Results of a Repentant Heart

Scripture: 2 Kings 22.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Kings 22:18-20 (NLT)

18 “But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the Lord and tell him: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard:

19 You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord.

20 So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.'” So they took her message back to the king.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

God was so upset with Israel because of the sin they committed, right from the king down to the people he led, and the total disregard they had developed for Him and disrespect for the temple of God; so much so that He was about to bring serious judgment on them. So far this could sound an awful lot like the world today. However in the era spoken of in this scripture, king Josiah had been such a great king and did so much to serve God through his leadership, that God acknowledged in these key verses that because of Josiah’s repentant heart and prayers, He would spare the land until after the king died. I know that sometimes we feel like our prayers hit a brick wall because we don’t see immediate results or answers, but this is a reminder that God is very aware of our commitment to Him, our dedication and sincere prayers to Him, and our desire for forgiveness not just for ourselves, but for those around us who could have been so different had we been the witnesses that we should have been. I believe that this is a reminder that our actions should not be a reflection of the answers that we witness, but we should be a people dedicated to serving God and obeying Him, not matter what. Let’s be busy about the work of God friends. He will hear our prayer and answer us in His timing. He holds the keys to eternal life!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, I pray that I will not be weary in obedience to all that You command in Your Word. Please show me Your path daily, and please humble me to repentance as needed. You are God, and I am Your servant. May I always serve You well.

 

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Will These Words Describe You?

Scripture: 2 Kings 18.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Kings 18:5-7 (NLT)

5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time.

6 He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses.

7 So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did. He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

As we travel through this world and face the many challenges that come our way, won’t it be worth it all if upon our passing the words spoken of King Hezekiah could also be spoken of us? Wow, what a tribute! In the next 2 chapters we could also read how challenging it was for Hezekiah to maintain this Godly position, for he was challenged on many fronts. It made me reflect on the excuses that we sometimes give today: “yes, but you don’t know all that I go through in a day” or ” walk in my shoes and see if you could do it any better”! Although Hezekiah listened to the prophet Isaiah he still had a choice where he could have decided to cave in and allow defeat, but no, this king was solid in his faith. He had such a relationship with his God that he knew everything would be OK if he followed everything God told him. Friend, this is the same God that we serve today! The same power; the same love for us that He would not allow evil to destroy us; the same wisdom that He would guide us to safety and ultimate protection from those that persecute us. With God on our side, who can be against us? Let’s remain faithful to the Rock of our salvation, the King of all kings, our Master and Lord Jesus Christ!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord, I pray that You will grant me the strength and the peace and the determination to follow You in every aspect of my life. I pray that I can enter every day, every challenge, every decision with a bold dependence on You. I am convinced that You love me more than anything that I could ever witness here on this earth. I believe that You have gone to prepare a home for me where I will celebrate eternally with You. Please help me in my daily walk of life to live like Hezekiah did, in full faith and trust in the name of the Lord, allowing You to guide me safely through circumstances that seem totally impossible to me, but yet all fitting within Your ultimate plan. May Your rule be evident in me, through me and around me today as I face a world that has grown so cold to You. Thank You for loving me so much that You gave!

 

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Oh, For The Boldness of Peter!

Scripture: Acts 4.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Acts 4:16-20 (NLT)

16 “What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. 17 But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.”

18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.

19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

In this chapter we see where Peter and John had preached about the resurrection of the dead for those who believe in Jesus, and the number who accepted this word and believed on the name of Jesus swelled to over 5,000 men, not counting women and children. If this happened at my church, we would probably attract the curiosity of our city officials. Well, this is exactly what happened at Jerusalem. After being questioned by the authorities, and Peter responding with such boldness, the officials then demanded that Peter and John no longer speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again. Peter, in his continued boldness, responded without fear of retribution, (in my words) “Do you think that God would approve of this order? Do you think that He would approve of us obeying you rather than Him? What we have witnessed is indelibly fixed in our minds and what we have heard has filled us with encouragement to share the good news with everyone we come into contact with. This joy that we have cannot be contained; we must share it with all that cross our paths. Sorry guys, but this is one time we must say that Jesus rules and it is Him that we will follow, teach and obey” I know that I have adlibbed quite a bit, but I feel like this is the jest of what was being said by Peter. This touched me as I read this, because we are very much like bystanders in our churches today. If we were close to the situation like Peter and John, where nothing in this world could shut our mouths from sharing the love of Jesus, sharing the healing of the miracle worker (Jesus) that we know, sharing the only One that can give someone eternal life, sharing the love and concern that Jesus has for each of His children, then we will see churches that are bursting at the seams. Then we would be like Peter and John and have more to say at government meetings when decisions are made that adversely affect the work of the church. Friends, this kind of news; this kind of excitement, gave Peter and John a boldness that seems amazing to me, but there is nothing preventing us from catching that same excitement and boldness if we truly place our faith in the unadulterated name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now that we know what is stopping us, or holding us back, let’s get our hearts in shape. Let’s draw close to Him so that He can use us for His glory!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, I am reminded that in today’s society we tend to let too many worldly things interfere with the relationship that we need to build and maintain with You, that would give us the boldness to preach to those around us. Our churches have become a place for Christians to congregate, talk about each other and our neighbors, and perhaps open the Word of God. Please deal in my life so that I may draw closer to You, seek Your face, and turn from any wicked way that I may have attained. May I be found holy, before a holy God so that You could use me for Your glorification and honor. Please work in my life this week so that I may gain the boldness displayed by Peter. May I become a useful servant in Your kingdom right where I am – at home, at work, at church, at Lions Club, at friends’ homes and everywhere I go.

 

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“Swept Away From God’s Presence”?

Scripture: 2 Kings 17.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Kings 17:13 (NLT)

13 Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: “Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets.”

2 Kings 17:18 (NLT)

18 Because the Lord was very angry with Israel, he swept them away from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

It was interesting, but yet frightening to see the consequences that occurred in Israel because of their sin, disobedience and straying away from what the Lord had ordered them to do through their ancestors. Frightening because I can see where today we are in the same boat. So much has been attributed to progress, modernization, personal achievement and satisfaction, etc. that we have pushed aside God’s commands and his teachings. I don’t know about anyone else, but O would never want to know that I was swept away from God’s presence, nor my family, or church family or city or state or country. I can’t imagine, and wouldn’t want to imagine life without the touch of the Master, without His presence, without His wisdom, without His guidance. Who am I to think that I could ever make it in this life with my Savior? Rich and powerful though we may be, our country is built on Christian principles and it is lifted up every hour by Christian prayer warriors; we are nothing without the touch and power of God on our lives each and every moment. “I Need Thee Every Hour” is a popular old hymn and never grows old and always applies.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, so much is said in Your Word about the consequences of our disobedience to You and Your book of instructions. Please continue to prompt me when I stray. Please guide me in the path of righteousness. Please grant me the boldness to follow Your will in every step I take, especially at times when I find myself in the path of opposition. You are my Rock, and I need You every hour, dear God. May I never feel like You have swept me away from Your presence. I never want to witness life in Your absence. Please be my guide in all things and all decisions.

 

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Where Is Your Faith?

Scripture: Acts 3.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Acts 3:7-11 (NLT)

7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.

8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.

10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!

11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

Last Sunday we had corporate prayer our church and again last night. Daily there are specific prayer requests that I try to lift up to God in prayer. I wonder if I came across one of the individuals today that I have been praying for and found where God did an extreme work/healing in their life, if I would be any different to the people of Israel that were worshipping when the man that was once lame, walked in leaping and praising God? I believe that far too often we whisper a prayer out of form, or because it is the right thing to do when we see someone suffering, but how often do we look at them anticipating God’s healing/miraculous touch on their lives that surpasses anything we may have prayed for? What does it really take for us to really have faith in the God we worship, adore and pray to? It is no wonder that Jesus told the people at one point in another story, “oh ye of little faith”. After all the miracles we read about in the Bible, after all the other miracles that we have heard about from friends, loved ones and other Christians, yet we pray out of form or fashion? Jesus must be so disappointed at us when we pray like defeated people. Jesus told us that “all power has been given unto you…”. When we pray in the name of the Master of this universe, the One who conquered death, the One who healed the sick and brought life back to the dead, and when we pray out of a pure heart and a right relationship with the God to whom we are praying, there is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t expect God to respond like this lame beggar witnessed. He was blessed with way more than he was asking for that day.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for being my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for being patient with me while I build faith and confidence in the power of the God to whom I pray. There is absolutely no reason that I should doubt Your power, Your abilities and Your awesome love that causes You to respond to Your children. Yet I must know that You are not a puppet, and I must not wait until there is a need that I see clearly before coming to You demanding something. You are the potter and I am the clay. You are in control of everything around me, especially the lives of those that I love and am concerned about. In addition to the confidence gained in this passage today, I humbly ask for the wisdom that caused Peter and John to see beyond the physical needs of people and pray for the things that will give You glory and peace to the ‘beggar’.

 

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The Importance of Christian Leaders

Scripture: 2 Kings 10-13.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Kings 13:1-3 (NLT)

1 Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to rule over Israel in the twenty-third year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria seventeen years. 2 But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit.

3 So the Lord was very angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Aram and his son Ben-hadad to defeat them repeatedly.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I underlined a sentence that really caught my attention in this passage of scripture. The thing that is so sad throughout my reading of the Old Testament is that no matter how much God blessed His people, there were still ungodly kings/rulers that allowed the people to do what they pleased and dishonor God. I believe that spiritual leaders will lead their people into spiritual matters. It would be only natural and God honoring to do this. This is when God caught my attention and helped me to be reminded of the importance of praying for God-fearing men to lead us in our cities, in our state and in our country. Ungodly men will allow ungodly things and actions, and I believe these will lead to ultimate defeat because of the displeasure of our God. Friends, I believe that God loves us way too much to see us suffer under the hands of those that are out to cheat, steal and destroy. However, God is equally as displeased with His people when we stand idly by and allow these type rulers, because of our lack of prayer, or lack of getting out to vote, or lack of support for men of God. Our country has been blessed with great military strength and we have been successful in many instances of battle. Let’s do our part to insure ongoing favor with God by voting for men of God to lead us and then supporting them with our prayers, encouragement and our actions as Christians.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, I pray that I will be blessed to see Your protective and loving arms around and over our nation all the days of my life. I pray that You will continue to remind Christians about the importance of being informed voters, so that we may always seek Your guidance for Your man to rule our nation/state/city. I pray that we will always be a country primarily made up of Christians, as I would love/desire/ask that You always protect us from repeated defeats as in the case of the Israelites.

 

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What Shall We Do?

Scripture: ^.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Acts 2:37-41 (AMP)

37 Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?

38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.

40 And [Peter] solemnly and earnestly witnessed (testified) and admonished (exhorted) with much more continuous speaking and warned (reproved, advised, encouraged) them, saying, Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.

41 Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

What shall we do? – This was the cry of the people at the end of verse 37 when they were convicted of their sin through the preaching of the Word by Peter. Even today, people attend church (many out of tradition, I believe) and they hear the Word of God. Some are not so stubborn as to hear and believe the Word, and to acknowledge that they are far from perfect. To those that truly ‘hear’ the Word of God, and become convicted of the areas that they fall short in, should immediately bow before God and ask like the folk did before Peter and the disciples, “What shall I do now”? Friends I hope that anyone reading this devotional will realize that many who are were with us yesterday are not with us today. My point here is that when we become convicted of our sin, we don’t need to procrastinate, for we have no assurance of tomorrow. We could be called out from this earth today. The answer to this critical question is very clear in the verses that I am sharing with you today, specifically verse 38. As Peter encouraged, so allow me to do. This question is way too critical to shrug off. This question is way too critical to be less than 100% sure about when evaluating your position with the Lord. On the day of Judgment when you are asked why you should be allowed into Heaven, no other answer will do if you have not followed the instructions that Peter gives in verse 38. Each of us at one point in our lives must have asked the question, “What shall I do Lord”? Our answer had to have been either:

  1. “Lord, I repent of my sin. Please forgive me of my sin and make me fully acceptable in Your sight. Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit that You have promised to be my Guide, my Comforter and my Friend”, or
  2. “Lord, I hear You speaking to me, but I just cannot commit my life to You right now, even though I realize that should I die in the meantime, I will open my eyes in Hell with Satan and his demons.”

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord, I realize that the above appears very blunt, possibly cruel, and leaves no room for those who just want to postpone a decision to accept You as Lord, but unfortunately that’s the way that I understand Your Word. For each question we are posed with, we make a definite decision. In the case of the question posed by the Israelites, some chose to respond and accept You (some 3,000 of them), while the others chose to decline the invitation and face Satan and his demons. I pray that all who may read this devotional today will respond positively to Your voice and ready themselves for the day when You will call them home to live eternally with You. Thank You for convicting me of my sin and convincing me of the need for a Savior in my life. I look forward to the day when I will see You face to face and worship at Your feet forever and forever. I would love to unite with my family and friends at that time, so please work on their hearts today so that they may make this most important decision of their lives, while they still have breath to do so.

 

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