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Daily Bread : 2 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

June 27, 2012

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Notes from todays reading.

 

2 Kings 13:

2 quick highlights in this chapter.

Verse 18-19

  • This made no sense to me. But my blessed study Bible layed it out for me. This was an illustration by King Jehoash lacking faith, zeal and commitment to the deliverance of God. You ever been passionately angry? You begin slamming something, punching something or even yelling and you cant control it. Maybe repeating that action multiple times? Thats the image I got here. The King hit the arrow three times, almost in a routine, lets just get through the motions type of behavior.

Verse 21b

  • Straight up miracle. Depicting the obedience and glory that Elisha lived throughout his lifetime. But God illustrates here how his life of giving and of Godliness did not end in death. We need to be sold out for Christ so our lives of giving, love and Godliness dont end in death.

2 Kings 14:

Verse 3, The way you live is how your kids will live. What are you teaching them directly and in-directly? Do you live the way you want them to live? If you dont, start now, make changes and live in a way that strives for Godliness, and guess who will follow?!

2 Chronicles 25:

Going to combine 2 Kings 14 and this chapter in order to learn from the life of King Amaziah.

Verse 2 of this chapter says Amaziah followed God, but not wholeheartedly, so lets call this half-heartedness. Lets keep in mind yesterday’s Nibble also through this depiction of faith. Again these are just my thoughts on what God has put on my heart through today’s reading. You take it for what it’s worth.

Verse 14-16 describes the actions of the King after a God-given victory. The King listened to the advice of a prophet, of “the Man of God” so obviously when we listen to God we will be victorious. Thats a clear easy one. But what the King does after His victory is a window into his heart, true motives and desires. Half-heartedness can do this to us, it can lead us astray. It can lead us to deception that victories from God, are actually personal victories. Which in turn opens the floodgates of sin as the king illustrates in these verses.

Now go to verse 27. Amaziah’s half-heartedness eventually led him completely away from serving God and following the Will of God. In turn causing men to pursue him for his life. Many prophets have had death on their head and shoulders, but their firm faith keeps them grounded in repentance and obedience. Half-heartedness keeps us on the fence, some men may repent but many will not. Many will be too consumed in their life of sin, guilt, pride and shame.

Based off of this mans half-hearted devotion, is this a worthy gamble? We do the same things in our lives. Just different settings and stories. But it’s all the same. If you don’t serve God wholeheartedly the risk of deception is greater. The risk of failure is greater. The chance of turning completely away from God is greater. Be strong, fight through the trials by desiring God’s Will rather than your own.

2 Timothy 3:

Great chapter. Verses 1-5 sound very familiar. Reading these verses I can relate to a lot of these things in our society today. Makes me scared for these people, it also burns my heart to increase my urgency for the lost. I pray that it does the same in you. The last line says stay away from people like this. Yes we must not follow, or hang with people like this without standing very firm in righteousness. These types of behaviors can easily be adopted by half-hearted people. We must be thoroughly equipped in order to overcome these behaviors and falling prey to the people we know that act in these ways. This is where prayer is greatly needed, we may not be with them physically, but spiritually we must be there for them in prayer.

Verse 10 inspires me. How awesome to live a life that you can honestly without a doubt say you live this way, with these traits. Not for human glory, but knowing this leads to a type of Godliness that is pleasing to our Creator and Lord.

Verses 11-12 is the real deal. Persecution only comes by stepping out of the shadows. Living in the comfort of christian shadows will not bring persecution because we are picking and choosing which battles to face. But by standing up for righteousness in all things takes you away from the shade of comfort,  forcing you to seek and live in the refuge of God Almighty.

 

Be Bold and Courageous.

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