Daily Archives: July 13, 2021

2 Chronicles 15-16;1 Kings 16;Philemon

*2 Chronicles 15-16

we are reminded here through this scripture that our trust and our reliance should always only be in The Lord our God!! As the Bible says “some trust in chariots and horses but we will trust in the name of the Lord”. We may ask the question “Why should we trust in the Lord?” Its because He is “reliable”, “consistent” and “dependable”. King Asa of Judah was warned by God through Azariah the Prophet to seek God & desire Him and that if He did The Lord would not forsake Him but would help him as King, like He did when Israel forsook God in the past. He also encouraged Asa to be strong and that God would reward him. Asa seemed to have started well, he made sacrifices to God with the whole of Judah, Benjamin and attracted people from Israel to join in this sacrifice and oath to God. He even removed his mother as Queen mother as she promoted idol worship.

Things started going wrong with Asa when he looked to other Kings for help instead of seeking God’s help like he had done in the past. When Hanani the seer told him his mistake he wasn’t repentant and he actually threw him in prison. He also oppressed the people too. When Asa fell ill he also made another mistake by seeking the help of just physicians and not God…he later died of his illness.

A big lesson for us to learn here…it is not just in starting well that matters but in ending well. Also no matter how successful we become we must never fall for the trap of trusting in men but we must always remember to love and trust in God always.

*1 Kings 16

it is so so sad to read how this chapter list all the Kings of Israel who despite all God had done for them still did so much evil and worshiped other gods!! We can see how all of them ended. All I can say here is we must be careful not to fall for the same mistake too. Although we may not have the same temptation with worshipping physical idols, we could give more attention to things of this world over serving and living for God. Other things could become idols in our lives and God could take a back sit. We could, like the world, end up prioritising “other things” over God and those “other things” could become our “idols” like the Kings of Israel in this chapter

*Philemon 1

When I read the book of Philemon the manifestation of the love of Christ amongst the early Christians seems so tangible and fills me with joy. One reads about the personal brotherly relationship Paul had with the other brethren and it just makes the Christian faith so beautiful. I honestly could not imagine myself and my life without Christ because when I’m in the mist of or when I communicate either physically or virtually with other brethren I feel that bond of love too. Please let us value the love of God that is shared abroad in our hearts for regardless of which country we live in we have the blood of Christ running in our spiritual veins and we are all one in the spirit too🙏🏽

In Christ

BM

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1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 13-14, Titus 3

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient,
led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures,
passing our days in malice and envy,
hated by others and hating one another. 
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 
he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration
and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior, 
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs 
according to the hope of eternal life. 
Titus 3:3-7, ESV

I can tell by the highlighting, underlining, and notations in my Bible that I have read this passage many times and found it meaningful.  But because God’s Word is living and breathing, well-loved passages that have been meaningful for one reason in the past often come alive with new meaning as I read them again and again.  This time, three little words from this passage jumped out at me in a way they haven’t before.  Three words I’ve read a million times and probably even committed to memory at some point:  He saved us. 

Paul begins verse 3 by reminding his readers (and me!) of our previous sin-filled state.  I love that Paul uses the word “we”.  He doesn’t see himself any better than any other sinner.  Even with all his success and authority, he gives God all the credit.  The list of sins Paul mentions is pretty daunting as he sets up a contrast by using the conjunction “but”–such a small word that means so much.  The list reminds me just how sinful I was, but Paul follows it quickly with the best news!  But God.  God appeared.  He showed up, purely out of His goodness and love, and HE SAVED ME.  He could have acted differently.  In fact, that’s exactly what I deserved.  He should have punished me, damned me, banished me, turned from me.  But He chose another action instead; He chose to SAVE.

And the best part?  I did nothing to make myself more “saveable” or more worthy of God’s good and loving gift.  I didn’t deserve it.  I couldn’t earn it.  But God.  He chose to look past my failures and shortcomings.  In His mercy, He saw an opportunity to do what only He could do:  He saved me.  I now stand justified, clothed with God’s righteousness, promised an inheritance of eternal life! The entirety of the gospel found in these three small words:  He saved us. 

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Jen

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