The Power of Moral Courage

1 Kings 22:1-14 MSG
1 They enjoyed three years of peace—no fighting between Aram and Israel.
2 In the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah had a meeting with the king of Israel.
3 Israel’s king remarked to his aides, “Do you realize that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, and we’re
sitting around on our hands instead of taking it back from the king of Aram?”
4 He turned to Jehoshaphat and said, “Will you join me in fighting for Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat
said, “You bet. I’m with you all the way—my troops are your troops, my horses are your horses.”
5 He then continued, “But before you do anything, ask God for guidance.”
6 The king of Israel got the prophets together—all four hundred of them—and put the question to
them: “Should I attack Ramoth Gilead? Or should I hold back?” “Go for it,” they said. “God will hand
it over to the king.”
7 But Jehoshaphat dragged his heels: “Is there still another prophet of God around here we can
8 The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, “As a matter of fact, there is still one such man. But I hate him.
He never preaches anything good to me, only doom, doom, doom—Micaiah son of Imlah.” “The
king shouldn’t talk about a prophet like that,” said Jehoshaphat.
9 So the king of Israel ordered one of his men, “On the double! Get Micaiah son of Imlah.”
10 Meanwhile, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat were seated on their thrones, dressed in their royal
robes, resplendent in front of the Samaria city gates. All the prophets were staging a prophecyperformance
for their benefit.
11 Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had even made a set of iron horns, and brandishing them called out,
“God’s word! With these horns you’ll gore Aram until there’s nothing left of him!”
12 All the prophets chimed in, “Yes! Go for Ramoth Gilead! An easy victory! God’s gift to the king!”
13 The messenger who went to get Micaiah said, “The prophets have all said Yes to the king. Make it
unanimous—vote Yes!”
14 But Micaiah said, “As surely as God lives, what God says, I’ll say.”
Our world has a hunger for ______________
I. The courage of C______________
II. The courage of C______________
III. The courage of C______________
Moral courage is the courage to stand up for your ______________ even when there is pressure to give
in and capitulate.
1 Kings 21:25-26 MSG – 25 Ahab, pushed by his wife Jezebel and in open defiance of God, set an alltime
record in making big business of evil. 26 He indulged in outrageous obscenities in the world of
idols, copying the Amorites whom God had earlier kicked out of Israelite territory.
When it comes to choosing friends, don’t just chose people you like, chose some people who want
Proverbs 27:6 NLT – Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Economic Bill of Rights
Designed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
1. The right of every employable citizen to a decent job.
2. The right of every citizen to a minimum wage.
3. The right of a decent house and the free choice of neighborhood.
4. The right to a good education.
5. The right to participate in the decision making process.
6. The rights to full benefits of science in health care.

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