Walk With God

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 9; 2 Chron. 8

1 Kings 9:4-9 (NASB)
4  As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,
5  then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
6  “But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them,
7  then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
8  And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, ‘Why has the LORD done this to this land and to this house?’
9  And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the LORD has brought all this adversity on them.'”  

Disobedience to God is a choice. The Israelites had a choice to either walk with God and be blessed or walk away from God and be cursed. Sadly, in the next generation the Israelites turn away from God. In the years to come, the Kings who would honor God would be few and many would take the path to adversity.

Today we all have a choice: walk apart from God or remain at His side. I am fervently praying that we all choose the latter!


The Lord Thrwarts

Reading Plan: Psalms 132, 146-150

Psalm 146:8-9 (NASB)
8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous;
9 The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

Psalm 146 displays how God is truly involved in our lives.

The Lord opens the eyes of those who are physically and Spiritually blind. He opens the eyes of those who will open their hearts to Him. The Lord raises up those who are down and loves those who seek to live righteously. He cares for and protects the stranger, the orphan and the widow.

He thwarts the ways of the wicked. Why would Jesus do this? He impedes the plans of the wicked to cause them to have to think about what they are doing so that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened & that they may turn to Him!

Prayer Makes A Difference

Reading Plan: 2 Chron. 6-7; Psalm 136

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NASB)
14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

At times it may seem like the United States is sliding down a slippery slope of immorality & headed for a deeper pit of depravity. Abortion breaks the heart of God and reveals that we are a nation who does not understand the value of life. Sexual immorality has become the norm. It robs children of their innocence and spreads disease. One in four High School students will get a sexually transmitted disease each year. Is there any hope?

Those who love the Lord have a great calling and responsibility. Part of our calling is to incessantly pray. God promises that our prayers matter and will make a profound difference. Our nation can be cleansed from all iniquity. The prayers of people who humble themselves and seek the Lord have the power to move mountains and bring revival.

Nothing Matters More!

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 8; 2 Chron. 5

1 Kings 8:61 (NASB)
61 “Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”

Solomon fulfilled David’s dream when the Temple was completed. It was a time of celebration and ends with everyone filled with joy and gladness (1 Kings 8:66). God moved by causing His glory to come upon them in a thick overwhelming cloud. Solomon responds with a passionate prayer.

His prayer reflects his heart. Take a look at what is said in the following verses:

vs. 18: David’s heart was right before the Lord because he wanted to build the Temple for Him. However, God’s will was for David’s son to build the temple. At times we may want to do things for God and God may say no. Yet He loves our heart.

vs. 23: God keeps His covenant showing lovingkindness to those who walk before Him with all their heart.

vs. 39: God is the only one who knows what is in the hearts of all people. God cares to know every one of us.

vs. 48: God will forgive, cleanse, redeem and restore anyone who seeks to return to Him with all their heart and soul.

vs. 58: Solomon asks God to incline our hearts to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments.

vs. 61: We are called to possess hearts that are wholly devoted to the Lord. We are called to walk with Him and obey all He says out of our love for Him. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15, 23).

It is my hope and prayer that you would always love the Lord with all your heart. Nothing matters more!

Strongly Established

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 7; 2 Chron. 4

1 Kings 7:21 (NASB)
21  Thus he set up the pillars at the porch of the nave; and he set up the right pillar and named it Jachin, and he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz.

Solomon built a house that was 11,250 square feet. In that day & age it would have been considered a colossal building.

In the midst of the hall were two pillars.The names were Jachin which means, “He shall establish,” and Boaz which means “He shall give strength.” The pillars of Solomon’s house were established by God’s strength. The pillars of our faith are supported and strengthened by God!


Build For Our God

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chron. 2-3

2 Chronicles 2:5-6 (NASB)
5  The house which I am about to build will be great, for greater is our God than all the gods.

6  But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?

Solomon succeeded in building one of the most expensive buildings ever built. Why? He built something great because he knew God was great. God had blessed him and Israel and they responded with a desire to give to God without holding back.

Sadly, this Temple would one day be destroyed. Zerubbabel would seek to build the next Temple to the glory of God. As it was being built, the people who knew of Solomon’s temple felt that it was not good enough. Haggai perceived how many saw the Temple as inferior to the first one. However, in God’s eyes, it was just as great. God knew that they worked faithfully and gave from the heart. They gave all they had. One day Jesus would stand and teach in the midst of it.

Both Temples were deemed valuable to the Lord because they were constructed by men who loved Him with of all their heart. God weighs the heart.

Rise Up!

Reading Plan: Proverbs 22-24

Proverbs 24:16-20 (NASB)
16  For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
17  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18  Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.
19  Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked;
20  For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.  

Everyone has the capacity to stumble & fall. Living in a broken world, sin is inevitable. Fighting against temptation is an ongoing struggle. The righteous person can fall seven times, but they choose to rise again. Regardless of how many times you may stumble & fall it does not make you a failure. Failure is negating the hope & power of the Spirit that dwells in us. Every time we fall, we have a choice to rise again & overcome affliction. What defines us is not the fall, but the call. In those moments, call out to God and accept His forgiveness. Call to God and accept His grace.

We can count on the fact that our enemies will fall. However, we should not take pleasure or find joy in their failure. Instead, when our enemies fall, we should call to God and pray that God would use their circumstance as a means of turning to Him. Call out to God for wisdom regarding how we can display God’s love and grace. Call to God so that we may be people who forgive.

Remember, it is not the fall that defines you; it is what you do when your on the ground that matters. Rise up! Every time we fall and get back up again we are strengthened and become more like Christ.


Let It Go

Reading Plan: June Proverbs 19-21

Proverbs 19:11 (NASB)
11  A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression. 

The song, “Let it Go,” from the Disney film, Frozen, is being sung everywhere. It is one of those songs you cannot get out of your mind. As you meditate on this passage, it should be one that you cannot get out of your mind. A person with wisdom has the discretion to let it go.

When someone speaks wrongly against you, let it go. When someone does not show appreciation, let it go. When someone forgets, let it go. When someone misunderstands you, let it go.

While there are times we should take the time to confront an issue, a wise person can discern when to move forward and let it go.


The Power Of Listening

Reading Plan: Proverbs 16-18

Proverbs 18:13,17 (NASB)
13 He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
17 The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.

We need to listen. We need to hear. Proverbs 18 states that the wise not only listen, they seek to hear all sides. There is usually more to the story than what we initially assume or perceive. A wise person seeks to listen to all perspectives prior to arriving at a conclusion.



Words Of The Wise

Reading Plan: Proverbs 13-15

Proverbs 13:3 (NASB)
3 The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 15:1-2 (NASB)
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Proverbs 15:4 (NASB)
4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

The ability to communicate is a gift from God. We communicate knowledge; we also communicate emotion and worth. Words are powerful and should be used sparingly, carefully and with thoughtfulness. Those who are wise practice discernment with their choice of diction. Fools on the other hand “spout” off.

View your words as a sharp knife. When used correctly, it is wonderful. When used wrongly, it harms and maims.



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