Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:3-16
Welcome to Day Seven of the Nine-day of thanksgiving and praise. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah was instructed by the Lord to face King Ahab and in doing so, He would bring rain upon the earth. There was a severe famine in Samaria, both physically and spiritually. Three years earlier, Elijah had prophesied and sealed the heavens from releasing dew or rain upon the land. As time passed, the prophets of the Lord were killed by Jezebel while the prophets of Baal were given a voice and a place at her table. In verse 3, we learn about a man named Obadiah (“servant of Yahweh”). He was a governor over the household of Ahab who feared the Lord. He hid one hundred prophets in fifties in caves and he gave them bread and water after Jezebel’s onslaught against the mouthpieces of God. For fear of Jezebel, God’s prophets hid in caves. This may be the spirit prevailing in our society today. Many prophets of God are so scared of standing and speaking for Him. For fear of civil or religious authorities, they hide in their caves; only able to watch happenings and not able to say anything. It leads believers to operate in fear in order to silence the prophetic voice that would usher in deliverance, holiness and the dethronement of strongholds. Revelation 19:10 says, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
When we silence the prophetic voice, we are telling the Holy Spirit to be quiet. When the prophetic voice is forbidden to speak and release, another voice arises and pollutes the atmosphere. The pure voices of the prophets are necessary so that truth and the heart of the Father are revealed while equipping fellow believers to operate in truth. When we choose the fear of man or fear of demonic influences over the fear of the Lord, we operate below our optimum. The spirit of fear is a compromising spirit. It forms soul ties to those operating in darkness and will not come against deception or manipulation for fear of retaliation from Jezebel and Ahab. It preys upon those lacking a strong prayer life, a strong foundation in the Word of God and a continual flow in the gifts of the Spirit, though a love for God is genuinely expressed. A life of praise liberates us from the cave of fear, Child of God, keep praising God, it is an effective weapon We shall continue tomorrow.
MASS: GREEN 1 Kgs 2:1-4. 10-12; Ps 1 Chro 29: 10. 11ab. 11d-12a.12bcd (R.12b); Accl. Mk 1:15; Mk 6:7-13
Prayer Point:
1. Take the prayer of “Denouncing Lodges & Secret Societies” in “Amen: It is Done” (Pg. 70).
Exercise: Pray for journey mercy for all attending 21-day Round-Off for Abuja province holding at St. Michael Catholic Chaplaincy Keffi starting today 1st to 3rd February and Read the daily exercise recommended for the Novena and take the Day Seven of the novena in “Amen: It is Done”.
Meditation: Psalms 5

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