2 Chronicles 16:8 When You Rely On God

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Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. 2 Chronicles 16:8 

Relying on someone or something is something that people do all the time. They rely upon their car to get them to work. They rely on their boss to give the paycheck on time.

It is trusting in someone or something to meet a need. People put their trust in many things for many different reasons. Most of the reliance is not really thought about, but is just common everyday trust. Other times it is very specific for a special situation.

Asa had chosen to  get help from the king of Aram to fight against Israel. He had not chosen to seek God’s help in the situation. Immediately upon winning the battle, a seer came and pointed out that he had done wrong. Asa had chosen to trust in another king and his army, rather than relying upon God. He reminded Asa that whenever he relied upon God, God had come through for him.

Every believer can think of times when he cried out to God for help and God came through for him, providing what was needed at the right time. However, many believers don’t always keep crying out to God for new needs. They quickly forget what God had done and no longer rely upon Him.

Suddenly believers will turn to their own ways or the ways of the world to solve their problem. They begin to rely upon self and others, rather than putting their trust in God, forgetting how God has been faithful.

Remembering how God has been faithful will help a believer to continue to rely upon God for his every need. There is nothing too big or too small for God to deal with.

Think back on your life and remember how many times God has answered a prayer of yours. Now stand on that and keep relying upon God to meet whatever situation you are in and need help with now.

God has delivered you from situations in the past, and He will continue to do so. Do not allow yourself to turn to the world for help or to take on the situation yourself. Only trust and rely upon God. God will never fail you or do it wrong. Stay committed to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will remember how God has helped you in the past; that you will rely on God to meet all of your needs; and that you will know God’s faithfulness to you.

2 Chronicles 15:2 Seek And Find

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He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2 

Seeking someone out can be challenging. People move and travel all over the world. Once one loses contact with someone and they have moved, finding them again is often very difficult.

It can get even more difficult if the person does not want to be found. Over the years there have been wealthy people who have hidden for a time, not wanting to be found. Although with the internet, it is easier to find someone, it is still very difficult.

Asa had become king of Judah and led the people back to God. Azariah, a prophet, came to him and told him that if he seeks God, He will be found. He also said that as long as he was with God, God would be with him.

People like to have certain people around all the time. They do not like to be separated for anything, but separation does occur. Life happens and things change. God does not change or move.

While many people try to claim that God is not real, He is real. He cannot be found, unless one is seeking Him out. Unlike many people, God does want to be found by every person. God desires to have a close relationship with every person on the earth, regardless of one’s past.

Having that relationship is the reason why Jesus came to earth and died upon the cross. He made it able to cleanse a person of sin, so that he could be in the presence of God.

Just as with Asa, God is not hiding from you. He is right there next to you waiting for you to seek Him out. He will not force Himself upon you, but will wait for you to want Him. As soon as you begin seeking for Him, He will allow Himself to be found.

This opens the door to a great relationship that will last for eternity. Once you find Him, God will not leave you or forsake you. Only you can leave the relationship, God won’t leave it.

Take time today to seek God out. Make Him a part of every moment of every day.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will continually seek for God; and that you will never forsake God. 

2 Chronicles 14:3 Removing The Foreign Altars

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He removed the foreign altars and high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. 2 Chronicles 14:3 

The world has allowed altars to be built up every where to self. People worship many different things, although they no longer call them gods. People are worshipped, things are worshipped, jobs are worshipped, positions are worshipped and much more. Along with these things are also false gods that are worshipped.

These are the external things that are worshipped. People also worship internal things, such as pride, wealth, self, and more.

All these things take the place of God in the lives of people. They want anything and everything but God.

Asa had become king of Judah and chose to cleanse the land of false gods and idols. He led the nation in going throughout the entire land destroying all of the sacred places to false gods and destroying their high places. He was able to get the nation to focus their eyes back on God.

Physical idols are not worshipped as much as a god in many places around the world, but there is still false worship occurring in the lives of people. Most believers are not in a position to be able to destroy the false worship centers and idols of this world. They cannot destroy places of sin in their nation or city.

However, in the lives of many people there are often high places to things other than God. The believer needs to allow God to reveal these altars in the heart and allow Jesus to remove them. The believer can chose to no longer worship at that altar and focus his attention back onto God and God alone.

There is to be only one God in the heart and life of a believer and that is God, Himself with Jesus His Son. No one or any other thing is to be worshipped.

Allowing God to remove all the foreign altars in your life will give you the ability to worship God alone. It will bring a supernatural peace into your life with God because you will be in the right standing with Him.

Do not allow foreign altars to be built up in your heart and life. Keep your focus on God alone. Worship God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Live for God alone. This will allow God to do great things in and through you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove any foreign altars in your life; that you will worship God alone; and that you will serve God with all of your life. 

2 Chronicles 15:2 The Lord Can Be With You

He went out to meet Asa and said to him, ” Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2

Asa had become king of Judah and had led all the people back to God. He was staying very faithful to God. Azariah, under the influence of God’s Spirit, told Asa that God was with him as long as he remained with God. God would be found if He is sought out, but God would forsake them if He was forsaken.

People like to believe that God is always with them, and never leave them. There are some that look at the idea that God is everywhere, so God must be with them. Yet, the words of Azariah show something different. It shows that God can be with a person, but if He is not being sought out, He will not be found, nor will He be with that person. The requirement for God to remain with a person is that the person must be seeking Him.

God does not force Himself on a person. He allows each person to make a decision as to whether to follow Him or not. It is in God’s heart that every person would be willing to have a relationship with Him. That is the entire reason God sent His Son Jesus down to this earth to die on a cross–to have a relationship with each person.

Jesus said that He is standing at the door and knocking. He wants to enter into your life and spend time with you. Jesus is a gentleman who will not force His way into your life.

The good thing is that God will not be the first to leave the relationship with you. Jesus said He would be with you until the end of time. Even if you walk away from Him, He will still seek you out and try to draw you back. The difference is if you walk away from Him, you will no longer have His favor on your life.

Are you seeking God with all of your life?

Don’t leave Him, and He won’t leave you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not walk away from God; and that you will always seek out God.

1 Kings 15:12 Getting Rid Of All Idols

He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. 1 Kings 15:12

Asa had become the king of Judah and followed God very well. He did what was right in the eyes of God just like David had done. One of the things he did was getting rid of all the idols across the land. Asa had turned the eyes of Judah back onto God.

It has been said that people are made to worship. They will worship something whether it is God or something else. Anything that is worshipped that is not God has become an idol for a person.

The idea of worship is in spending the majority of one’s time and effort for something. People idolize other people, things, positions, money, and much more. Satan has deceived the world into thinking that in putting these things first in their lives will make them the best that they can be, and that they will have the best life possible.

Although many of those things can be good when used correctly, none of them bring life to a person. God alone is life. He is the giver of life to everyone on this earth. Without Him there is no life, no purpose, and no value.

All the things of this world are just temporary and will fade away very quickly. They are just idols that may appear to give life, but in reality are just dead, inanimate things created by men.

Once you have become a follower of Jesus, you must seek to get rid of all idols in your life. Focus all of your time and efforts on God. Jesus said that He came to give you abundant life. This is life to the fullest, above and beyond anything that this world can offer.

Take a look at your life and ask God to reveal to you what idols you may have in your life. What are some things that you place before God?

Ask God to give you strength to remove those idols from your life. Do not follow the ways of this world, but follow Jesus. Allow God to be the center of your life and the only One you worship.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to any idols in your life; that you God will strengthen you to remove all idols; that you will have a stronger relationship with God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will do what is right in God’s eyes.