2 Chronicles 22:10 God Uses Families

2 Chronicles 22:10 (KJV)
But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.

I observe, as I search the Scriptures, that God uses families. 

  • The family of Seth narrowed to
  • The Family of Noah narrowed to
  • The family of Shem narrowed to
  • The family of Abraham narrowed to
  • The family of Isaac narrowed to
  • The family of Jacob narrowed to
  • The family of Judah narrowed to
  • The family of David from which comes

Jesus Christ.

This caused me to consider how, in the northern kingdom, the royal family constantly changed. One could say they never had a royal family. We have in this passage an attempt to destroy the true seed royal. An attempt that could never be successful because this was the family God had chosen. 

It seems like there is always someone who attempts to break God’s family chain. The very culture of the United States seems bent on separating families. With it is destroyed the line of faith. Churches have bought into this culture to the extent that the preachers’ children (and I have come to learn this includes his grandchildren) are driven away from their parents, their church and in many cases their faith. Injured by pests in the church who constantly criticize and pick at them, the preacher’s own family is often made to not feel welcome serving the Lord in the very church they grew up in. 

I am for removing the pests, not the pastor’s family. 

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2 Chronicles 20:12 Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

2 Chronicles 20:12 (KJV)
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

When faced with a great enemy Jehoshaphat’s prayer was;

Wilt thou not judge them
“God please, do what needs to be done with them. We do not have the resources, the wherewithal to do it.” Whether the enemy is a large one, better armed or a smaller one, schooled in deception, we never have the resources God has. 

Neither know we what to do
Even if we had the resources, we are fallible and fail of the wisdom of God. We might do more damage that is necessary. We might hurt our own in our efforts to defend our own. We could never know what to do as well as God. 

Our eyes are upon thee
We look to the Lord. 

  • We look to Him in faith, trusting He will do the right. 
  • We look to Him in prayer, calling out to Him our petitions and 
  • We look to Him through His Word, seeking His direction through His infallible instructions. 

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2 Chronicles 17:10 What Might God Do?

2 Chronicles 17:10 (KJV)
And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

The Bible describes Jehoshaphat as unique among the kings of Judah. He walked in the first ways of his father David. There were other good kings, but few whose obedience and faith were like to Jehoshaphat. 

And God uniquely blessed Judah during the reign of Jehoshaphat. The fear of the Lord fell upon the neighboring kingdoms so that there was peace between them. The only battle in his day was one he foolishly agreed to enter. God had protected and blessed other kings not so good. He had even blessed and protected rebellious kings in northern Israel. But this was a unique blessing. The difference of which can be seen in the battle Jehoshaphat did enter into, where Ahab disguised himself and Jehoshaphat did not. Though the enemy originally attacked Jehoshaphat because he looked like a king, they quickly realized he was not their target. An archer, on a whim, shot an arrow through the chest of a man who turned out to be wicked king Ahab. 

All this makes me wonder what God might do in Israel today if they turned their whole hearts to God? He is blessing Israel today, it is obvious. What blessings more might happen if they turned to the LORD? 

And in the United States today; God is blessing our land through the leadership of President Trump. And that despite his obvious worldliness. President Trump acknowledges God more openly than most of our recent Presidents, but he does not have a perfect heart before the Lord. What might God do if he turned with a whole heart to the Lord?

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2 Chronicles 15:14-15 Principles for Revival

2 Chronicles 15:14-15 (KJV)
And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

The covenant Judah swore would be criticized in our day. The modern application would simply be having no company with those who walk not according to the things we have learned in the Bible. It doesn’t have to be viewed as barbaric. 

What I wish to focus upon is that, when they sought the Lord with their whole desire, He was found of them. Nothing has changed in this regard. The Lord is nigh unto every one of us. 

If we will learn the principle of separation and then seek the Lord with our whole being, 

  • We can be revived, 
  • We can have cause of rejoicing and 
  • We can have rest for our souls 

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2 Chronicles 11:4 Obey His Word

2 Chronicles 11:4 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

This is a remarkable passage. Rehoboam had what men would say is every right to be angry. 

  • Israel had rebelled and seceded from his authority
  • They had killed Hadoram his treasurer and
  • They had chased him out of their territory

Rehoboam came home to gather an army. He was intent on bringing these rebels to their knees. 

But then the preacher spoke to him, “Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up … for this thing is done of me …”

And Rehoboam and his men obeyed. Remarkable! 

May God give us the strength to obey His Word even when everything in us wants to accomplish our own will.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 If My People

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse is God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer in 6:38-39. Solomon’s asked the Lord, “If they return and pray, then hear from the heavens.

God’s response was? “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

  • My prayer to God, for the people of God, is that they would return and pray. 
  • My prayer to God is that He would them hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal our land. 

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2 Chronicles 6:38-39 My Prayer

2 Chronicles 6:38-39 (KJV)
If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

God, who dwells in the thick darkness, filled this temple with His glory. In response, Solomon began to pray. He anticipated, in his prayer, what would be the future of Israel. They would sin and they would be removed from this place. He prayed for them that, should this happen, if they returned to God and prayed, that God would: 

  • Hear their prayer
  • Maintain their cause and
  • Forgive their sin

My prayer for the people I pastor is that God will move us to turn to Him with all of our heart and soul and that God will:

  • Hear our prayer
  • Maintain our cause and
  • Forgive our sin and that of our country 

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2 Chronicles 5:14 God Showed Up

2 Chronicles 5:14 (KJV)
So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

What an interesting thought. When God showed up at the Temple even the priests had to sit down. They could not minister while in the presence of the glory of the Lord. 

We hear a great deal about “God showing up” at certain church services, preaching conferences or sundry meetings. What is generally meant by that is that the preachers were hot – they were in the zone. The messages were inspiring, the music was moving, and the altars were busy. 

Perhaps when God shows up the signs would be more like what happened to Isaiah, or Peter who fell down prostrate in the presence of the Lord. 

Maybe what we should be looking for is not an inspirational service but a quiet one. One where people simply bow in humble awe that God has met with them. 

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Do You Have a Heart For God?

Episode #26 How often is it that we worship God but will not be confined to those things He teaches us in the Bible! I think I see it more often now than at any other time in my Christian life.
  • People who claim faith but reject church
  • People who claim faith but challenge doctrine
  • People who claim faith but question the Bible
  • People who claim faith but also embrace worldly philosophies
  • People who claim to be saved but also to be agnostics or even atheists
The Bible calls this out for what it is; they have not prepared their hearts unto the Lord. Whatever else may be true of them, they do not have a heart for God.
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The Fire From Heaven

Episode #24

The Bible says that after Solomon’s prayer the fire came down from heaven. Not just a fire, but the fire.

Perhaps this heartens back to Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

This was “a fire” from the Lord. It was their first experience with it. By this time, however, they were familiar with that fire that came from God.

  • It was not a man made fire
  • It was not a natural fire

This was the fire, the same fire they had known before.

  • God demonstrated it first In Leviticus 9.
  • David witnessed it at the alter in 1 Chronicles 21. 
  • Elijah called it down in 1 Kings 18

The great need of our hour is the fire from heaven. We have seen churches aflame with an emotional fire stirred up by the hand of men. We have witnessed revivals of church attendance brought on by events such as great storms or terrible acts against our country. What we need most desperately is a revival directly from heaven. And I am sure, when we see it, we will know it.

 

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