September 16, 2019

September 16
I will thank you forever, because you have done it.  I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.  Psalm 52:9
2 Kings 22-23 

As we rejoice when we have godly people in office, so did the people in the time of Israel.  Many think politics and faith don’t mix but they cannot be separated for they are not separated in the Lord.  I am not talking about radicalism but awareness and voting for righteousness and we can only do this if we know what the character is of those whom we vote for in all elections.  This takes time to research but it is so necessary if we want to live in peace.  The proof is in the “pudding”!  All of the answers to life’s questions are written in the Bible so how can one know what Truth is if they don’t read the Word?  Yes, it is written on our hearts but:
Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Only through repentance and forgiveness of sin, the very reason our Lord went to the Cross, can our hearts be made right.  I like also what David says in Psalm 51:19: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
“…according to the word of the Lord that the man of God proclaimed, who had predicted these things.”  I don’t know how anyone can think that the Word of the Lord won’t come to pass in every situation.  Our Lord Yeshua said, “every jot and tittle”.  
Some may wonder why the mother’s name is always given and this is because it is the mother that defines the ethnicity of a child.  If the mother is Jewish, the child is even if the father is not.  If the father is Jewish but not the mother, the child was not considered Jewish (even today in Israel except it goes up to the maternal grandmother).
It is always sad when the child of a godly person turns to evil.
Ezekiel 12 
Rebellion keeps people from truly seeing and hearing truth.  I appreciate so very much that our God used real life pictures of what was to come through the prophets and prophetesses.  What a hard life, though, yet what great rewards they receive in the end (or should I say the beginning?!).  I am glad I have come to know the Lord through His kindness and not severity.  This is His desire for all!  
25 For I am the Lord; I will speak the word that I will speak, and it will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, but in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it, declares the Lord God.”
Romans 1

Thank You Lord Yeshua for what You did on behalf of all!  When God says to go, I must always go to wherever He says, no excuses!  
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 
Why the Jew first?  As we will see in Chapter 9 it is because these are the people God chose to initially entrust His Word to.  He does not play favorites!  Those who live by faith are equal for He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Galatians 2:6, Deuteronomy 10:17, 1 Peter 1:17)!
None of us are without excuse regarding sin for God has shown Himself in all His creation.  It has been human choice since day one whether to choose God or not.  I am always reminded in this list of sin that I can never pick and choose for it is as evil to slander and gossip as it is to commit idolatry!  I am to choose God’s way of doing things (righteousness) over it all.
Meditate & Apply: Check out the politicians before I vote!  I am so grateful for Your kindness to me Lord!  I must always pay this forward so others can know You through Your kindness and not Your wrath.  Bless my spiritual mom who is now in her mid-80s!  I am eternally grateful for the love and kindness she showed me in the midst of my sin against You!  The Word of God must always be my primary source.  I cannot rely on something just because someone says (like the woman at the well).  God is Truth so this is where truth must enter my life from.  It is not based on how I feel but the reality of the Word of God!  

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