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Sin | Nikki Metzger
S~ This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth. 1 Kings 13:34 (NIV)
O~ The sin of worshiping idols is serious business! Jeroboam refused to follow the Lord and the Lord removed his family from history.
A~ Sometimes, God’s Word, takes my breath away. God is so serious about our sin, our hearts, and worshiping Him alone. God promised Jeroboam the kingdom and all his hearts desires if Jeroboam would follow and obey God. Jeroboam didn’t follow God and God removed him from the face of the earth.
There are big consequences for not worshiping the Lord and choosing other idols. I think of family, friends, neighbors who are choosing work, pleasure, family, sports over God.
P~ Father, You do not change. Your views when we worship things other than You still make You angry. Jeroboam’s sin followed him down his family line ’till there was no one left from his family. Father, please break the sin of not following You with me. Let every single person that comes from me or is adopted into my family, know You, pursue You, seek You, and set You on the throne of their heart! Thank You!
Set My Heart | Kim Chipman
S~ He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord. 2 Chronicles 12:14 (NIV)
O~ Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
2 Chronicles 7:14 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
In today’s reading Rehoboam is king. His father was Solomon and his grandfather was David. At the beginning of his reign he obeyed God, but once “he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord”
Ecclesiastes 7:8(NLT) Finishing is better than starting; patience is better than pride.
A~ Here’s what I feel like You are showing me today.
*If I don’t purposefully, intentionally seek You I will inevitably end up off track.
*You promise that seeking You will be worth it.
*You need to come first.
*When I mess up I can (and should) turn back to You. You’ll take me back.
*Success\achievement can be deceptive. I need to stay alert.
*Starting is great, but continuing to pursue You until the end is better. No matter my circumstances I need to continue to seek You and do the things that I know are right and honor You.
*I need to set my heart on seeking You. The goal is continual pursuit.
P~ Oh Lord, keep my heart focused! Help me to not grow weary in pursuing You with all my heart. I trust You. I love You!
Mind my Own Business!! | Joni Tyner
S~ Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect you the way you live. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)
O~ Paul is reminding the believers in Thessalonica to live lives of integrity and to be good examples to others, especially non-believers.
A~ I like to chit-chat at work and the conversation occasionally veers to gossip about other co-workers. This is not what I want to do!!! Still, I find myself being a part of conversations and listening much more than I would like. This is an area I want to improve on!
P~ Dear Lord, please help me remember this scripture so that it becomes second nature to avoid gossip and worrying about other people’s business. I desire to represent You in a way that draws people to You. Also, I pray that my attitude at work would always be positive and encouraging to my co-workers and patients.
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