NOT BY POWER…NOT BY MIGHT…BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAYS THE LORD!

I’m going to refer to Sunday’s sermon again, because there were SO many nuggets of wisdom in it!

We learned about King Asa.  The Bible says he was a good king.  At the beginning of his reign, he went in and tore down the all the pagan altars and shrines.  He urged Judah to center their lives around God Almighty.  This resulted in his country being at peace for ten years.

Then came the first battle.  The King of Ethiopia went to war against Asa with an army of a million soldiers.  Asa went to God in prayer, “O God, you aren’t impressed by numbers or intimidated by a show of force once you decide to help:  Help us, O God; we have come out to meet this huge army because WE TRUST IN YOU AND WHO YOU ARE.  Don’t let mere mortals stand against you!”

Guess what?  Judah won the battle!

Then the last battle came.  The King of Israel invaded Judah.  Instead of calling on God for help, Asa had become proud and thought he could fight his own battles.  He removed the silver and gold from the Temple of the Lord and sent it to the King of Aram (Syria) with a message.  He tried to bribe the King with the silver and gold and asked for a treaty between them.  As a result, the King of Syria agreed, and attacked the towns of Israel.  The King of Israel pulled his troops back, and King Asa was sure he had fixed everything…he thought he was in the clear!

BUT…Hanani the seer came to King Asa and said, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram (Syria) INSTEAD of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance…What a fool you have been!  From now on you will be at war!”  Why?  Because, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are FULLY COMMITTED TO HIM!”

Instead of repenting, Asa threw Hanani into prison, and began to oppress his people.

Things go from bad to worse when we choose to go our own way.  Let’s learn to “Trust the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understand; but in ALL our ways submit to Him, and he will make our paths straight.”-Proverbs 3:5-6

Pastor included this quote by Tim Keller:  “You don’t really know Jesus is ALL you need… until He’s all you have!”  I know from experience that this statement is true!

Anita

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