A Whole Heart Vow

“He did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.” (2 Chronicles 25:2)

How much of your heart belongs to the Lord?  He is not interested in your partial love any more than a woman would be interested in a marriage proposal from a man that promised to love her “most of the time”.

God has given you His whole heart, right down to His own Son.  We have so much to be grateful for and every reason to reciprocate.

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So Much To Be Grateful For

“And the man of God answered, “The LORD has much more to give you than this.” (2 Chronicles 25:9)

Amaziah had hired 100,000 mercenaries to defend Judah at great cost to the national treasury.  The prophet told him to ditch the mercenaries and to trust God to deliver them from their enemies.  Amaziah, reasonably, was concerned about the loss of money involved in doing what God said.

And the verse above is God’s answer.  No matter what the cost involved in extricated yourself from sin and turning to the Lord, remember, “The LORD has much more to give you than this.”  There is no value in clinging to that which destroys us when the Great Giver is prepared to provide ever more abundantly beyond our imagination what we need.  His storehouses are far superior to Satan’s.

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Only Your Own

“But the sons of the slayers he did not put to death, according to what is written in the book of the Law of Moses, as the LORD commanded, saying, “The fathers shall not be put to death for the sons, nor the sons be put to death for the fathers; but each shall be put to death for his own sin.” (2 Kings 14:6)

Make no mistake – you are not guilty of your parent’s sins, nor will your parents’ righteousness sustain you.  God’s justice demands individual accountability, and His mercy refuses to lump one man into another’s guilt.

You need only claim your own sins and no others.

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Consider Ourselves Warned

“Yet He sent prophets to them to bring them back to the LORD; though they testified against them, they would not listen.” (2 Chronicles 24:19)

If there is one thing that the era of the kings makes clear it is that God believes in giving people warnings and opportunities to repent.  The amount of prophets God sent to the kings only to have them be ignored and martyred is staggering.  How many faithful has God willing sent into the jaws of the wicked in the hopes that they will listen?

There is no shortage of evidence that God is and that He has spoken to us through the Scriptures.  His warnings about life, death, and the future of both heaven and hell are plainly articulated to us through the ages at great cost.  The only question that remains is whether or not we will listen.

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Faith, Family, Country

“They buried him in the city of David among the kings because he had done well in Israel and to God and His house.” (2 Chronicles 24:16)

Jehoiada received a royal burial, even though he wasn’t a king because he had done three things.  He did well by God, he did well by his family, and he did well by his country.

A man that can stand by his Creator, love his wife and raise godly children, all while living as a productive law-abiding citizen with a sense of patriotic duty to country… if we could fill the ranks of the church with such as these, there would be no shortage of good that could be achieved to the glory of God.

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Is Nothing Sacred?

“For the sons of the wicked Athaliah had broken into the house of God and even used the holy things of the house of the LORD for the Baals.” (2 Chronicles 24:7)

When men turned their backs on God, the holy is defiled.  Nothing is sacred to evil.  Marriage, love, family, truth, honesty, the value of human life, and reverence all are sacrificed to the idols of man’s imagination once we turn our back on Jesus.

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Hurry Up

“…but the Levites did not act quickly.” (2 Chronicles 24:5)

Don’t hesitate when you see an opportunity to do good – you might miss your opportunity.  When we know what to do, when the voice of our conscience informs us of an impending chance to serve others, speak the gospel, or stand up for truth, do it.  Sometimes we are given small windows to be God’s light to the world.

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RIGHT-hand Man

“Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.” (2 Chronicles 24:2)

Jehoiada the priest was not the king, but he was able to provide wisdom to him.  Sometimes, the search for the spotlight can blind us to the fact that a righteous right-hand man (or woman) can be a more effective influence for good than those in power.  When we don’t care about the credit, just the outcome, we can truly make an impact.

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Begrudging Compliance

“So the man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it.  But now you shall strike Aram only three times.’ ” (2 Kings 13:19)

When the king of Israel asked Elisha to help him defeat Syria.  God, through Elisha, commanded him to shoot arrows at the ground.  The king obeyed, but not whole-heartedly.  He should have emptied the quiver, but instead, he fired a scant three times.

It is a good reminder that half-hearted obedience is just another form of disobedience.  When we begrudgingly comply with God’s commands, we reveal our true hearts.  Grumbling obedience from children is disciplined, we should expect no different from our Father.

When we give, we should be cheerful about it.  When we serve, we should do so with our whole strength.  When we follow, it should be with eyes forward and without turning back.  Let us throw our whole hearts into His ways.

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Giving An Account

“Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully.” (2 Kings 12:15)

Our trustworthiness is an indication of our faithfulness.  If she is a faithful friend, she can be trusted with your secrets and heartaches.  If he is a faithful worker, he can be trusted with the company’s accounts.  How we deal with that which belongs to another indicates how much faith they can put in us.

So, when Jesus returns, will He find us to have been faithful with what He has entrusted us with? Were we faithful with the spouse He gave us or the children we were given to raise?  Will we be found trustworthy with the talents He has supplied us with or will we have buried them?  Will we be found to faithful to His Scripture or will His churches have become our churches?

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