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Scripture reading for April 26th:  2nd Chronicles 13-16

“Listen to me, Asa and all of 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.” 2nd Chronicles 15:2

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2nd Chronicles 15:7

King Asa started out right and did right in the eyes of the Lord.  He proceeded to remove idols from the land and commanded God’s people to seek the Lord and obey His laws.  The land enjoyed peace under his godly rule.  When an attack came from Zerah the Cushite, Asa called out to the Lord for help and God answered him. (2nd Chronicles 14:11)  King Asa had a great victory as he walked close to the Lord.

God saw something inside of this king that He addressed through the prophetic ministry of Azariah, son of Oded.  He encouraged Asa to keep on seeking the Lord and to stay with the Lord.  He warned him and his followers that if they forsook the Lord, they would end up in trouble.  He told King Asa to be strong and not give up.  God would reward him for his work.

The prophetic word is meant to strengthen us, but we must stay humble and teachable.  Asa was humble at the time of an earlier word, but later Asa went his own way without consulting God and enlisted the Syrian King Ben-Hadad with monies from the temple treasuries.  The prophet Hanani  told him he had done a foolish thing and would now be at war.  Asa became angry with the seer and imprisoned him.  He mistreated some of the Lord’s people as well.  He got a disease in his feet, but refused to seek the Lord and only went to doctors.  As a result, he died.

Thank God today for the prophetic word that seeks to warn and encourage us.  Ask the Lord to teach you what you need to know.  If you have a hard heart, connect with His amazing love and let this word encourage you.  Be strong, do not give up, for your work will be rewarded! 2nd Chronicles 15:7

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Be Strong! Don’t Give Up!

Scripture reading for April 26th: 2nd Chronicles 13-16

“Listen to me, Asa and all of 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.” 2nd Chronicles 15:2

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2nd Chronicles 15:7

God is good at warning and encouraging!  King Asa started out right and did right in the eyes of the Lord.  He proceeded to remove idols from the land and commanded God’s people to seek the Lord and obey His laws.  He rebuilt the fortified cities and the land enjoyed peace under his godly rule.  When an attack came from Zerah the Cushite, Asa called out to the Lord for help and God answered him. (2nd Chronicles 14:11)  King Asa had a great victory and was walking close to the Lord.

God saw something inside of this king that He addressed.  He encouraged Asa by the prophetic ministry of Azariah, son of Oded.  He encouraged this victorious king to keep on seeking the Lord.  He warned him and his followers that if they forsook the Lord, they would find themselves in trouble.  He encouraged King Asa to be strong and not give up.  God would reward him for his work.   Prophesy is always to build up, not to tear down.  (1st Corinthians 14:3)

Asa was humble and teachable at the time of this earlier word, but later Asa went on his own to Damascus and enlisted the Syrian King Ben-Hadad with monies from the temple treasuries.  Again the Lord sent a prophet to warn and correct Asa.  Hanani came to him and told him he had done a foolish thing and would now be at war.  Asa became angry with the seer and imprisoned him.   He got a disease in his feet, but refused to seek the Lord and only went to doctors.  As a result, he died.

Thank God today for the prophetic word that seeks to warn and encourage us.  Ask the Lord to teach you what you need to know and how to stay humble and able to obey.  If you have a hard heart, open up to His amazing love and let this word encourage you.  Be strong, do not give up, for your work will be rewarded! 2nd Chronicles 15:7

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Your Work Will Be Rewarded!

Scripture reading for April 27th: 2nd Chronicles 13-16

King Asa was aggressive in doing good and what was right in God’s eyes.  He removed foreign altars and tore down idols.  He commanded Judah to seek the Lord and keep His laws.  As he did these good things, Zerah the Cushite marched against him with a large army.  As he took up battle positions, he called to the Lord.  “Lord, there is no one like You to help the powerless against the mighty.  Help us O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in Your Name we have come against this vast army.  O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.” (2nd Chronicles 14:11)

Pleased to respond to such a humble prayer, the Lord routed the Cushites before Asa and Judah. He also sent Azariah the prophet to meet Asa.  Azariah gave Asa this word, “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.  . . .But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2nd Chronicles 15:2,7)  This word encouraged Asa to continue in the ways of the Lord and to work to bring Judah back to a full walk with God. His heart was fully committed to the Lord for almost all of his life.

However, after many years of peace, Baasha king of Israel came against Judah.  Asa failed to seek the Lord but instead went to Damascus for help.  Hanani the prophet came and reminded Asa of his earlier success and the promise of help if he sought the Lord.  “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.  You have done a foolish thing, from now on you will have war.” (2nd Chronicles 16:9)   It is interesting to note that at the end of Asa’s life, he had a disease of his feet and still would not call on the Lord!

We can learn much from this passage.  Call on the Lord and depend on Him in every difficulty; He is watching for those who are fully committed to show Himself strong on their behalf!  When we fail to pray, we set ourselves up for failure and trouble!  Your work through prayer will be rewarded!

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Be strong! Do not Give Up!

Scripture reading for April 25:  2nd Chronicles 13-16

“Listen to me, Asa and all of 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.” 2nd Chronicles 15:2

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2nd Chronicles 15:7

God is good at warning and encouraging!  King Asa started out right and did right in the eyes of the Lord.  He proceeded to remove idols from the land and commanded God’s people to seek the Lord and obey His laws.  He rebuilt the fortified cities and the land enjoyed peace under his godly rule.  When an attack came from Zerah the Cushite, Asa called out to the Lord for help and God answered him. (2nd Chronicles 14:11)  King Asa had a great victory and was walking close to the Lord.

God saw something inside of this king that He addressed.  He encouraged Asa by the prophetic ministry of Azariah, son of Oded.  He encouraged this victorious king to keep on seeking the Lord.  He reminded him to stay with the Lord.  He warned him and his followers that if they forsook the Lord, they would find themselves out there on their own and in trouble.  He ended the prophetic message with encouragement. He told King Asa to be strong and not give up.  God would reward him for his work.   Prophesy is always to build up, not to tear down.  (1st Corinthians 14:3)

The prophetic word does build us up, but we must stay humble and teachable.  Asa was humble and teachable at the time of this earlier word, but later Asa went on his own to Damascus and enlisted the Syrian King Ben-Hadad with monies from the Temple treasuries.  Again the Lord sent a prophet to warn and correct Asa.  Hanani came to him and told him he had done a foolish thing and would now be at war.  Asa became angry with the seer and imprisoned him.  He mistreated some of the Lord’s people as well.  He got a disease in his feet, but refused to seek the Lord and only went to doctors.  As a result, he died.  He had started out right, but failed to heed the word of the Lord!

Thank God today for the prophetic word that seeks to warn and encourage us.  Ask the Lord to teach you what you need to know and how to stay humble and able to obey.  If you have a hard heart, open up to His amazing love and let this word encourage you.  Be strong, do not give up, for your work will be rewarded! 2nd Chronicles 15:7

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