2 Chronicles 21:13 Prostitution And Murder

Storm on a road

But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you. 2 Chronicles 21:13

As whole in most nations the acts of prostitution and murder are not acceptable practices. These actions are looked down upon and usually carries a punishment if caught.

These acts of prostitution is done on a regular basis in every nation by many people, although not the physical act. People sell their bodies and lives to get what they want, while claiming loyalty to another. The desires are for money, fame, material thing, positions, love, family, recognition, and more.

They also perform acts of murder upon wishing people were dead, cursing people, abortion, and physically killing people. Many of those who do these things appear to be good people in society. Very few people look down upon these actions, though they are still wrong.

Jehoram had become king of Judah and led the people back into sin and away from God. A prophet had come and accused him of leading the people into prostitution and murder. They had prostituted themselves against God. They claimed to be God’s people, but worshipped idols.

Thousands of people attend church on a regular basis and claim to be believers. While at the same time, selling out their soul to their job or some dream not honoring God.

When Jesus died upon the cross, every believer became a part of the bride to the Father. They were now married to God and were to remain loyal to Him in every area of their lives. While still claiming this relationship with God and attending church, many live in purposeful sin and rebellion against God.

They refuse to hold themselves accountable to God and sell their body and souls to the things of this world, hoping to get more. They are jealous and hating of others, causing murder in the heart.

If you are a child of God, you are the bride of Christ. Do not allow yourself to be defiled by living as the world does. Do not flirt with the world. Remain loyal and faithful to God for what He has already done for you.

Do not allow your self to be able to be accused of prostitution against God or murder. God has given you a new life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to God alone; that you will not follow the ways of this world; and that your life will a sign of God’s great love. 

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2 Chronicles 14:3 Removing The Foreign Altars

False altar

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 13:12 Don’t Fight Against God

Goats fighting

God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. People of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed. 2 Chronicles 13:12 

Fighting among people is a common sight to see or hear about. As nations fight against nations, people fight against people. There are fights inside of families. Siblings fighting each other, spouses fighting each other, and children and parents fighting each other. There are also fights in the workplace among the people and the leaders.

With every fight, there is usually one side that will win, while the other side will lose. There are also times when neither side will really win the battle.

However, there is one fight, that will always have a winning and losing side. That is a fight against God.

When Abijah had become king of Judah, Jeroboam chose to fight against him and take back the land. Jeroboam and Israel had not been serving God, but serving false idols. Abijah warned them not to fight because they would be fighting against God and would lose.

As Jeroboam fought against Judah, the king and the people called out to God and He heard them. God rerouted Jeroboam and Judah had won the battle.

The world will often try to fight against believers and against God. They strive to destroy any message of Jesus. Yet, they continue to lose.

Some believers will also try to fight against God. God will guide them to do something and they will choose to refuse to do it. They rebel against God’s commands.

They may appear to win for a moment, but in the end they lose the battle. God is the one who is in control and will always win in the end.

Allow God to be in control of your life. Do not fight against God. God’s love for you is infinite, so He will never ask you to do what will harm you in the end. It may physically be painful, but it will build you and His kingdom in the process.

Be willing to trust that God knows what He is doing. Don’t fall for the lies that the world tells, saying God does not care or does not exist. In the end, the world will be destroyed. Do not be among those destroyed, because you chose to fight God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s commands for your life; that you will not fight against God; and that God will do great and mighty things through you and in you. 

2 Chronicles 11:4 Following Orders

Saluting authority

‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam. 2 Chronicles 11:4 

Following orders from a leader does not always make sense. Often leaders will see a bigger picture than the worker at the bottom. He understands things in ways that the lower workers do not always see or understand. In knowing this, often commands will be given that don’t always make sense.

When Rehoboam had become king of Judah, he cracked down harder on the people. A group of people chose to follow Jeroboam and broke away from Judah and became their own nation. Rehoboam had chosen to take his army and go fight to gain back the lost land and cities from Jeroboam.

As they began to march out, God sent a prophet to tell him not to go and fight against Jeroboam. Everything that was occurring was because of God’s doing. Rehoboam chose to obey God and turned back and went home.

Israel was supposed to be God’s chosen nation, His chosen people. To see it be split up was not an acceptable thing. Yet, that was exactly what God was making happen.

For years God had warned the nation of Israel against following false idols, but they refused to listen. He finally allowed the nation to be split. This was to get their attention back to Him.

God works in the same way today. There will be things allowed in the lives of people to get their attention back to Him. As these things occur it can be difficult. Without seeing the big picture, many will choose paths that go against what God is doing. Each person needs to open to hearing what God tells them to do, and then obey Him.

There will be times when God will allow things in your life that does not always make sense. God will tell you to walk a path that goes against normal reasoning. Trust God in what He says and follow His orders.

God raises up and He takes down. These things are all a part of His plan. His goal is that none should be lost and all made like Jesus.

Are you following His commands to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus?

Or are you doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s every command; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.

2 Kings 25:21 Judgment Occurs

Chains on feet

There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away from her land. 2 Kings 25:21 

Being thrust into captivity is something that no one desires. Although whole nations are not put into captivity, individuals can be. Often it is seen in being captured by the police for doing something wrong.

When one is placed in prison for doing wrong, it is usually not his first time doing wrong. It is often something he has done many times, just was never caught or convicted of doing wrong. There are rules to be followed and many people do not follow them, thinking that they will do fine with no problems. However, there will always come a time when he is caught and put into prison or some other punishment.

The Israelites had been rebelling against God for many years. They chose to follow false gods and worship idols, rather than love and worship God. God had warned them many times of punishment coming. With minor judgments against them, the people would turn to God for a short time, then rebel again, over and over. Finally God allowed the split nation of Judah to fall and be put into captivity for choosing to rebel against Him and follow false gods.

Although God does not always use physical captivity today, He still warns against following false gods or rebelling against Him. Jesus came to remove all sins from every person. He made a way to be able to follow God and live for eternity. However, one must still follow God and not false idols.

Many people have turned from God to idols in their lives. Choosing to not obey God or do what He desires of them. The captivity this time will be eternity in hell, the final judgment.

Choosing to believe in Jesus and follow Him is the first step to avoiding being judged and cast out. You must believe that He is the one who will save you from your sins and wrongs.

Then you must allow His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live for God. Allow your every action, thought and word be to God’s glory and purpose. As you live like that, you will not allow yourself to follow false gods or worship idols in your life.

The warning of being cast out for eternity will be removed and you can look forward to eternity with God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life; that you will remove all idol worship in your life; and that God will never have a reason to cast you out. 

Zechariah 12:7 All Will Be Equal

The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. Zechariah 12:7

When the nation of Israel split up, it was split into two nations of Judah and Israel. Because of their sins, both nations were destroyed and put into captivity. After a time of being enslaved, they were released and God allowed the nation of Israel to be restored as one nation.

It was prophesied that there would come a day when God destroys all the nations that harmed Israel. During that time of destruction, God would save all the dwellings of Judah first, then those of Israel. This was done so that neither would think they were higher and greater than the other.

In this fallen world, people rank each other. Depending upon what they are looking at will determine how a person is ranked. One of the most common is by wealth, but it can be by appearance, talent, nationality, influence, or one of many other things. Some people are ranked very high on the list, while others are ranked very low.

In God’s kingdom, He does not rank the same way. The people of Israel thought that they were better than those of Judah, because they were direct descendants of King David. They thought they were the best. God gave special honor to Judah to show that they were the same.

Many in the church try to rank people in various ways. They look at how much a person does or does not give in the offering, or the type of ministry the person does, or how they dress for church. Others will look at how a person came to salvation and how much sin he has given up.

In the end, God does not look that way at people. He is looking at their heart–are they serving and following Jesus or not.

Once you begin following Jesus, you are equal with every other believer who follows Him. When you get into heaven, it will no longer matter who did what or how they did it, all will be equal.

Do not strive to be the greatest, or to look down on others who are not like you. Seek to bring all to Jesus as equal children of God. God loves you and everyone else just the same.

I pray today that God will reveal His love to you; that God will help you remove all self-pride in your life; that you will honor all who serve God; and that you will know that in God’s eyes all are equal.

Isaiah 40:8 Shout “Here Is Your God!”

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:8

God had chosen to allow Judah to be sent into exile for a time for their refusal to follow Him. Once that time was up they were allowed to go back to their land. As the people are going back to the land, they are able to bring good news. It was good news that they were going back to the land, and they had good news that God was with them.

While in exile, many of the people felt that God had abandoned them. It did not appear as though He had remembered them while in exile. Yet, it was not true. The greatest news was God was with them, and they were to shout it out loud to everyone. They were to point out to everyone who God is.

This passage is also part of the prophecies pointing to Jesus. Later Jesus would be called Emmanuel, which means, “God with us”. The difference in the news that the Israelites had and what can be proclaimed today, is that God is with believers and Jesus has removed all of their sins.

There may be times when you go through a struggle and feel as though God has left you…it is not true. God is always right there beside you. You just have to acknowledge Him and believe Him.

As you know and realize God is with you, then you must also shout it out. Let the world know who God is. Too often believers are afraid to shout it out. They are afraid of what others might think or do. Yet, every person deserves the right to hear about Jesus, not just you and few of your friends.

The world may not like you shouting it out, but you have the greatest news of all time. Those that are willing to hear, will hear and respond. It will bring encouragement to other believers, and will point Jesus to those who don’t believe.

As you go through your day today, let everyone you come in contact with that, “Here is your God!”

I pray today that you will know that God is with you; that you will know God remembers you; that you will not be afraid to proclaim God is with you; and that you will be a bold witness to everyone you meet.