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June 16, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 15

 

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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 15:9- Then Asa called together all the people of Judah and Benjamin, along with the people of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them. For many from Israel had moved to Judah during Asa’s reign when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. 


Observations- Here is an example of a verse I've never really noticed before- I love when God reveals something new I haven't paid attention to the other 10 times (or more) that I've read through the Bible. Asa's faithfulness to God was so attractive that it led many people from the northern kingdom of Israel to move south- away from a king who refused

to honor God...away from people who weren't invested any longer in following the God who led them out of captivity in Egypt into the Promised Land.

 

Application- No matter how bad things may seem we must always remember there will be people attracted and drawn to doing what is good and right for the glory of God. Elijah thought he was the only one in all of Israel interested in following God, but God reminded him there were 7000 others just like him, so he needed to release his despair and lay claim to his hope in God. Let's be the people who are attracted to being and doing what is pleasing to God as revealed in His Word!

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for examples in Your Word that encourages us to be strong and faithful, even when it is beyond difficult. Help us be the kind of individuals and church that is attractive, because we choose to do what is pleasing to You and makes Jesus famous. Guide us to move toward the next right course of action in our life together as Your church in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.

 

"For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true." (Ephesians 5:8-9),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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June 15, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 14

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles+14&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 14:2- Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the 

Lord his God.


Observations- We find here something unique and rare in the stories of the Old Testament kings. It tells us simply and without reservation that Asa honored God and did what was right- period. Most of the kings didn't do what pleased God or they only did some of what pleased God. Asa not only wanted to do the right thing to give God glory, but he followed through on it with his actions.

 

Application- There is a big difference between saying we want something and doing what it takes to help make it happen. Are we willing to pay the price through our commitment and follow through to God's best for our lives? Saying we want to follow Jesus is a great starting place that has to be backed up with our actions and habits of the heart. How well are we doing on living out what we have committed ourselves to be and do with and for Jesus, the One we call our Savior and Lord? 

 

Prayer- (by Dallas Willard- 1935-2013) My Prayer For You is that you would have a rich life of joy and power, abundant in supernatural results, with a constant, clear vision of never-ending life in God's World before you, and of the everlasting significance of your work day by day. A radiant life and death. Amen. 

 

"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (Philippians 4:8b),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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