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Daily Bread : 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13,14; Philipians 4

June 14, 2012

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Notes from todays reading.

1 Kings 15:

God revealed to me some things in this text that the words alone don’t do any justice. Verses 11-13 to the naked eye may just seem pretty straight forward, maybe even go unnoticed. But these verses have several huge implications for us all, but even for me they spoke a little more into my own life.

First of all verse 11 got my attention and got me excited. We have been reading about king after king that has not done what is pleasing in God’s sight. We have seen a repeating cycle of sinful ways passed on from generation to generation. But God has raised up Asa to be a man of God with integrity, courage and tremendous boldness. Due to my lack of knowledge I don’t understand the full scope and depth of the idols and poles used for worship in these days. But from reading in the Old Testament I’ve gotten a pretty good idea that these things are powerful and meaningful to the people when God was absent.

But King Asa stood up for righteousness. He banished all these things, I’m sure with great opposition, just unspoken since he was the King. These people have become accustomed to these things, and to have them ripped away, I guarantee you caused major uproar! The second amazingly bold thing he did was to demote his grandmother, then cut and burn her pole of worship! That is heavy! He stood up against his grandmother who I’m sure had a lot of power, prestige and attitude. But King Asa did not care he had the courage and the heart to know that we should only fear God. That if we live to please people, God will destroy us. So instead he lived to please God, with the hope and prayer God will change their hearts. Remember this day an age has its own idols and poles that our society, us included worship without realizing it. Be aware of this, seek these thing and remove them. Cut them and Burn them!

2 Chronicles 13:

Verse 12 gives us another glimpse of King Asa’s boldness, confidence and faith in God the Father. He had no problem or hesitation to declare that nothing and no one can stand against God the Father. When you walk with God, when you serve God and live for Him alone, He alone gives us the strength and boldness to declare His mighty powers and works. We have to remember that God will always deliver!

Look at verse 18, God delivered because of Judah’s trust in Him! Trust alone delivered them. Guys lets practice trusting in Him in all ways and for all things Big and small. Trust in God = Victory!

2 Chronicles 14:

Dont know if you remember but there are many Psalms that describe God as our refuge, or our shelter. Verses 3-6 illustrate how this happens. King Asa was faithful to God, his actions were to please God and God alone. By removing the wickedness he was pleasing God, although King Asa’s kingdom was probably in an uproar against Him. But yet the enemies that really mattered God gave him peace. The Lord alone gave peace, creating a shelter and refuge within his own faithfulness Asa lived. So its safe to say that when we are faithful to God, when we trust in Him we create a shelter of  refuge within God’s peace!

I want to focus on verses 11-12. Asa cried out to God in his time of need. He was faced with an enormous battle, a battle in the eyes of man who seemed like guaranteed defeat. King Asa’s decision was simple, the task at hand was so great he could either run and hide, or submit to the will of God. Because of Asa’s trust in God, his faithfulness in God and his pleasing actions towards God. Asa was already in the routine of turning to God. So it came natural, it came by routine, it came by repetition to turn to God again. It was a daily thing for this King to put his decisions on God, except this time lives were in imminent danger therefore causing Asa to cry out.

But the main point I want you guys to catch is that first line of verse 12: “So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians…”. We have to remember in our victories to give God all the Glory praise and Honor. We are mere men that are worthless sinners. How dare we take any credit for the work of God. To God be ALL the Glory and ALL the Praise!

Philippians 4:

“Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” I know we all have times where worrying can control our thoughts. But this verse gives us a clear practical application of how to combat worry. With the surgery of my daughter approaching, trust me; I am using this every hour or more! But when worry comes in, stop those thoughts right in their tracks. Dont let it grow! Turn those thoughts right into a prayer of peace, joy, comfort and glory for God’s name right there on the spot!! Amen!

 

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