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2 Chronicles 19-20; 2 Kings 1; Psalm 20; Matthew 3

In 2 Chronicles, we read that he people of Judah were afraid as they were about to get attacked. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and helped them pray properly.

Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat; Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 2:20:15 ESV)

The last part of that sentence stood out to me, the battle is not yours but God’s. In this life we fight against things that go contrary to God’s word. It is a struggle at times and we often feel like we are on the losing end. But take heart! The battle is not ours, it’s God’s. It is a battle of good versus evil. We know that God wins in the end.

In 2 Kings Elijah proves that he is one of God’s prophets. Three times the kings sends a captain of messengers to get Elijah to come. Each time Elijah says that if he’s a man of God let fire come down from Heaven and consume the men and each time it happens.

In Matthew 3, John the Baptist, also a prophet, prepares the way for the Lord.

I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:11-12 ESV)

Later in the chapter is the first time we see the Trinity. It is at Jesus’ baptism.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him, and behold, a voice from Heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17 ESV)

The Psalmist gives us a benediction for this day.

May He grant you your heart’s desires and fulfill all your plans!

May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer Him from His holy Heaven with the saving might of His right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” (Psalm 20:4-8 ESV)

How can we tie all of these passages together? I think the theme is to not be afraid no matter what comes your way. Trust in the Lord and His mighty hand will sustain us and save us.


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Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 125; 2 Timothy 2

Evil is everywhere. The enemy is very much present in this world. But the Bible offers gives clear instruction on how to handle it.

One command is to be wise and fear God.

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in Heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.” (Ecc. 5:1-3 ESV)

Another command is to do good to others.

“Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts! But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!” (Psalm 125:4-5 ESV)

Finally, walk maturely with the Lord.

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:22-26 ESV)

The Devil may be watching us but the world is too. You never know when the Lord might lead someone to salvation after they have witnessed our ‘lived out’ testimony. Be a good example for Christ!


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Song of Solomon 4-6 and 2 Thessalonians 1

This is evidence of the righteous judgement of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering-” (2 Thes. 1:5 ESV)

Think about that phrase, “to be considered worthy of the kingdom of God.” Boy, that really puts everything perspective! None of us earned our salvation. But if we are suffering for His sake and therefore are worthy, that certainly lightens the load.

since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,” (2 Thes. 1:6 ESV)

God is our vindicator. If we suffer in this life because we live according to His ways, He will set the record straight.

and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,” (2 Thes. 1:7 ESV)

And what a day when He comes bursting through the sky to return for us! No evil can harm us anymore.

inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” (2 Thes. 1:8 ESV)

He will give permanent consequences to those who did not know Him. How terribly sad for those who refused the truth.

They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might,” (2 Thes. 1:9 ESV)

The only good in this world is because God exists. And to those who turned their backs on Him, all that is left is darkness, for all of eternity.

when He comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.” (2 Thes. 1:10 ESV)

But what a glorious reunion for those of us who lived out the great commission, influencing others so that they would have saving faith too.

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power.” (2 Thes. 1:11 ESV)

So let us all pray for each other in the faith, that we may follow His lead and live out our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.

so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thes. 1:12 ESV)

And be witnesses to His glory so that future generations may believe and be saved. To God be the glory, amen!


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Proverbs 8-10; Psalm 144; Romans 12

Today we will focus on “word of wisdom” from the Bible.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.” (Proverbs 9:10-11 ESV)

We can’t have wisdom until we begin a relationship with God.

And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds Me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find Me injures himself; all who hate Me love death.” (Proverbs 8:32-36 ESV)

When we listen to God and follow His ways, we have a blessed life.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:14-21 ESV)

In this life we will come against evil and those who are lost. They don’t have the wisdom that we have if they don’t have God. But we need to treat them lovingly. How else will they see the hope that we have within us?

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; may our granaries be full; providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets! Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm 144:12-15 ESV)

Praise be to God!


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2 Samuel 18-20; Psalm 34; Romans 2

And behold, the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, ‘Good news for my lord the king! For the Lord has delivered you this day from the hand of all who rose up against you.’ The king said to the Cushite, ‘Is it well with the young man Absalom?’ And the Cushite answered, ‘May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.’ And the king was deeply moved and went to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said ‘O my son, Absolom, my son, my son Absolom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absolom, my son, my son!” (2 Samuel 18:31-33 ESV)

We had a death in our school community last week. Grief is a challenge that no one expects to have to deal with until it is upon us. It makes us cry and question why these horrible things happen. But when we know the Lord, we have hope.

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:8-10 ESV)

Many like to ask how a loving God could let bad things happen or how could they possibly believe with all that is unfair in the world. But God is just. If He wasn’t then that truly wouldn’t be fair.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.” (Romans 2:6-11 ESV)

God protects those who seek His face. He comforts those who mourn. And vengence belongs to Him alone.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:15-18 ESV)

So no matter what comes our way, let us know that “God’s got this” even if we don’t understand it now.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes it boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!”



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