An HONEST Love For God’s House

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Kings 12:15 They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.

O-bservation:

This is a recounting of the story of King Joash and his desire to repair the Temple of the Lord. The men receiving the money to do the repairs were not required to account for the money they received, because they acted with COMPLETE HONESTY.

A-pplication:

Joash was only seven years old when he began to reign in Judah. His father, Ahaziah, was wicked, as was his grandmother Athaliah. When she found out that Jehu, God’s servant, had killed her son, she had all the Royal princes killed except her grandson Joash, who was but a baby. She did this in order to secure her own rule in Judah. A nurse escaped with Joash in hand and held him in the Temple until he was 7. When men of God finally dispensed with the wicked Athaliah, her seven-year-old grandson's first order was to repair the temple of the Lord. The people were so overcome with repentance and love for the Lord that they did the work because they had, "An HONEST Love For God’s House."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Please help me love Your house, even more than my own. Amen
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ONE Is Still A Big Number

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S-cripture:

2 Kings 10:28 So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel.

O-bservation:

One man, Jehu, the son of a King, destroyed Baal worship in Israel in his lifetime. It proves that "ONE Is Still A Big Number."

A-pplication:

When Jehu, the son of King Jehoshaphat (the Worshipper), was anointed King, he was given strict orders to destroy all of King Ahab's family by the prophet of God. That became his mission. He worked tirelessly to bring an end to every member of the former King's family. Why? Because Ahab had turned Israel completely against the Lord and had moved the nation into Baal worship. Jehu also had the wicked Queen Jezebel destroyed to fulfill Elijah's Prophecy. He operated in a systematic way until he finally destroyed all of Baal worship in Israel in his lifetime! NEVER GIVE UP ON WHAT GOD HAS TOLD YOU TO DO! Because with God’s help, "ONE Is Still A Big Number."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM for the reminder that with Your help, "ONE Is Still A Big Number!" Amen
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Make A Room For The Power Of God

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S-cripture:

2 Kings 4:10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.

O-bservation:

There was a family that Elisha the Prophet would often stop by and have a meal with on his regular journeys. On one occasion, the woman of the house said to her husband, "Let's set up a permanent room so he can stay with us overnight if he needs to."

A-pplication:

In the previous verse the woman had told her husband, "I know that this man is holy." Because he was, the family wanted the power of God to be in their home. They built an addition to their house so the man of God could stay there. In time, the man of God prophesied that they would have a child. They did, according to the prophecy. Years later the boy suffered a sun stroke and died. His mother called Elisha, the man of God, and he came. The boy was raised from the dead. Why was that? She had faith for sure, but I believe it was also because years before she had decided to "Make A Room For The Power Of God!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that years ago we made room for Your power in our home. You have never failed to bring us a miracle in our deepest hour of need! Amen
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The POOR Will Rise Again

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S-cripture:

2 Kings 25:12 But the commander left behind some of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

O-bservation:

This, of course, is the story of what Nebuchadnezzar’s eventual takeover and destruction of Jerusalem looked like. The prophets had prophesied it was on the way, and it happened. After Jerusalem was destroyed, including the burning of Solomon’s temple and the destruction of the walls surrounding the city, they left the poorest of the Israelites to work the vineyards. They slaughtered or carried the rest away to Babylon.

A-pplication:

When one reads the first chapter of Daniel, one quickly sees that the brightest and most brilliant of the Israeli folks were taken to be used as assistants to Nebuchadnezzar himself. But this passage specifically mentions the POOR being left behind to do the backbreaking, manual labor in the vineyards. As if they were slaves on their own property. In this case, this group of POOR folks had children, and it was those same children and their children who many years later helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. That’s right, Nebuchadnezzar had died, and his grandson had gone off the rails, and a new nation and king ruled. So he sent Nehemiah into Jerusalem to use those kids and grandkids of the POOR to build it back up! This means that oftentimes, “The POOR Will Rise Again.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, When I was a little boy, I learned that being poor meant you worked harder and were quick to learn and prove yourself. Thank you. And thank You that slowly, but surely the tide will usually turn for people when they work and believe. Amen
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COPYCAT

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Kings 24:9 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father had done.

O-bservation:

This passage of scripture is speaking about King Jehoiachin of Judah, the son of King Jehoiakim. Jehoiakim was the son of King Josiah, who was one of the holiest kings in the history of Judah. It’s hard to fathom how Jehoiakim could stray so far from the ways and teachings of his godly father, but he sure did. When God had him destroyed, his son Jehoiachin ruled in his place. But he was evil, just like his father. I guess you could say that Jehoiachin was a COPYCAT.

A-pplication:

This story is puzzling to me. First, because Jehoiachin’s father, Jehoiakim, rebelled so hard against the ways and teachings of his father, Josiah. Josiah literally turned Judah from a wayward, rebellious nation to a God-fearing nation during his rule. Everything, and it appears just about everyone, prospered during his reign, yet his son did a 180 after his father died. Because of his sins, he was destroyed by the Lord, and his son ruled in his place. Yet his son, Jehoiachin, offered nothing new to the people. I believe godly fathers are desperately needed today! The odds are in our favor that a strong, loving, God-fearing father will raise children who fear the Lord, while the ungodly fathers will largely raise children who copy their life and actions. I don’t want to raise a COPYCAT of me, but rather a lover of Jesus. No matter what.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m praising you for all You have done in my life. I thank you for a father who raised me to serve You and not him. Because of it, my own sons long to be like You. Thank You for helping me point them in Your direction. Amen
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