The Message for the Hour

Micah 3:8
“But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.”

Micah’s message in this chapter is to the rulers and prophets who had turned on the LORD. The rulers had lorded over the people of God and abused their power for their own personal gain. The prophets had prophesied a message of peace when God’s message was of judgment. The disobedience of the leaders had come to a head, and God used Micah’s message to denounce their wicked, evil and sinful actions.

When you come to Micah’s message, God points out three things about his preaching that caused his message to make an impact. It was not his intellect that caused the message to make an impact. It was not his humor that caused his message to be effective. It was not his ability to tell stories that caused his message to influence the heart. The three things that made his message impactful are the same three things that will cause your message to make an impact to those to whom you teach and preach.

First, he preached with the power of the Holy Spirit. Powerful preaching led by the Spirit of the LORD is always the need for every generation. Micah said, “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD…” A preacher who is filled with the Holy Ghost always makes an impact on the hearts of people. You may be able to humor people with your jokes and funny illustrations, but humor has never changed the hearts of people. You may have antics that youth may mimic, but antics have never caused the sinner to come back to the LORD. If your humor and antics are the only things people remember about your message, you have failed as a preacher or teacher. People need to remember the message of the Holy Ghost that worked on their heart. The need of every person is to hear a preacher who is filled with the Spirit of God preach God’s message.

Second, he preached a discerning message. Micah continued to say, “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment…” Every person needs to hear God’s message of the hour. Every time you stand to preach or teach the Word of God, you need to have the judgment or discernment to deliver God’s message for the hour. People don’t need cute outlines or popular sermons; they need to hear God’s message for the hour. Discerning preaching that preaches messages of God instead of polished sermons to impress the listener is what leads people to repent.

Third, he preached sermons with might. Micah continued to say, “…and of might…” Strong preaching that speaks with authority is what gets the attention of the listener. If you are filled with the Holy Ghost and are preaching the message of the hour, there is no need to preach with apology. Preacher, stop apologizing for the sharpness of God’s message. Apologizing for the sharpness of God’s message only enables the sinner to continue in their sin. Let God take the message and do the work in the heart of the listener. Remember Psalm 119:165 when preaching a pointed and powerful sermon which says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” If those listening get offended because of the hardness of the message, they are only revealing the coldness of their heart. Authoritative preaching that is empowered by the Holy Spirit always does the work on the heart that the LORD desires for it to do.

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