Devotional Reading for April 11, 2021

2 Kings 13-17 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Do you remember this question: “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.’ And Elisha said, ‘Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me'” (2 Kings 2:9)? Elijah tells him that it will happen if Elisha sees him taken into heaven, which he does!

It’s possible that Elisha was simply asking for the inheritance of the firstborn so that he would become the leader of the prophets once Elijah was gone. But it seems to be more than that. Unfortunately you can’t find much agreement as to how many miracles Elijah and Elisha did, but it does seem that Elisha did roughly twice as many as Elijah. A double portion if you will! And Scripture leads us to that conclusion. Elijah raised the widow’s son in 1 Kings 17:22. Elisha raised the Shunammite’s son in 2 Kings 4:34, and then the man was raised by his bones in 2 Kings 13:21. Two resurrections to Elijah’s one!

You may have wondered why such a detail was included when you read it. Was it just to record another miracle? Or was it to show that God promises can be trusted? If you are having trouble trusting God today, take this insignificant little detail to heart. God is trustworthy!

Devotional Reading for April 10, 2021

2 Kings 9-12 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Jehu is an interesting king of Israel, and his circumstances show God’s sovereignty. God even uses the ungodly to accomplish his purposes!

2 Kings 10:31-31 “And the Lord said to Jehu, ‘Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.’ But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin.”

Unfortunately Jehu carried on the tradition of the northern kings not following God.

Devotional Reading for April 9, 2021

2 Kings 4-8 (The Daily Walk Bible). Day 100!

Some random thoughts…

I kind of wonder if Naaman didn’t get healed until after the 7th dip. I suppose he could have been healed a little bit after each dip, but with his attitude I wonder if God let him stew until the very end!

There are always ministers who want to profit from their position (Gehazi).

Some think that Elisha lied to the Aramean’s in 2 Kings 6:19. Others believe that it was justified during a time of war. My question is, did he really lie? He wasn’t in the city, and he ended up revealing himself to them. I see the whole thing as quite humorous!

Why does the king want to kill Elisha in 2 Kings 6:31? Probably because of Elisha’s council earlier to send the army home. He blamed Elisha for the siege. In reality, God used it as another opportunity to reveal his power and glory.

Some may look at 2 Kings 8 and wonder if Elisha put it into Hazael’s head to seize power. In reality, God revealed to Elisha what was already in Hazael’s heart. I find 2 Kings 8:11 very sad and chilling: “Elisha started at Hazael with a fixed gaze until Hazael became uneasy. Then the man of God started weeping.”

Sermon outline for 4/4/21 (Radio broadcast 4/11/21) — “We Must be Born Again!”

We Must be Born Again!
1 Peter 1:3-7

I) We are Reminded that God is to be ____________!

     A) We have a subtle recognition of the _____________

II) Because He has Caused us to be ________ Again!

     A) We are Born Again Because of His _________

     B) We are Born Again to a Living __________

          1) If there is no ___________, then everything is 
             hopeless and meaningless

          2) Instead, the ___________ of the resurrection means 
             hope and life!

     C) We are Born Again to an ____________

          1) A _________________, pure, perpetual inheritance

          2) Which is kept and ___________ for us!

III) And we Rejoice Even in the Midst of ___________

     A) We will experience ____________

     B) But these trials will only last a _________ while

     C) And we will ________________!

     D) We will be refined like ___________!

     E) And we praise _______ for what he has done in/for us!

Devotional Reading for April 8, 2021

2 Kings 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Elijah’s words ring out today: “Is there no God in Israel?” These words confront those seeing advice and guidance from a source other than God.

How often to we look to God’s Word as an afterthought? How frequently do we use prayer as a last resort? How many times do we try to do things completely in our own power, without asking for God’s help? Let’s not find ourselves acting like there is no God in our lives!

Devotional Reading for April 7, 2021

Reflection Day! Finally!

We are asked to remember Solomon, both how he started with God (well), and how he ended (not so good). The devotional suggests that we consider the church in Laodicea as a commentary on Solomon. I would also suggest that the church in Ephesus reminds us of Solomon. Here are those passages from Revelation…

Revelation 2:1-8 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “ ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’”

Revelation 3:14-22 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ ”

Devotional Reading for April 6, 2021

1 Kings 20-22 (The Daily Walk Bible).

One of the main points of this passage is that, when God promises something, it comes to pass. It doesn’t matter if it takes 3 years (Ahab), or 20 years (Jezebel).

What a whiny, evil king. What a treacherous, evil wife. If a couple ever deserved each other….

Robert G. Lee preached a famous sermon called “Payday Someday” concerning this passage. He ended up preaching it over 1200 times. You can find text and video of it on the internet. Since the evil nature of the king and queen struck me anew, I thought that I would share a portion of this sermon:

“I introduce to you Ahab, the vile human toad who squatted upon the throne of his nation — the worst of Israel’s kings. King Ahab had command of a nation’s wealth and a nation’s army, but he had no command of his lusts and appetites. Ahab wore rich robes, but he had a sinning and wicked and troubled heart beneath them. He ate the finest food the world could supply — and this food was served to him in dishes splendid by servants obedient to his every beck and nod — but he had a starved soul. He lived in palaces sumptuous within and without, yet he tormented himself for one bit of land more. Ahab was a king with a throne and a crown and a scepter, yet he lived nearly all of his life under the thumb of a wicked woman — a tool in her hands. Ahab pilloried himself in the contempt of all God-fearing men as a mean and selfish rascal who was the curse of his country. The Bible introduces him to us in words more appropriate than these when it says:

But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel . . . And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him (I Kings 21:25,26; 16:33).

I introduce to you Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, King of Tyre (I Kings 16:31), and wife of Ahab, the King of Israel — a king’s daughter and a king’s wife, the evil genius at once of her dynasty and of her country. Infinitely more daring and reckless was she in her wickedness than was her wicked husband. Masterful, indomitable, implacable, a devout worshiper of Baal, she hated anyone and everyone who spoke against or refused to worship her pagan god. As blunt in her wickedness and as brazen in her lewdness was she as Cleopatra, fair sorceress of the Nile. She had all the subtle and successful scheming of Lady Macbeth, all the adulterous desire and treachery of Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:7-20), all the boldness of Mary Queen of Scots, all the cruelty and whimsical imperiousness of Katherine of Russia, all the devilish infamy of a Madame Pompadour, and, doubtless, all the fascination of personality of a Josephine of France. Most of that which is bad in all evil women found expression through this painted viper of Israel. She had that rich endowment of nature which a good woman ought always to dedicate to the service of her day and generation. But, alas! This idolatrous daughter of an idolatrous king of an idolatrous people engaging with her maidens in worship unto Ashtoreth — the personification of the most forbidding obscenity, uncleanness, and sensuality — became the evil genius who wrought wreck, brought blight and devised death. She was the beautiful and malicious adder coiled upon the throne of the nation.”

Devotional Reading for April 5, 2021

1 Kings 17-19 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Today’s discussion was excellent! I would also add Psalm 42 as a Scripture passage that can help us with depression. Psalm 42:6 gives us some great advice: “My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you.” When we are discouraged, depressed, or disheartened we need to remember how much God loves us and all that He has done for us!

Devotional Reading for April 4, 2021

1 Kings 12-16 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Happy Easter! No reflection day!

Did you realize that there will be no godly kings in the Northern kingdom?

1 Kings 13 shows us the importance of 1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Don’t just believe everything you hear from a preacher/teacher. Compare it to the Word of God to make sure it’s true, because there are a lot of false teachers out there!

Matthew 7:15 ““Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

Devotional Reading for April 3, 2021

1 Kings 9-11 (The Daily Walk Bible).

1 Corinthians 15:33 states, “ Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.'” We see a perfect example of that here! 1 Kings 11:3-4 gives it to us in a nutshell: “He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”

The question we need to ask ourselves when we are involved with others who are unbelievers is this: who is being influenced? Are we influencing others toward the Lord, or are they influencing us away from Him? If we are being affected, then we need to make a change!