Our text is from 2nd Chronicles 26:5. And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
This text is about a king of Judah named Uzziah who was a good king. It was said of him in verse 4 that ‘he did that which was right’ not in the people’s eyes but in the Lord’s eyes. Then our text says that as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.
So many times we make the mistake of seeking other sources of info rather than God and His word to make our decisions in life. If we would ask God to help us and to lead us in our daily lives our way would be a lot more prosperous. Many times the Bible will speak to us but we don’t take time to read it. It’s always anything but the Bible isn’t it? Perhaps that’s why you are having difficulties. If you want to prosper, seek the Lord, not just in the big or disastrous things, but in the little things. Remember, a lot of little things added together could equal a big thing. By the way, I expect God to be there in the big things but it is the little things that I enjoy seeing God get involved in.
Seek the Lord. You will be glad you did.
Our text comes from Ephesians 6:18. …watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Three things about our text.
In the first place, our text uses the word “watching” and earlier in the same verse “praying”. The two words go together, watching and praying. Praying always, and watching with all perseverance are the two key things that will keep us on a good and happy relationship with the Lord. They both keep us out of trouble and keep us close to the Lord. Even our Lord. right before he was to be arrested told his disciples to watch and pray so they would not enter into temptation. See…the two keeps you from getting into trouble. If you are praying you don’t have time to be doing something wrong.
Secondly, the saints need you to be watching for them and with perseverance. Perseverance is the idea that you will be tempted to quit watching. So don’t quit. If you are watching out for me, don’t quit, keep it up. I need your prayers and you looking out for me.
Lastly, whenever one does something wrong he is not praying or watching for Jesus to come back. When you sin, you are not praying and are counting on the fact that Jesus won’t come back at that moment.
But you should be watching for him. Get the drift?
So we are to keep and eye out for him in the since of serving others for him.
Secondly we are to keep and eye out for him in the since of looking for him. Are you doing both?
In these last days may God help you to Keep an Eye Out for Him.
Our text will come from Ephesians 6:12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
If there is anything that will wear you down quickly, it is wading out in a swift stream or undertow in the ocean. I have tried to stay in one position but after a while you will start to give way to the currents and constant pull. It takes effort to maintain your position or even more effort to move against the currents. Notice the image. The salmon are going against the currents and if that weren’t enough, they have opposition as well.
Well, that is the way it is when you are trying to do something right. You will get opposition to keep you from accomplishing your goals. Either they will be trying to hold you back from going forward or they will try to block you from moving forward. Either way it will be opposition and going against the current.
I know, because just recently I was in the process of trying to make a movie on the “Creation” for church and even with that, working at home, I did get opposition. Not so much from people but from my computer software and programs. I worked on 3 separate days 10 to 12 hours each just to get a message to the effect that I didn’t have enough memory or my info had been moved, therefore it could not copy the movie to my computer. Three days work almost a total waste. And that was just one thing. I could write a book on the oppositions I had encountered. One thing after another or should I say one strong current after another and yet I could sense the Lord was helping me all the way thru. I was in the battle but the Lord was with me. I never got discouraged to the point of giving up although at times I came close. Did God want me to continue? Was I doing this for the right motive? Should I quit for a time? Will I live to finish? Will it be a waste of time? All things came into question but I continued on. The work paid off and the project was completed 9 months later and now I can look back and say, “Praise God, I’m done” however, it was definitely going against the current.
In any event this is the way it is also in the Christian ranks of service. You may try to serve the Lord and that you may do, but not without oppositions of currents of people, events, and circumstances. The devil, the world, and the flesh will be challenging to say the least.
May God help you to understand your oppositions so you can keep going for Him.
Our text comes from James 4:15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
We all have plans. Whether it is for a new job, going to school, moving, vacation, or even retirement, most of us have future plans made already or some that will be made soon. That’s natural and that’s the way we are, however, God has a way of changing our plans or altering them in a way that we are not prepared for and that’s something you can’t do anything about. Our text says that if we do a thing you should say, “The Lord willing.”
Because he has our best interest at heart he knows the future that you don’t know, and he holds the future in his hand, so he may feel the need from time to time to alter it once in a while for our own good. He did mine when I had a heart attack. My priorities suddenly was changed also, if you know what I mean.
If you are saved a plan change may be needed to draw you closer to him and if you are not saved it will be to get your attention so you will get saved, after all, nothing is as important as you making plans for you eternal home. It is forever and that’s a long time.
So be prepared for the unexpected change of plans.
May God help you to be flexible during a change of plans.
Out text today comes from 2nd Samuel 21:17. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
The context is David fighting in a battle. He is up in years now and not as fast and not as strong or in shape as he was in his 20s. Evidently he gets knocked down and his opponent thinks he has killed David but Abishai has his back and says, “Stay down; I’ll take care of this guy.” And from this point on David doesn’t actually fight in any more battles. He just wasn’t quite up to it.
Thank God for men like Abishai. We all need someone to have our back once in a while. We get down and tired of circumstances and sometimes it is good for someone to say, “I’ll take it for a while, you take a break.”
God did that for us as well. When we were lost and without hope we should have died and went to Hell. God came down in the form of a man (Jesus Christ) and took our place on the cross and paid for our sins because we were just not up to it. In essence he was saying, “I got your back.”
Thank God for Abishai and men like those that have our back.
Our text will come from Romans 4:21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
The Apostle Paul is giving a review on Abraham and his great faith. God had promised Abraham that his seed would be as the stars of Heaven and our text says that he was “Fully persuaded” that God would keep his promises and that God would do what he said he would.
Paul was also persuaded of what God would do. Notice in 2nd Timothy 1 verse 12. … for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
That is a good example for us. God cannot lie according to Titus 1:2. Knowing this it is good to know that God will keep his promises to us. In the word of God the Lord promised that he would save us if we would call on him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) Guess what? You can be fully persuaded he will do just what he said he would do. Men may not keep their promises but you can always count on God.
May God help you to be fully persuaded to trust in the Word of the Lord.