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With Pastor Dave Roussel

Tag: Proverbs 17

Very Little Glory

June 17 – Today’s Readings – 2Kings 13-15 and Proverbs 17

As I was reading through the lists of the “Kings” it became evident to me that God was interested in the final outcome of their lives – did they do (or not do) that was “right” in the eyes of the Lord? Did they follow in the ways of Jeroboam, son of Nebat or follow the Lord wholeheartedly? Did they tear down the high places and the Asherah Poles and did they do away with the things that were displeasing to God? Throughout the reign of these kings, the Lord did not ever utterly reject Israel or Judah but these 2 nations certainly became weaker with each successive pathetic leader and there was little “glory” to be seen in the people of God.

We too are “kings and priests” according to Scripture and our way of life affects the overall health of the Kingdom of God – “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1Timothy 6:11) It is never too late to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord – it is never too late to tear down “idols” and “asherah poles” in our lives – it is never too late to make changes so that God sits up and takes notice – and He will! He blesses the people who seek Him and do what is right, but the Church that allows spiritual matters to slide is weakened. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1Peter 2:9)

The other very obvious thing that happens when people seek God and live right is that future generations will be influenced to serve God and do what’s right – or in the case of Jeroboam, son of Nebat – generations will be influenced to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord! “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (Joel 1:3) This is the plan of the Almighty – that generations would go from strength to strength and that the people of God would show forth His glory.

What exactly are the purposes of God when He corrects or mets out discipline to His people? There is a great deal written in Scripture concerning the Nation of Israel and the Church receiving approval or disapproval from the Lord. The successive accounts of kings in Judah and Israel are written for examples to us – not so much as a model of what to do as what not to do. Remember the seven churches in Revelation? – These are also excellent examples for us to imitate because God has special interest in groups of people who bear His name. As a church we can do well or we can find ourselves wanting.

Needed – Kings and Priests who will break rank with Jeroboam, the son of Nebat and follow the Lord wholeheartedly, like King David did!

Questions:

1. Give a Scriptural example of successive generations serving God because one generation did it right.
2. Give an example of a family you know or have heard of where successive generations served the Lord with passion.

Did They Do What Was Right

June 17 – Today’s Readings – 2Kings 13-15 and Proverbs 17

As I was reading through the lists of the “Kings” it became evident to me that God was interested in the final outcome of their lives – did they do (or not do) that was “right” in the eyes of the Lord? Did they follow in the ways of Jeroboam, son of Nebat or follow the Lord wholeheartedly? Did they tear down the high places and the Asherah Poles and did they do away with the things that were displeasing to God? Throughout the reign of these kings, the Lord did not ever utterly reject Israel or Judah but these 2 nations certainly became weaker with each successive pathetic leader and there was little “glory” to be seen in the people of God.

We too are “kings and priests” according to Scripture and our way of life affects the overall health of the Kingdom of God – “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1Timothy 6:11) It is never too late to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord – it is never too late to tear down “idols” and “asherah poles” in our lives – it is never too late to make changes so that God sits up and takes notice – and He will! He blesses the people who seek Him and do what is right, but the Church that allows spiritual matters to slide is weakened. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1Peter 2:9)

The other very obvious thing that happens when people seek God and live right is that future generations will be influenced to serve God and do what’s right – or in the case of Jeroboam, son of Nebat – generations will be influenced to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord! “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (Joel 1:3) This is the plan of the Almighty – that generations would go from strength to strength and that the people of God would show forth His glory.

What exactly are the purposes of God when He corrects or mets out discipline to His people? There is a great deal written in Scripture concerning the Nation of Israel and the Church receiving approval or disapproval from the Lord. The successive accounts of kings in Judah and Israel are written for examples to us – not so much as a model of what to do as what not to do. Remember the seven churches in Revelation? – These are also excellent examples for us to imitate because God has special interest in groups of people who bear His name. As a church we can do well or we can find ourselves wanting.

Needed – Kings and Priests who will break rank with Jeroboam, the son of Nebat and follow the Lord wholeheartedly, like King David did!

Questions:

1. Give a Scriptural example of successive generations serving God because one generation did it right.
2. Give an example of a family you know or have heard of where successive generations served the Lord with passion.

What A Guy!

December 17 – Today’s Readings – 2Chronicles 16-18 and Proverbs 17

Leaving King Asa behind, we come to the chronicles of Jehoshaphat his son, who really is a very refreshing Biblical character. Here’s a summary of the good things he did in Chapters 17&18

“The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David had followed. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.”(17:3-6)
He sent the Priests and Levites and “They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.” (17:9)
It always amazes me that a large group of people can be influenced towards good or bad by a very small group. It goes to show that every person has a choice as to whether they will serve the Lord or not but certain people are “movers and shakers” for God. The Lord calls us, pours out His grace – His Spirit and sets us up for success but ultimately only we can decide whether we will follow Him and do His bidding. Just think about it – the only thing Jesus asked His disciples to do was follow Him. They had to get up and leave their old lives behind. If these fellows hadn’t done it, we would have never known their names. I really only have one decision to make in life – will I follow Jesus or not. After this, every other decision falls into place.

Just one more quick thought – when Jehoshaphat “cried out” in battle, what do you suppose he cried? Whatever it was, it was a clear sign to the enemy that this was not the king they were after. A godless king would be cursing and crying out to Baal. This was obviously a Godly man for he cried out to the Lord in such a way that the enemy turned from him. My first thought here is that if we find ourselves in trouble, our response should be to “cry out” to the Lord – not curse under our breath. Recently I heard about a certain Christian woman who was physically attacked but when she cried out to the Lord, her attacker fled! I don’t know about you but I think I’ll store this one up as a primary weapon of defense! The next time I find myself in peril, I know that a quick, urgent message to the Lord (Help Me Jesus!) will bring the best help available.

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” [Psalms 34:17]
“Cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills [his purpose] for me.” [Psalms 57:2]
Questions:

1. How can we flee “Baals” or “Asherah Poles” and worship God alone?
2. Have you ever had an experience where God rescued you when you “cried out”?

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