WATCH THAT OLD PROPHET!

Sunday 24th November
Open Heavens Daily Devotional
WATCH THAT OLD PROPHET!
Memory Verse: To the law and to the
testimony: if they speak not
according to this word, it is because
there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
Read: 1 Kings 13:11-22
11 Now there dwelt an old prophet
in Bethel; and his sons came and
told him all the works that the man
of God had done that day in Bethel:
the words which he had spoken
unto the king, them they told also to
their father.
12 And their father said unto them,
What way went he? For his sons had
seen what way the man of God
went, which came from Judah.
13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle
me the ass. So they saddled him the
ass: and he rode thereon,
14 And went after the man of God,
and found him sitting under an oak:
and he said unto him, Art thou the
man of God that camest from Judah?
And he said, I am.
15 Then he said unto him, Come
home with me, and eat bread.
16 And he said, I may not return
with thee, nor go in with thee:
neither will I eat bread nor drink
water with thee in this place:
17 For it was said to me by the word
of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread
nor drink water there, nor turn again
to go by the way that thou camest.
18 He said unto him, I am a prophet
also as thou art; and an angel spake
unto me by the word of the LORD,
saying, Bring him back with thee
into thine house, that he may eat
bread and drink water. But he lied
unto him.
19 So he went back with him, and
did eat bread in his house, and drank
water.
20 And it came to pass, as they sat at
the table, that the word of the LORD
came unto the prophet that brought
him back:
21 And he cried unto the man of God
that came from Judah, saying, Thus
saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou
hast disobeyed the mouth of the
LORD, and hast not kept the
commandment which the LORD thy
God commanded thee,
22 But camest back, and hast eaten
bread and drunk water in the place,
of the which the Lord did say to
thee, Eat no bread, and drink no
water; thy carcase shall not come
unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.
Message
When the young prophet on a divine
assignment to Bethel rested on his
way back home, contrary to divine
instructions, a number of things
happened (1 King 13:1-31). First, the
devil caught up with him. Whenever
you are on the path of absolute
obedience, you are ahead of your
enemies. It is difficult for the
enemies to catch up with such a
fellow. It will require a lot more
effort, time and other resources to
catch up with such an individual. But
if you are in disobedience, it is either
you are at par with your enemies, or
they are ahead of you and you are
the one striving hard to catch up
with them. Secondly, the obedience
of the prophet in all other areas was
nullified and he became known as
the disobedient prophet. This tells us
once again that one act of
disobedience is capable of
rubbishing several acts of obedience.
Never mix obedience with
disobedience! If you say you are an
obedient child of God, obey Him all
the way. It is only when your
obedience is fulfilled that you can
revenge all acts of disobedience in
your life. If you are disobedient to
God, why will the earth not disobey
you? Thirdly, instead of being
rewarded for the area you obeyed,
you will be punished for the area
you disobeyed. It is a terrible thing
to rest before you reach your goal!
When you are on fire for God, be
extremely careful. There are those
who would wish you were not as
successful. Some people will envy
you and do all they can to bring you
to their level. Watch out for the old
prophets! This young prophet never
knew that he was a subject of envy
by the older prophet who had lost
his fire, zeal and commitment. Some
of such leaders might have
backslidden and may now be
serving their own masters other
than God. The older prophet lied
that God sent an angel to void the
original instruction he was given. Do
not accept just any prophecy from
any one, or anywhere. Test them
and compare such prophecies with
the word. False prophets abound
with a mission of deceit and
destruction. Lastly, learn that the
fellow who lures you into sin may
survive it and still have an
opportunity to repent while you
may not. Do not yield to
compromise!
Key Point
Ignoring an event that is bound to
happen is the height of foolishness.

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4 thoughts on “WATCH THAT OLD PROPHET!

  1. Call upon Him,He is the author and finisher of our faithCall upon Him,He is the author and finisher of our faithCall upon Him,He is the author and finisher of our faithCall upon Him,He is the author and finisher of our faith

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