I AM FILLED WITH POWER—WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
Micah 3:8 On the other hand, I am filled with power—With the Spirit of the Lord—And with justice and courage To make known to Jacob his rebellious act, Even to Israel his sin.
Micah is a prophet we know little about. By the Spirit of the Lord, He shares two specific messages with God’s people. On one hand, he deals with a word of judgment against Israel’s rebellion. On the other hand, he promises God’s help for restoration and blessing. Micah brings God’s Word against the false seers and diviners. There are many today which represent themselves as God’s messengers. Different messages are being declared to God’s people and many run after the hip and glitter of the modern day prophets. But Micah declares “On the other hand I am filled with power—With the Spirit of the Lord”. It is only the Power of the Lord that can make the difference. It is the Power of the Lord that brings judgment into the life of a believer and it is the Power of the Lord that establishes peace and security.
The wise individual allows God’s judgments to work in them, a deepening sense of God’s presence and what it is that He is after in their life. If one refuses to submit to the correction of the Lord, increasingly severe results will follow. God loves His children, and thus He disciplines them through His Holy Spirit in order to bring them to a place of sharing His Holiness. Read Hebrews 12:4-11 for a clear perspective of this point.
God’s dealings with His people always have a redemptive purpose. He does not discipline His sons out of anger as an earthly father might, but out of love looking toward their future, and their success. Any individual that is charged with caring for the people of God, there must be a strong sense of justice and courage. The making known of sin is not a light matter, but it requires skill in administering justice to the offender. It also requires compassion with a view toward restoration. The Spirit of God has come to judge, but also to restore. The individual that claims to have the Word of the Lord, but does not have courage to deal with sin is a false prophet. If the prophet deals with sin, he must do so with a view toward God’s redemptive purpose. This is clearly seen throughout the Old Testament story, and is established in the cross of Christ.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give to you a deepening sense of God’s presence and what He wants to judge in your life. Ask Him to fill you with power, both to deal with sin and to encourage righteousness. Father, I thank You for Your judgments on my sin and for Your redemptive purpose for in my life.
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