The Eyes Of The Lord!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 16:9a For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the whole earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. lol

O-bservation:

This is the story of the sad ending of Asa, king of Judah. He did lead Judah for 41 years, and God was with him, but he settled for what he thought would be easier than trusting God toward the end. Baasha, the king of Israel, laid a siege on Judah to prepare to destroy them. Asa had always turned to the Lord before, but this time he hired King Ben-Hadad of Aram to join him. Yes, they turned back Baasha, but it angered the Lord, and God sent his seer, Hanani, who told him the “The Eyes Of The Lord” are always looking to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. Because he hadn’t done this and had asked for human help instead, he (Asa) would always be at war. That’s exactly what happened.

A-pplication:

This passage of scripture reminds us that “The Eyes Of The Lord” are always searching the earth for those whose hearts are completely committed to Him. Not somewhat committed or with a half-hearted commitment, but with a complete commitment of their hearts to the Lord. When he finds them, the Bible says He is prepared to bring them strength like never before. I’m ready for the Lord’s strength! Why not join me?

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m asking you to look this way this AM! I’ve got my heart STAYED on you! Please give me Your strength. I’m ready today for MORE! Amen
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He Prayed, God Answered

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 14:11 Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.”

O-bservation:

Asa was the new king of Judah, and the Bible says he did everything he was supposed to in order to please the Lord. But then, one day, Zerah the Cushite (Ethiopian) came upon Asa with a million soldiers and 300 chariots! Obviously, Asa looked like a little peanut in comparison, but this passage tells us that Asa cried out to God for help before the battle!

A-pplication:

I love what happens in the verse after Asa prayed. There’s no strategy either side implements; the next verse simply says, “The LORD struck down the Cushites before Asa and Judah. The Cushites fled” (vs.12). Every time I read this passage, I think of Indiana Jones when the Arabian soldier wielded an assortment of swords in front of him, threatening to kill him. Indiana watched, somewhat bored, and finally pulled out a gun and shot the scary guy. In one move, IT’S OVER! That’s not near what happened here, but it’s not far off. This threatening army of a million folks came up against about 300,000 warriors from Judah. They appeared overwhelmed until King Asa made this one Gun Move on his enemy. “He Prayed, God Answered!” The Cushites fled! What’s the first thing you do when trouble comes? I know this, “I Pray-God Answers!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, once again, I’m employing my one and only weapon that overwhelms every opponent who’s ever come against me! I pray first! You always answer! Thank You!! Amen
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Fully Committed

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 15:14b
Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.

O-bservation:

Here we see that King Asa determines in his heart that he would be “Fully Committed” to God all the days of his life. His father, King Abijah, had only ruled for three years in Judah and died. He was a wicked king of Judah. But when his son Asa took over, the scripture says that Asa did what was right, just like his father David had done. Did you catch that? David was Asa’s great, great grandfather. Yet scripture calls him Asa’s father.

A-pplication:

If a man decides he will do right and live “Fully Committed” to God, usually that man will choose someone to model his life after. King Asa didn’t find that model in the life of his father Abijah, or his grandfather Rehoboam, or his great grandfather Solomon. He had to reach way back to someone he had never met but had heard stories about and perhaps was able to read some of his writings. When Asa landed upon his great, great grandfather David, he must have said, “There is someone that I can model my life after.” You see, King David was a man who had “Fully Committed” his life to the Lord, and now more than a generation later, his great, great grandson did the same. What will it take for you and me to live “Fully Committed” to our great God? For me, I didn’t have to look too far to watch my own father, John, live that life. Once I found the reality in Christ that my dad had, I never looked back. I trust you have found your mark, to live a life that is “Fully Committed” to God.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, My life has been a whirlwind of victory and defeat, joy and sorrow, mountains, and valleys but never a life of boredom. I attribute that to You. But I would never have found this thrill until I “Fully Committed” my life to You. Amen
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Here’s God’s Word For You And Me Today And Every Day

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

O-bservation:

These were the words of the prophet Azariah to King Asa of Judah. Asa, the scripture says, did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. When he heard these words from the prophet, he moved to bring great spiritual reform to his nation of Judah. He ruled a long time, but toward the end of his leadership, he relied on unholy alliances to secure peace in Judah instead of the Lord.

A-pplication:

Isn’t that just like so many stories you and I hear today? Think about it. God does a mighty work in a young person’s life, and they literally commit their entire being to the Lord. Jesus blesses them immeasurably, and then as they age, they begin to depend on others to secure their easy and peaceful way of living. It matters not if they align themselves with unbelievers. In time they turn from the Lord and end up in a world God never intended for them to live in. Let’s leave the scriptural context and talk about you and me. “Here’s God's Word For You And Me Today And Every Day.” BE STRONG AND DO NOT GIVE UP, FOR YOUR WORK WILL BE REWARDED!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, It is my desire as I read Your word this AM. I want to toughen up. I need to be stronger. With Your help, I don’t ever want to give up seeking Your will and Your provision! I’m looking for YOUR reward and not man’s. Help me, I pray. Amen
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For NO Apparent Reason

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 15:11
Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.

O-bservation:

This passage says that Asa did what was RIGHT in the sight of the Lord, as did his father David. This is an Old Testament way of skipping generations in order to remind us all of the covenant God had made with David. Here’s the rest of the story though. Asa was the great-great-grandson Of King David. His great-grandfather Solomon had completely gone the way of the flesh in his latter days, and Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, was a total reprobate as was his son Abijah, Asa’s father. So, “For NO Apparent Reason” Asa turned his life over to the God of Israel whom his great-great-grandfather David had served.

A-pplication:

When I say, “For NO Apparent Reason,” in no way am I suggesting that God never revealed Himself to Asa. In fact, in some way He certainly did. But there isn’t any record of how it happened. All we have is that his dad and his granddad didn’t serve the Lord at all. One could speculate as to how Asa made such a drastic change. Certainly his mother or caretaker had something to do with it. But I also know this, every young man or woman has to one day make their own decision as to who they will serve. We don’t know how or when that happened, but we know that all of Israel found out quickly that there was indeed a new King in town, because real change lasted for the 41 years that Asa served Judah as king.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, None of us will ever know how everyone comes to follow Jesus. What we need to remember is that You have promised to reveal Yourself to those who search for You. Thank You that it happened for Asa and thank You that it happened for me. Amen
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