2 Chronicles 28-29, Luke 17
36And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had provided for the people, for the thing came about suddenly.
Turning to the Lord in repentance means speedy provision. He doesn’t withhold His great mercy, love and grace from us, but He waits for us to come to Him that we may receive these things from Him.
Luke 17:33: “If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.”
I love this part of Luke, “the coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed… the kingdom of god is in your midst.” I believe that still holds true today!! I can see god and his kingdom manifested in so many different small ways in my life and in this world. God doesn’t have to be contained to church or devotionals, I think his kingdom surrounds us daily in unexpected ways.
6And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. -ellie
Ahaz engaged in the detestable practices of the nations… as a chosen nation of the Lord we need to stand firm and not engage in the detestable
practices of the world …
It’s interesting to me that is real listen to God because they had too much guilt already. It said that their rates went up to the heavens that they listen to God and didn’t hurt the captives from Judah instead they close and fed them.
Hezekiah promptly corrected and cleansed.
33Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.
Am I living for myself? Or for Him?
I have a responsibility towards my fellow brothers and sisters. I have to make sure that one I can lead them back on the right path (without judgement) but also make sure I do not cause them to sin.
Also I am to forgive them!
*MORALE* Am I living right? Am I letting things such as jealousy, ulterior motives govern how I behave or act towards another.
Sometime jealousy stops me from inviting people to do certain things. But what if in my actions I am possibly stopping Simone from pursuing what God has called them to do.
Thanks for this message Phillippa. I’ve only recently recognised that jealousy was troubling me. Never thought of myself as a jealous person, because I detest jealousy and wished I didn’t have this inclination. However, the closer I get to God, the more I can fully accept all these different parts of myself. I will celebrate my weaknesses, as His glory becomes fulfilled in them.
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