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“May you and I be godly examples to all those around us.” <>< Dona (05/25/20)

Please read II Kings 10 through 13.  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.

II Kings 10:24-28 Israel was supposed to be intolerant of any religion that did not worship the one true God. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, instead of the Israelites being a godly example to those around them, those around them influenced the Israelites.

Something to think about

The nations surrounding Israel were evil and corrupt.  They destroyed life.  God’s special nation, Israel, was chosen to be an example of what was right.  But Israel’s kings, priests, and elders began to tolerate then incorporate surrounding pagan beliefs into their life. 

Something to experience

We are to be completely intolerant of sin and remove it from our lives.  We should not condone beliefs or practices that lead people away from God’s standards of living.

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In II Kings 10:28-31 King Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel.  But he didn’t get rid of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, King Jehu didn’t keep the law of the Lord with all his heart.

Something to think about

King Jehu did much of what the Lord told him to, but he did not obey him with all his heart.  He had become God’s instrument for carrying out justice, but he had not become God’s servant.  As a result, he gave only lip service to God while permitting the worship of the golden calves. 

Something to experience

Like King Jehu, it may be easy for us to denounce the sins of others while excusing sin in our own lives.  We need to check the condition of our heart toward God.  Because we can be very active in our work for God and still not give the heartfelt obedience He desires.

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In II Kings 13:1-9 though King Jehoahaz did evil in the eyes of the Lord, when he sought the Lord’s favor, the Lord listened.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You provided a deliverer for Israel even when they weren’t being faithful to You.

Something to think about

The Lord listened to King Joehoahaz.  He saw how the King of Aram was oppressing Israel, so God provided a deliverer.  But the Israelites didn’t sustain their dependence on God for long. 

Something to experience

It is not enough to say no to sin, we must also say yes to a life of commitment to God.  An occasional call for help is not a substitute for a daily life of trusting in God.

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In II Kings 13:15-19 Elisha told King Jehoash to strike the ground with his arrows.  It seems he did it without conviction and stopped short of what he was suppose to do.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, because King Jehoash hit the ground a few times and stopped, Elisha told King Jehoash that his victory over Aram would not be complete.

Something to think about

Elisha told King Jehoash that he should have struck the ground five or six times, then he would have defeated Aram completely.

Something to experience

Receiving the full benefit of God’s plan for our lives requires us to receive and obey God’s commands fully.  If we don’t follow God’s complete instructions, we should not be surprised that His full benefits and blessings are not present.

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Prayer

Lord I pray we will be completely intolerant of all sin.  I pray we will seek You and repent of all sin in our life (Matthew 3:8 AMP). I pray we will not follow after false gods.  I pray we will seek to live according to Your standards (Romans 6:17 AMP).  I pray we will check the condition of our heart (Luke 13:5 AMP).  I pray we will be obedient to You (I Peter 1:14 AMP).  I pray we will commit our life to You (James 5:8 AMP).  I pray we will trust You (Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP). I pray we will receive and obey Your commands fully (Revelation 3:3 AMP).  I pray we will receive Your full benefits and blessing as we follow You (I Corinthians 2:9 AMP: Isaiah 45:8 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I receive all God has stored up for us.” <>< Dona