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Faithful to Answer

“…and they cried out to the Lord,… So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.” 2 Chronicles 13:14b, 18 We see the character of our Heavenly Father throughout the scriptures.  In 2 Chronicles 13 Israel was divided, and the northern kingdom of Israel was attacking the southern kingdom of Judah from both sides. In verse 14 it is recorded that King Abijah of Judah and his people looked to the Lord and cried out for help. Even though Abijah was a very evil king, he looked to the Lord in a time of deep crisis and the Lord answered. Look at the willingness of our God to respond swiftly to...

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Motivation

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 The Corinthian church in Paul’s day was quite dysfunctional. They were very active in the gifts of the Spirit, yet they were allowing sin and false teaching to go unchecked. Paul’s letter was one of instruction and reproof.  In 1 Cor. 15:58 Paul gives us a great truth: “knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  What awesome motivation this is for us to continue in our faith. The word, “Therefore,” takes us back to what Paul wrote in the chapter: Jesus has risen from the dead. (v20) Therefore, our labor...

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Citizen or Captive?

How many times do you feel distant from God?  Maybe you have been obstinate, or even rebellious. Or perhaps you just haven’t felt as connected to your Heavenly Father as times past – not over as a particular sin as much as life and circumstance just getting in the way.  There can be a tendency to think we need to “make things right” with the Lord before we can worship Him.  This is a subtle lie of our enemy to keep us from devotion. In Psalm 68:18, David writes, “you led a crowd of captives. You received gifts from the people, even from those who rebelled against you.” This is an encouraging thought: the Lord led a crowd of captives, the Israelites,...

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