Micah 3:8 – I am filled with power—With the Spirit of the Lord—And with justice and courage to make known to Jacob his rebellious act, even to Israel his sin.

We know little about the prophet Micah. He shared two specific messages with God’s people by the Spirit of the Lord. On one hand, he dealt with a word of judgment against Israel’s rebellion. On the other hand, he promised God’s help for restoration and blessing. Micah brought God’s Word against the false seers and diviners. Many today represent themselves as God’s messengers. Different messages are being declared to God’s people. Many run after the hype and glitter of modern day prophets. Micah declared, “On the other hand, I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord.”  Only the Power of the Lord can make the difference. The Power of the Lord brings judgment into the life of a believer. The Power of the Lord establishes peace and security.

The wise individual allows God’s judgments to work a deepening sense of God’s presence in them. They become increasingly aware of what God is after in their life. If someone refuses to submit to the correction of the Lord, increasingly severe results will follow. God loves His children and therefore disciplines them through His Holy Spirit in order to bring them to a place of sharing in His Holiness. Read Hebrews 12:4-11 for a clear perspective of this point.

God’s dealings with His people always have a redemptive purpose. He does not discipline His children out of anger as an earthly father might, but out of love, looking toward their future and their success. Any individual that is charged with caring for the people of God must possess a strong sense of justice and courage. Making sin known is not a light matter. Skill is required to administer justice and mercy to the offender. It requires compassion with a view toward restoration. The Spirit of God has not only come to judge, but also to restore. The individual who claims to have the Word of the Lord, but does not have courage to deal with sin, is a false prophet. A prophet who deals with sin must do so with a view toward God’s redemptive purpose. This is clearly seen throughout the Old Testament story and is established in the cross of Christ.

Ask the Holy Spirit to give to you a deepening sense of God’s presence and what He wants to judge in your life. Ask Him to fill you with power, both to deal with sin and to encourage righteousness.  Father, I thank You for Your judgments of my sin and for Your redemptive purpose in my life.