The Spirit of strength
Micah 3:8 KJV
But truly I am full of power
by the spirit of the Lord,
and of judgment, and of might,
to declare unto Jacob his transgression,
and to Israel his sin.
But the Spirit of the Lord fills me, to make me powerful. He helps me to know what is right and fair. He makes me brave so that I can speak to you, Jacob ‘s people. I can tell you what you have done wrong. You are Israel’s people, but you have not obeyed God.
Paul once wrote to Timothy:
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
It is also strikingly reflected in the life of Micah.
Strangling and discovering words have resonated to the heads of the people and false prophets.
How did he get there? Is Micah such a fearless witness in herself?
No, the Spirit of the Lord has seized him, and so he has spoken in demonstration of Spirit and of power.
Let us be in constant prayer that God’s servants full of His Spirit will proclaim God’s prophetic Word.
Then we are treated fairly. Then also the Word won’t spare you and me.
But then you will also find that the Gospel is a power of God for salvation for everyone who believes.
1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV
For the preaching of the cross
is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved
it is the power of God.
Romans 1:16 KJV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
It is the power that pulls you out of the darkness of your alienation from God.
It is the power that makes faith break through in your heart, and sets you into the fullness of the Christ.
When this gets through to you, you too will say:
Everything fell off me, and I saw nobody but Jesus alone and…
▪︎ Would you not be able to continue?
▪︎ Would you not be able to testify of God’s overwhelming love?
What defense does the true prophet have against the false prophet?
▪︎ Should he appeal to his sincerity?
▪︎ Should he appeal to the content of his message?
▪︎ What gives him authority and legitimacy?
Micah’s defense seems rather weak: I am full of the power of the Spirit of the Lord.
But anyone can say that … Doesn’t he have more to offer?
The true prophet, the true preacher, is
▪︎ Not the man who is always right, at least not in what the world sees as truth.
▪︎ Not the man who always has success on his side, at least not what the world sees as success.
▪︎ Not the man who always comes out as the winner, at least not in whom or what the world considers to be the winner.
The true prophet, the true preacher,
▪︎ Rather is the man who, through his loss, and through his martyrdom, honors God,
▪︎ Rather is the man who, despite appearing unsuccessful, continues to serve His God, and keeps calling on people to repent, and follow Him.
▪︎ Rather, is the man who, while not a master in discussion, and therefore sometimes is losing discussions, continues to spread God’s word.
▪︎ Rather, is the man who, inspite of all this continues in the strength of the Lord.
For God’s power is accomplished in weakness …!
The prophet is what the New Testament calls a cross-bearer.
And yet Micah speaks of strength. But that is not a power of its own, but the power of the Spirit of God. This power of the Spirit can only shine in our weakness.
And for those who die to themselves, it turns out to be a power of God to salvation.
And in that power we are more than conquerors.
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