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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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1 Kings 2; 1 Chronicles 29; Romans 7

On David’s deathbed, he gives instructions to his son Solomon who will replace him.

“I am going the way of all the earth.  Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man.  Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn.” (1 Kings 2: 2-3 ESV)

Then we see David’s passing and Solomon taking the reign.

Then he died a ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor; and his son Solomon reigned in his place.” (1 Chronicles 29:28 ESV)

And like David died in the flesh, we too can die to sin when we accept Jesus as our savior.

Therefore my brethren you also were made to die to the law throughout the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  But now we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:4-6 ESV)

Help us, Lord, to walk in your ways, keep your commandments and ordinances as David instructed Solomon to do.  Even though we are no longer bound to the law of Moses, things go better for us when we do follow it well.

Amen, Kellie

 

 

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2 Samuel 7-8; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 132; Acts 25

David is really motivated to find a house for the Lord.  He is upset that he lives in a house of cedar, but the Lord has never had anything but a tent.  He tells Nathan the prophet about his unrest.

“Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, ‘See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.’  And Nathan said to the king, ‘Go do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Samuel 7:1-3 ESV)

But the answer that Nathan conveys to David is not what he expects to hear.  His son Solomon would build the temple.

When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish a kingdom.  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.” (2 Samuel 7:12-14 ESV)

Then of course God will fulfill the Davidic covenant when Jesus returns to be our true King, ruling from Zion.

For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place:  This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.  I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.  Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.  There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.  His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on Him His crown will shine.” (Psalms 132: 13-18 ESV)

David simply wanted to build God a house.  God had better things in mind.  His family line would bring about the King of Kings.  He reigns in our hearts and will again on Earth one day.  I’ll bet this beats any of David’s dreams.  Thank you, Lord, for giving us blessings beyond our wildest imaginations.

~Kellie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Samuel 21-22; 1 Chronicles 5; Psalms 52; Acts 15

Psalms 52 contracts the wicked with the righteous.  First the wicked:

“Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, o worker of deceit. 

          You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking what is right.”

         (Psalms 52:2-3 ESV)

Then the righteous:

“But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;

          I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.  I will

          give thanks forever because You have done it.  I will wait on

          Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”

          (Psalms 52:8-9 ESV)

1 Samuel 21 gives us the historical background of Psalms 52.  David is on the run from a very angry and wicked Saul.  In the verse 9, we see righteous David claim Goliath’s sword.

“Then the priest said, ’The sword of Goliath the Philistine,

          whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped

          in a cloth behind the Ephod; if you would take it for

          yourself, take it.  For there is no other except it here.’ And

          David said ‘There is none like it.  Give it to me.’”

          (1 Samuel 21:9 ESV)

 Then in Acts we have the Jerusalem Council meeting to discuss two questions: ‘do saved Gentiles need to be circumcised and ‘can Jews and Gentiles eat and socialize together?  Peter answers.

“After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to

          them, ‘Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a

          choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear

          the word of the gospel and believe.  And God, who knows the

          heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He

          also did to us; And He made no distinction between us and

          them, cleansing their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why do

          you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the

          disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have

          been able to bear?  But we believe that we are saved through

          grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

          (Acts 15:7-11 ESV)

James delivers the verdict.

“Therefore, it is my judgement that we do not trouble those

          who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that

          we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated

          by idols and from what is strangled and from blood.  For

          Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who

          preach Him, since He is read in the synagogues every

          Sabbath.” (Acts 15:19-21 ESV)

Lord, help us to always notice the differences between what You would call wicked and what you would call righteous.  Help us to not be legalistic like the Pharisees, instead remembering that we are all Your people, despite our backgrounds.

Kellie

 

 

 

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1 Samuel 1-2; Psalms 120; Acts 5

In our reading today, Eli hears of the evil his sons were doing to Israel.  Notice the severe consequences that happen because of sinning against God.

“And he said to them,’Why do you do such things?  For I hear of your evil dealings from all these people.  No, my sons, it is no good report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading abroad.  If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but is someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?’  But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.” (1 Samuel 2:23-25 ESV)

Then in Acts we see a husband and wife steal and lie and then assume God will still be good to them.  It was God’s will that they be punished by death as well.

“But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own?  And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal?  Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart?  You have not lied to man but to God.’  When Ananais heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last.  And great fear came upon all who heard of it.  The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.  After an interval of about three hours, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  And Peter said to her, ‘Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.’  And she said, ‘Yes for so much.’  But Peter said to her, ‘How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?  Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.’  Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last.  When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.” (Acts 5:1-11 ESV)

God is very merciful, but He is still just.  Sometimes we will get what we deserve.  May always be thankful for the times that God’s mercy overflows in our lives and be humbled by remembering that our sins deserve death.  Jesus’s death took that punishment for us.  May we be forever grateful.

Kellie

 

 

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