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Jehoshaphat makes some foolish choices

Jehoshaphat like his dad started well, but then later in his reign, again like his dad aligned himself with those that were against the God of Israel. Many lessons here for us all.2 Chronicles 18: Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab1 Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honour, and he made a marriage alliance with Ahab.2 After some years he went down to A...
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Asa's reign ends badly

It's not how you start that's important. It's how you finish. Unfortunately Asa dropped the ball a little bit. But God raises up another faithful leader in Jehoshaphat. Have a read.2 Chronicles 16: Asa's Last Years1 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might permit no one...
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King Asa reigns with the Lord's blessing

Even when there are low season's in the life of a nation, there are always the bright spots. Asa was one of those bright spots. Be blessed as we continue in 2Chronicles.2 Chronicles 14: Asa Reigns in Judah1 Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land had rest fo...
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Judah trusts in the Lord

What a great God we serve! Today we consider the fruit of Rehoboam's decisions, as the glory departs Israel with the outworking of a divided kingdom.2 Chronicles 12: Egypt Plunders Jerusalem1 When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.2 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, b...
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Rehoboam, an unwise king

We see the folly of following the unsound advice of others. Rehoboam follows his mates rather than the wise counsel of older, wiser men. Take a look.2 Chronicles 10: The Revolt Against Rehoboam1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.2 And as soon as Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt, ...
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The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon

In today's reading we see the queen of Sheba in awe at Solomon's glory. How much more should we be in awe of Christ's glory?! Be blessed as you seek His face today.2 Chronicles 9: The Queen of Sheba1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camel...
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Fire from heaven

Fire from heaven – but does not continue in obedience.2 Chronicles 7: Fire from Heaven1 As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.2 And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the L...
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God's presence in the temple

As we continue in 2Chr Solomon dedicates the temple in today's readings. Let's dedicate our ministry leaders to the Lord's service. Please support and pray that the Lord blesses them as they serve the Lord Jesus Christ.2 Chronicles 5: 1 Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that...
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The building of Solomon's temple

Solomon builds the temple. There are many comparisons here with what we should see in the church. Take a look. 2 Chronicles 3: Solomon Builds the Temple1Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Orn...
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2nd Chronicles - The ministry of Solomon

We look at the ministry of Solomon this week as we begin 2 weeks in 2nd Chronicles. 2 Chronicles 1: Solomon Worships at Gibeon1Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.2Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and ...
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Removing evil from within

Sometimes godly reforms can be quite harsh. Today we see Nehemiah getting quite physical with the people as he comes back to Jerusalem to restore order. Let's keep seeking our God, as we know judgement begins with us. Nehemiah 13: Nehemiah's Final Reforms1On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people. And in it was found...
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Dedication service of the wall

The wall is dedicated to the Lord, there is worship at the temple. Spiritual reform is part of any healthy building program.Nehemiah 12:Priests and Levites1These are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,4Iddo, Ginnetho...
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Leaders set apart for ministry

Any organisation is only as good as the order and structure of the leadership. Jerusalem needed to administrate her leaders properly if the people were going to thrive after the wall was built.Nehemiah 11:The Leaders in Jerusalem1Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live i...
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Laws and provision for the house of God

What a blessing it is when people live together in unity. This unity came in the form of a covenant agreement for the returned exiles. We also know that any covenant will soon be tested. Be blessed in your devotion to Christ!Nehemiah 10:The People Who Sealed the Covenant1 "On the seals are the names of Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, Ze...
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The people confess their sin

The wall has been built, but what about the religious beliefs and practices of those who have built the wall. Enter Ezra's ministry. True worship requires understandingNehemiah 9:The People of Israel Confess Their Sin1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on the...
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Ezra explains the law

The wall has been built, but what about the religious beliefs and practices of those who have built the wall. Enter Ezra's ministry. True worship requires understanding.Nehemiah 8:Ezra Reads the Law1 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that...
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More attacks against the Lord's work

Sometimes Satan is subtle when he is on the offensive and at other times he manifests in a full on frontal attack. We see both here in this short chapter of Nehemiah 6. Be blessed as you read and pray.Nehemiah 6:Conspiracy Against Nehemiah1Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall ...
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Set my people free

Any church building program involves maintaining and being good stewards of all available resources. In Nehemiah's case it meant freeing his workforce from the oppression of fellow Jews. Be blessed as you read and pray.Nehemiah 5:Nehemiah Stops Oppression of the Poor1Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewi...
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The wall is built amidst strife

Rebuilding or starting anything new from a spiritual perspective will always evoke a desire to oppose by some. We see this as Nehemiah rally's the exile to re-build the walls. If there is a struggle, it is generally worth it.Nehemiah 3: Rebuilding the Wall1Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep...
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Nehemiah - A leader gets a burden and a vision

We are back in the OT with the book of Nehemiah. This book is about new beginnings and the 'commissioning' of the Lord's people and their building program, back in Jerusalem.Nehemiah 1: Report from Jerusalem1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the capital,2that ...
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