Wednesday, July 3, 2019

BEDROCK CONFIDENCE

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 23

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

On several occasions when Israel was in big trouble, they cried out to the Lord (eg. 2 Chronicles 20:9). This photo is of an initiative called “The CRY” from Canada’s 150th birthday. Many Christians gathered to cry out to God in intercession on behalf of Canada. It took place in Kingston, Ontario, the home of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 23:16

Then Jehoiada made a covenant between himself, the people and the king that they should be the Lord’s people.

 

In the midst of a record of ungodliness and the self-seeking lives of the Israelites, our key verse stands out like a jewel. In one of the darkest periods of Israel’s history, it is encouraging to find leaders who are faithful to the true God. The actions of the priest, Jehoiada, along with Jehoshabeath, reveal a bedrock confidence in the faithfulness of God. They had not rescued Joash for selfish purposes; instead they had a deep desire to see the people brought back to a relationship with God. The influence exerted by this God-fearing pair resulted in the nation being raised from the depths to which it had fallen.

We need to look beyond our present circumstances to the living God. In our day, spiritual renewal will become a reality when we, as individuals, are willing to risk all in a fresh covenant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to commit to a renewed covenant with You today and every day. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to enable me to risk all for You. In Your Name I pray, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

After I had made my lifetime decision at 16 to be a 100% follower of Jesus, I must confess that I slipped from 100% to 99%, and lower, from time to time. I would be moved by the Spirit to rededicate myself to the Lord over and over. Someone said that my “rededicator” was broken from so much use. I’ve mentioned this before I’m sure, but here goes again. I learned thoroughly the foundation of my faith in the doctrines of salvation. I reaffirmed that I was kept by the power of God. I memorized the words of Jesus in John 10:27-29, “My sheep know My voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Those words of Jesus, and other Scriptures, gave me a solid foundation on which to build a consistent Christian life. This is a primary reason why I’m so very committed to this program of reading the Word of God every day. It’s tough going here in 2 Chronicles, but please don’t give up. In a few days we’ll shift over to the “Epistle of Joy,” Philippians.

Yours for the development of a more solid knowledge of God’s Word,

David

5 thoughts on “Wednesday, July 3, 2019

  1. I am praying for physical strength. The heart medication recently prescribed causes me to be less able to keep up with my responsibilities. The humidity is high here today in S Ontario. So happy to have this blog to give us spiritual insight. My prayer is as David ‘s.

  2. Love these quotes from Dr. Denison:

    Jesus’ atoning sacrifice can save anyone who asks for his forgiveness and receives him as Lord. However, it can save only those who ask for his forgiveness and receive him as Lord (Acts 4:12).
    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).
    I often reflected on the fact that God does not promise we “might” reap such a harvest or that we “could.” Rather, he assures us that we “will.”

    Looking forward to Phillipians:-).

    Found a lovely old song from long ago:
    https://youtu.be/ksfsKUkccms, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere

    Have a blessed day dear saints.

  3. Amen to all the comments, God is so good He NEVER leaves us or forsakes us.
    Llttle Judah is home from Hospital for now. He has another three years of travelling every week to the sick kids. Yet, he is a very happy little boy and is used to all this, as it happened when he was six months old.
    Doreen is so right it is so hot and humid here today. Praying that you will feel better soon, I am staying indoors this afternoon.
    Continued prayers for Ann Mainse and her upcoming operation. Blessings to all Eleanor M.

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