less about sounding popular with others and be more concerned about presenting our God in the proper light.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: