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  TOPIC: SILLY SYNERGY Read: 2 Chronicles 18:1-191 Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab. 2 After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead.  3 So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” And he answered him, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war.”  4 Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the LORD today.” 5 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.”  6 But Jehoshaphat said, “ Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?”  7 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “ There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!”   8 Then the king of Israel called one of his officers and said, “Bring Micaiah the son of Imla quickly!”   9 The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, clothed in their robes, sat each on his throne; and they sat at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them. 10 Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself; and he said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed.’ ”  11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the king’s hand.”  12 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.”  13 And Micaiah said, “ As the LORD lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.”  14 Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” And he said, “Go and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand!”  15 So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”  16 Then he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace.’ ”  17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”  18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left. 19 And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. MEMORISE: Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage. (2 Chronicles 18:1) EXPOSITIONIt is said that synergy is better than energy. This means coming with other people's effort can achieve better things than dissipating energy alone. However, this synergy has to be in proper and positive manner. This is what the Holy Ghost wants to bring into your enlightenment through today's dose of The Living Water. Jehoshaphat the king of Judah had a track record of godly exploits when he began to reign. (2 Chro.17:1ff). However, his undoing was the wrong association, negative alliance and SILLY synergy he engaged in with the accused King of Israel, Ahab (1 kings 21:19). After his martial alliance, Jehoshaphat unadvisedly agreed to go to war with the Nortgen Israel King Ahab to take up Ramith-Gilead. But for God's mercy the silly king would have lost his life in that needless and misguided battle! Dear friend, whom do you synergies with? Whose company are you? Who is your adviser? Who counsels you? Who is your mentor? Evil association corrupts good manners (1 Cor.15:33). No matter how godly or pious or spiritual you are, you can no longer be inspired, when you mingle with the men in the more (2 Cor.6:17). The sinful know they go nowhere. They don't have any shame, but you know your garment must not be soiled. Therefore you must keep yourself. You are heading towards heaven. Therefore, it is not only illogical but also foolish to be in company of those who are heading to perdition (2 Cor.6:14). Before joining any league or force of any form, be guided according to the Word of God. You may not receive the grace to survive like Jehoshaphat. Be careful. PRAYER POINTS1. I refuse to go Into wrong alliance, in Jesus name. 2. I receive Your grace Oh God to join only the company of those who follow You and keep Your commandments.3. God who helped the synergy between Daniel and the three Hebrews please help each believer to move only with God's people. EXTRA READINGS FOR TODAY:Judges 9:30-11:18; Luke 12:18-12:39 Author: CAC WorldwideRemain blessed!

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