1Kings 20: 1-7
Is my story the same as what God says?
Take a look at King Ahab. He was an evil man. He
sacrificed his children and married Jezebel who was like a witch. She made him kill all
the prophets of God she knew of. This was the lowest time in Israels history. The
Syrians had been building up their forces and Israel was very small in comparison. But God sent a prophet to Ahab and said that he would
give the Syrians into his hands.
See God's undeserved mercy. How will we escape
judgement if we neglect such a great salvation. If
we do not grab His hand and cling to it, it will be terrible for us. Ahab maybe thought his sins werent so bad
because God has sent a prophet to help him. So too, we might also think we arent so
bad and that God is going to help us. The
reason for this help though was far from Ahabs idea.
This is the trap of the godless. He
interprets a situation totally different to what the reality of God is. If business good,it is because God loves me. In the
meantime God has totally different story to
what I have.
Story: A man in Russia wanted to shoot a bear.He found a bear but then started a
discussion with him. Dont argue with the devil. Later men looked for the man. He had the coat of the bear but was in the stomach
of the bear.
You choose the wife you want and you even marry
in church, but you are in the stomach of the bear. What
would you write about your life and
what would God write about your life? Is
it the same story? Be sure.
Perhaps you say, "Ive got what I wanted, I love the Lord and have the blessing
of Gods children", but you are in the stomach of the bear. It is one of the worst states a so-called christian
can fall into. You may say that God has done a
miracle for you, but God in heaven looks at your life and says that what you did was in
the stomach of bear. What you think and what
God thinks may be as far as the east is from the west.
Ahab had turned his back on God and he was a
slave of others. If you turn your back on God,
youll become a slave of people, alcohol or other things. He turned his back on God because of Jezebel. Actually, he was loyal to himself and to no-one else.
Selfishness. Such a person will betray anyone to save their own skin. You cant trust
such a person. You cannot trust a selfish man. He will betray you. It is no use to have
New Year decisions if the Lord does not have His rightful place in your life. Your heart
will be selfish.
Ahab was in a terrible position. He had betrayed
God and had no money. He was at the weakest point in his life. God said turn your back on
Ben-hadad and follow me. God will always come at your weakest point. When you have been
indebted and cant pay for all you have
stolen. You know if you apologize you will end up in jail.
Maybe you have made promises to friends. No matter
how difficult it is, trust me. v7 ,8. The elders told Ahab not to listen to Ben-hadad.
v13. Ahab thought that God had helped him because he was good but God did it only so that
Ahab would know that He is God. Be careful not to miss the message from Lord. You live in
bitterness because of everthing that has happened to you.
You cant believe that God wants to help you. Salvation is to hear a
kind message from God when you least expect it.
Some people dont hear a message from God
because of negativity. You think God is with you
when you are up but not when you are down. Yet God is God of the hills and
Ahab was under pressure. The danger isIf you go
into different situations, the Devil will try to intimidate you by intruding into your
prayer time. He can rob you of the time when you are with God and break the power of your prayer. Anxiety takes over
and you cant see that God can help you. You need self- control during prayer time.
The devils noise will take away faith that God can do a miracle. The devil makes you
In v29-34,42,43 we read that the prophet of God
said that Ahab would die in Ben-Hadads place because he had spared him and made a
treaty with him. Friend,
do you see how serious it is when you are soft and God wants you to be hard. Ahab did what
is politically correct. Are you soft on a relationship that God says you must cut off
because it is an abomination to Him? You try to be politically correct. You are carnal not
only when angry but also when you are soft. If you serve with emotions you will be soft
when you should be hard and hard when you should be soft. This will bring down Gods
curse on your family. Read when Korah rebelled against Moses and how the earth swallowed
Korah and his family because of his rebellion. The next morning the Israelites said that
Moses had killed these people. Korah had built up political support. They built their
fortress in being popular with the people but that is often an abomination before God.
You are so aware of people that you are not
aware of God. You are in the stomach of the bear. I want people to remember me as a man
who served God 100%.
The challenge for 2013, is do you want to serve
the Lord in same way as Ahab or do you want to get right with God and serve Him only?
Climb out of stomach of bear so that you will be free to serve God. In 2013, may the story
of your life be the same as Gods story.