Tuesday, July 9, 2019

WHOLEHEARTED

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 31

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

 

From the region of the Qumran caves in Israel, you can see the Dead Sea with the mountains of Moab in the background. Though the Jordan Rift Valley is one of the most uninhabitable desert locations on earth, there is much agriculture.

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

 

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 31:21

“And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.”

 

There were three elements for successful living demonstrated by Hezekiah. (1) He was obedient to God. (2) He sought God. (3) He worked wholeheartedly. These are vital principles for us to follow in order to live successfully as Christians. The word “prosperity” has been distorted in our time by some to mean almost exclusively financial success. Let us not be fooled by those who seek material gain for themselves by manipulating others. The prosperity God offers us may indeed include human comforts here in the west, but primarily God’s prosperity results in peace, contentment, and a joyful heart with or without money and the things it can buy.

Jesus taught us to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (click Matthew 6:25-34 to understand what “these things” are). We may want to add to this reading 1 Timothy 6:3-11, and let us serve God WHOLEHEARTEDLY!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, most of all I pray for grace to keep the greatest commandment, which is to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind. Also, Lord, grant that I may keep today the second greatest commandment, which is to love my neighbour as myself. Thank You for helping me to watch for the opportunities to direct my love for You into loving others. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

One of my grandchildren, Eric David Mainse, is Youth Pastor (click here). He graduated from the same school from which I graduated in 1959, a seminary now known as Masters College and Seminary. He showed me one of his assignment papers, for which he received a good grade. It was a sermon based in 2 Chronicles 20:15-17. Although we’ve just passed that reading a few days ago, I thought I’d include a few excerpts from Eric’s sermon for you:

It took a lot of faith for King Jehoshaphat to believe that the words Jahaziel claimed to be from God were true. Jehoshaphat chose to believe. Faith is a choice. If you choose to believe, then don’t hide it. BE BOLD and OBEY!…Jehoshaphat proved himself to be humble before God and showed that he had great humility by bowing his face to the ground in worship along with all of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Once he had heard about the promised victory and chose to believe it, he immediately began to worship…Looking back to verse 15 where it says, “For the battle is not yours, but God’s,” we can see that the real battle is a spiritual one and sending in the worshippers first (verse 21) acknowledged that God was sovereign over their lives and prepared the ground for victory! We must do the same, otherwise we are only fighting on the ‘human level’. Praise and worship tear down strongholds of the enemy.

Thank you, Eric, for giving your Grandpa permission to use your work!

Yours for wholeheartedly supporting the next generation,

David

Panoramic view showing more agriculture in the desert of the Jordan Rift Valley by the Dead Sea.

10 thoughts on “Tuesday, July 9, 2019

      • Holding Ann Mainse in prayer for her operation. I will look back on the blog posts to see more about it. Missing all saints and asking for prayer to covet me. Holding all of your needs up to our Lord God–He knows what they are. Bless you all!!

        • Dear Heavenly Father, you know exactly what Beverlee needs. She is truly your child and serves you with a willing heart. Answer her requests in a way that is pleasing to you.
          Thank you Father God I pray this in the Wonderful Blessed Name of Jesus, Amen

  1. Taking all our cares, worries and woes to the Lord is such a blessing to be able to do.

    Praise the Lord Hezekiah came along to guide his people for the time being.

    Praying that those who need rain in our beautiful world get it and those who don’t would enjoy sunshine.
    Blessings on all dear saints this rainy day in west central Alberta:-).

    C. S. Lewis’s famous observation: “Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.”

  2. Today once again Pastor David was talking about the word prosperity and how that word has been misused by the so-called Prosperity Faith gospel preachers and I believe they have Twisted the word of God so they can become rich for their game and our loss these prosperity preachers make me mad and they make me angry because they are twisting the word of God Prosperity means more than just money I pray for all my blog friends today amen

  3. Thank you Pastor David for giving us the correct understanding of what the word Prosperity means not what we’ve been told by these so-called Prosperity preachers Prosperity means more than just money it means spiritual things it means time it means our talent it means our spiritual lives just not money but that’s all these prosperity preachers think of money money money money money that’s all they think of so help them God that they will wake up one day and realize that they are leading so many Souls astray blind leading the blind and they all fall in the ditch so help them God thank you David for giving us the proper definition of prosperity and not of the so-called Prosperity preachers amen

  4. Dear Beverlee,
    So nice to hear from you. I know you’re mostly at Camp during the Summer. May you be basking in the Lord’s presence and the teaching of His Word.

    Regarding Ann Mainse, she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery at the end of July. Of course, we are all praying for her

    Blessings upon you, my dear sister. ❤️

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