Listen to God

In Exod the Israelites told Moses, “You speak to us and we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to us or we’ll die” (Exod 20:19).

Today we have people who want their pastors to hear from God on their behalf. People wait in line after service just to ask their pastor, “Do you have a word for me?” Such people may soon end up in delusion because some men posing as servants of the Most High God are like Jeroboam I, with their own agenda.

Jeroboam made a fort at Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and made that his headquarters. He also built a fort at Penuel. But then Jeroboam thought, “It won’t be long before the kingdom is reunited under David. As soon as these people resume worship at The Temple of GOD in Jerusalem, they’ll start thinking of Rehoboam king of Judah as their ruler. They’ll then kill me and go back to King Rehoboam.”

So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, “It’s too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these—the gods who brought you out of Egypt!” He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan. This was blatant sin. Think of it—people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf! And that wasn’t the end of it. Jeroboam built forbidden shrines all over the place and recruited priests from wherever he could find them, regardless of whether they were fit for the job or not.

To top it off, he created a holy New Year festival to be held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month to replace the one in Judah, complete with worship offered on the Altar at Bethel and sacrificing before the calves he had set up there. He staffed Bethel with priests from the local shrines he had made. This was strictly his own idea to compete with the feast in Judah; and he carried it off with flair, a festival exclusively for Israel, Jeroboam himself leading the worship at the Altar   (1 Kings 12:25-33 MSG).

No man of God should take the place of the Holy Spirit in your life. Deuteronomy 4:33 shows that people survive encounters with God.

God is inviting you to come into His presence. He’s willing and ready to teach you His will. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psa 32:8 NLT).

Spend time with God today. He’s expecting you.

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