2 Chronicles 34:19 Responding To God’s Word

Desert road

When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Chronicles 34:19 

Going through a bookstore, there are many shelves of books on self-help. Books telling people how to do nearly anything that they could want to learn how to do. Along with the bookstores, there is a website or video online that tells a person how to do just about everything.

People are often eager to know how to do something. However, many people do not always follow through on doing what they had learned about. They read it then ignore it. There are also many people who will not even read the book or article. They really don’t want to know about it.

After becoming king, King Josiah had the people begin to restore the temple of God. He led the people back to serving and worshipping God alone. In the process of the restoration, they found the book of the Law, God’s word. He had the book read to him. Once he heard the words, he tore his robe. Josiah had realized how far they had strayed away from God and was in remorse for what they had done against God. He chose to do something about it.

It is easy for most people to hear God’s word, however, for many that is all it is. Just God’s word, just a bunch of words. They think the words are good, but don’t act upon it.

The bible is very clear on how a person should live and what his mission is here on the earth. Many do not take the time to read or study God’s word. Then when they do, it is just some good words and nothing more. They leave reading the bible and don’t change.

As you believe in God, you must believe that His word is alive and active. It has extreme value for your life. It is God’s blueprint on how He wants you to think, act and speak while on this earth.

Every time that you read God’s word, it can teach you something new. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you as you read His word. When you learn something new, then act upon it. Make the necessary changes.

Realize what you did not know or do before and learn from God. Do not let the bible be just a bunch of good stories, but a life changing word from God. God gave His word to build you up, not tear you down. Now live for God.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will act upon God’s word; that you will not fear God’s word; and that your life will be a testimony for Jesus. 

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2 Kings 22:19 Responding To God’s Word

Deer listening

Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people–that they would become a curse and be laid waste–and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD. 2 Kings 22:19 

Hearing someone is something easy to do and every one can do it. Responding to what a person hears is something different. With as much noise as is going on all around a person, most people do not respond to what they are hearing.

Everywhere a person goes, there are signs saying for people to go the speed limit. Yet, many people do not even try to go the speed limit. Warnings are ignored as people do what they want to do.

They hear what is said, but do not respond to it.

Josiah had become king and followed God. He had the temple restored. In the process of the restoration, the book containing God’s word to the people was found. In it he found out that they had not been following God and God was going to curse and destroy them.

Immediately Josiah tore his robe and began to weep. He realized what they had done was wrong and sought God’s forgiveness. God heard him and held back His anger against the people.

Every Sunday people hear God’s word being preached, yet, many do not respond to it. They think it was a good message…for the other guy…not for themselves. They do not change in any way. They continue to live in sinful ways outside of the church, ignoring what God’s word says.

It is easy to hear what God’s word says, but it takes effort to act upon it, to allow it to change one’s life.

God’s word is alive and active and can change you, if  you allow it. When you hear something God is speaking to you, make the necessary changes. Live according to God’s word.

As a believer, you are to live according to what God desires. If you hear what He is saying and are not doing it, you are disobeying God. Once you hear what He has to tell you, you are responsible to do it. Do not allow God’s word to go in one ear and out the other and never change anything.

God is speaking…are you really listening?

I pray today that you will know what God is saying; that you will act upon God’s word to you; that the Holy Spirit will guide you in what God desires of you; and that God will give you strength to do His will. 

1 Kings 22:14 Speak Only God’s Words

Rough path in forest

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me.” 1 Kings 22:14 

Talking is something that most people love to do. Every person has their own opinion on situations and like to let others know what that opinion is. There are some people who almost seem professional about it. It does not matter what the subject is, they have a thought or opinion on it.

Many people’s opinions, however, are often based upon the majority of people’s opinions. They do not voice their personal opinions or convictions.

The Arameans were getting to fight against King Ahab. He went to King Jehoshaphat for some help. The both wanted to hear what the prophets would say. After seeking the advice of some prophets, King Jehoshaphat wanted a prophet of God.

Micaiah was the prophet they had found. Ahab did not like him, because of the words he would often speak. When they brought in Micaiah, he said he would only speak what God tells him to say.

Speaking to someone about their own ideas and thoughts is easy to do, but that type of message is not usually what God has to say. It is personal, not God’s word.

Many believers have their own thoughts on different situations as to what God may have to say about it. Often those thoughts do not always line up with God’s word in the Bible. They can be words filled with hate and condemnation, instead of God’s love, grace and mercy.

Believers need to be open to only speaking what God has to say. God knows what the other person needs to hear better than any person. A person only sees the surface of what is going on, God sees the heart and what is really happening. He knows the beginning and the end.

There will be times when you will have an opportunity to speak in a situation. You have a choice to make as you get ready to speak. You can speak your own words that may be pleasing to self or to others. Or you can speak the words of God.

God has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you and give you the words to say. He knows the best thing to say in each and every situation.

Take the time to find out what God has to say and then only speak His words. It will have the perfect results every time.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will hear what God has to say; that you will only speak the words of God; and that God will use you to speak to others. 

1 Kings 17:15 Acting In Faith

Boy stepping out

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 1 Kings 17:15 

To do something people like to know what the outcome will be. They want to have a favorable outcome with the actions that they do. Most people will look at what the different possibilities are and weigh the differences.

The primary way most people will act, is if the possibility of a favorable outcome is very high, will they do the act. If the possibility of a favorable outcome is very low, then the only way that they will do the action is if the favorable outcome will be very high, such as in playing the lottery.

During the time of a proclaimed drought, Elijah went to a woman for some food. The lady said that all she had was enough food for one more meal, and then she and her child would die. Elijah told her He would provide for her needs, so she made him a meal. God did provide and they had food every day during the drought.

Acting in faith takes some courage and faith in God. One has to know that God is full of love and is faithful to His word. Throughout the Bible, over and over, God says that He will provide.

Nearly every believer in God has heard this said or read the verses, yet, many are afraid to act in faith. They are afraid to give their last bit of food for a stranger, trusting God for more. They are afraid to give to a missionary in need or give the tithe plus some more in generosity. They are afraid to go up to someone and tell them about Jesus. These things are all not done out of lack of faith in God.

If you can trust God to save your soul from sin, then you should be able to trust Him with everything else. Trust God when He directs you to do some thing.

Doing what God asks of you may look like you are stepping off a cliff and will die, unless He does something, but do it anyways. God has a reason for you to take that step. It may be for you, or it may be for someone else, but do it.

God has never been unfaithful, nor will He ever be unfaithful.

Act in faith today!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God is faithful; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will have faith in God’s promises; and that you will always act in faith towards God. 

1 Kings 13:21 Completely Follow God

Forest road

He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.'” 1 Kings 13:21 

Obeying the rules is something that a lot of people claim that they do. However, many of those same people do not always follow the rules. There are times that they break the rules, sometimes on accident, but often on purpose. They choose not to obey for personal, selfish reasons.

At times when they choose to not follow the rules, they will give excuses as to why they didn’t follow them. Or they ignore the truth of what they did.

There was a man of God from Judah who had received a message from God to give to King Jeroboam. He was to deliver the message and  immediately return home and not stop anywhere else. He did give the message and began to head home. As he was going home, another prophet came to him, telling him a lie that God said to come eat with him. The man from Judah goes.

Immediately upon eating, the prophet tells him that he did not obey God, but did what he was told not to do. The man from Judah was led astray from God by a false prophet.

Many believers are told by God as to what they need to do. As they are in the process, other believers or false believers, will encourage them to change directions. Then some believers will choose to stop doing what they were told by God to do, in order to follow another believer or false believer. As with the man from Judah, many believers defy the word of God.

When God tells you something that you need to do, you must do it. Keep your focus on what God has told you. God does not change His mind or change directions like many in the world will do.

Not everyone will understand what God has told you to do, but you must keep doing it. There will be some believers who will attempt to change your path or direction, even in the name of God. Do not allow other believers to lead you astray from doing what God has told you to do.

God will speak and guide you directly Himself, if you allow Him too. Don’t change the course God has you on. Keep following Him.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will stay focused on what God tells you to do; that God will open your eyes to false prophets; and that God will strengthen you to make the right choices. 

2 Samuel 22:31 The Perfect Refuge

Bible with cross

“As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” 2 Samuel 22:31 

A common topic around the world is people who are refugees or immigrants. People are seen every where fleeing from oppression and war to find safety in a new location. They want to find a refuge that is safe from harm, danger or oppression.

As people travel from one nation to another seeking refuge, sometimes they find the refuge that they are seeking. Other times the trouble that they are fleeing from, they find in the new location or they find a different type of trouble. There is no perfect place for them to be.

Immigrants often face very large difficulties and prejudices in the places that they travel to. They types of troubles change, but are still there.

David had found the place to find refuge in, no matter where he had gone. They place was in God. They ways of God were perfect every time. His words were perfect and true. There could never be found any fault in them.

There are many people who do not really trust God’s word. They don’t see it as perfect. They are told that God is love and that He cares for them, but then they see troubles and hard times. When they go through those difficult times, they feel as though God’s word in wrong and that He really does not love them.

The path that God can have a person take in this life can be a difficult one, and it will be at times. There will be times of trouble, pain and suffering. Yet, that path is the best path.

God uses struggles and pain to help build a person to be the one He wants him to be. It can help move a person to where he needs to be. It is perfect. In the end there is perfect peace and eternal life, worth all the trouble.

During the times that you are going through a difficult time, do not doubt God’s word or way for you. It is still perfect. God is building you up to be just like Jesus, who did not have an easy road in life.

Take refuge in God and in His word, knowing that they are perfect for everything that you need. In Him you will find peace and rest that the world will not give you.

I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will know God’s ways for your life; that you will trust God and His words to you; and that you will find refuge in God and His word.