• Israel Ekundayo

DO NOT LET YOUR GUARD DOWN

*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*


*DO NOT LET YOUR GUARD DOWN.*


*Scripture Treasure.*

1 Kgs 13: 17-18--► *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.*

*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.*


*Insight and Highlight.*

Galatians 5:7-8 --► *Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?*

*This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.*


*Scripture Commentaries.*

The book of 1 Kgs 13 chronicles the tragic account of a prophet referred to as the man of God from Judah (the young prophet) and one referred to as the old prophet.

It may be assumed the old prophet in the land may not have done the miraculous in the land.

If the old prophet had a pure heart as a prophet of the Lord towards this young prophet, he ought to know what God had told the young prophet demanded total compliance.

It also behoves the younger prophet to stand by God's word which was that he must *"....Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest."*, 1 Kgs 13:9.

The Spirit of God is one. As He would tell the old prophet so He would tell the younger prophet, ref 1 Sam 15:12-13.

The only time God may not tell the younger upcoming prophet is when the younger prophet is directly under the overseeing eyes of the older prophet. God may exclusively speak with the older prophet but not to the younger, ref 1 Sam 15: 1-18, 2 Chron 26:2.

There may also be circumstances when the Lord may choose to speak to the younger but not the older (ref Eli and Samuel, 1 Sam 3:1-18)

It takes a person who is emotionally and spiritually secure to encourage and impact upcoming prodigies in the Lord.

Not everybody feels secure. The old prophet misguided the innocent but vulnerable young prophet. The young prophet, the man of God from Bethel was careless. He failed to realize the persuasion by the old prophet was not of God. He became a prey and dearly paid for it.

Do not let your guard down, do not be careless, watch and pray.

May you end well, in Jesus name.


*Remorse corner.*

Do not let your guard down. We are most vulnerable when we are tired, resting. If not carefully managed, it could lead to spiritual slumber.The man of God was found resting under the oak tree, 1 Kgs 13:14. He was caught in his unguarded moments., ref Matt 13:25


*Call to Word action.*

Fatigue in the course of God's assignment could be disastrous if not well managed.

It is an "infirmity". Seek the help of the Spirit, (Rom 8:26). It almost consumed Elijah, but for God, 1 Kgs 19:4. He will help you when tiredness sets in.


*The Christian clarion duty.*

Control your strong appetite for food. Be disciplined.

Prov 25:1-2--► *When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:*

*And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.*


*Prayer*

Lord, let me love you more than food and raiment. Help me, let me finish well, in Jesus name.


Good morning all and have a blessed day today.


God bless you.

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