July 2019

July 2, 2019 – A Spiritual Duty

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A Spiritual Duty

 July 2
 Daily Reading – 2 Chron. 24-27 / Acts 8

GOD SAID:

2 Chronicles 25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       A father and four year old daughter were heading off in the family car. When they got in the dad said, “Honey, you need to sit down and buckle your seat belt.” To which the daughter replied, “but daddy, when I sit down and can’t see out the window. I want to stand up.” The dutiful father said, “You have to sit down, it’s the law.” Now the daughter began to cry saying,” but daddy, I won’t be able to see everything.” The father, growing rather impatient said, “Sit down! If you don’t, I’ll take you back in the house and leave you home.” Reluctantly, the girl sat down and buckled in. A few minutes into the trip the father glanced over at his daughter to see her sitting there with her eye’s closed smiling just a big as he had ever seen. He asked her, “sweetheart, what has you smiling?” The little girl said, “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside.”

       In 2 Chron. 25:2 it says of King Amaziah; “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.” He performed his religious duties, however, not for the right reasons. His worship rituals were at best a halfhearted obedience. In verses 7-9 he questions God’s wisdom about a battle, and then complains about how much money he spent on the battle. He’s reminded that God is able to take care of both situations. Doing a spiritual duty just to get it done is not worship. It’s becomes work, and worthless.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Why do we pray, read our bibles, attend church, or serve in ministries? God designed all of these things to help draw us closer to Him. However doing them with little focus on God, and more attention to just getting them done, may not be helping.


Is Worship just a Spiritual Duty?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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July 1, 2019 – A Sad Departure

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A Sad Departure

 July 1
 Daily Reading – 2 Chron. 21-23 / Acts 7:30-60

GOD SAID:

2 Chronicles 21:20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       I’ve thought in the past, one of the saddest sights to see is a person who has lived so long, that they have outlived all their relatives and friends. They come to enjoy a very long life, but they come to this day of departure with no living earthly companions. No one to morn on their day of farewell. However, I have come to think there is one sadder than that. It is someone who has lived a very short life, has many family members, and those who have been brought up with them who are still alive, but at their passing, they do not care that this person is gone. Or even worse, they’re kind of glad for their departure. How sad.

       Jehoram was given the kingdom of Judah, simply because He was the oldest son of King Jehoshaphat when he died. He started out as king following the wrong people. He married the daughter of wicked King Ahab of Israel. Instead of following his father’s example, 2 Chronicles 21:6 says he did evil like his wife’s father. Even God was displeased with him as King and sent him a message through Elijah the prophet. God says in 2 Chronicles 21:13 that his brothers, who he had killed, were better than he was. Verse 20 of this chapter records the end of his sad life. When it comes to the end of his short forty year life, and dies from a disease God has given him, it says; “…and departed without being desired.”… Meaning no one cared or regretted his death. They would not even bury him with the former kings.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    When we come to the end of our journey, we do not need to be famous, or wealthy. What we do need to have is a testimony God can use to lead other people to himself, through a well lived life for Christ.


What will the preacher and God have to work with when you exit this life?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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