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Thankful God knows our name!

Scripture reading for April 14th:  2nd Kings 25, 1st Chronicles 1-4

Key Scriptures:  1st Chronicles 1:1-4  “Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah.  The sons of Noah; Shem, Ham and Japheth.”

Chronicles 1:1-4 opens with a list of names beginning with Adam and going through the sons of Noah, which began the history of the world after the flood. God uses each person’s unique name and records them in His books!  Some are written down here in the Bible and referred to in other passages according to their stories.  Others are written in the Book of Life as they put their faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ!  He knows each name and each name has a story known by God!

Thankful that God knows our name:  Our name may or may not be recorded in the Bible, God’s holy book.  But we can be sure that He records all those who are His children in the Book of Life!  “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.  Another book was opened, which is the book of life.  . . .If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:12, 15)

 

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Thankful for a humble heart!

Scripture reading for April 13th:  2nd Kings 21-24

Key Scriptures: 2nd Kings 22:17-19  “Because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods and provoked Me to anger by all the idols their hands have made, My anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.  Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people. . .I have heard you,” declares the Lord.”

Josiah was very young when he became king.  He sought to do what was right in God’s eyes and inquired of Him for direction.  God revealed His plan of discipline for Judah because of the idolatry in the land.  But because of Josiah’s tender heart and responsiveness, Josiah would not see the judgment.

Thankful for God’s Mercy:  God gives grace to the humble who honor Him and tremble at His Word!  “But He gives us more grace.  That is why Scripture says:  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  . . .Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”  (James 4:6, 10)

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Thankful for our God who hears!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  2nd Kings 16-20

Key Scriptures:  2nd Kings 19:15-16,19 “And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.  You have made heaven and earth.  Give ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.”  . . .”Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”

King Hezekiah was desperate!  He was surrounded by a large army and they were taunting him, God’s people, and God Himself!  He took the letter from the Assyrian King and laid it before the Lord with a humble and faith-filled prayer!  God heard, saw, and acted to bring a great miracle of deliverance!

Thankful for a God who hears:  Believers can pray with confidence to a God who hears and will act!  “And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?  Will He keep putting them off?  I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”  (Luke 18:7-8)

 

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Thankful for zeal!

Scripture reading for April 11th:  2nd Kings 12-15

Key Scriptures:  2nd Kings 13:17-19  “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it.  “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot.  “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!”  Elisha declared.  “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”  Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them.  Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.”  He struck it three times and stopped.  The  man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it.”

King Jehoash of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following in the idolatrous ways of his predecessor.  He consulted Elisha the prophet concerning a battle he faced with the king of Aram.  The ailing prophet had him perform a prophetic action by shooting an arrow towards Aram and then by striking the ground with his remaining arrows.  The king only half-heartedly obeyed, lacking the zeal to completely finish the work!

Thankful for true zeal:  Jesus Christ drove the money-changers from the temple and overturned their tables.  He finished the work God gave Him to do!  “His disciples remembered that it is written:”Zeal for your house will consume Me.””  (John 2:17) “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do.”  (John 17:4)

 

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Rejoice in reward!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  2nd Kings 7-11

Key Scriptures:  2nd Kings 8:5-6  “Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to beg the king for her house and land.  Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.”  The king asked the woman about it and she told him.  Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, . . “

The Shunammite widow who had give the prophet Elisha a place to stay had obeyed Elisha and left the country during a seven year famine.  When she returned, she went to beg the king for her property back.  God so arranged that the king was listening to the account of her son being raised from the dead.  She recovered all that belonged to her!

Rejoice in reward:  God rewards those who trust Him and live generously towards His people!  “Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, . . . And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”   (Matthew 10:41-42)

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Thankful for Angel Armies!

Scripture reading for April 7th:  2nd Kings 3-6

Key Scriptures: 2nd Kings 6:15-17  “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early in the morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city.  “Oh my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered.  “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.”  Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full or horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Elisha and his servant were being hunted by the Arameans because Elisha was giving information from the Lord to expose their army tactics against Israel.  The servant saw the army of the Arameans surrounding their city and went to warn the man of God.  Elisha prayed for revelation for his servant and his eyes beheld the invisible reality of the angel armies protecting them!

Rejoicing in God’s protection:  God promises us that we are never alone and surely not outnumbered!  “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one that is in the world.”  (1st John 4:4)

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Rejoicing in the Spirit!

Scripture reading for April 6th:  1st Kings 20-22; 2nd Kings 1-2

Key Scriptures: 2nd Kings 2:9-11  “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”  “Let me have a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.  “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours–otherwise not.”  As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.”  

Elijah’s work on earth was nearly over and his time of departure was at hand. His successor was asked what one thing he could do for him.  A double portion of the Spirit was Elisha’s desire!  Seeing the ascension of Elijah was the condition for this special gift!  Beholding a chariot of fire and whirlwind, Elisha got his heart’s desire!

Rejoicing in the Spirit:  Jesus Christ promised His followers the Father’s gift and they watched Him ascend to heaven!  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.”   (Acts 1:8-9)

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Rejoicing in resurrection!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  1st Kings 16-19

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 17:21-24  “Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house.  He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive.”

Elijah, the prophet of God, had been staying at a Sidonian widow’s house during the famine in Israel.  She had a son that became ill and died.  She accused Elijah of having something against her.  Elijah gathered her son in his arms and took him to his upper room.  There he interceded with God for the boy’s life!  God graciously answered with a type of resurrection!

Thankful for resurrection:  Lazarus, Jesus’ friend had died.  Jesus confronted the force of death with compassion and vision!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  “Yes Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (John 11:25-27)

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Thankful for a fully committed heart!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  1st Kings 11-15

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 15:11-15  “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.  He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his fathers had made.  He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole.  Asa cut the pole down and burned it in the Kidron valley.  Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.”

The book of Kings recorded the lives of leaders that followed King David in leading Israel.  Many of them went astray.  King Asa, however, followed in David’s footsteps and did right in God’s eyes.  He rid the land of idols and even removed his own grandmother from a position of prominence because of idolatry.  His heart was “fully committed to the Lord!”

Thankful for Jesus’ full commitment:  Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of David, was fully committed to God!  “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.  I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”  (John 17:3-4)

 

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Thankful for Promises!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  1st Kings 7-10

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 8:55-57  “He (Solomon) stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice saying:  “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel just as He promised.  Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through His servant Moses.  May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our fathers; may He never leave us or forsake us.”

Solomon dedicated the temple with a prayer for God’s presence and blessing to remain with His people in a continuing manner for all time to come.  He praised God for the rest given Israel and for the faithful promises that proved true–down to the last word!  By faith we lay hold of these sure words!

Rejoicing in true promises:  Jesus Christ, Solomon’s son and God’s Son, also stated the truth of God’s promises and promised to be with His people always!  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”  (Matthew 24:35)  ”  “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20)

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