August 4 2 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 34; John 6

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Humble Repentance | Kim Chipman

S~ When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. 2 Kings 22:11 (NLT)

O~ Josiah was king. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. Hilkiah the high priest found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple and they read it. King Josiah tore his clothes in despair and immediately started making changes. He recognized that they were not obeying God’s Law and doing everything it said to do.

A~ Josiah responded quickly and humbly and immediately started making changes to obey.

Do I do this? I spend time with You, but am I grieved when I see disobedience in my life? Or do I justify and make excuses? Josiah tore his clothes in despair and the chapter goes on to say that because of his humble repentance You would not send the promised disaster until after he was buried in peace. Humble repentance is pleasing to You. Do I respond this way?

P~ Lord, I’d love to say that I do respond quickly and humbly but we both know that’s not always true. I’m great and justifying and making excuses. I used to think that if I just knew and heard Your voice I’d scramble to obey, but I know Your voice and that isn’t always my response (regrettably). Help me to have a heart like Josiah that quickly and humbly repents when I read Your Word and hear Your voice in my heart. I love You!

For my kids | Nikki Metzger

S~ During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David.  Then in the twelfth year he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem, destroying all the pagan shrines, the Asherah poles, and the carved idols and cast images. 2 Chronicles 34:3 (NLT)

O~ Josiah, king of Judah started this job at 8 years old!  When he was 16, he started seeking God.  And when he was 20, he starting to purify.  Purify…taking idols down and destroying them, for himself and God’s people.

A~ This is a message for my kids:

Guys, I see two things in the verse.  Josiah was young!  But that didn’t matter to him or to God!  It started with Josiah seeking.  Seek the Lord my children.  He will direct your path!

Secondly, I see time.  Josiah didn’t all of a sudden become this awesome God loving king.  It took time!  First, Josiah sought after God.  Then Josiah began purifying Judah.

In that time, God was changing Josiah’s heart.  Give God time to change yours, make you more like Jesus.  If God changed us overnight, we would be dead from the radical heart change He does inside of us.

So…always seek Him and don’t stop.  His beautifying and glorious work takes time too!  I love you guys to the moon and back times 40 million!

P~ Thank You Lord for my kids!  God, I beg You for their hearts!  Let them know You, encourage them to seek You!  Father please, knock down their idols!  I love You!  In Jesus’ Name I pray!

Let Go and Let You | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat.  John 6:13  (NLT)

O~ The notes in my bible say:  “There is a lesson in the leftovers.  God gives in abundance.  He takes what ever we can offer him in time, ability, or resources and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations.  If you take the first step in making yourself available to God, he will show you how greatly you can be used to advance the work of his kingdom.”

A~ After a few hits with people doing me wrong, something is different.  I feel like I’m closed up, even to you God.  I don’t want to be this way.  I want to be open to you.  I want to trust you, I want to be available and let you do your thing.

P~ Please help me let go and let you.

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Posted on August 4, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nikki, I was super encouraged by your scripture and wise words to your kids. Oh, that it may be all of our prayers for our kids. Seek Him!

  2. Michelle Myers

    Luisa, thank you so much for your post today. It is hard when we have been hurt by people.

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