Read 1 Kings 20-21

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The arrogance of Ben-Hadad king of Aram is loud. Loud enough for God to hear. ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.’ Has anyone laid claim to your children, your wife, your country? God is able to humble them. The king of Israel has a word, ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’

A prophet comes and gives the word of the LORD: ‘ Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know that I am the LORD.’

Israel’s army looked like ‘two little flocks of goats” in comparison to the vast Aramean army but still won. Nothing can stop your victory if God ordained it to be. Patti Adkisson

Ahab and his wife kill a man for a plot of land. Judgement approaches in the words of Elijah ‘you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD’ and later the text says, ‘urged on by Jezebel his wife.’

Ahab heard the words of judgement and tears his clothes, puts on sackcloth and fasts. Humility is amazing. Seriously some major sin, and look how God responds to a contrite heart. Humility is a direct access to God’s mercy. “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:17

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