Saturday, June 27, 2015

LESSONS LEARNED?

Today’s¬†Reading: 2 Chronicles 13-14

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The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is located on one of the roof portions of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, you can see two Ethiopian nuns in front of their home in the courtyard of the church.

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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 14:11

And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”

 

Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, had forsaken the counsel of his father and that of the elders, and the nation was split in two. Jeroboam, who had returned from exile in Egypt after the death of Solomon, ruled the north and Rehoboam the south. When Rehoboam humbled himself and prayed, things would go well. But he sought the Lord only when he was in trouble.

Jeroboam also forsook the Lord and appointed false priests and established the religion of Egypt, the worship of golden calf gods. War between the north and the south was fairly constant. What a tragedy!

Rehoboam died. His son Abijah ruled in the south. War continued. Then came King Asa, great-grandson of King David. Our key verse says it all! Can we learn from these stories, or must we repeat over and over the poor decisions of former generations?

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father God, help me to learn the lessons of history, I pray. Like Asa, I cry out to You for Your help. May I receive the grace from You to rest on You. I ask this, not only when I’m in trouble, but every day! In the Name of the One who cried out to You again and again as recorded in the Gospels, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!!! (Luke 22:39-46).

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Information on excellent, educational, and informational reading is important for me. A great read is a book called, “The Blessing.” It’s all about experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit. The authors, Trask and Goodall, begin the book with these words about their country,¬†“The decadence and darkness of our nation is more profound than it has been since the founding of this nation more than two centuries ago. The only power that can cleanse and restore this nation is the power of Christ.” I have read parts of this book before, but this time I’m reading it all carefully. My wife bought copies for each of our grandchildren. We have given them out at a gathering of our family when we had the opportunity for a serious devotional exercise. Click here for ordering information on “The Blessing.

Like King Asa, I recognize that only God can help me, my family and all with whom I’m in contact.

Yours for the most powerful blessing, the intervention of the Holy Spirit in our lives,

David

The entrance to one of the rooms at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Centuries old Christian symbols in the walls of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church courtyard.

8 thoughts on “Saturday, June 27, 2015

  1. Thank you David for all the information today. What a victorious portion of Scripture and the key verse is a good one to commit to memory. Today I have an opportunity to let my light shine at the 50th anniversary of my Teacher’s College class in Fredericton. Please pray the Lord will give me an opportunity to share my testimony. Thank you and God bless you all!

    • May The Lord fill you with the right words and give you opportunities to speak a word of testimony to those attending the Anniversary.
      Blessings Ger

  2. Amen, David, the Holy Spirit–our intercessor and most powerful blessing from our Heavenly King.

    The most profound experience and greatest phenomenon
    Is the power of the Holy Spirit curing a restless heart–
    Quieting the turmoil that wrestles there with one single breath–
    All prevailing and ever transforming.

    Beverlee Kay, c. May 2015

  3. What a great scripture; revealing God’s Power and Might when we turn to Him in our time of need.
    Asa’s prayer for God’s intervention; and God answered in a Mighty way:

    When we call on Him, He hears us and answers even before we ask: Jer. 33:3…Thank You Jesus!!!

    “Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts, Praise FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST” AMEN!!

    the Lord’s Blessings on your day all you saints…

  4. Amen and Amen… I come in agreement with Rev Mainse’s prayer for today.

    Blessings to all fellow saints today and everyday. I truly enjoy the extra information everyone sends daily whether it be songs from other sites or poems from other bloggers. Each one brings inspiration. Thank you.

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