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June 8, 2019

Read 2 Chronicles 7

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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 7:14-15- Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. 


Observations- This is a famous verse that is often used to remind us to pray for the leaders of our nation and for revival in our city, country, and world. Here it served as a reminder of the promises of God to be faithful to His people, but these were conditional promises; that is, God was also clear that there would be consequences for His people choosing to go their own way and violate His loving commandments and guidelines designed to help life go better for them.

 

Application- We need to remember the promises of God found throughout His Word. We also need to remember that most of God's commitments and promises to bless us are contingent upon us holding up our end of the covenant. Yes, God unconditionally loves us, but He doesn't unconditionally affirm and celebrate whatever we choose to do. Being on our knees in repentance is a lifestyle to live into, not a one time action when we come to Christ for salvation. What new direction is God calling you to take?

 

Prayer- Lord, we are people called by Your name. We desire to follow Jesus as the leader of His church. Give us humility to get on our knees in prayer, seek Your face, and turn from all of our ways that miss the mark of Your full intention for our lives. Thank You for hearing us and forgiving us. We need You! Hear our prayers for more of Your truth and grace to abide in our lives, this church, our nation, and Your world. Amen.

 

"If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 John 1:8-9),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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June 6, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 5

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+5&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 5:13b-14- Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is good!

His faithful love endures forever!” At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the 

Lord. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.


Observations- As they moved the Ark of the Covenant (containing the Ten Commandments) from the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle) to the Temple, there was great joy and celebration of Who God was and all He had done with and for His people. The presence of God was "thick" in this unique and special time.

 

Application- Have you ever experienced a time in your life with Christ that was so filled with the presence and glory of God that you were overcome with awe and joy? We need to have such experiences to sustain us through more difficult and even dry spiritual times that are bound to come our way as well. We can't do life with only having "mountaintop experiences," but we need to always be ready to be surprised and delighted by God, Who is good and worthy of our praise.

 

Prayer- (by E. Stanley Jones) “O God, I have come into a new world; for a new world has come to me. Help me to live so that people will seem different to me…and I will seem different to them. For I am different…and I am so grateful. Amen.”

 

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17),

 

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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