Bible in 365 Days – Day 213

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 23:1-20
  • 2 Chronicles 34:29-33
  • 2 Kings 23:21-28
  • 2 Chronicles 35:1-19
  • Nahum 1-3

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Kings 23:25 NLT

Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Josiah turned to God with everything that was in him.

    Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses.

  2. His wholehearted chasing after God resulted in him being declared as being one of a kind.

    Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

Application:

Can you think of some of some of your most iconic incomparable “one-of-a-kind” things or moments? Well I can! There is the last gift I received from my father before his death. Then there is God’s love for me and His willingness to lead the imperfect creature that I am.

What about in the Bible? Who are some of the most iconic characters whose works and heart made them incomparable in the sight of God? For me, there is David, a man whom God declared as modelling His heart. There is Methuselah, the man God allowed never to see death. There is Job whom God boasted about and then there is Josiah whom the Bible declares to be a king who turned to God with his whole heart, soul and strength.

Josiah was eight years old when he inherited the leadership of Israel. Despite his age, he sought to lead his people to God. His dedication to the cause was such that the Bible deemed his actions incomparable! His passion for God’s law made a difference then and continues to make a difference even today.

What will you be remembered for? Will you be like the persons in Ecclesiastes who gain fame and favour today but are forgotten tomorrow? Strive to be one of a kind like Josiah. Make God proud. Have a godly passion and dedication that is incomparable. Chase after God wholeheartedly! Turn to the Lord with your whole heart, soul and strength.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 187

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 1-2
  • Psalms 10
  • Psalms 33
  • Psalms 71
  • Psalms 91

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 71:7 NLT

My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.

 

Observation (s):

  1. The psalmist recognized that he was considered an example by many.

    My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.

  2. Despite his influence, the psalmist did not become overcome with pride. He/she acknowledged that the source of his influence is due to God’s strength and protection.

    My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.

Application:

The world’s perception of things rarely goes beyond the surface. Salt is seen as salty because of its saltiness. Sugar is sweet because of its sweetness. Lemons are sour because of their sourness. Vinegar is bitter because of its bitterness. This surface perception also extends to the characteristics of individuals who are viewed as successes and influencers, persons who others aspire to be like.

The truth is, we rarely stop to consider the source or reason behind these admired attributes and characteristics. If one dared to peer closer, they would come to understand that salt’s saltiness is due to the presence of sodium chloride and sugar’s sweetness is caused by glucose, sucrose and some other chemicals. There is always something more beyond the surface, at the root.

The psalmist acknowledges that he is perceived as an example/influencer by man. However, the source of that perception and his influence is not through his own efforts. As an individual who walks with God, the writer recognizes and acknowledges that he owes it all to God who has been his strength and protection. God is the source of his reputation as an example to others.

As a Christian, how does the world perceive you? What is your sphere of influence? Are you a great singer, preacher or teacher? Do you understand and appreciate that God is the source of your influence, strength and protection? As Christian influencers, acknowledge that God is the reason why you and your life are viewed as an example to others.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 135

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 131
  • Psalms 133
  • Psalms 138-141
  • Psalms 143

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 138:3 NLT

As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Whenever David prayed, God gave him an answer.

    As soon as I pray, you answer me;
    you encourage me by giving me strength.

  2. God often encouraged David by strengthening him. That encouragement is a way of answer David’s prayer.

    As soon as I pray, you answer me;
    you encourage me by giving me strength.

     

Application:

Don’t you just hate it when there is an urgent situation and you are unable to get through to the one person who can help you? Do you sometimes wonder if God is hearing or ignoring you? With God, we have a direct line to His ear, and guess what? God always answers our prayers. Sometimes we get distracted and miss His response. Sometimes, the answer is not to our liking and we choose to ignore it. Sometimes the answer doesn’t come in the form we expect and we miss it. Sometimes the answer comes according to God’s timing, not ours. Even those moments, when the answer is “wait” or “stop”, God always strengthens us, giving us what we need to get through the season until it is time to “go”.

What have you been praying for? Does it feel like God is not listening? Watch the signs around you. What is God saying to you? The strength you get each morning could be your answer to wait. No matter the situation, God always answers our prayers.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 19

Focus Chapters:

  • Job 1-4

 

Standout Verse(s):

Job 4:3-6 NLT

“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.

But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

 

Observation (s):

  1. It is quite easy to encourage, strengthen and support others when we are not the ones in the situation.

    “In the past you have encouraged many peopleyou have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.

  2. The true test of faith came when Job was the one enduring the hardship. It was then that he needed to have faith and believe that God could carry him through.

    But now when trouble strikes, you lose heartYou are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidenceDoesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

 

Application:

It is a strange phenomenon. Our hearts are filled with prayers and our mouths are filled with encouragements for our friends when they experience trouble. We will be their primary support and encourage them to trust in God and believe that their dawn is coming. Things change when the shoe is on the other foot; when we are the ones facing the problems. Then, it becomes hard to see beyond the darkness. I remember dark times when I couldn’t even muster up the energy or will to pray. Our darkest moments are the moments in which we need the most faith. It is then our eyes, like David’s, should be fixed to the hills from whence our help comes. Don’t focus on the spoils in the valley! Look to God and watch how your perspective and circumstances change. After all, your help comes from God.

 

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Let your eagle SOAR!

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About a year ago someone hugged me tightly and said, “You know what you remind me of? An eagle! Girl, go forth and whatever you do, spread your wings and soar!” At the time I didn’t think much of it but as I sit back and do some introspection, I can truly say that God has been demonstrating to me how to unfurl and use my wings.

One thing I have learned is that God allows every incident in your life to happen to teach/prepare you. A few years ago I had a bad case of stage fright whenever I spoke in public. I also felt that my ability to write had been nullified. I was left empty. But this is something you need to know. Sometimes, when God intends to bless you, He slowly empties you. He begins to remove any impediments to your blessing. Only then will He begin to fill you up.

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The Subject of Crying

Maybe no one told you that there was strength in your tears. – Kelly Clarkson

I used to be one of those females who believed that crying was a sign of weakness. Well, it should be the flip as crying doesn’t show that you are weak but rather that you have strength. It takes strength to show others that you are vulnerable. One of the things that have really struck me is that although tears show considerable strength, we tend to apologize anytime we become emotional in the presence of a group or others – especially if we don’t know them well. I had to ask myself: ” Why do we do that?  Why is it not okay to become emotional whenever we want?”

Here are a few reasons why tears, whether in public or private, are okay.

  1. Tears enable us to get in touch with our deepest feelings. Unless you’re putting on a really good act, eating onions, or acting in a movie scene, tears express the rawest emotions within. We have all had moments when a really amazing gift or gesture had brought tears to our eyes. We cry when we share moments of great elation with others. There are many times, I’ve laughed until I began crying. Tears are also an expression of grief at endings or the loss of those who are precious to us.

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You are who you are because of yesterday.

 

A few weeks ago, God dropped this thought into my spirit “you are who you are because of yesterday”. I wrote the thought down in my phone and left it there. Last night as I was browsing through the phone, I came upon the thought. This time, I asked, ” God, how do you want me to expound on this thought?” As I was about to fall asleep, Job came to mind, so tonight I will be talking about Job.

You know Job, the man who God was really proud of but allowed the devil to test his faith. I can’t even how imagine how Job felt as one by one he got news of his various misfortunes. Children killed. Cattle and possessions stolen. House destroyed. Misfortune after misfortune, all in ONE DAY. And if that wasn’t bad enough, his health went, then his wife and finally, his friends.

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