He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. — Malachi 4:6
Woohoo!!! We are on the LAST VERSE of the OLD TESTAMENT! It has NOT been easy to do these verses day by day until today, however, God has been SO FAITHFUL, he was with me all the way and encouraged with his words everyday.
Malachi was the last of the prophets, he confronted people with their neglect of the Temple and their false and profane worship. The book of Malachi forms a BRIDGE between the OLD TESTAMENT and the NEW TESTAMENT.
The bible OPENS with the creation of the world and the falls of humankind and CLOSES with God’s promise to restore the broken relationship of ‘Father and Children’. (see verse above) It is promise of the coming of “the prophet Elijah,” who will OFFER GOD’S FORGIVENESS TO ALL PEOPLE through REPENTANCE and FAITH.
GOD LOVES HIS PEOPLE even when they ignore or disobey him, He has great blessings to bestow on those who are faithful to him. HIS LOVE NEVER ENDS.
At the end of this page, I want to share with you one of my favourite songs – ‘God will make a way’ by Don Moen. God will make a way, where seems to be no way, he determines to hold us to his side with love and strength just as he has promised. HIS LOVE NEVER ENDS, NEVER!
God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength
For each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way
By a roadway in the wilderness
He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. — Joel 2:28
Joel’s name means “YAHWEH IS GOD”, he is the second of the twelve minor prophets and the author of the Book of Joel. However, very little is known about who he was or when he prophesied.
Today’s verse – Joel 2:28 is perhaps the most famous of his prophecies. Just as Isaiah, Ezekiel and some other prophets in the old testament, Joel prophesies a day when God will pour out his spirit. His prophecies here forms part of a promise that God, the father will bless his people with his visible, glorious presence and never again allow them to be put to shame.
Hundreds of years later, this prophecy was fulfilled in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 disciples of Jesus on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-21)
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven … (Act 2:1-5)
Then the long drought of the Holy spirit, lasting 400 years, will come to an end with a deluge of the Father’s love from heaven.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” — Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
Nehemiah, means “Comforted of/is the LORD,” is the central figure of the Book of Nehemiah, which describes his work rebuilding Jerusalem and purifying the Jewish community.
After the temple was rebuilt in 516 BC by Zerubbabel and Joshua, It was the time for the city of Jerusalem to be restored as well. In 459 BC, Ezra, a Jewish priest brought the Jewish people back to the law and challenged them to be a Holy Nation.
In today’s verse, the people wept openly when they heard God’s laws and realised how far they were from obeying them. But Ezra told them they should be filled with joy because the day was holy. It was time to celebrate and to give gifts to those in need.
This is the story in a ‘easy to understand’ version (forgive me, this is the only version I can find)
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” — Zechariah 4:6
In 538 BC, the Babylonians had been replaced by the Persians as the world’s superpower. The Persian King Cyrus released the Jewish remnant from their captivity in exile. Led by Zerubbabel and Joshua, 50,000 Jews returned from Babylon to the land and for two years worked on rebuilding the Temple.
Initially they worked with enthusiasm but opposition brought the work of rebuilding the Temple to a standstill. For over fifteen years the two leaders were discouraged at the inactivity of God’s people, until two prophets – Zechariah and Haggai – came and spoke words of encouragement.
Here Zechariah tells Zerubbabel that the new Temple will be built but that this will be achieved not by human power but by the Spirit of God. Thereafter God’s Spirit stirred the people to work and the Second Temple was completed in 516BC.
The Holy Spirit has mighty power. When people absolutely rely on the Spirit, it will lead them to do great things. In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, it says the gifts of the Spirit, a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues. Jesus die for us so that we may have the Holy Spirit and we may do even greater things than Jesus.
So here when God told Zerubbabel that the temple would be rebuilt by the power of the same Spirit, isn’t this an encouragement which is big enough to cast out all the anxiety? I believe the answer is Yes. Today we have all the promises that given through Jesus. The encouragement which motivated the people of Israel to rebuild the temple is there with us everyday because we have the same spirit living inside of us. I am encouraged when I thought of this. Are you?
The King answered unto Dainel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and A Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. —-Daniel 2:47 (KJV)
The verse we are looking at today didn’t come from any of God’s servants, but from a pagan King who was overwhelmed by the power of the Lord.
How did that happen? When the kingdom of Israel fell, Daniel was in captivity in Babylon along with the survivors of the people of Judah. The Babylon King, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which troubled him. He summoned his court of astrologers to interpret it for him. However, for a certain reason, he didn’t even tell them anything about the dream. As a result, the court of astrologers could only shoot in blind and all come up with irrelevant human interpretation. On the other hand, Daniel prayed and God told Daniel what the King wanted to know. Daniel didn’t only tell the King what exactly the dream was, but also gave the interpretation. Therefore the King couldn’t deny that the LORD is the true God. Then the King answered Daniel with the verse we just came across earlier.
In the following video, you can get a general picture of what the King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about.
Isn’t that amazing? Even a pagan King could be moved by the undeniable truth and acknowledged the true God. Let’s remember the fact that it was King Nebuchadnezzar who totally destroyed the temple of the LORD and took away everything inside of it. But yet he was overwhelmed by the power of God.
All of this started with a prayer, a prayer that made all the differences. God never change–he is the same today as he was 3000 years ago when this story happened. When we come to a difficult situation like Daniel did, a prayer can still make all the differences because God has promised us, his power of God is true and never change.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
— Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)
One of Ezekiel’s most important prophecies of hope is this — God will put a ‘new heart’ and ‘new spirit’ in his people in the future time, there is one day when the Lord will restore what had been broken and reunite his people back to the father’s house. There will be a spiritual renewal in which God will sprinkle clean water on his people, and he will give them a new heart and a new spirit. The Gift of the indwelling (Holy) Spirit was fulfilled as Christ establishes the new covenant through his death on the Cross.
25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
— Ezekiel 36:25-26
At the time of Ezekiel, God promised to restore Israel not only in physically, but also spiritually. It is the same today, It is still God’s greatest desire to purify and restore our heart both physically and spiritually. No matter how impure your life is right now, God offers you a FRESH START. You can have your sins washed away, receive a new heart for God, and have his spirit within you – if you accept God’s promise.
Why try to patch up your old life when you can have a new one?
“Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?” — Mark 8:17-18
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. ”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifty day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. — Ezekiel 1:1 (KJV)
Today we are on the book of Ezekiel, here is a little background knowledge:
Ezekiel, known as the Visionary Prophet, his name means “God will Strengthen“, (a suitable one for his message.) He was born and raised in the land of Judah, was preparing to become a priest in God’s temple when the Babylonians attacked in 597BC and carried him away along with 10.000 other captives. The nation of Israel was on the brink of complete destruction. Four to Five years later, when Ezekiel was 30 (the normal age for becoming a priest), God called him to be a prophet. He served as a prophet to the exiles in Babylon from 593-571 B.C
Here in the first verse of his book, Ezekiel describes how the heavens were opened and he had visions of God in Babylon. Here is a video animated Ezekiel chapter 1 – The Glory of God:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God and they shall be my people. — Jeremiah 31:33
‘In Jeremiah 31:31-34 we stand on one of the greatest mountain peaks in the Old Testament. It is the only reference to a “new covenant” in the Old Testament, and is no doubt the most significant of Jeremiah’s sayings. The LORD God will write His law on the heart of the individual. It has been observed by many scholars that this is one of the most important passages in Jeremiah and contains “one of the deepest insights in the whole Old Testament.” This passage finds its fulfillment only in the true believer in Jesus Christ and His covenant with sinful man.’
I have listened to this song in this video again and again, there is nothing more powerful than the promises from God the Father himself. Amazing and wonderful!
31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
— Jeremiah 31:31-34
Additionally, there are some encouraging words from the same chapter which means a lot to me:
3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
13 “ Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
May the joy of the Lord be your strength in your life forever! The Lord bless you!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
The prophet Jeremiah, known as the ‘Major Prophets’, was active in Jerusalem during the tragic period of the city’s destruction by the Babylonians. Despite the fact that Jeremiah is referred to as “the weeping prophet”, his prophecy in today’s verse 29:11 is FULL OF HOPE.
Jeremiah 29:11 is a part of the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
“God knows the plans he has for his people and they are for a hope and a future. Whenever believers face hardship, there is always something for them to hope for.” — Mark Stibbe
We’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill his mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.
God bless you!
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
— Zephaniah 3:17
Zephaniah is the most well-known Biblical figure, he the son of Cushi, and great-grandson of Hezekiah, ninth in the literary order of the ‘minor prophets’. He prophesied in the days of Josiah, king of Judah (B.C. 641-610), and was contemporary with Jeremiah, with whom he had much in common. Zephaniah is the only one of the few prophets whose chronology is fixed by a precise date in the introductory verse of the book
The Book of Zephaniah contains only three chapters long but the overriding theme is one of impending judgement – Chapter 1: Judgement for Judah and Jerusalem for their sins. Chapter 2: Judgement for the nations of the world. Chapter 3:1-8 The Prophet focuses once again on Jerusalem: The severest reckoning will be required of the leading classes of the civil community, and of the Prophets and priests as the directors of public worship. 3:9-20. With a prophetic glance at the Kingdom of God of the future, in which all the world unites and turns to God, the prosperity of the Messianic Kingdom will be enjoyed.
‘On the day of the coming of God’s kingdom, God’s presence will be felt and his delight over Jerusalem will be known. He will refresh his people with his love and will spin around and sing for joy over them, like a deliriously happy Father.’ — Mark Stibbe
This seems like the happiest moment that I can ever imaging. The lord, my heavenly father will be with me, he is mighty to save, he is happy with me, and delights in what I do. He silence me with his abundant love, we will sing for joy as we are spinning and dancing together. Could you imaging any better relationship with the Father?
Since it is the Father’s Day, I have a Father’s love letter for you, must watch!
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” — Micah 5:2
Today we are on the book of Micah, The author of the book is “Micah of Moresheth” (1:1). The word “micah” means “Who is like Yahweh?” Micah is a prophet lives in Judah during the reign of King Hezekiah. He lived at a time of Instability in his region.
Micah 5:2 is a prophecy about ‘A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem.’ it is one of the clearest indicators given in the Hebrew Scriptures for identifying the Messiah, a prophecy which both pinpoints the exact birth location of the Messiah, as well as telling us much about the charactre and power of this Anointed One. In Matthew 2:1-6 we see this prophecy fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.
What amazed me the most is, this tiny little details in the Christmas Nativity scene MATTERS ENOUGH TO GOD FOR HIM TO DELIVER HIS PROMISES. It is in the little town of bethlehem not Roman or any other big cities that Jesus was born. It says to me that God takes care of DETAILS. There is no details in our life so small that God doesn’t care. Also there is nothing so big in our life that God can not handle.
Give your worries, problems, concerns or anything you can not handle to God today, because He cares!
But now, O Lord, thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. — Isaiah 64:8 (KJV)
In Isaiah 64 illustrates how the people of the southern kingdom have departed from God’s ways, though God has acted on their behalf in the past. Yet God is the one who forms and fathers his people. He formed his people as a potter forms a lump of clay. He fathers his people as a loving Father should.
The Lord our father is the Potter and we are the clay, He takes us, moulds us, and polishes us to perfection. He calls us, guides us, lead us and walk beside us as a father with his children. We are beautifully and wonderfully made by this hands, and dearly loved by him.
“The potter’s hand”, by Darlene Zschech, is a very special song for me, it touches my heart everytime when it plays. In my opinion, it illustrates such a beautiful picture of the intimate relation between the Heavenly father and us. It is my deep desire to be shaped for this perfect will and be guided by the hands of God in my life.
God bless you!
The potter’s hand (by Darlene Zschech)
Beautiful Lord, Wonderful savior
I know for sure all of my days are held in your hands
Crafted into your perfect plans
You gently called me into your presence
Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life
Through your eyes
I’m captured by your holy calling
Set me apart. I know you’re drawing me to yourself
lead me, Lord. I pray
Oh Take me, mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the potter’s hand
Oh Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the potter’s hand
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
Today’s chapter (Isaiah 53) is the most important of all Isaiah’s prophecies for Christians. It tells the story of a Suffering Servant of God, whose mission was to help men and women discover a loving and satisfying relationship with their Creator, the heavenly Father!
As I was doing my research on today’s verse, I came across a website that is totally devoted to this single chapter – Isaiah 53. Moreover, you can even get an amazing book for Free that explains this life changing chapter here: http://www.isaiah53.com.
Let’s find out a bit more about this chapter in this innovative video below:
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
— Isaiah 53 :3-5
And it gets better, here is a testimony:
“This is Our God” album Artist, Michael Gugliemucci, who has battled his own health crisis against cancer for two years, walked confidently on stage, with his oxygen tank in hand, declaring the promise of God from Isaiah 53, and boldly singing the words to his song ‘Healer’.
“On the Cross, Jesus took our punishment, he made the supreme sacrifice, so that we might be reconciled to our Father in heaven. Jesus suffered terribly to redeem us all from our sins. ” — Mark Stibbe
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
About 600 years before Jesus was born, this verse above was prophesied by Isaiah, the messenger of God. For to us a son is given and this son would reign on King David’s throne and His kingdom will be everlasting. Also the prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus is the Light of the World in Isaiah 9:2
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Mighty God”. This Message of HOPE was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery of sin.
Furthermore, Isaiah uses four names today’s verse to describe the Messiah. These names have special meaning to us:
Wonderful Counsellor – He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the one who gives the right advice
Mighty God – He is God himself.
Everlasting Father – He is timeless, he is God our father.
Prince of Peace – His government is one of justice and peace.
Though there is still a long way till Christmas (my favourite time of the year), I thought I would still play something Christmasy because of today’s verse if you don’t mind.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)
The nation of Israel has once again fallen deep into sin, they rebelled against God and chosen a wicked way of living. There arose a prophet of God named Isaiah, who came to proclaim God’s coming judgments on Israel and upon the whole earth. He told them that God would not allow their sins to be unpunished:
16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. — Isaiah 1:16-18
Isaiah was a one of the greatest prophets (a messenger of God) in the old testament, His prophecy is one of warnings as well as hope. In today’s verse, Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus 600 years before Christ. This message is regarded as such a wonderful HOPE.
Here Isaiah prophesies to the house of David saying that a virgin will conceive and have a son whose name will be ‘Immanuel’, which means ‘God with us’. The word ‘virgin’ is Almah in Hebrew, meaning ‘ a young unmarried woman’ Since in the culture of the time such a woman would certainly be a virgin, the KJV and NIV are right to translate it ‘ virgin’. Many centuries later this prophey will be applied to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). — Matthew 1:23
May God give you hope and bless you!
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. — Hosea 11:1 (NIV)
God’s Love for Israel
1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 But the more they were called, the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize, it was I who healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.
Hosea 11 illustrates God’s persevering love for his children – a love so strong that it continues despite rebellion, a love that leads God to restore his people after he has punished them.
In verse 1 ‘I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son’, it show that God remembers His tender love for Israel, when more than 500 years before the time of Hosea He brought them out of Egypt.
Please have a look at this video because it is amazing!
How wonderful is his love, even while yet a sinner, even while yet rejecting him, He loves us and called us by name!
God Loves you so much!
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha. “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord, But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” — 2 Kings 4:1(NIV)
Elisha was anointed by Elijah to be his successor. His name means ‘My God is Salvation’. Elisha received double blessings from God through Elijah, so we find twice the number of miracles in Elisha’s ministry as in his predecessor’s.
In today’s verse 2 Kings 4 it reflects the story of Elisha’s first miracle in his ministry: The widow and the oil (please see the video below)
In this story, ‘Elisha performs a miracle of PROVISION for a widow. Her two sons have become orphans. They are now FATHERLESS and they are in danger of being sold into slavery. Elisha supernaturally supplies a superabundance of oil for the widow and her sons. therefore she can clear her debts and live on the remains. Elisha’s conduct reveals how closely he embodies the Father’s compassion for the widow and the orphan.’
Additionally, God provides in extraordinary ways when we are willing to give him what we have!
What do you have that you can give it to God, the father today? The father loves you and he provides for all you need.
God bless you!
And he said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away — 1 Kings 19:14 (KJV)
Today, in this verse, ‘He’ is referred to ‘Elijah’. Elijah is a prophet raised up by God in the old testament time. Elijah’s name means “My God is Yahweh”. He is one of the most intense and enigmatic people of The Bible. His story makes for a fascinating study. Let’s have a look at this video to find out more about him and the history after the division of israel.
Here is a little about the story background:
Ahab was a sinful king who had married Jezebel, a priestess of the pagan god Baal. Ahab allowed his wife to create a large entourage if pagan priests and prophets devoted to Baal – a god associated with sexual immorality. It is into this dire situation that Elijah is called to pronounce the Father’s warnings and judgments.
Today’s verse comes shortly after Elijah’s successful challenge to the 450 prophets of Baal on the Mount of Carmel (Story shown in the video above). Elijah is on the run from the wicked queen Jezebel and hiding in a cave for the night. There he tells the Lord How he has been standing along against the tide of darkness in the nation because he is jealous for the Lord’s name.
It is upsetting to see Israel, a God blessed nation, has gone downcast as bad as this since the time of King Solomon’s heart has turned away from God. However, it is nothing worse than to see God’s people have established gods of their own. God, the father must be devastated.
Elijah stood up for God, and successfully challenged 450 prophets of Baal, he declared the words of God, also He raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky – He has testified the power of our one true God. In here, Elijah called to God, and the father heard him. As we known, he was so highly honoured by God that he was ascended into heaven with God.
So, Why should we be afraid to stand up for our God?
The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord. the god of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. — 1 Kings 11:9
Today’s verse reveals a critical moment in Israel’s history – Solomon’s heart has turned away from God, and God, the father was upset. Solomon has fallen for the three main idols: 1. POWER 2. SEX 3. MONEY. It was sad because God himself has appeared solomon to TWICE. The divine punishment for Solomon’s sin is that there will be a tearing of his kingdom, as you can seen from God’s words in verse 11 – 13. And this is exactly what happens in the history.
11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”
For more about this, you can listen to the video below:
From today’s verse, here are a few understandings:
1) Solomon didn’t turned away from God all at once or in a brief moment. His spiritual coldness started with a minor departure from God’s commands. Over the years, that little sin grew until it resulted in Solomon’s downfall. A little sin can be the first step in turning away from God. Watch out for small sins we excuse.
2) A few days ago, we went through the story that King Solomon asked for Wisdom when God promised to give whatever he asked. Reading today’s verse, however, it makes me think whether wisdom is the best thing that King Solomon could have asked? What do you think? (Maybe, if I were Solomon, I would asked to be closed to God always – intimate relationship with God – This means to be under his mercy, goodness, guidance, protection, blessings … everything good that you could possibly receive …
3) Three major things caused Solomon’s downfall are 1. POWER 2. SEX 3. MONEY, I believe many agreed that these are also the main reasons cause many people to stumble today. How could we win this battle against these big big temptations even though the wisest king in the history, Solomon, has failed? Yes, we can win the battle! because the difference is:
” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ” — John 3:16
Jesus has come and died for our sins, he promised to live within us if we are willing to receive him.That means we are not fighting this battle on our own, Jesus is on our side:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” — Romans 8:37
Be encouraged, God is fighting our battle and Jesus has won!
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ———2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
In chapter 6, Solomon asked God to make provision for the people when the Israelites have sinned. God answered his request with 4 conditions:
1) Humble yourself by admitting your sins
2) Pray to God, asking for forgiveness.
3) Seek God continually
4) Turn from sinful behaviour
True repentance is more than talk – it is changed behaviour. Whether we sin individually, as a group, or as a nation, following these steps will lead to complete forgiveness. God will answer our earnest prayers, just as God has answered Israel’s prayer thousands of years ago. Still, God is gracious and faithful. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
For me, God has been so amazing and gracious in my life. Just the same as many others, I was once vulnerable and broken, also my heart was filled with orphan spirit (homeless and insecure). I have done things so wrong that I wouldn’t even bear to look back any more. However, GOD FORGIVES ME WHEN I WAS STILL A SINNER AND HEALED MY BROKEN HEART, HE PURIFIED ME AND RESTORED MY SOUL, moreover, He provided me with both physical and spiritual home, He is the greatest father who I have ever met in my life. This relationship with him – God the father, has been so precious to me, I felt so loved and blessed everyday of my life.
Do you want to start a relationship with God, just as what I have done? Do the 4 steps above, and God will hear you and answer your prayers!
God bless you!
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
—- Psalm 34:8