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Isaiah 36-37; Psalms 123; I Corinthians 10

“O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.  Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God.  Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire.  For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone.  Therefore they were destroyed.  So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.” (Isaiah 37:16-20 ESV)

This was Hezekiah’s prayer of deliverance after receiving a disturbing letter.  I like how it says he went to the house of the Lord and “spread it before the Lord.”  He took his burden and laid it all out there.  And yet he only asks that God get the glory.  The also psalmist offers a prayer for God to supply their needs.

To You I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!  Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy upon us.  Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.  Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.” (Psalms 123 ESV)

The Apostle Paul concludes I Corinthians 10 by telling us to do “all to the glory of God.”

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33 ESV)

To God alone be the glory!

Kellie

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Isaiah 14-16 and Matthew 28

The Great Commission is given to us by Jesus.

And Jesus said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

It is a four part task.

  • Go
  • Make disciples of all nations
  • Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
  • Teach them to observe all He has commanded us

With His help, it can be done.  He is always with us.

  1. Go out into your world and be wiling to talk to people.
  2. Tell them about Jesus so they can believe too.
  3. Once they believe, tell them to profess their faith with baptism.
  4. Make sure they have a Bible and are involved in a Bible-believing church so they can grow.

Lord,

Help us to go out into the world and tell others about you as it is the job you have given us to do.

Amen, Kellie

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Hosea 7-10; Matthew 18

Forgiveness seems to be a theme of Matthew 18.

Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep and how he’ll search for that one sheep until he or she repents and comes to Him.

What do you think?  If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, He rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.  So it is not the will of my Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12-14 ESV)

What happens if another person sins against us?  Are we to hold a grudge, especially when they were clearly in the wrong?  No.  We are to forgive as He forgives us.  Peter even asks how often we should forgive.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:22 ESV)

Then Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving servant to show the consequences of unforgiveness.

Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!  I forgave you all that debt because you pleased with me.  And should you not have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?  And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.  So also my Heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:32-35 ESV)

May we be able to swallow our pride and have forgiving hearts towards others.  We owe it not only to other people but to God.

Kellie

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2 Chronicles 22-23; 2 Kings 11; Psalms 131; Matthew 8

Ahaziah, son of Ahab, did what was evil in God’s sight so he was killed.  Then his mother, who was in counselor in doing wicked deeds, took over for him.

“Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family of the house of Judah.” (2 Chronicles 22:10 ESV)

By hiding the king’s son for seven years to keep him away from his grandmother, they were able to make Joash king and get rid of Athaliah.

Then they brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony.  And they proclaimed him king, and Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and they said “long live the king!  When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she went into the house of the Lord to the people.  And when she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with their musical instruments leading in the celebration,” (2 Chronicles 23:11-14 ESV)

As I write the scripture listed above, I’m picturing KIng Jesus sitting on His throne, with all the believers praising Him and Satan realizing he had been defeated.

And the people said, “O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalms 131:3 ESV)

The Centurion hoped in the Lord and the Lord used him as an example, as well as explaining how we are lost without Him.

“Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.  I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:10-12 ESV)

May we hope in the Lord from this day forward.  Amen!

Kellie

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

We read about acts of the kings.  If they did evil in the sight of God, they did not succeed.  And their sins caused others to sin.

“In the third year of Asa the king of Judah, Baasha the son of Ahijah began to reign over all Israel at Tizrah, and he reigned twenty-four years.  He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of Jeroboam and his sin which he made Israel to sin.” (1 Kings 15:33-34 ESV)

If they did what was right in the sight of God, then He allowed them to prevail.

Then the men of Judah raised the battle shout.  And when the men of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Judah, and God gave them into their hand.  Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men.  Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 13:15-18 ESV)

But salvation is different.  We cannot be saved by works.  Nothing we do can ever be “good enough.”  We are only saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

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 3:4-7 ESV)

Lord,

Thank you for showing us that we all fall short of Your glory.  But even more so, thank you for saving us from ourselves.  We are eternally grateful!

Kellie

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1 Kings 8; Psalms 30; 1 Timothy 3

All of today’s passages reflect on people’s behavior and how it affects their standing in the temple/church.

First, a Psalm of Thanksgiving from David for forgiveness of his past sins.

“Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name.  for his anger is but for a moment, his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:4-5 ESV)

Later his son, Solomon, dedicates the temple.

“Oh Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in Heaven above or earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart, who have kept with Your servant, my father David, that which you have promised him; indeed, You have spoken with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand as it is this day.” (1 Kings 8:23-24 ESV)

Finally, Timothy gives instruction concerning leaders in the church and how they are to live.

I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV)

Lord, we’re thankful for all of the examples of people in the bible who “mess up” but are forgiven.  Thank you for forgiving and saving us.

Kellie (mmattix)

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Proverbs 22-23; Psalms 117; 1 Thesalonians 1

The shortest chapter of the Bible is a call to praise.

Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!  For His loving kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting.  Praise the Lord!” (Psalms 117 ESV)

Paul gives thanks to God in is letter to the Thesalonians.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope  in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you.” (I Thesalonians 1:2-4 ESV)

And then some words that refer to using wisdom and praise in our speech.

“My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart will also be glad; and my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.” (Proverbs 23:15-16 ESV)

Let us all lead a life focused on praise to the One who deserves it all!  Amen!

Kellie

 

 

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