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I would like to introduce you to two very different men. One was good
the other was bad.

Here was a man who made wrong choices. All his choices were
Against what God wanted. He married a ungodly woman.

1Ki 16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD
above all that were before him.
1Ki 16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the
LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were
before him.

When someone sells himself he is not his own. Something or
someone owns him. In this case it is wickedness. A bad wife can
cause a man to do bad things.

1Ki 21:25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to
work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife
stirred up.

He had a good father and he made a choice to follow him.

1Ki 22:42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
1Ki 22:43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned
not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD:

A wrong frendship with the enemy is made. Ahab butters him up to
cause him to yield.

Ch 18:2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria.
And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the
people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to
Ramothgilead. Even a good man can make a wrong turn in his life.

2Ch 18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of
Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him,
I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with
thee in the war.

Jehoshaphat wanted God’s will, but he didn’t chose it.

2Ch 18:4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.

The prophet speaks, but Jehoshaphat doesn’t hear. Why didn’t he
listen to the true prophet? Maybe the throne and the royal robes went
to his head.

2Ch 18:9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat
either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a
void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the
prophets prophesied before them.

After all the false prophets speak, God’s man speaks.

2Ch 18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the
mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said,
These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his
house in peace.

What kind of a true friend would hide and put his buddie in front of

2Ch 18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
went up to Ramothgilead.
2Ch 18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the
king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.

God is angry because Jehoshaphat helped the ungodly and loved
them that hated the Lord.

2Ch 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him,
and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and
love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from
before the LORD.
2Ch 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that
thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared
thine heart to seek God.

He never learns, now he joins hands with another wicked man, Ahab’
s son.

2Ch 20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself
with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
2Ch 20:36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to
Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.
2Ch 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied
against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with
Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were
broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

Jehoshaphat’s son followed the ways of Ahab and married Ahab’s
daughter. Our friends can influence our children.

2Ch 21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his
father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the
sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
2Ch 21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did
the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he
wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

The son made a wrong choice just as his dad.

2Ch 21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet,
saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou
hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the
ways of Asa king of Judah,
2Ch 21:13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast
made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to
the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren
of thy father's house, which were better than thyself:

Good and evil don’t mix, we can’t be of the same heart as the wicked.
Love their soul but hate their ways and not join in with them.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what concord (of the same heart) hath Christ with
Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for
ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
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