Month: March 2023

Making a Covenant with God

Scripture 2 Kings 11:17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD, the king, and the people, that they should be the LORD’S people, and also between the king and the people.

Observation: Before making a covenant with the Lord you must be sure you are going to keep it. It is better not to make a promise at all than to make one and break it. The priest Jehoiada made a covenant with the Lord, king and people, a pack that they shouldn’t break or take lightly and when all parties agree and must be upheld. Here he was saying that from that time on that they will be the Lord’s people and there would not be any other God. Now it was up to the king to enforce this covenant and to make sure it didn’t get broken.

Application: I’m afraid to make a promise to God because I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep it so I don’t. Instead of making a commitment to my Lord and my God I choose to not take any chances. I need to be fully committed to do what God calls me to do I should at least make a covenant that I will follow my Lord all the days of my life. If I don’t make a promise to my Lord it would be too easy for me to not listen, but if I make a covenant with my Lord I will be more focused on keeping that promise and it will be on the front of my heart to do what is right.

Prayer: My Lord I now make a covenant with you my Lord and Master. That you and you alone will rule this life and I will have nothing ahead of you. I’m your servant help me stay close to you and never to stray this life has only one purpose and that is to serve you.

Zeal for the Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 10:16 Then he said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD.” So they had him ride in his chariot.

Observation: Do I have zeal for the Lord and if I do is it obvious to others. I have my moments, like when I’m doing the Heaven study or doing a class on depression that my zeal for the Lord is great and I feel others can feel my zeal and excitement for my Lord. However my everyday life is not as obvious as my zeal goes to lukewarm at times and when people notice how I act at times they may not think I even know the Lord. God has done so many wonderful things in my life and when I think of them I’m full of gratitude and want to share that feeling with others. The difference is that I’m not focused on the goodness of God all the time and I should be.

Application: I need to have that zeal all of the time no matter where I am. I need to have compassion for others and love them as my Lord loves me or at least the best that I can do. I need God in my heart at all times thinking of His grace and mercy that He has shown me my whole life and to tell others about what He has done for me.

Prayer: Dear Lord I’m crazy for you, may you always be the first and last thing on my heart during each day.. Oh Holy Spirit fill me with zeal for the Lord and that I will obey every command and show you my love for you. I do love you, you know that, draw me closer to you.

Says the Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 9:26 ‘Surely I saw yesterday the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will repay you in this plot,’ says the LORD. Now therefore, take and throw him on the plot of ground, according to the word of the LORD.”

Observation: When the Lord says something you can bet it will come true. The Lord knows all things and when He speaks to us we need to adhere to what He says. The Bible is the word of God and He has given us instruction on what we are to be doing and we need to be doing it. In our heart we know what God desires of us even though we may make excuses why we shouldn’t be doing something. When God speaks He does it for a reason and we need to be obedient and listen.

Application: I need to be more aware of what God is saying to me and then do whatever He asks of me. I’m my Lord’s servant and a servant obeys commands and I want to be a good servant. I need to stay in prayer and in God’s word so I always know what God desires of me.

Prayer: My Lord speak to your servant and command me in what you want of me. Help me be obedient to you and that I will hear every word you say to me.

God Keeps His Promises

Scripture 2 Kings 8:19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah, for the sake of his servant David, as He promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.

Observation: God’s a much better promise keeper then me. All of Judah is sinning and idol worshipping, but because He promised David he won’t destroy Judah. In the Bible there are hundreds of promises from God and each one He keeps. However each promise has a condition. God asks us to do something and if we do he will keep his promise. Like I said God is a better promise keeper then we are and most of the time we don’t meet our end of the promise and we wonder why God doesn’t bless us.

Application: I need to be a better promise keeper. To God and to the people that God surrounds me with. I need to be a man of my word that my yes means yes and my no means no. I need to make sure I’m keeping my end of a promise if I pray to God for him to keep his. I need to trust in God completely and serve him wholeheartedly.

Prayer: My Lord I’m your servant and I want to keep every promise I make. I want to draw close to you and that others would see that I’m a sincere and honest man and that my life points to you. Help me Lord keep every promise I make to you and to others.

Let’s Not Remain Silent of Good News

Scripture 2 Kings 7:9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”

Observation: The true good news that Jesus has saved us from our sins and all we have to do is receive it with our hearts has been kept silent by us for too long. How many people do we meet in a day but keep quiet about the good news of Jesus? I know I am guilty and I realize it is not proper in some situations, but what does proper compare to someone going to hell because we kept our mouths shut? We are content to keep the good news to ourselves, because we know we are going to be with the Lord, but a time will come when we have to account to our Lord why we didn’t share His love with others.

Application: I can bring up the Lord with the people in church or if someone else asks me. I can even stand before many people in church and proclaim His love to those who know Him, but can I tell those in this world who are starving for His grace where to eat, instead of hording His mercy and grace to myself. I need to be bold with the faith God has placed in my heart and go out on a limb to tell others about the Salvation that only comes from my Lord. That is why I’m still here to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

Prayer: My Lord give me the courage to speak boldly in your name to others. Expand my territory to touch the lives of those you but in my path. Show me how to please you and help fill the kingdom with your children and be the good witness you call me to be.

Open My Eyes Oh Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Observation: That is my prayer to my Lord that He would open my eyes so that I can see. I want to see how my Lord wants to use me, what I should do, the love He has for his children and to see others through my Lord’s eyes. I pray that my eyes would be opened to how to do the Heaven study so that it glorifies my God. My eyes are closed most of the day as I treat people with sarcasms and treat them rudely, because I want people to notice me. I need my eyes opened so I can do for them as my Lord wants done.

Application: I always feel sorry for treating someone poorly or doing things because I want to do them without regard to others feelings. I need to see it first so that I don’t do it at all. I need to have my eyes opened to what God is surrounding me with and see what I should be doing to glorify God and bless others.

Prayer: My Lord forgive me for the way I treated several people today that you put in my path. Give me a softer heart and take this pride and arrogance from my spirit and humble me before you. I love you and desire to do what is pleasing in your sight my Lord.

Only to the Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 5:17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.

Observation: When people’s eyes are open to the majesty of the Lord they can see that only He is God and deserves all of our praise. We have so many gods in our lives, money, work, people, possession and so on, but there is only one that deserves our undivided worship and that is our Lord. Jesus came into my life and proved to me that He is my Lord and I’m not to have any other God or thing above Him. My Lord and my God deserves all that I am all of the time.

Application: Tonight I have an opportunity to share about Heaven with my church family and to show our God is the only thing in our lives worthy of worship. I need to show others about our magnificent Lord and that He needs to be on the throne of our lives. I need to set that example in my life, that others may see my Lord through the way I live my life. God deserves all that I have and I need to give that to Him.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for showing me your love, grace, mercy and power. Thank you for always being there for me and that your love is never ending. Be with me tonight and speak through your servant and show all that attend that you are the only thing in our life worthy of worship.