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Sunday rest and reflection

Greetings! Today is another day of rest and reflection and a time to catch up if you need to. Today, I am reflecting on what it means to seek God during our days here on earth.

Solomon built a temple for the Lord as a place where God’s people could come and seek the Lord.  At the dedication of the temple, Solomon’s prayer petitioned God to let His eyes be on the temple and asked that God’s ears would be attentive to the prayers of His people.  (2 Chronicles 6:20-21)  God answered Solomon by appearing to him and answering his petitions.  God promised that His Name would always be there and that His eyes and heart would also be there.  (2 Chronicles 7:15)  God warned Solomon not to forsake seeking Him and turn away to other gods. 

I believe that the first thing needed to seek God is faith.  Anyone who comes to God, must believe that He is.  Since God is Spirit, we can not see Him with our physical eyes.  So if we are seeking to contact God, we must approach Him as if He is really there and can hear and see us.  God actually appeared to Solomon after he had prayed and petitioned God.  As we approach God in faith, He reveals Himself to us.

We must also believe that God wants to reward us for seeking Him.  (Hebrews 11:6)  It wouldn’t do much good to seek out God if we did not feel that He would actually hear and understand what we needed.  Our God not only understands us, but has compassion on us and loves us.  He desires our highest good and wants to bless us.  We understand these truths by faith through believing God’s Word.  We must choose to believe because we hear the Word.  The Word of God has spiritual life and power in it to bring faith to the hearts of those who hear and believe, not just listen.

It was said of Rehoboam that he did evil in the sight of the Lord because he failed to seek the Lord.  (2nd Chronicles 12:14) Lord help us to seek You in all we do! In His love, Pastor John

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Believing the Word!

Scripture reading for June 6th:  2nd Chronicles 31-34, Acts 24

Key Scriptures:  Acts 24:14-16  “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.  So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.”

Paul, making his defense before Felix, told how he believed everything written in the Law and Prophets.  He had a hope in God and believed in a resurrection of the just and the unjust.  Because of this, he took pains to have a clear conscience before God and man.  Paul had a clear conscience because He believed the Word.

2nd Chronicles 31:20-21 “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God.  And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.”

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“Prepare to meet your God”

Scripture reading for September 14th: Amos 3-5

Amos, a country preacher, uses plain language that cuts to the chase!  Country people don’t usually beat around the bush.  They call it like it is.  This is a good trait, but sometimes lacks tact in the eyes of those who are more refined!  I imagine that Amos made a few people pretty mad!  For instance, in Amos 4:1 he calls the women of Samaria “cows”.  These women were likened to the well-fed cattle of Bashan, a farming area east of the Sea of Galilee.  These women were demanding drinks from their husbands and were oppressing the poor and needy while they enjoyed an abundance.  Amos promised them that God’s punishment was on the way.

Amos told the people to go up to Bethel and sin.  They were religious and brought offerings that they boasted about as if they had produced them all by themselves.  God had tried to correct them and get their attention, but to no avail!  They would not return to God with humble and contrite hearts!  (Amos 4:6, 9, 11)  God had sent famines, plagues, war and trouble to wake them up but they failed to respond.  The final call was for them to prepare to meet their God!  (Amos 4:12)  Amos then takes up a funeral lament for Israel as if she had died and met God!  (Amos 5:1-3)

What was Amos’ remedy for these hardened religious people?  He told them to seek the Lord and live!  They needed to honor the God who made the stars, who speaks to the waters of the sea and pours them out on the land!  (Amos 5:8-9) This God had power that should be feared and He should be revered!  They were to seek good and not evil and they would live.  God eternally hates evil and his wrath is always against it.  God’s people must hate evil and injustice in evil times, and stand for what the Lord is for. (Amos 5:14-15)

Amos reproves this religious people again for saying that they longed for the day of the Lord!  He told them that it would be a day of darkness, not light for them!  (Amos 5:18)  It would be like a man fleeing from a lion, only to meet a bear.  These people were going through the motions and God hated their songs, festivals, feasts and offerings!  Their hearts were not right!  He wanted justice and righteousness that resulted from His people living by faith in the fear of the Lord!  (Amos 5:24)

As we listen to this farmer preacher, we hear truth spoken in plain language.  The times he lived in are a lot like ours.  We need to be sure we are seeking the Lord with our hearts, and not just words and ritual.  We must hate evil and love good!  We should be working in our day and time for justice and help for the poor.  The day of the Lord is coming!  We must be prepared to meet our God!

“. . . prepare to meet your God, O Israel.” Amos 4:12b

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