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Not All Politicians Are The Same

December 21 – Today’s Readings – 2Chronicles 28-30 and Proverbs 21

2 Chronicles 29:2-7 reads, “He [Hezekiah] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side and said: ‘Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD, the God of your fathers. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the LORD’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him. They also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They did not burn incense or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary to the God of Israel.”

Having read these three chapters, we should never again be lethargic about who we elect to lead our nation. Within a few weeks of King Hezekiah coming to power, the entire nation began to come back to the Lord. The previous “bad” King had been so unfaithful to God that he had literally locked up the Temple. Instead, the city of Jerusalem was filled with places to worship gods of wood and bronze. The manner in which these gods were worshiped was horrible but none was so bad as the out-going king’s chosen god, Baal who demanded that fathers burn their children to death in sacrifice to him. Just imagine a king of Judah sacrificing his own son to a demon! It’s inconceivable!

Let’s not ever think that “all politicians are the same” – they are not! Some men and women want to please God, some want to worship devils, some live under the control of destructive philosophies, and some live only to please themselves. Churches living under the authority of a God-fearing national, provincial or civic leader will prosper because the spiritual climate of a nation can be changed by the leaders of the nation. A city can be changed because of an elected civic government that wants to please God.

Maybe it’s time we started training our children to be leaders of cities, provinces, and the nation! Let’s quit hating all politicians and begin to promote Godly people who are sticking their necks out and running for office! It’s time for more Hezekiahs to come to power and its time for the Church to unify and elect them.

“Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” [Acts 13:21-22] Now that’s the kind of “King” I want to see as head of the nation.

Questions:

1. If Godly leadership can change the spiritual climate of a nation, what do think would happen if the boss of a workplace wanted to please God?
2. What do you think would happen to a work environment if enough “workers” became focused on pleasing God?
3. How about just one “real” Christian?

All These Things Will Be Given To You

December 12 – Today’s Readings – 2Chronicles 1-3 and Proverbs 12

“Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.” [2Chronicles 1:1]

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]

In his early years, King Solomon did seek God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness. He sought God with all his heart and set about building the house of the Lord to glorify God. His prayers were simple and sincere. He wasn’t focused on himself, but chose rather to be “God centered” – building the Kingdom and wanting to bless the people. God was so excited about this guy, who possessed a “kingdom mentality” that He began to pour out blessings on him. I’m quite sure that Solomon rolled up his sleeves and did his bit but it really wasn’t too hard – the blessings chased him down and ambushed him. He couldn’t get away from the Lord’s help and approval.

Now we’re talking New Testament stuff! God calls us to be sons and daughters – children bornt into the family can’t help but get blessed unless they walk away from the Father. I’ve worked all of my life thus far in order to provide for my loved ones and to bless the Kingdom of God. Unless one of my loved ones runs away and I can’t find them anymore – they will be blessed! This is the heart of Father-God. All we will ever need is found in Him. He provides for our eternal security but His blessings extend far beyond that.

As we walk with Jesus, He leads us in all the paths of righteousness – we have righteousness, peace and joy! What more could a human being want? What about all the other riches that pursue us? Well, God redeems people who have nothing and blesses them progressively – as they walk with Him and apply the financial principles laid out in His Word. All we have is His, but all He has is ours! The great wonder of all of this is that even though earthly riches can be used for healing people, worshipping God and speaking life to a lost world, these riches are really worthless in the light of eternity. Nonetheless God will continue to pour out His blessing upon you so that you can be a conduit of His love. Think of yourself as a cup that is running over – so is your saucer!

“God said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” [2Chronicles 1:11-12]

Father, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Questions:

1. Name and tell of other Bible characters who were blessed by God in order to be a blessing.
2. Tell of a blessing God has given you so that you can bless others. [Think – parable of talents or light being hid under a bowl – Matthew 5:14-16]

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