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“When we need help, may we always turn to God first.” <>< Dona (06/11/20)

Please read II Chronicles 20 through 23.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Chronicles 20 Jehoshaphat was told a vast army was coming against him.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of You and he proclaimed a fast for all of Judah.

Something to think about

The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord.  Jehoshaphat prayed.  Part of his prayer: “we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” Then God spoke through Jahaziel “Do not be afraid or discouraged … For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Something to experience

We may not fight an enemy army; but every day we battle temptation, pressure and evil.  All of this is trying to get us to rebel against God.  But remember we have the Holy Spirit to help us. God will fight for us when we ask Him to do so. And God always wins. 

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In II Chronicles 21 Jehoshaphat died and his son, Jehoram became king. Jehoram did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, though Jehoram didn’t follow You, You kept Your covenant that You had made with David. 

Something to think about

The Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David.  The Lord maintained a lamp (a place on the throne) for David and his descendants forever.

Something to experience

This promise/covenant was completely fulfilled in the coming of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David, who will sit on the throne forever.

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In II Chronicles 22-23 Ahaziah, son of Jehoram, became king.  He too did evil in the eyes of the Lord.  His mother encouraged him to do so. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Ahaziah’s mother encouraged him to do wrong.

Something to think about

Ahaziah was killed and his mother Athaliah proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of Judah.  But Ahaziah’s young son, Joash, was stolen away and saved by priest Jehoiada’s wife, Jehosheba. And  Athaliah was put to death.  Though it could have cost him his life, Jehoiada, the priest, did what was right.  He restored the temple worship and anointed Joash the new king.

Something to experience

There may be times we must correct a wrong or speak out for what is right.  When such a situation arises, I hope we will be like Jehoiada, the priest, and be courageous and do what is right. 

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In II Chronicles 24 Joash became king.  He reigned in Jerusalem for 40 years.  Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, all the years of Jehoiada, the priest.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Joash decided to restore Your temple. 

Something to think about

Though Joash decided to have the temple repaired, the Levites were slow to start.  So Joash summoned Jehoiada, the priest and encouraged him.

Something to experience

There may be times we need to follow up on something we’ve asked to be done.  I hope we will act quickly without delay.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will recognize our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly supernatural places (Ephesians 6:12 AMP).  Lord, thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit.  For the  Spirit comes to helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Holy Spirit within us knows our need and at the right time will intercede on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words.  And He knows how to pray on behalf of us, Your people in accordance with Your will (Romans 8:26-27 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will remember and acknowledge that every battle we face is Yours and that You bring victory (I Samuel 17:47 AMP).  Thank You Lord for promising to send Jesus the Messiah to sit on the throne forever (Psalm 2:2 AMP).  Lord, I pray no matter the consequences we will correct what is wrong and speak out for what is right (I Peter 3:11 AMP; Acts 10:35 AMP; II Thessalonians 3:13 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I always seek to do what is right in God’s eyes.” <>< Dona