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Raising up Micaiahs

“As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me,
that I will speak” (1 Kings 22:14 ESV).

I recently read the story of Micaiah’s prophecy against Ahab. For those who aren’t familiar, the passage centers around the wicked king of Israel, Ahab, and his decision to war against Syria.

For some backstory, King Ahab asked Jehoshaphat of Judah to assist him in battle. Jehoshaphat said, “Inquire first for the word of the LORD” (verse 5).

Ahab assembled around 400 prophets and commanded them to reveal what the Lord was saying. The prophets declared, “Go forth, for the Lord will give it [the battle] into your hands” (6). 

King Ahab was satisfied, but Jehoshaphat wasn’t. He asked Ahab, “Is there not another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire”(7)?

Ahab admitted, “There is yet one man by whom we ay inquire of the Lord… but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil” (8).

Long story short, Micaiah was brought forth and spoke the Lord’s truth, declaring, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace’” (17).

In an interesting twist, it turns out God had given Israel’s prophets the wrong word so they would entice Ahab into battle (19-23). Micaiah was the only one who spoke truth.

It was a risky decision. After Micaiah was finished, King Ahab threw him in prison and ordered the guards to “give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely” (27).

It turns out Ahab was killed just as Micaiah prophesied. Interestingly, we don’t know what happened to Micaiah. Did God deliver him from prison? Or did he remain in captivity?

This story both inspires and humbles me. So many Christians, rather than speaking out, avoid hardship. They parrot whatever society tells them and start to resemble the world. This is a dangerous place to be since the world rarely follows what the Lord is truly saying.

In 2021, some of you may recall the Lord told me it would be a year of the power of peace. When I looked up peace in Matthew 5:9, I found “Blessed are the peacemakers.” My immediate thought was peace keepers: those who do not cause conflict. 

Upon researching the original definitions of the word, I found “peacemakers” comes from the cognate that means “to bravely declare God’s terms which makes someone whole” (cognate 1518 eirenopoios). So in this case, being a peacemaker is not staying silent but speaking the truth from the Lord, which brings wholeness.

The Call To Holiness

“Be holy… for I the LORD am holy” (see Lev. 20:26)…

I re-read through one of my favorite mystery novels last week, and I felt the Lord say, “Dawna, I need you to put this book down.” A little confused, I asked, “Why?” He said, “I’m calling you into a new season of holiness. These books won’t get you there.”

I was shocked. For about twenty years, I had been reading mystery novels as an innocent hobby. I made sure to avoid graphic material, so the stories I read were quite tame.

But God challenged me to up my standards in this season. As I set the book aside, He said, “I want you to go through your personal library and throw out the books I tell you.”

Although some of these stories were personal favorites, I nevertheless followed His command. By the end, I had disposed a handful of books.

Why the Call to Holiness is so Important

2022 already so far has been a challenging year for prayer. After a 2-year pandemic and now a sudden war, the temptation might be to view this season as the devil’s playtime. But the Lord wants us to come up to His level so we can see the enemy is beneath His feet.

I want to encourage you in this season to embrace God’s call to holiness. As we separate ourselves from sin (even what seems innocent), we’ll be able to stay tucked up under the Lord’s wings and rebuke darkness.

Ask the Lord what you can do this week to strengthen your relationship with Him. Remove any podcasts, streaming channels, or news stations that might be pulling you away from a stronger connection with God.

Even the most innocent escapes can become dangerous if we allow them to take up space in our hearts. (You’ll know if something has become destructive if you’re unwilling to give it up.) If God reveals an issue to you, tear it out by the root.

This blog post was inspired by an excerpt in Dawna’s live Q & A from the Warring with Wisdom e-course. If you want to join the Q & A on April 21, enroll in the online class and join via the zoom link (link is posted in the e-course).

Are you feeling exhausted, distracted, or hopeless?

These may be signs of spiritual warfare negatively affecting your life.

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Many Christians today fail to pay attention to the spiritual realm. Their blinders keep them ignorant to attacks, leaving them feeling exhausted, distracted, or hopeless.

But we don’t need to let the spiritual realm affect us. We can rise above the enemy’s attacks and stand in the truth that we are protected.

In Scripture, Satan is referred to as a “roaring lion seeking who he may devour.” Note how he is called “a lion” and not “the lion”. The enemy can only mimic God’s power, so his authority is nonexistent.

But Satan is still out there trying to devour us. The more we educate ourselves on spiritual warfare, the better we will be at protecting our bodies, souls, and spirits.

Are you ready to war with wisdom?

Part of being successful in spiritual warfare is knowing which types of battles we are facing. The enemy can either attack our bodies (through sickness), our spirits (through demonic assaults), or our souls (through destructive thoughts). Depending on which assaults we are experiencing, there may be different strategies we can use to emerge victorious.

For instance, if the enemy attacks our bodies, our best response is to rest. God engineered our bodies to recuperate, so incorporating rest into our lives is a great way to let our bodies heal.

In contrast, when facing a spiritual attack (like demonic visitations or nightmares), partnering with God and His angels in the Third Heaven is key. Prayer, intercession, and worship are powerful weapons of warfare. If you find yourself harassed, invite God’s presence and shift the atmosphere.

Lastly, if we feel Satan is attacking our minds, the best response is to resist his voice. Joyce Meyers calls this “the Battlefield of the Mind.” As we reject Satan’s lies, we can embrace God’s truth.

These are just overviews of each area we can be attacked in. Honing our gifts of discernment will enable us to defend ourselves accordingly.

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