Mon, July 24, 2017
We Have Not Forsaken Him
II Chronicles 13:10 – As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him...
Throughout the chronicles of Israel’s history we see the push and pull of good and evil demonstrated through the kings who either followed the Lord or who became drunk with power and turned against Him. We see Israel divided into two kingdoms because whenever God is ignored and false gods adopted, life begins to collapse, oppression settles in, a progression of violence begins, injustice takes center stage, and people’s lives become splintered and broken. But when people humble their hearts before God and repent, life begins to reorient and wholeness becomes possible. The prophecies of Deuteronomy 28 are clearly played out through Israel’s choices. But remember: we have choices also. We can put God first and enjoy life as it was meant to be or we can turn away to choose our own gods and toys; but our souls will reap the consequences as they become hollow and disconnected from the life of God. What about your daily choices? As for us…we have not forsaken Him.
Tue, July 25, 2017
II Chronicles 14:2 – Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.
There is an obvious difference in the status of the country when its leaders do what is right in God’s eyes. Asa’s reign was marked by peace (vs. 1)—no war, but rest (vs. 6). And he was able to build up the fortified cities of Judah. The places where war had once ravaged were rebuilt and strengthened. The walls and towers and gates were restored as they “built and prospered.” As we honor Him in every area of our lives, the Holy Spirit helps us rebuild the broken “walls” where dysfunction and violence once assaulted us. The Lord heals us as we align with His Word and ways. Is there a “broken wall” in your soul that you need the Holy Spirit to rebuild? Invite the Spirit to begin the work of healing.
Wed, July 26, 2017
Know His Word
II Chronicles 17:9 – They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.
A hallmark of Jehoshaphat’s reign in Judah was his determination to educate and strengthen the people through a knowledge of God’s Word. Today, the principle remains. We must know and follow God’s Word. We must study the Bible to glean from its wisdom and know the character and power of God. Without this knowledge we will be powerless to stay the enemies that are determined to crush our souls. Get into an active study of the Bible. No excuses!
Thu, July 27, 2017
Sing And Praise
II Chronicles 20:22 –As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mout Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
These Old Testament narratives are filled with timeless truths that we can apply today. As we read about the enemies that came against them and evaluate King Jehoshaphat’s responses, compare them to the kinds of enemies that wage war against us. Read the whole story to see how King Jehoshaphat responded to the threat of war by calling all the people of Judah together to “inquire of the Lord” and “proclaim a fast” (vs. 3). As they all turned to God for His help, and “with their wives and children and little ones, stood before the Lord,” God gave His word of promise. When they went to battle, they began to sing and praise. As they did, the enemy fell. Do you see the elements in play: fasting, turning to God, whole families standing and listening for His direction, then praise. We serve the same God, and He is worthy of your trust.
Fri, July 28, 2017
He Suffered For You
Psalm 22:1 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
This messianic psalm focuses on the sufferings of Christ. “Many New Testament passages quote or refer to this psalm, which prefigures the crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 27:35-46; John 19:23-25; Heb. 2:12).” The incarnation remains such a mystery to us. “Unassisted human minds cannot understand how Jesus can be both fully God and fully man, but the Bible reveals this mystery in clear, practical terms. Jesus took on the form of man so that God could be seen, experienced, and understood by us as human beings (John 1:14, 18). He is the image of God; and Jesus’ godhead revealed within His manhood is the key to our intimate knowledge of God. He showed us in practical terms the full meaning and possibility of human life lived in obedience to God.” Psalm 22 gives us a window into His agony on the cross. Doesn’t it make you love Him all the more? He suffered in our place to redeem us from sin. What a Savior! Worship Him.
Sat, July 29, 2017
Psalm 22:22 – I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.
“A relationship with God cannot exist without praise; and real praise results from a close relationship with God. Praise must be expressed. It is first and foremost an act of the will.” I will praise you. No matter what your emotions say, use your will and choose to praise Him. Faith will arise. The enemy will flee.