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September 26 Devotional 

Micah 3/ Psalm 7

By Melody Keena


Micah starts this chapter shouting “Listen! God has something important to say”.  God’s message through Micah came into a world where government officials were doing what they pleased, taking bribes, catering to the wealthy, hating the good and loving the evil.  But it was not only the civil leaders, it was the religious leaders as well.  The so called “prophets” (equivalent of pastors and priests of our day) were telling the people what they thought they wanted to hear and not doing anything that might make someone upset.  When God is left out it is easy for selfish people to exploit a situation for their own gain.

Jeremiah 5:30-31 (NIV) 30  “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: 31  The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

God said the people would cry out to Him but He would not answer them and would hide His face from them because of the evil they had done.  Sin that goes unrepented creates a barrier between us and God.  God has not changed, He is still merciful and gracious, He is still ready to forgive, but we have turned from Him and stopped seeking Him with our whole heart.  Don’t be deceived like the Jews into thinking that just because you have an outward appearance of spirituality (attend church, pray, read the Word, etc.) that your relationship with God is right.  God brought destruction to Jerusalem and the Jewish nation over and over again because their hearts were not right.  This is the hard message of the prophets like Micah.

Titus 1:16 (NIV) 16  They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

God is seeking “true prophets” like Micah that are filled with the Holy Spirit and power.  A people that will stand for justice and declare God’s word without fear or compromise. God is seeking full obedience. Remember God's call to His people is, "Be holy, for I am holy." God says this eight times in the Bible (Lev. 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:8, 15; 1 Peter 1:15-16).  He really means it!


Reading: Micah 2 and Psalm 6

By Pastor Alex

“My eye wastes away because of grief;

It grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,

For the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.

The LORD has heard my plea;

The LORD accepts my prayer.

All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;

They shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”

- Psalm 6:7-10

“Woe to those who devise wickedness

And work evil on their beds!

When the morning dawns, they perform it,

Because it is in the power of their hand.

They covet fields and seize them,

And houses, and take them away;

They oppress a man and his house,

A man and his inheritance.”

- Micah 2:1-2

You and I, as believers, are called to be warriors in armor, and we are engaged in warfare. We see some vile enemies in the scripture readings for today. While they certainly have a human application, we know by revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ that, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Fellow human beings are not our true enemies; rather, demonic forces are.

From this revelation and vantage point, I want us to read the scriptures today. Though we are engaged in a real battle, and our adversaries use many schemes and devices against us, there is an undeniable victory for the sincere believer. This victory is part of the inheritance that is yours and mine in Christ Jesus, and it is given to us from the Lord. “‘No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17). This is not a reality for the casual or nominal Christian, but for the one who lives for Christ, whose life is truly founded on a loving relationship with God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

If the Holy Spirit bears witness to your spirit that you are a child of God, then no matter what battle is coming your way today, tomorrow, or the next day, you can have peace and even joy. You can be assured of your ultimate triumph through the blood of Jesus and the word of your testimony. You can also be assured of the ultimate and utter destruction of your enemies! Listen to the following promise from Micah chapter 2, verse 3: “Therefore, thus says the LORD: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster.” The demonic opposition may appear threatening, but in the presence of the LORD, we find their power is completely undone. We are reminded of the truth that their ruin will be absolute; in fact, they are already judged. Are you engaged in a battle, Christian? Run to prayer, your direct line to God; call for reinforcement. Ask for His directions, as He can see much more than you or I can. If He puts anything in your mind to set right, do it. Then, watch the victory become reality.



Micah 1/Psalm 5

By Sarah Mack


Holy Spirit, we ask that you open our hearts to hear your voice. May we fully embrace all that you have to give us. Bring each person into fellowship and worship of you.


Psalm 5:11-12

But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy;

And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord You surround him with favor as with a shield.


There is a clear contrast between David’s heart and the heart of Israel. Because of Israel’s disobedience and rebellion the Lord declared through Micah that the people of God were going into exile. David, on the other hand, was walking before the Lord with a pure heart. Though David had vicious enemies and his life was not comparable to a cake walk at all, David had a heavenly deliverer that was his “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1


Micah 1:3-5 talks about how the Lord is coming to “tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split… this is for the rebellion of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel.” Each person of high status or low ranking, rich or poor, will have to answer to the Lord. Nothing will matter in the day of final judgement except if we truly knew Him. Did we hide under the shadow of HIs wings? Did we rest in His love? Did we walk in obedience?


When we disobey the Lord and harden our hearts against him to sin again, we most assuredly let other gods/idols take the place of the Lord. Though they may not be statutes we set up in our homes, it’s something earthly that can be subtle and unseen or brazen. It will kill our love for God and can’t be thought of lightly. It is worth remembering that the people of Israel were God’s chosen people and if we, the church, who have been grafted in think of ourselves to be in any safety outside of full fellowship with God, we are in danger of easily slipping into a similar situation as the Israelites.


The security of the world must not take first place. “Moreover, I will bring on you the one who takes possession, O inhabitant of Mareshah (which means possession).” Micah 1:15 When we put our security in earthly things we can’t also be putting our security in Christ. If there is anything that we’ve been trusting in more than the Lord, let’s confess it right now. Holy Spirit show us any areas of compromise. We want to be vessels that are clean and ready to be filled and poured out for you again. Lord, you’re our healer, defender, guide and ultimate satisfaction. Let us be satisfied under the shadow of your wings knowing you will care for us. Amen.

Wallingford
church of the nazarene

1-203-269-9313 

wallnazchurch@gmail.com

www.wallnazchurch.org 

26 Parker Farms Road

Wallingford, CT  06492​

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