You're not too young to Reign as King!



Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 10-12, John 1:29-51

Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 11:21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.

Here, a child began to reign as the King. Think of it! How capable, knowledgeable, and seasoned in matters of running a nation of people could this child have become by the time he reached the ripe old age of seven? How could this be? How could someone so young and innocent be granted powers of Kingship that he has yet to even be able to fully grasp or understand? 


Surely he was not given full authority and right at such a young age! Or was he? The answer is simple; he was indeed! You see, while he was growing and developing, something had happened when he was an infant. An enemy of his household killed all of the royal blood…that is, all but him. 

He was actually rescued and hidden with his caretaker in the House of The Lord for all these years, until the time was right for him to assume his rightful place as King. He only needed to be old enough, as it seems, to be able to execute decisions that only a King could execute. 

All he needed was an adviser who was older and wiser, who could give him the insight he needed to make the right decisions. And because of his blood line, he was the only one who could actually execute those Kingly decisions! Even so, when the time was right, he was anointed the King, assumed full authority as such, and the treasonous Athaliah who attempted to kill all the royal blood, and who had forcefully hijacked the throne, was finally killed herself, and thus removed out of the King’s way of ruling. 

Even so, we who are birthed into the Kingdom of God through the shed blood of Christ, are born into the lineage of the King. Even from birth we have rights, privileges, and authorities granted us that we alone can execute when the time is right. All we need is to be spiritually mature enough to be able to execute those authorities under the guidance of One who is Wiser that we are! 

Our Kingdom authority is not based upon our wisdom, our strength, our experience, our expertise, our resources, or anything else; it is solely based upon our bloodline!! Dear child of God, when are you going to rise up and step into the authoritative role you have already been given through your relationship with Jesus Christ? 

We have power over our adversary the devil, who has attempted to undermine and claim false authority over our lives long enough! And even if you are not yet ready to reign, you can enter into the throne room of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who will give you the wisdom you need to be able to make the right calls as a King yourself!!!



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Preach and Flee!



Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 7-9, John 1:1-28

Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:

It appears as if Elisha is in the process of training and developing a new, young, up-and-coming prophet of the land. As he assigns this son of a prophet with a major errand, it is later revealed that he is not just the son of a prophet, but in fact a prophet himself. 

One could argue that Elisha was just too busy with other items on his agenda to personally deliver this message himself, but more likely it may have been that after feeling led of The Lord, he seized the opportunity to give this young prophet a chance to exercise his gift of prophecy. 

And after further reading, you will discover he did his job very well! He went in, delivered the message, and went out quickly, just as instructed. Nothing more would ever be asked of any of God’s messengers. If we would but just go in, deliver the message, and leave it at that, we would see a world turned upside down by the message of God’s Word. 

However, it is when we taint the message, or try to manipulate its outcome, that things get pretty messy. Do we think God needs help fulfilling His Word? Do we think by our lingering and manipulation of the audience, that the message will be more effectively received? I think not! 

Oh messengers of God, the burden is upon us only to allow The Lord to do His work through His Word by His Spirit! We cannot quicken the dead; we can only speak God’s Word over the dead corpse. We cannot open the deaf ear; we can only declare at God’s command, “He that hath ears, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches.” We cannot open the spiritually blinded eye; we can only speak God’s Word, and then step back and allow God’s Spirit to open their understanding. 

That is why we must learn to preach just long enough to deliver the message, and then at once flee the scene before we make a scene of ourselves! Let us not interfere with the inner-workings of The Holy Spirit! Let us not be guilty of emotionally charging the invitation in such a way that one cannot tell whether the Spirit is moving, or the speaker is manipulating. 

Abandon all notions to guide the wind of the Spirit. He will not be harnessed by talent, nor tethered by trickery. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and so is the movement of God’s Spirit. If He is not beckoned by a response of unfeigned faith in God’s Word alone, then He will not be beckoned at all. If we cannot trust that God’s Word will do the work, then we need not preach it at all. His Word will not return void!



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Tell me, what hast thou in the house?



Today’s Reading:  2 Kings 4-6, Luke 24:36-53

Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

“Tell me, what hast thou in the house?” The widow’s response is really no different than what most of us would have said, had we been in her shoes. She barely even mentions the pot of oil…it was the last thing that actually came to her mind. She mentioned it as if it was really nothing. 

To her, this pot of oil was insignificant in comparison to what she actually needed to meet her need, hence the hesitation in even bringing it up. However, the very last thing that was on her mind was the first thing that was on God’s mind! When she thought she was out of options, God used her insignificant pot of oil to provide for her need. 

Isn’t that just like God? We can find ourselves in despair, wondering where we are going to make ends meet, so to speak, and then all of the sudden, seemingly from out of nowhere, comes an idea, a solution, a remedy, for our problem, and more times than not, it is directly tied to something already within our grasp. 

Much like the disciples who toiled all night, and caught nothing, and then Jesus came along and told them to cast the net on the other side. They did, and you know the rest of the story. They caught a great multitude of fish! Same boat, different strategy. All it took was an inspired fresh look with an inspired new strategy with the same old stuff. 

And did you know, that if you will take your nothings to God, He can do the same for you? I know we have been taught that you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip, but that’s only if God is not in the equation. However, the truth is, with God, ALL things are possible! He can take your seemingly impossible situation, give you an idea you’ve never had or a set of instructions for you to follow, and voila, all is well because of His touch! 

But there are two things I notice in the text that will be true under any scenario in which God does this for His children. First, there will be a giving of your own meager resources. An investment, if you will, no matter how small. The size of the sacrifice is not as important as your willingness to obey. 

And that leads to the second element; complete and total obedience. If you are willing to give, and obey, at God’s Word, then after you step out on faith and do as He commands with what little you have in your “house”, then God will bless in such a way that it will be nothing short of a supernatural miracle just begging you to give God all the glory. Have faith in God, give Him your insignificants, and watch Him go to work!



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Standing with the Overcrowded and Overrated



Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 1-3, Luke 24:1-35

Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 2:7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

The affirmation of the brethren is no substitute for the anointing of The Lord! Here, as Elisha stands by the Jordan alongside one of God’s most anointed prophets of the hour, Elijah, fifty more sons of the prophets stand “afar off”. 

This begs the question: why weren’t they any closer? One could argue that the position Elisha found himself in…a front row seat, if you will…was only filled because of his appetite for the things of God. 

After all, Elijah on three separate occasions sought to depart from Elisha, but Elisha would not have any of that! He INSISTED that he remain right by the side of Elijah. And may I say, it paid off! Elisha knew that the benefits of being consecrated to the service of The Lord as a servant to His prophet Elijah would reap spiritual blessings much greater in comparison than anything he might have gained, had he led a typical, normal life with the click and the club. 

While the young preachers looked on from a distance and missed their opportunity for advancement in God’s Kingdom, Elisha separated himself if by chance he might receive the double portion upon Elijah’s departure, which he did!! 

Today, I wonder just how many pastors, preachers, missionaries, etc. are yet afar off from that place of appetite, hunger, and thirst for righteousness that it takes to receive the double portion anointing for maximum impact in ministry. 

As I look in the mirror, I must ask this question of myself. Am I close enough? Or has my apathy created a cold distance between me and my fullest potential in God’s Kingdom? Oh, may it not be so! May God draw me…rather, may God draw ALL of us close to His side where we might receive the power needed to impact this world with the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ!

If Elisha could receive such power from the imperfect prophet Elijah’s mantle, how much more could we receive power from the perfect prophet Jesus Christ through His Spirit? But, have we taken every opportunity that presents itself to depart from Him? Or, like Elisha with Elijah, have we refused to depart from Christ, though He test our appetites with trials of faith? 

Will we quickly excuse our lack of power with the affiliations and affirmations of the other 49 prophets standing afar off, or will we separate ourselves from the over-crowded room of powerless preachers that we might find real power with God? 

Do we seek a crowd’s consensus, or do we seek Christ’s consolations? Oh that God would raise up a crowd of Elisha’s hungry for His power at any expense!


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Lying Preachers leave Empty Souls...



Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 21-22, Luke 23:26-56

Today’s Reflection: 1 Kings 22:7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of him?

Out of 400 prophets, Jehoshaphat couldn’t even find one to shoot it to him straight. We see here a 400 to 1 ratio. 400 prophets prophesying lies, and then there’s Micaiah. Now Micaiah is the hated one. Why do you think he wasn’t hanging with the rest of the prophets? The truth was, Micaiah had already prophesied truths to the King that he didn’t want to hear, so needless to say, they didn’t keep him around the throne for a daily devotional!! 

However, not being satisfied with the 400 prophets’ advice, they sent for Micaiah. This proves a mighty point; when you KNOW you are being fed a pack of lies, regardless of how sweet they sound to your ears, and regardless of how many people are echoing them to you, they will never satisfy your soul. Lies always leave you empty on the inside searching for more. 

So, there comes a day when truth must be called upon and weighed once again. This was that day for Jehoshaphat and King Ahab. Having heard nothing to satisfy their hungry souls from the lips of 400 lying prophets, they called on the only one they knew would tell them the truth, regardless of the consequences. 

And, at first, even Michaiah came in prophesying under the influence of a lying spirit, just like the rest of them, but the king wouldn’t have any of it. What was so interesting to me was that out of 401 prophets, only one discerned what was actually going on. Only one had the inside scoop; that a lying spirit was commissioned by The Lord to convince the king through all the prophets to go into battle so that he could be slain. 

It was all a divine plot to fulfill an earlier prophecy spoken by the prophet Elijah. So, since the king pressed Michaiah for the TRUTH, Michaiah “spilled the beans” so to speak, but only because The Lord granted him permission. Michaiah truly was a man who sought only to speak that which The Lord allowed him to speak. 

Now, this brings us to our application today; let us endeavor to speak NOT what everyone else is speaking, but ONLY what The Lord is speaking. Furthermore, if there were a King Ahab today, searching for TRUTH, would there be even ONE that he could call on for a straight up answer? Or, would he find amongst all the preachers of the land, only those who would speak blessings and prophesy success over him? 

Where are the prophets…the men of God…that will stand up and declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, even if it isolates him, gets him cast out of society, out of the preacher’s fellowship, and into prison?


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The Earmarks of a Prophet...




Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 19-20, Luke 23:1-25

Today’s Reflection: 1 Kings 20:41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.

While false prophets must disguise themselves to try to convince others they are the real deal, true prophets must disguise themselves to try to convince others they are not! In other words, a true man of God needs no props to convince others of his calling. The authentic is readily and undeniably recognizable! 
As soon as this prophet removed his disguise (please read the passage for the backdrop), it was only then that the king of Israel knew that he was a prophet. 

I then notice three things that gave him away. I wish to call these “The Earmarks of a Prophet!” First, and most obvious, was his countenance. There was just something about his face that gave him away. Perhaps it was the glow on his face that is so prevalent on God’s true servants (anyone who sees this knows what I’m talking about), or perhaps it was the glimmer in his eye. 

We can only speculate what specifically about this young man’s face caused the king to recognize him as a prophet, but regardless of what it was, his countenance revealed it to him. King David, God’s anointed King, even said of The Lord in Psalm 42:11, “…for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” There is just something about the countenance of God’s anointed ones that is different than any other. 

But not only did his countenance reveal his identity as a prophet, but also his cargo! And I don’t mean what he was carrying in his hands, but what he was carrying in his mouth. This man had a word straight from God to carry to the king, and it was undoubtedly a word from God, without any question whatsoever. True prophets speak only what thus saith The Lord. This is one of their primary earmarks. 

In fact, in the Old Testament, they were taught that if a prophet speaks a word that does not come to pass, to mark that prophet as a false prophet. Simple enough, right? God’s Word is ALWAYS truth. PERIOD. And a true man of God will seek to speak only a true word from God! 

And lastly, the third earmark of a prophet is his character. This man, as did all the prophets, spoke directly to power, not fearing men and what they might do to him for speaking raw, uncut, and in many cases, condemning truth. He had the character required to put himself on the line for the sole objective of delivering God’s message to its intended recipient. And so is the case today; a true prophet or man of God can be authentically identified by his countenance, cargo, and character.


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Don't blame the preacher!!



Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 16-18, Luke 22:47-71

Today’s Reflection: 1 Kings 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

Don’t blame the preacher! After all, it was King Ahab himself that took Jezebel (a God-hater and later a true Prophet-slayer) to be his wife, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him, as if it was a light thing (see 1 Kings 16:31). The TRUTH was, that it was the sins if Ahab himself that troubled Israel. 

Had he not done so wickedly in the sight of The Lord, this famine would not have come on the land to start with. But alas, Ahab did what lying politicians do best; he placed the blame on someone else. However, regardless of how King Ahab felt about the Prophet Elijah, only Elijah had the power with God that was needed in order to open up the windows of Heaven to release rain and to end this long famine. 

So, this begs the question; why is King Ahab riding Elijah’s case, when Elijah alone has the power to end the famine? It looks to me like we have a conflict of interest here. It appears as if Ahab wants the best of both worlds, so to speak. He wants it to rain blessings upon the earth, while he continues to serve his false gods. But, it just don’t work that way with God! 

Oh the folly of such a mindset, and yet we find it even so amongst all of society even today. Many a people have rejected the preaching of God’s Word as well as the preacher who delivered God’s word, because they were troubled by the message. Kind of like the rich young ruler, to whom Christ commanded to sell all he had, and to give to the poor, who then walked away in sorrow, because that wasn’t what he wanted Christ to tell him. 

He was troubled, because he was in trouble with God, and he didn’t like the only solution that could fix it, which was repentance. So it is today. Many today are troubled by true Bible preaching, because it reveals to them how much trouble they are in with God because of their sins, but yet they are unwilling to do the ONE thing required to make things right with God; repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. 

Oh how it pains the fighting sinner to let go of his sin, but let me warn you dear reader, oh how it pains the fighting sinner even more to hold on to his sin. For one day, we shall all reap what we sow, and the scriptures teach us in Galatians 6:8a, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;” In other words, if you choose to live in your sin, you are also choosing the fatal consequences of dying in your sin, and you have no one to blame but yourself. Not the preacher, not the church, and not even the hypocrite. Your only solution is to turn to Christ in repentance of sin!


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When you're going to need more than natural vision...



Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 14-15, Luke 22:31-46

Today’s Reflection: 1 Kings 14:4b-5 …But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age. And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

We see here a prophet (aka a man of God) by the name of Ahijah, for whom The Lord became his sight. You see, in his old age, he had lost his ability to see, and here comes a woman to deceive him by taking advantage of his physical weakness. However, when you serve The Lord, no amount of physical weakness will stop His plans for your life! 

As a matter of fact, Ahijah could not have seen more clearly had he actually had 20/20 vision. This was a time when naturally perfect vision would have been of no assistance anyway, for even if he had been able to identify her with his natural vision, there would have been no way to discern her motives for having come to visit him. 

Only The Lord knows both the thoughts and intentions of the heart. That is why we must always pray that The Lord will be our eyes and ears. May God keep us from snares crafted by the deception of the enemy. 

As for the wife of Jeroboam, her assignment was simple enough. I do not believe that she even meant any real harm, for she was sent to ask what would happen to the child that was sick. So, in all honesty, I do not see this particular situation as a plot set out against the man of God, but rather an attempt to conceal identity for reasons not mentioned within our reading today. 

Nonetheless, when God speaks to a situation, His Word sheds light not only on the parts that you want light shed on, but His light lights up the whole room, exposing all elements involved in the thing which light needs to be shed upon. That’s why God’s council is so revealing, and why so few seek it today. However, seek it we must! 

And, if you are a pastor, teacher, or layman in the Kingdom that gets discouraged because the Biblical council you give is more often dodged or ignored than heeded and obeyed, do not let that discourage you. Keep speaking forth the truths that God speaks to you into those situations, because pure light will always do some uncomfortable exposure for the recipient. That’s God’s business. 

Our business is to share the light, and to live by it and in it. When we do, God will give us insight that no physical limitations or plots of men can hide or keep from us. And if God either sends you to a man or sends a man to you with a word from God, take heed! Read now 1 John 1:7 for further insight!


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