Day three topic: Think about your plans. 1 Kings 22: 41-52
It really is easy to destroy your life. Simply do not seek, listen, or follow what God says to do. Instead, do what you think sounds best and surround yourself with people who agree with you. But disaster can be avoided if we would just listen to what God is telling us to do. Follow his ways and seek him with your heart and you will be blessed with eternal life.
Thoughts: What did we do without seeking the will of the Lord or seeking God’s approval? What decisions did we make because that is what we felt good about doing rather than what would have been God’s will? Think back to times when you were in trials or suffering. What did we do without seeking the will of the Lord or seeking God’s approval? What decisions did we make because that is what we felt good about doing rather than what would have been God’s will?
If we are willing and obedient we will eat of the good of the land.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;”
If we obey the LORD we will be his treasured possession.
Give us the strength to listen to you Jesus.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Obedience all the time.
Next, there is a short account of the rule of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. He followed the good ways of his father Asa. He did not remove the places of worship on the hills. But he removed the males who sold their bodies for sex in the worship of Baal.
There was no king in Edom because *Judah still controlled it. Eziongeber was in Edom. Jehoshaphat intended to use this port in a trading scheme that could make him very wealthy. Solomon had succeeded with a similar scheme (1 Kings 9:26-28). Jehoshaphat tried to work with Ahaziah, Ahab’s son. But Jehoshaphat’s scheme failed. A storm destroyed the ships.
2 Chronicles 20:35-37 contains more information about this event. God would not allow the plan to succeed. He did not want Jehoshaphat to have such a close relationship with Ahab’s family. When Ahaziah again invited Jehoshaphat to trade, Jehoshaphat refused. Jehoshaphat realised because of the storm that the *Lord did not want him to continue this agreement.
Are we paying to gratify our fleshly desires?
Godly Israel kings tried to make the nation better.
For no word from God will ever fail.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:8
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish. Psalms 9:18
For no word from God will ever fail.
Get rid of the things you are prostituting yourself to. Giving your time and effort.
God is a jealous. We give ourselves to God. He wants all of you and not some of you. Your heart starts to just want Jesus more than everything. Less your will and more Gods will.
What entertains us trains us.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.”
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Psalms 119:1
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3:19
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
"Lest you think little of foxhole conversions, understand that the God of Heaven searches hearts and minds and knows real repentance from counterfeit."
Manasseh may be one of the clearest examples of the truth of Romans 4:5, “However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.” Manasseh had no works to commend him to God, only a deep sense of his personal sinfulness and of God’s power to forgive. Genuine repentance is a gift from God, as is saving faith. The cynics mock a conversion on a death bed, but God shows us His grace thereby. We are all, everyone of us, in need of the kind of searching repentance and broken-hearted faith that restored Manasseh. Manasseh’s story teaches us much about the grace of God, for no life, no matter how wretched and wicked, is beyond the reach of Christ’s cleansing blood. Repentance and faith are always required for that cleansing power, and how amazing is it when God grants those to such sinners like Manasseh and us! Perhaps, dear reader, you feel that your sins are so bad that God could never forgive you. Read 2 Chronicles 33, and you will see this truth: “Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more” (Rom. 5:20).
If love is the most powerful feeling and the driver of purpose I wanted to share my love with all of you in the most manly way I can. If I remain silent during times of trial is not because I am defeated, but instead because I am listening, learning and growing with the lord. Test are made to get us closer to our creator and I am humbly asking for prayer for clarity and gentleness in my heart. May I decrease so He can Increase and I can do his will without any undue harm.
The heart and mind, where our thoughts reside, represent our invisible, inner person. This inner person is who we are. And this inner person determines our moral character. For this reason, we are what we think. As believers in Jesus Christ, we must constantly renew our minds so that we don't conform to this world, but rather transform into the image of Christ:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
Thank you for another great week of Battle Prayer.