Devotions and Lessons
Scripture of the Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Devotions and Lessons
Scripture of the Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Thumbing through the news Saturday night I found more news about rich people’s and celebrity net wealth than bad news. Why are we concerning ourselves with the net wealth of others? What does it matter how much money people make. I would rather get heartwarming stories of people’s good deeds that enrich the spirits of them an those around them.
For the prosperity gospel folks apparently hearing of someone’s money is good news, but what does that really get them, heart warm or heart ache? Jesus talked about wealth, yes, but the wealth He spoke of was not material, it was spiritual. Think about this: When Jesus was approached about taxes He went right to the knock-out punch by asking whose face is on the coin. The answer was Caesar’s so Jesus explains that we are to pay Caesar what is Caesar’s, but pay God what is God’s. So what is God’s?
We are God’s inheritance, not our physical material selves but our glorified Spiritual selves. Our wealth is in the Spirit so when we discuss wealth it truly is a personal matter. What we give to God is Worship and Praise that encompasses the Spiritual Gifts that we are given. Yes the money matters when it comes to building upkeep and supplying the staff with enough to live on but what truly matters is what have you done for God lately.
Remember the story of the rich man who had so much he had to build more buildings to hold all he had? What happened to him? He was taken the night he was boasting about all he had then when his spirit left, he had nothing. No joy, no happiness, nothing. His children wasted the material wealth that was left behind and there was truly nothing left of the man but a memory of his materialism. That is not a good legacy to leave behind. What kind of legacy will you leave?
When we move on what is more important, the contributions that helped society physically or spiritually. Will the person you helped remember you for the things given or the fact that you gave of yourself freely without need of accolades? I tell you the person who gives freely is doing for his or her fellow man (person) what God has done for us. God gives us Grace and Mercy freely so we should emulate God by giving of ourselves in the same manner.
The measure of a man is not how much he has stored up in the bank, the nice cars or the mansion; the measure is his friends, his relationships with people, his kindness, his joy shared with others, his sacrifice even when he has nothing but himself to give. Jesus expressed it like this, “Greater love has no man than he who would give his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Does the person who stores material riches have friends or potential moochers?
I bring up that verse as we approach the 4th of July. The United States celebrates that day as the declaration of independence from tyranny. What did it cost us? Many lives of husbands, brothers, sons, even daughters, wives, and mothers. They fought for freedom and we have wasted what they fought for.
Brothers and Sisters, do not worry about others financial status or another’s personal life except those who matter most in your immediate personal relationships. Remember, they are just people too but those who put their life out there are just needing others approval. Give of yourselves in the way Jesus gave to the people when He walked the earth. Love others as God loves us, both agape and hard love. Be safe and aware of our surroundings this holiday.
God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy envelop you,
Rob, Servant of God
We have all been discouraged about one thing or another. Some find themselves more in a bind when the discouragement overtakes them while others find strength in the adversity even after a bit of discouragement. Why is this? Scripture tells us from early on that God wants a personal relationship with us so he becomes our guide, our protector, our savior. It also tells us that He is our strength when we are at our weakest but the catch is that we must trust in Him to be there. When His Children are discouraged, God brings us strength and comfort. The comfort can come in many forms, we just have to open the eyes of our heart to see Him.
Do Not Worry About What is Before You
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Those are mighty words spoken by Moses when he was preparing Joshua for taking over. Moses is reminding him that God is the one who has control, has his back so to speak. If we believe that God saved us through the sacrifice of His Son then we should trust that God will point us in the right direction. Of course we can still choose the other path because it may seem easier but the path God leads us on (though it may be full of tests) will have greater rewards (not material) when we arrive at His destination for us.
I know it sounds better than it feels sometimes and you wish that God would have led you down the easy path but He actually does, on occasion. There are things in this world that we are responsible for according to our Spiritual Gifts and our tasks given. Some things seem easier than others. That is because of the Gift that God bestowed upon us, He wove it into our DNA.
The tasks before us are part of God’s Ultimate Plan. He knows what was, what is , and what will be in each of our lives. We cannot ignore it and we can try to avoid it; but if we are faithful to Him, He will place things in our path guiding us His Way.
But It Won’t Be Easy
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jesus told us that life will be hard because we are not meant just for this, our Spirits are meant for greater things. Take everything that God puts in your path and give Him the Glory for it is by Him that these things occur. Now I know that you are saying that the devil puts things in our way, and yes he does but don’t you think that God may have already found the way around The Adversary’s tricks and helps you remove the stumbling block? That why He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us once we accepted Him in our hearts.
When God Incarnate, Jesus, walked the earth, He showed us the way to live and be comfortable with the life we are given. We can embrace our circumstance or change it if we choose but remember, you made the choice and the road home will be difficult. Find Joy in all sorrow the best you can.
By His Grace, We Are Saved
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
No matter how weak we feel, we can find the courage and strength we need through the free gift of Grace and Mercy which covers us in the Blood of Jesus. Jesus suffered so we wouldn’t have to. Ok, I know, yes we still suffer, we feel sadness, depression, weakness, and pain. Have you ever just stopped and asked yourself why?
Be Joyful in your weakness but do not flaunt them. Show that you can strive for greatness no matter what kind of dismay or discouragement you may feel. It is okay to cry, to shout in pain. In the shouting, Praise God and ask Him for healing. In your crying, pray for His comforting presence. We do not deserve His Grace but He willingly gives it out of His Love for us.
Brothers and Sisters, do not let yourself be discouraged. Instead, live and praise God through all worship. Share your story of His Grace in your life and when you think others see your weakness, in truth they see the strength of God working through you. You might not come out on top, but you will be where God needs you to be.
In God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy
Rob, Servant of God
When we have a personal desire that may or may not be part of God’s plan in our lives we sometimes get a resounding “NO” for an answer. Why does God do this? What we desire may not be what God needs from us. Sometimes our timing is not in tune with God’s timing and we have to be patient waiting for His “Yes” and it might not be exactly what we wanted but in the way God knows we need it.
There are many instances in Scripture where someone asks for something. For some the result is instantaneous. For some, patience is learned. For some, God granted the opposite. For one, the need for one thing led to the receiving of so much more.
We have to understand that our human desires are not in God’s Plan for us. He might grant our wish to teach a lesson of disregard it if He knows it will take us down the wrong path. For everything we need to depend on God, listening closely to how He responds to our wants and needs.
Don’t Pray For Patience You Never Know What You Will Get
How often we ask for patience when a hard decision has to made or we have something that we are anxiously waiting on and just cannot stand it? God knows what we want, we just have to have patience for His timing. If you ask for patience you may be waiting a long time for the thing you want only to find that it was not what you needed.
Do Pray For Guidance and Understanding
We are part of God’s Plan and play many parts in every small detail that has ramifications when we make wrong choices. When we put our trust in God that He will guide us, we are left with an understanding that our path is not our own and that God will take care of things in His timing. This is a great feeling actually and has been a constant companion in my life. I have made some bad choices but God has driven me back on track. See, I relinquished all things to God and put my life in His Hands. It has been an interesting road trip so far and I cannot wait for the next turn, the next stop, the next destination.
Brothers and Sisters, we are in God’s loving arms thanks to His Grace and Mercy but if we cannot accept the fact that our lives are not our own, we live without hope, joy, and peace. Unacceptance means that we cannot feel His Love. If you know someone who is lost and needs a place to be, open up and tell the person about how you turned back to God. I bet there are some interesting stories out there.
In God’s Embrace,
Rob, Servant of The Father
Do you thirst but after drinking still feel thirsty? Have an overwhelming hunger but still feel empty after your stomach is full? Do you feel sluggish, worn down, or even lost after having the best night of sleep in your life? You are not alone. No matter how much we try to satisfy ourselves we are never fully satisfied. That is the same feeling we need for God’s Word. His Word fills us but we should have an unquenchable desire to know Him more.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
Thirst For the Word
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
As Children of The Father God we should forever seek Him in all things. God is in everything so we do not really have to search far but some are blind to believe all things are here by chance, even us. God’s Word is in everything from the smallest grain of sand to the tallest snow-capped mountain. From the amoeba to the tallest animal His handiwork is evident. By His Word all the earth and everything on it, in it, and above it was created yet we seek Him.
God once dwelled with His creation in a perfect, personal relationship until the choice was made to disobey His Law given to Adam. Since then we have earnestly sought to return to His comfort. Most have found solace and have become complaisant in this world but they will never find true peace. Seeking the Love and Mercy of our Father is the only peace we need. By God’s Grace, the ones who seek Him will be found by Him. For:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6
We Have Been Given The Bread of Life
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
Jesus is the Word Incarnate, the deity/human in which God came to us so He could bring us to salvation. He is fully God and fully human (yet without sin) so that we could see what we are to become. Jesus, God in the flesh, showed us how to live, taught us how to communicate with our Father God, and gave up this life in order to save us and have a closer relationship through the release of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
What does the word, unquenchable have to do with this since Jesus said that once we find Him and believes shall be filled? Simply this, the more we seek Him in His Word through the study of Scripture, through prayer, singing, openly praising and thanking Him for all things, the deeper we find His Spirit within us and the closer our relationship becomes.
No matter how much a relationship you believe you already have with God, there is always more to find. God is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent, so there is always something more to know, to learn, to Love.
Brothers and Sisters,
Whether or not you believe you have a solid relationship with God, remember that He desires us to have a solid relationship with others here on this earth. Yes that means we are to do our best to share God’s Love with everyone to include our “enemies” and the worst of sinners. That is the hardest thing to do. Do not fall in the traps of sin by accepting the sinfulness of others as a norm but love them with God’s Love remembering to follow the Word and not letting anyone discourage you. When someone tests you, reach back in with Scripture and explain if needed. They sinner will eventually see his or her folly and hopefully repent.
Seek the unquenchable, take in the Bread of Life daily and give Him the Glory for all things. Brothers and Sisters, the time is coming, even if it is not in our lifetime we need to pass these things to our children so that they can be prepared for His return.
God’s Comfort and Love be with you,
Rob, Servant of God
Brothers and Sisters, June is considered pride month for a particular group of people. Let me start with this… Pride is excessive love of one’s own false sense of excellence. Pride of self leads to nothing but trouble. It will actually turn people away from you instead of welcoming. Pride is the fantasy that we are all perfect. We are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world. All was perfect until the stain of sin. We cannot be perfect. So this pride is a false sense of truth within the self and very dangerous to all around the person. The problem with pride is that will cause destruction of the self and all those who accept the person’s behavior as good.
Before I say anything that some may take offense to, we are all human beings, one race, one creation by the Father God. We are imperfect beings living in a world created to Glorify God. Our great Ancestors were once perfect, angelic beings that walked with our creator until the choice was made to disobey. That did not change the fact that we are created by the Father, it just changed our perspective and caused us to lose the close personal relationship we had with God.
The fall brought about many things upon us that has caused mental and physical pain to every person since our story began. Sin (words and actions against God’s will and Law) keeps us separate from true peace and harmony with our Brothers and Sisters all throughout the earth which is only found in the Word.
Each of us, no matter who we are, have done something wrong. We lie, cheat, get angry and bitter, steal, and boast. Some have committed murder. Some have committed sexually immoral sins. They are all sins and equally separate us from God. However, there are some things that God outright says are abominable and one thing that is unforgivable.
The sin that God finds abominable is the one thing that goes against the natural order of things namely homosexual activity that is, “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22). In all of the translations except the blasphemous England Genderless Bible, they all say the same basic thing.
Christians are not the only ones who know this. According to the Christian Bible, Jewish Tanakh, Islamic Quran and other holy books, this behavior is considered unnatural and an abomination. The Gospels (New Testament) do not change anything from the Scriptures about same sex relations except the fact of no longer of killing the offenders. We, as sinners, do not have a right to kill other sinners (casting the first stone (John 8:7)) except for those found guilty of murder and even that is debatable.
Look, our bodies are God’s Temple and every time we defile it with unnatural things we destroy what God has created. We must treat our bodies as sacred not something to obsess over or look at in such a way that it causes us to be tempted and if not controlled, we sin.
What God wants is that you be holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 1 Thessalonians 4:4
When people decide to go their own way and not acknowledge God, they lose much and are given over to depravity and what current mainstream society sees as good to do.
Having lost all sense of shame, they have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity, with a craving for more. Ephesians 4:19 (sound familiar)
How much longer will we allow the depraved mind of man rule over us????????
The sin that is unpardonable is: “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28–29). And…“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven” (Luke 12:10).
When we refuse the existence of the Holy Spirit, that is like refusing God Himself. When we stop acknowledging God, we are punished.
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28
The sad thing is that the punishment is usually so slow to develop that we cannot recognize it until it is too late. But when God punishes us, it is not always quick like Sodom and Gomorrah. It is usually introduced in stages until the final punishment. When we call out to God, He forgives.
We are all God’s Children. Even in disobedience He still loves us. The guidelines are set, the moral codes are never changing (by the way, the Hammurabi Code and other early codex’s call same sex relations shameful). Keep your private life private. When one shows pride and boasts in their sins (i.e. coming out of the closet and making their lifestyle public knowledge), the person desires acceptance. Keeping the sinful activity to oneself is better than sharing and boasting to the world and pulling many down with you.
In God's Loving Arms
Rob, servant of God
Brothers and Sisters, I have a question for you…Do you identify with Christ? When your identity is rooted in Christ so many things happen. The first thing is that there may be suffering in grounding your identity but your life will be more at peace. Let’s see what Solomon, Jesus, and Paul say about having an identity rooted in God through Christ.
Do You Rely on Other Person’s Perception?
Paul writes in Galatians 1:9-10,
“We said it before, and I say it again: if anyone announces “Good News” contrary to what you received, let him be under a curse forever!
Now does that sound as if I were trying to win human approval? No! I want God’s approval! Or that I’m trying to cater to people? If I were still doing that, I would not be a servant of the Messiah.”
Whom are you seeking approval from? Do you rely on the praise and credit of man to give you a sense of purpose (identity) or change who you were to fit in with a crowd by doing something that gains approval and makes you popular in another’s eyes? How others perceive what a Christian should be and the truth are not always the same. A person of God does not need others to tell them good job or that they should be ashamed when the person is doing or saying things that encompass all the teachings of Scripture and Jesus.
The only one that we need to seek approval from is God and we should not even seek His approval but conduct ourselves in a manner that God approves of. We have Christian attention seekers that make it sound as if they are rooted in Christ when in truth they are doing things for self. We are in a selfish society that believes they are selfless. All honor and glory is God’s not ours. Human perception means nothing in the higher scheme of things.
God’s Gifts to You Are For His Glory Alone
When your identity is founded in Christ you are not to flaunt your earthly status or gifts. Spiritual gifts are gifts from God. When the gifts are abused to feed our own hunger for acceptance of those around us, we are not using them to glorify God, but ourselves. In the Gospel of Luke we are given this warning and observation from Jesus:
“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 20:46-21:4
Have you seen the pattern yet, the selfish will not prevail because they do not use what they were given to glorify God. There is a big difference in doing things for show and being a devoted believer and follower of God. Just because your position allows it, do not flaunt your riches and make known what you are doing to the world by using your gifts to gain the things of the world. They do not matter and will eventually be your downfall. Living humbly and using your gifts for the Glory, Worship, and Praise of God will get you where you need to be in eternity.
Can You Turn The Other Cheek
When you face adversity, the hardest thing to do is stand there and allow the bad things to happen. Now this does not mean let someone continue to do you wrong to the point where you are brutally hurt or killed, absolutely not. This also does not mean to let certain behaviors go unpunished. Listen to the Words of Jesus from Matthew:
“You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you not to stand up against someone who does you wrong. On the contrary, if someone hits you on the right cheek, let him hit you on the left cheek too! If someone wants to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well! And if a soldier forces you to carry his pack for one mile, carry it for two! When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something from you, lend it to him.
This does mean let someone bully you for your kindness, on the contrary there are two ways about this. The saying, kill them with kindness” kind of goes here but without the killing part. Show God’s Love and Mercy to those who do not show you mercy and they may learn mercy and find God. We are to treat others better than they “deserve” because that is how God has treated us. Love others out of our Love for God. Yes we get aggravated and angered but turn that aggravation into kind responses sharing what we know Jesus would have us do. But God also gave Solomon this piece of wisdom:
Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences. Proverbs 4:23
Giving in to their false sense of strength grants their belief they have power over you. When you do not guard your heart from behaving like that adversary, you fail at sharing God’s Grace and Mercy. How do we accomplish this?
Show God’s Love through ultimate unquestionable actions thereby proving you are the stronger person because of your strength through adversity thanks to your faith and belief in God. That is how. What we are to do is not give the other person the satisfaction of believing they have power over you because they will continue their behavior if not with you then with someone else.
Where Is Your Identity Rooted?
I finish where I started by asking the question again so you can examine yourself, ask forgiveness, and dedicate or rededicate your life to God (and mean it). Are you willing to suffer for your faith and see the joy that it brings even when your family may be the ones bringing the strife. Are you ready to let go and let God take over your life?
I am sorry that I have not been the person you desire me to be. I have tried to seek only your accolades, and use my gifts for You alone but sometimes I like to hear “Good job” from those around me. Father, help me turn the other cheek and glorify you through sharing in your grace and mercy through words and actions that point only to You. Thank You Father for all You are. Please forgive me. IN your Holy and Blessed Name, Through Jesus I pray. Amen
Rob, Servant of God.
The choices we make determine the words we say and the actions we take. The question then becomes, “What caused this person to do or say these things which caused others to have a significant emotional event?” Many people want to blame the devil, some say it is a mental disease, some will even go as far saying the person was born with the defect that caused the person to act that way. Each of those can be right in some respects but the last one is probably the most accurate. We are all born with a sinful nature, it is our choice as to whether we embrace it, or fight it. How we are raised, and live our lives are what influences our choice.
Adam was given a direct command from God not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge (aka. Good and Evil). Eve was told of the Tree by Adam, but we are not sure whether or not Adam explained the rules completely. The serpent in the garden (influenced by the Adversary) influenced Eve to make a choice. In the process, Eve added to God’s Word which influenced the serpent to entice Eve into making a bad choice. God immediately condemned the serpent and took the arms and legs away (Gen3:14). He then caused retribution on Satan and Mankind saying, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Gen 13:15).
The Devil Made Me Do It, is a common phrase heard one too many times when person does something that is not in the norm for the person. It usually involves something tragic. But here is the truth of the matter…. Satan, the Adversary is the influencer that causes a person to make a choice to do or say things. These influences are ideations that lead to temptations and ultimately sin. Satan uses the world around us to place us into a position that requires us to make choices. In other words, the devil cannot make you do anything, it is all about choice.
The Hebrew word śāṭān, meaning “accuser” or “adversary,” occurs several times throughout the Tanakh and references enemies both human and celestial alike. When referring to the celestial adversary, the word is typically accompanied by the definite article. He is ha-satan--the Accuser—and it is a job description rather than a proper name. That is right, a job description.
Looking into the book of Job, ha-satan is the one that prompted God to allow Job’s faith to be tested. There were no temptations placed on Job’s heart and ha-satan could not break him. Here, the Adversary plays a dirty prosecutor who influenced certain aspects of the world to make a mess of Job’s life. So looking in the ethereal, ha-satan is not an individual, but one who wreaks havoc causing things to happen that affects the world around us and tests our free will by allowing us to choose how we will react.
Over the millennia, this position on the council has been more personified and it stands to reason that this Satan is connected to Lucifer the fallen and what we call the Devil. This personification is found in many cultures specifically Greece and Roman being known as Hades and Pluto. Other cultures name the god of the dead as Osiris, Ogbunabali, Iku, Mot, Aita, and Ishtar-Deela, to name a few. East Asian mythos has a whole team for the underworld set up in a hierarchy Starting at emperors all the way down to gatekeepers, administrators and judges. Many of these are not influencers but are still considered to be feared.
Ha-satan, the Accuser, tester of man and deity may have fallen from grace and become known as Lucifer the deceiver and prince of this world with his minions (demons) but he does not make us do anything that we would not choose to do. Demons wreak havoc on man to help us make poor choices to keep us away from God but they cannot win the battle of Good and Evil when a person is given a choice to live with God or away from God no matter how good they make it sound.
Judeo-Christian Believers understand that there is a difference between eternal life and eternal death. Because of this understanding we are granted the ability free will, the right to choose our course of action in daily living. This Free Will also means that we understand the difference between right and wrong ways of living. Our Free Will is given a boost when we have the Holy Spirit, the Helper, living within us and guiding us to make good moral and ethical choices which determine our ultimate fate which is living in God’s light or in darkness, separated from God. Free Will is a gift from God that was in place from the beginning even before The Fall but was not understood until the fruit was eaten.
The Choice is Yours
What you do with your life is your choice but I hope that you listen to the Holy Spirit and not the deceiver. The worldly influences are gaining ground every day and have infiltrated all ranks of religious hierarchy. We can choose to get back to the ways that take us to the Father or continue down the path that leads to separation from God. I hope you choose the path that leads to eternal life because the darkness is a very frightening place.
May God’s Loving Grace envelop you,
Rob, Servant of God
Where is it that you find the most comfort? What makes you at ease and less stressed so that you can be a value to the society in which you live? When the kings of Judea were apart from God, they found nothing but trouble. The influences of other gods and the societies that worshipped them had made their troubles greater because the other gods were manifestations of the Adversary.
The line of King David had many troubles because they were influenced by other nations who did not know the One True God and had fallen into the traps of doing vile and immoral things to attempt to bring a peaceful resolve to the lands. Sometimes, God would open the heart of a prophet and the king would listen. Sometimes the king would kill the prophet without remorse which caused even worse trouble. When Asa was king, he listened………
The Spirit of God came on ‘Azaryah the son of ‘Oded; 2 he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Y’hudah and Binyamin! Adonai is with you, as long as you are with him; if you seek him, you will find him; but if you abandon him, he will abandon you! 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a cohen who could teach, and without Torah. 4 But when, in their distress, they turned to Adonai the God of Israel and sought him, they found him. 5 In those times people going about their business were insecure, and great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands; 6 so that they were shattered to pieces, nation against nation and city against city, as God troubled them with every kind of distress. 7 But you, be strong, and don’t slack off; for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:1-7
I used the Common Jewish Bible translation here because it made the most sense to me. King Asa found comfort in the words of the seer/prophet and realized why the nation was troubled. He went on a crusade and removed the worship of Ba’al, Molech, Asherah, and others who caused strife in the land. He instructed all the people to return to Adonai and they did. Their hard hearts crumbled and found comfort and peace. For 35 years the nation was quiet and at peace because they returned to God.
We are in a time where Ba’al, Molech, and Baphomet have overtaken the hearts of humankind, even some who lead worship in the name of Jesus have fallen into the trappings of the immoral and vile behaviors that the demon gods enjoy. We are finding that child sacrifices have returned, sexual perversions that are supposed to bring a heightened spiritual well-being (happiness) are being practiced. These things only bring trouble and we are experiencing that now. We are in a time where the balance is highly disturbed and we are afflicted. We have division where we once almost had peaceful resolution.
What we need to do is obvious. The change must occur first in the churches that have been infected then reach out to others so they can see the truth that has been covered by the goat’s wool in front of their eyes. King Asa and others were reminded of the truth through words from the prophets or a rediscovery of the ancient texts. We have the Dead Sea Scrolls and other texts that have not been changed so why can we not listen and find comfort?
Heavenly Father, Gracious Lord, we have sinned and forgotten the truths. We have let our brothers and sisters fall into the traps of the gods who keep us from knowing you and allowed them to find peace and comfort in things that will only destroy them. Father, enter us and shine your light through us so that we may be like Azaryah and the other prophets who spoke Your truths and bring a temporary peace to this troubled world until Your Son returns. Father, be with those who are suffering and mourning their losses both physically and spiritually especially when it is a child, or other loved one. Help us remove the wool from the eyes of the churches who lost your Word so that the true Kingdom will be found and built higher for your Glory. Thank you Father for all things, for the remission of sins, and the Holy Spirit which guides us. We ask these things through your Son, Jesus. Amen
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