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Micaiah (1 Kings 22:14)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 22 & 2 Chronicles 18-19 & Colossians 4)

“But Micaiah said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.’”  1 Kings 22:14

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

I must please God in everything I do.  There is no wiggle room.

I love God and am driven to please Him completely.  The Bible is quite clear on many behavioral issues. My goal is to be so saturated with Him that the Godly behavior is instinctive.

Micaiah’s choices were very clear; please King Ahab or anger him.

The consequences for Micaiah of Godly action would be severe.  Yet Micaiah did not waver.  He did not put his finger to the wind and try to make the best choice for himself.

Micaiah also had a history of speaking the truth to King Ahab.  He had a Godly reputation and maintained it despite the danger involved in giving the king a prophecy he didn‘t want to hear.

My life must be consistently Godly.   To do otherwise is spiritual folly.

James Montgomery Flagg was born on June 17th.  God gave him the ability to illustrate.

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Dwell in Him (Colossians 3:16)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 20-21 & 2 Chronicles 17 & Colossians 3)

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.”  Colossians 3:16

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

I need to saturated with God.  I must have so much of Him that I am overflowing.  His Words must become my words.

I can only gain spiritual insight with His help.  I can read ’til the cows come home and gain general knowledge but not the spiritual knowledge that will change me. I must plead with God to open His Word to me.

I want Him to control every part of me, including my mind.  If I collect His insights, then the overflow will be a blessing to others.

Minus Him, I will be just spouting platitudes and turning folks off

John Robert Gregg was born on June 17th.  God gave him the insight to invent shorthand.

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Choose (1 Kings 18:21)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 17-19 & Colossians 2)

“How long will you waver between two opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”  1 Kings 18:21

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

Who will I choose, God or something else?  Who will I follow?  Who will I belong to?

Elijah narrows it down in this verse.  There really are only two choices; I either follow the Lord or I don’t.  My choice is either the real God or some counterfeit.

I believe that there is only one God, the God of the Bible.  There His story is told in detail.

One primary attribute of God is that He is jealous.  He is displeased when I turn to a counterfeit god.  There is nothing spiritually good for me away from Him; past, present, or future.

I must keep my relationship with Him close and unimpaired.  I cannot risk any independent side trips.

I want to know and do what He wants me to do.

Stan Laurel was born on June 16th.  God gave him the ability to entertain.

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Seek Him (2 Chronicles 15:2)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 16 & 2 Chronicles 15-16 & Colossians 1)

“He (Azariah) went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Listen to me, Asa and all Judea and Benjamin.  The Lord is with you when you are with Him.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.’” 2 Chronicles 15:2

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

Credit Azariah for being obedient to God.

And what a message he delivered! Two things to do and one thing not to do. All three are very obvious.

My relationship must be tight with God.  He expects it and He deserves it for all He has done for me.

How blessed it also is that my pursuit of God will be successful.

The warning is that if I forsake God, I am on my own facing the consequences of that action.

My life goal must be to be with God.  I must make sure that where I am is where He wants me to be.

I can never put myself in a situation where I am willfully forsaking God.

Erroll Garner was born on June 15th.  God gave him the ability to play the piano.

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Asa (2 Chronicles 14:11)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 15 & 2 Chronicles 13-14 & Philippians 4)

“Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, ‘Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty.  Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on You, and in Your Name we have come against this vast army.  O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You.’”

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

It is just a delightful verse revealing one man’s accurate assessment of himself and God.

Asa says all the right things as he prays to God to help him.

He recognizes that God is there for the needy.  The more I need God the better sense I have of who He is and who I am.  I can do nothing of spiritual value on my own.  I can do “things,” but they have no ultimate value.

Asa also claims to represent God.  I must do the same thing wherever I am.

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14th.  God gave her the ability to write.

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Other gods (1 Kings 14:9)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 13-14 & 2 Chronicles 12 & Philippians 3)

“You have made for yourselves other gods, idols made of metal; you have provoked me to anger and thrust me behind your back.”  1 Kings 14:9

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

Nothing must separate me from God.  I cannot elevate anything to God status.

Tim Keller refers to these things as, “counterfeit gods.”

Jeroboam had idols constructed for people to worship.  Since God is a jealous God, He would not excuse such activity…… and He won’t excuse such activity by me even if the “gods” are less obvious.

There is so much in the Old Testament about folks doing things that lead to trouble.  As a reader of the Old Testament, I wonder how these same mistakes are made by one generation after another.

A core problem may be an ignorance of Biblical history?  If I don’t know history, I’m doomed to repeat it.

Knowing God, I must be certain that I am not sliding away from Him toward counterfeit gods.

In this day and age, the distractions are not dressed up as gods but my deferral to them elevates them to god status.

My hope must be in Him.  I must want only to do what pleases Him.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart.”

Thomas Arnold was born on June 13th.  God gave him the ability to write books.

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Godly behavior (Philippians 2:14-15)

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 12 & 2 Chronicles 10-11 & Philippians 2)

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.”  Philippians 2:14-15

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

This is a tall order for sure.  Complaining and arguing are so ingrained in me. However, the God that created everything is powerful enough to transform me.

My task is to leave nothing to my own direction but to rely entirely on Him.

The flaw in the way I live is that I let go of His Hand.  Things will start to go well and I foolishly think I can go from there on my own.  It never works out well.  Sooner or later, I’m wondering where God is and why I left Him.

He will never run away from me.  However, wending my way back to Him is spiritual time wasted.

I want my relationship with God to be so tight that wandering off is not an option.  Only by completely filled with His Holy Spirit can this happen.

“O Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  I want none of me and all of You, so that I have the ability to fulfill passages like this one.”

Johanna Spyri was born on June 12th.  God gave him the ability to write stories.

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Witness to Him (Philippians 1:13)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Songs 5-8 & Philippians 1)

“As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”  Philippians 1:13

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

It was clear that the punishment Paul was receiving was a result of His unashamed love of God.

I must be sure that I am not punished for things that are ungodly.  No need, under those conditions, to expect God’s mercy  or protection.

I must live a life in right relationship to God.  What happens in that arrangement is covered by God’s protection.

I will not be immune from suffering but I am given the grace to manage through troubles in His strength.  What a comfort that is!

I must be ready and willing, in the setting I find myself, to represent Him rightly in deed and word.  Only if I am tight to Him can I get this done.

Richard Georg Strauss was born on June 11th.  God gave him the ability to compose music.

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Serve God (Ephesians 6:7)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Song of Songs 1-4 & Ephesians 6)

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.”  Ephesians 6:7

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

There are things that I do not enjoy doing.  This verse explains why.  My motivation is askew.  I am working for myself, or for some other person, but definitely not for God.

What change would there be in me if I was, instead, working for God?  Right!  The change of attitude would be very, very significant.

I must do all for the glory of God.  There is no alternative for a Godly person.

The struggle comes when my personal agenda gets too firmly in place. Suddenly something comes up that throws my agenda out of whack.  Selfishness soon kicks in and before long there’s trouble in river City.

I must short-leash my life to God.  I must be prepared to do whatever He wants me to do whenever He wants me to do it.  There are also things He doesn’t want me to do and I must be willing to give them up.

Jacques Marquette was born on June 10th.  God gave him the opportunity to explore parts of America.

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Kind, compassionate and forgiving (Ephesians 4:32)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9 & Ephesians 4)

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

These words were written with me in mind!

Here are three virtues that must be part of my makeup: kindness, compassion, and a willingness to forgive. I certainly want all those given in my direction!

This verse reminds me that Christ set the example in these three areas.  What did He do when the opportunity came to be unkind, unsympathetic, and unforgiving?  That’s easy!  He did, in those opportunities, what I should do in my opportunities.

Why is it so hard for me to consistently display those virtues?  The answer is my lack of a full commitment to Him.  It is a failure to realize that I can do nothing of spiritual good on my own.

If I am filled with His Holy Spirit then what observers hear/see of me will be Him.  When it isn’t, the source of the problem is me.

Peter the great was born on June 9th.  God gave him the opportunity to rule a country.

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