2 Chronicles 32:8 God Will Fight For You

“With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said. 2 Chronicles 32:8

Battles are occurring all the time all over the world. While some are physical battles of war, the majority are social battles with words and emotions or battles with physical health. During times of battles, one can feel as though there is no hope, that the enemy is greater and more powerful, and defeat is inevitable so fear sets in.

As Sennacherib was getting ready to attack Judah, Hezekiah told the people that God was with them to help and fight the battle, while Sennacherib only had flesh to fight. The people were encouraged.

No one in completely immune from battles. Some battles appear very small and easy to win, while many are large and ominous, causing one much fear and expectancy of defeat. The world often fights these battles on their own, in their own physical strength.

These battles wear a person down physically, emotionally and spiritually when they are fought on their own. Often one feels as if he is completely alone in the battle.

Believers are also not immune to these battles. Along with all the normal physical battles the rest of the world may face, believers are also attacked for their stand for God. However, rather than living in fear, believers can stand strong knowing that God is right by their side to help them and to fight their battles.

God will always give perfect wisdom as to how to deal with the battle in one’s life and then He will also bring about victory in miraculous ways. Victory in the end is always guaranteed for the believer who trusts in God.

Throughout your life you will face many different types of battles. Some will be massively huge, while others will be relatively small. Realize that you do not have to face the battle alone. God is right by your side to give you strength and wisdom in fighting the battle.

Every battle you face will only be the arm of flesh coming against you that can only destroy the body but cannot kill the soul. God has you in His hands and will fight for you to give you victory in the end. Trust God for that victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God’s help in times of battle; that you will know God’s strength in a battle; that you will see God’s victory over the enemy in your life; and that you will have confidence in God’s abilities and promises.

2 Chronicles 31:5 Generously Give The Firstfruits

As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything. 2 Chronicles 31:5

All throughout the world are people working to make money in order to get what they want and need. Once that paycheck comes in most people will use all of it for themselves, very few will be willing to pass it on to someone else. Fear of not having enough for themselves causes them to keep it to themselves.

Hezekiah told the people to bring in a generous tithe of all their firtstfruits. The people were very generous in bringing in ten percent of everything that they produced.

With all of the expenses in life it is often very difficult for people to give away some of their money. They do not want to take a chance on their being short of what they need or want. This type of action shows up most often inside the church. The majority of believers are unwilling to tithe ten percent of what they make to God.

In the Old Testament times it was the temple that was the church the people went to in order to gather together to worship God. Today people go to a church building to gather together to worship God. In the same way that the temple needed to be supported by tithes of the people, so the church needs tithes of the people to meet its needs.

Believers need to trust that God can do more with the ninety percent left of their income, than they can with one hundred percent of it. And He can use that ten percent to build the church, supporting the pastors who train the people for ministry. Every believer must be generous in their giving to God.

As a believer, you are to trust God in everything and for everything that you need or want. It is God who owns it all and so it is God who really provides it all. With this in mind, be generous with what He has given you. Pour back into the church blessings of the tithe and offerings so that the church can move forward in building God’s kingdom.

Know that God will meet your needs as you give generously to Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with all that you have; that you will give generously your tithe and offerings to God; that you will see God meet all of your needs; that God will remove all fear of lack of anything.

2 Chronicles 30:6b Return To God

People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 2 Chronicles 30:6b

Foundations are often laid that make a person, a family, a people or even a nation great. Sometimes later in life those foundations are forgotten or ignored. When this occurs, disaster usually follows. Whatever was made great often begins to fail and not be great. Although they may not become physical captives, they are often captive to failure and downfall.

After restoring the temple, Hezekiah sent out a letter to all the people of Israel to return to God.

Throughout America, and most likely all other nations, there are many people who were brought up in a Christian home believing in Jesus that later walked away from that belief. They had a foundation laid as a child to believe in Jesus but allowed the ways of the world to overcome them and lead them away from God.

Unlike most nations, America was founded upon Christian principles and a belief in God. Yet so many have chosen to walk away from that foundation that those who are true believers in Jesus are no longer the majority in the nation.

No matter where one is at in life, if one is not following God, he needs to return to that foundation and begin to serve God again or for the first time. This has nothing to do with whether a person grew up in a believing home or not, but with his own individual choices.

When one chooses to turn to God, God will then draw near to that person. He will restore what was lost, the joy of salvation and His presence and favor.

You must be willing to ask yourself where you are with God. You may or may not have had the privilege of being brought up in a home where you believed God, but you have the opportunity to choose to believe in God yourself and to serve and worship Him.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the ways of the world and stay away or reject Jesus and live in sin. Return to God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Make Him the only God in your life so that He may make His dwelling place in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live your life to serve and worship God; that God will pull you out of the sinful ways of the world; that you will make Jesus the foundation of all that you say and do; that you will never turn away from God; and that you will lead others to Jesus.

2 Chronicles 29:5 A Cleaning Out Needed

and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary.” 2 Chronicles 29:5

On a fairly regular basis, at least once a year, most people go through a cleaning up of their place. Springtime is the common time to go through a house and clean everything up. It is a process of removing what is no longer needed and cleaning out the dirt and filth built up over time. It can be a time of restoring things back to good.

When Hezekiah became king, he called on the Levites to go into the temple can clean out all the garbage and consecrate the temple back to God.

For most people, it is easy to see the physical dirt and clutter in a house that needs to be cleaned. While most people see it, many do not take the time to clean it up. Being lazy or content with living in filth, people leave the dirt and clutter and learn to live around it.

In the same way many believers have allowed dirt and filth to build up in their lives. Sinful practices have been allowed to infiltrate their lives, corrupting and defiling the temple of God. They have pushed God out and allowed the world in.

Instead of ignoring the filth in their lives, believers need to take time to repent and flee those sinful practices in the hearts and minds. They need to allow the Holy Spirit to come into their lives and change them, cleansing them to be a holy and purified temple unto God. This is a cleansing that is needed on a regular basis.

Believers are now the temple of God and must be holy as God is holy, separate from the world and its ways, and consecrated unto God.

As a believer you are now the temple of God and are the Levitical priest of that temple. Your temple needs to be holy unto God. Examine your life and do a cleaning that will remove anything that is sinful and against God and His commands. Repent of any sins removing those sins from your life and be transformed by the renewing of your mind and heart into a new creation–the temple of God.

Just as you clean your house on regular basis, clean God’s temple daily.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to change your life; that you will dedicated to God; that your life will be a holy temple for God to dwell in; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse your life of any sin; and you will be holy as God is holy.

2 Kings 22:7 Being Trustworthy

But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are honest in their dealings. 2 Kings 22:7

Being honest is something that most people want of other people but are often to have found fallen short in their own lives. Many find it easy to cut corners and cheat in order to attempt to make it further. Knowing this, most people struggle with being able to find others trustworthy. As a result, many businesses and organizations set up many different ways to try and hold people accountable with money and things being used.

When Josiah became king, he had men begin to work on restoring the temple. He said that the men doing the work did not have to account for the money given to them because they were honest in what they did.

Everyday every person is accountable for something to someone else in their sphere of influence. This is often done for safety and protection of money and materials. Too many people are quick to cheat a system and take things for themselves that do not belong to them.

Behind closed doors it is very easy for someone to take some money off the top and keep it for themselves. Or to use it for themselves when it has not been authorized.

This not only occurs in the world, but also inside the church. Many ministers have been found guilty of taking money illegally or not reporting it correctly.

Believers should be the first to be honest in all of their dealings. At the basest level using or taking money that does not belong to one is stealing, which God has made a base commandment not to do. The believer’s word should be trustworthy enough that others do not need to make them account for their words and actions.

There are things in your life that are entrusted to you by others or by God. Regardless of what others see or don’t see, God will see your every action with what has been entrusted to you and hold you accountable.

Hold on to your integrity and do as God would want you to do with what you have. Be honest with everything you say and do to the point that the world does not even begin to question you or try to make you accountable.

Be trustworthy with what you have been entrusted with.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to be trustworthy in all that you say and do; that you will do things as God would want you to; and that the world can trust your words and actions as though they were God’s.