Sunday, May 5, 2019

GODLY CHARACTER IN LEADERS

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Kings15-16

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

At the entrance to the modern city of Jerusalem is the Light Rail Bridge, known as the Jerusalem Chords Bridge. It was built in 2008 and symbolizes King David’s harp.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: 1 Kings 15:11 & 14b

Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did his father David……Asa’s heart was loyal to the Lord all his days.

 

Here’s some encouragement for us all. While kings who did evil in God’s eyes came and went with frequency in the northern 10 tribes, now called Israel, Asa, King of Judah, remained constant for 41 years. Character, formed by a rock-solid determination to always do what is right, will win in the long run. Often there are difficult times for the person who fervently desires to please the Lord, and sometimes it seems that a short cut would be advantageous, but we must resist. We need to ask God to harden our backbones, keeping us upright in all our decisions and deeds.

What a marked contrast between Asa in the south and Ahab in the north. “Ahab did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before him” (1 Kings 16:30). Nevertheless, God had a plan! We are about to witness the arrival of a firebrand preacher in the north by the name of Elijah.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord, someone asked, “Where is the God of Elijah?” The answer came back, “He’s waiting for an Elijah to call on Him!” I’m calling on You, Lord God! Others are calling on You! I pray that You will continue to show Yourself strong through me and others. In the Name of Someone greater than Elijah, the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!!!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The character of our political leaders is so very important (Asa and Ahab). Our second Canadian Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Alexander Mackenzie, was solidly converted to Christ back in Scotland before he came to Canada. As our first Leader of Canada’s Loyal Opposition, he was involved in the negotiations with Britain for our peaceful separation from political and economic control. I’ve had the privilege to lecture on Mackenzie’s life to political parties; I extolled the virtues of this man before the Law Society of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here’s just one story about this godly leader.

Prime Minister Mackenzie arrived at his office at 7:00 a.m. each morning. The Prophet Daniel, Mackenzie’s political hero, prayed with his window open each day (Daniel 6:10-13). Mackenzie, with the door open and on his knees, would pray out loud for God’s blessings on Canada for a new day. This was repeated at noon and again before he left for home at 7:00 in the evening. His staff, who were expected to arrive before him in the morning and leave after him at night, would gather around the door to listen to the Prime Minister pray. All Canadians need to know that this may be one of the main reasons why Canada has been blessed so greatly.

Yours for living “right in the eyes of the Lord,”

David

Rt. Hon. Alexander Mackenzie, 1822-1892, Canada’s second Prime Minister from 1873-1878.

8 thoughts on “Sunday, May 5, 2019

  1. Such history in today’s scripture and message. Prayed David’s prayer. We are so blessed to be children of God and Canadian. We look up to You, Lord God–our Saviour and Redeemer. Wishing all saints a blessed day of worship. Amen!

    Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:20-22 ESV

    Lauren Daigle ~ Look Up Child (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4Nx2hEhVRE

  2. Amen, thank God for the Rt. Hon. Alexander Mackenzie back then and we still need godly leaders and so much more so today as the days are more evil. Praying for the upcoming election in Oct. Trust you are having a good day saints.

    • Bless you sister Ger. Wishing all saints a lovely evening. Just got back from a great worship night at church. Wow–the Spirit was moving there with hands in the air praising the Lord to our great worship band singing favourite music! Thank You Jesus!! There is no greater victory than when we sing in praise (and prayer!). Amen!

  3. PRAISE THE LORD! I totally agree with the words from David Manise in regards to Canada’a Prime Minister Hon Alexander Mackenzie! I believe his prayers were heard by God and that God blessed this Prime Minister and our country Canada abundantly because of this man’s daily prayers! I know beyond a shadow of a doubt if WE AS CANADIANS encouraged our leaders to do the same and we also do the same, I truly believe that great and wonderful things would be coming to Canada; i believe in the Power of Prayer, Mountains move when people pray!
    Let us get into this habit again; start with praying as soon as one wakes, then pray during the day and again pray at night; Lord God hear our prayers in Jesus Name I Pray amen

  4. this may help some people; our bodies can digest certain foods; we have all experienced that bloating feeling; to bring some good news; a person can google their Blood types and find out what foods are good for the body and what foods are not good; 50 years ago I had this done; foods such as chicken,corn,mushrooms,green olives;strawberries;regular cows milk; all processed cheese; are not for me;
    this has helped me immensely; I can eat pure cheese;fish;grans,fruit,vegetables,black licorice, some chocolate; if I eat bread it is Sprouted Bread only; I pray this will help many people; I had this done by a Naturopath; nowadays we can google and find this info for ourselves…..
    also a good regular exercise program is very helpful; over the years I have thanked the Lord for removing smoking/alcohol from me and giving me swimming from a broken leg; GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING and I am so thankful that I can celebrate another birthday….PRAISE AND THANK THE LORD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE IN MY LIFE AND IN THE LIVES OF ALL THE PEOPLES IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN

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