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God is a heart mover

“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:” 2 Chronicles 36:22.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 25, 2 Chronicles 36, Jeremiah 40-41, and Revelation 12.

God will have His way.

We can make plans but God knows the ending.

I do not believe that Cyrus intended to help God …….. but he had no choice.  God owned his heart and God was going to work there to get His will done.

This is God using those who aren’t attached to Him to fulfill His purposes.  That’s powerful.

God used Nebuchadnezzar to punish Israel and Judah.  I doubt that Nebuchadnezzar had intentions to please God but he did anyhow because God ruled his heart.

In our world, we are aware of things beyond our control.  That’s a great realization to have.  We truly have zero control over anything.  We have free will, but God is the ultimate director of where our choices will lead us to.

It is comforting to me to know that God is in charge.  My fears in this area come from my forgetting this important truth.

I want God to work in my heart.  I want every thought/word/deed to please Him.  I must surrender the control of my life to Him and then act accordingly.

“Lord, thank You for the Cyrus story.  We look at the externals (and worry) but You are over everything.  Forgive me for my distrust.  I love You, Father.”

We are not in charge of our lives and we are foolish to think we are.  God rules everything.

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Get on the right track and stay there

“In the first month of the first year of his (Hezekiah) reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them.”  2 Chronicles 29:3.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 29-31, and James 4.

There had been a run of terrible kings but along came Hezekiah.

We have no idea what caused him to be so different from those before him but it must have been something significant.  Talk about night and day!

What impressed me, among many things, was that Hezekiah started changing things for the better immediately.  He didn’t settle into the job of King and think that eventually a change or two might be put in place.  Not him, right away he is into getting the temple back into working order.

In my own life, I need to make immediate and significant changes.  I need to do them now.  Slowl surely doesn’t work.  Too much falling back along the way.  Get things right and stick hard to them.

Hezekiah never wavered and God was pleased with him.  I want that from God.  I want a consistently, Godly lifestyle.  I want to do the right thing without looking back.

“Lord, You are my God.  Guide me each step.  Enable me to be full-time Godly.  Prick my conscience when I am off-course and help me, I beg, to get things right at once.  I love You, Father.”

I need to start each morning in a hurry to be filled with God.

 

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Am I working at my relationship to God?

“Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.”  2 Chronicles 27:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 6-7, 2 Chronicles 26-27, and Philemon.

I am always looking for “role model” material as a read through the Bible.  One of them showed up today in Jotham.

Note the secret to Jotham’s success: “he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.”

Plenty for me to latch onto from Jotham’s example.

The word “steadfastly” is a synonym for “consistently.”  I am a believer with an inconsistent spiritual lifestyle.  I know plenty about what God wants me to do but trying to live it out consistently is a major struggle.

I find myself letting go of God.  I don’t do it deliberately, just often.  I look around, after a while, and wonder why I am drifting along apart from Him.

I do not want to be estranged from God and I know how glorious it is to be close to Him.  But in my weakness, I get loose from Him, and live to regret it.

Jotham’s relationship with God was steadfast.  I am certain that he was intentional about it.  Jotham didn’t drift through many days in a state of unawareness of God.  I do that too often!

My part-time job has ended for three months.  I am home and much more accountable for what I do and don’t do.  I don’t respond well to others holding me accountable.  I have many good intentions but I like to enact them on my terms.  That doesn’t always play well at home!  But where is God in all this?  I need to be steadfastly cultivating my relationship with God.  I need Him at the get-go, plus there must be plenty of interactions throughout the day with Him. I know what I need to do……….will I attach myself to it?

“Lord, thank You for parading role models past my eyes in Your Word.  I need to realize what separates me from You.  Help me to steadfastly follow You.  To be willing to go all-in in my relationship with You.  Forgive me for being so inconsistent at home.  Your Love must shine off me here.  Help me, Father.”

Do you pursue God “steadfastly?”

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Putting the cart before the horse

“Amaziah asked the man of God, ‘But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?’  The man of God replied, ‘The Lord can give you much more than that.’”  2 Chronicles 25:9.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 13-14, 2 Chronicles 25, and 2 Timothy 3.

God knows exactly what I need.  I may have ideas but His Way is the best.

Amaziah had just paid big bucks for additional troops.  He now learns that he had been misguided to do that.  Why?  God didn’t need extra troops to accomplish what He wanted to do.

David did a similar thing when he ordered a census be taken.  He wanted to see how strong his forces were.  Forgotten in that process was that David’s best strength came when He trusted God and followed His lead.

How often we act the same way.  We arrange and then invite God along.  That backwards!

I must trust God to know the best way.  I must seek His Will from the get-go.  I must move forward in such a way that I am checking in with Him each step I take.

Much of what we do in life is wasteful.  Why?  We are doing our own thing.  God watches and wonders, as He often did in the Old Testament, why we are going our own ways.  It was destructive in the OT and it won’t work out for us any better in the present.

“Lord, forgive me for ignoring You.  I want Your Ways to be my ways and yet I lunge forward on my own so often.  That is a mistake.  It wastes time and resources.  Overpower me with Your Holy Spirit.  Guide me, I beg.”

Doing my own thing is not worth a thing!

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God uses the ungodly

“Although the Aramean army had come with only a few men, the Lord delivered into their hands a much larger army.  Because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, judgment was executed on Joash.” 2 Chronicles 24:24.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 24, and 1 Timothy 6.

Believers are not immune with punishment from God.

The Old Testament is filled with stories of God’s people getting punished.  Also detailed are the reasons that God is angry with them.

The New Testament is different.  The issues are individual.  There is no collective guilt or collective punishment.  Our dealings are with God on our own.

Today’s verse is from the OT, so the “group” thing kicks in.  God uses a small enemy army to overwhelm the forces of Judah.  God allows the “bad” guys to defeat the “good” guys.

God’s people are not immune from disasters at the hands of the godless.  God uses what He will.  Our task is to avoid His wrath by doing what He wants us to do.

Even our “goodness” doesn’t immune us from bad things happening to us.  The comfort for us is that when we are living in obedience to Him we have His empathy available to enable us to endure to the end.

“Lord, I want to be clean in Your sight.  I want to please You in all things.  Forgive me for words and deeds that certainly displeased You today.  I know better.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  Direct my path.”

I must be in a close relationship to God at all times.

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I will trust God

“Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen?  Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand.” 2 Chronicles 16:8.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 16, 2 Chronicles 15-16, Colossians 1.

It is an easy place to fall into: trusting God selectively.

Some things are so big that they are beyond God’s reach.

Some things are so small that we can handle them without His help.

Total folly involved in both ways of thinking.

I need God every second.  There are no “little” things or “too big” things with God.  Anytime I exclude God from my thinking is a mistake.

How often I generalize prayers in the early going of the day, “Lord, direct my path today so that I will always do Your Will.”  Sadly, as the day unravels I have lost connection to Him.  I have drifted into my own ways without consulting Him for guidance.

I must be filled with the Holy Spirit.  That filling is an ongoing thing.  It takes so little to slip away from Him.  Later, I wonder why I wasn’t more aware of Him.

“Lord, there are counterfeit gods that lure me away from You.  There is also an unwillingness on my part to hold on to You full-time.  I start the day wanting to but that hold doesn’t last as it should.  As a result, I miss so much of You.  I need You.  Take me over and prick my conscience when I am loose from You.  I love You, Father.”

Will I commit to full-time trust in God?

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Humble pie

“The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, ‘The Lord is just.’”  2 Chronicles 12:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 13-14, 2 Chronicles 12, and Philippians 3.

God is watching our attitudes.

Great attitude displayed in this verse.  God had judged them harshly and they are saying that they deserved it.

Am I ready to admit that I am mistaken?  Do I always want to be right?  Sometimes and often.

I often fool myself into thinking that my good qualities outweigh my not-so-good qualities.  I imagine God seeing the balance sheet reflecting more goods than bads.

God doesn’t see things that way.  He sees what I really am………..and it’s not good.  I have no business thinking that my being good carries weight with Him.

God would rather that I see my weaknesses.  This will keep me from self-righteousness.  I will be certain that I absolutely need Him involved in all that I do or else I will mess things up.  Even if things go good, I’m likely to take credit for it and ignore God.

“I am a sinner deserving nothing from You, Father.  Yet You took care of my sin problem.  You carried them away as far as the East is from the West.  They are no more.  Hallelujah!  I turn to You in weakness and ask for Your Holy Spirit to overwhelm my life.  To make it worthy of being Your child.  I need You every second.”

Has anyone ever suggested that you/I are humble?  Why not?

 

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