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The secret to great power!

Scripture reading for April 29: 2 Chronicles 26-28

People are always curious when someone says that they know a secret that will make them young, rich, beautiful, successful or powerful.  Many people have gotten rich selling secrets relating to these popular desires.  Most of them are people who are playing on the selfish nature of man for their own benefit.  We would do well to avoid them.  But in today’s reading, we find a treasure from the Lord!

Do you want the secret of great power?  Lets look at the life of Jotham, the twenty five year old son of King Uzziah.  This king did right in the eyes of the Lord.  (2 Chronicles 27:2)  The main event recorded of this king was a war with the Ammonites and it says that Jotham conquered them. (2 Chronicles 27:5)  After the conquest, he got a large amount of silver, wheat, and barley for several years.

The secret of his power is found in one verse that makes up a paragraph!   “Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.” (2 Chronicles 27:6)  It is so simple that anyone can grasp this concept.  Faithfulness is the first requirement of a good steward.  Jotham was faithful and he kept the faith all of his life!  He served the Lord his God.  God wasn’t just the God of his father or mother.  He wasn’t just his nation’s God or his wife’s God.  In order to serve steadfastly, you need to know God for yourself!

If you need to ask the Lord to be your God today, take time now and get right with Him.  The path to great power starts with a heart commitment to the Lord in faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  (Acts 4:12)  We must humbly confess our sins and our need of His grace. (1st John 1:9)    We choose to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and we will be saved.  (Romans 10:9-11)  We are saved by grace through faith in Christ and He has good works for us to walk in.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)  If you continue in the faith, steadfast to the end, you will experience the greatest power available to man–God will raise you from the dead and you will live forever with Him!  (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)  May the Lord bless you with great power!

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Steadfast Confidence!

Scripture reading for October 19th:  Isaiah 64-66, Jeremiah 1, Hebrews 6

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 6:10-12  “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in service to the saints, as you still do.  And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”  

After warning them again of the dangers of falling away from Christ, the writer of Hebrews encourages them to steadfast service and full confidence in Christ and His promises.  They were to guard against sluggishness (spiritual laziness) by imitating those who set a good example of faith and patience.  God’s promises are awaiting their faithful perseverance.

Isaiah 64:8  “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You are our Potter; we are all the work of Your hand.”  

Prayer:  Lord, help me to keep my confidence in You and Your promises firm and growing.  As clay, I need You as the Potter in my daily life.  Amen.

 

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