Amaziah became king at 25 years of age and the scripture says that “He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart”. Amaziah was given victory after victory and then was deceived in his own mind and began to follow after other gods – forsaking the Lord. When Amaziah turned away from the Lord — no more victory — his own people sought after and then took his life. Read the whole story yourself – 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 13, 14)
This story can help us today. We learn from Amaziah that when we follow God, but not with our whole heart – we will not only deceive ourselves, but we will be deceived and it will lead to our ruin.
It is easy to point out a person who is wicked when the wickedness plays out as murder, lying, adultery, etc. But there are people who seem to follow after God who are also wicked. There are those who do the things that look godly because they know how to look godly, but whose hearts are not at all for God. Religious people! We must ensure that we are not these people – this is the first order of business.
When we go to church, study the Word of God, help people, pray, etc. are we doing it because our hearts earnestly seek Him and thirst for Him? If not, we are deceiving ourselves and others – and in the end our destruction will come swiftly. Amaziah followed the ways of God but not wholeheartedly and became victim to unwise counsel, and was ultimately found to have turned away from God completely before he was killed. We might not be killed, but there are things that are worse than (or as bad as) death! To avoid ruin – it is important that we not just mimic the ways to God but that we seek to follow after His ways with our whole hearts. This means that we do what we do for the Kingdom because of our sincere devotion to the King of Kings and out of a heart of gratitude for all that He has done and Is doing for us.
Father, Help us to love you with our whole hearts! Teach us what it means to desire to serve you and to love You sincerely. May our hearts shy away from seeking our own desires over Your perfect will and may we be found to be true seekers and true worshipers for all of our days. Amen
2 Timothy 3:13
“But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived”
25 years!! 25 years and I can say with truth; with passion; with excitement and with deep and abiding love that I am happier with him than I ever was without him.
Lloyd and I have carefully protected the gift of our marriage. Besides our Savior – there is nothing in our lives more important to us … than us! We have ensured that between us are no barriers. We are open and honest with one another and that has helped us to create an environment of trust AND it has helped us both to feel affirmed all of the time. Our marriage is precious to us – we protect it from everything even our own foolishness!
We consider ourselves to be a dream team for the dream giver – the Almighty God. We are aware of God’s calling on one another and we commit daily to ensure that both of us are walking in His will and developing toward whatever He is asking us to face in each season of life for the sake of His glory. We’ve found that the more we commit to His will – the more He allows the love and passion in our relationship to grow.
I love this dude. I really, really do. This dude loves me – he really, really does! Happy 25th Anniversary to us!!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
Reading through the Old Testament the last couple of weeks I find myself feeling a little sorry for the leaders of the Israelites; Aaron and Jeroboam especially. Both of them had their own weaknesses, but in both time periods, the people they were leading wanted a convenient and easy worship ambiance put in place for them. The people wanted familiar cultural acts and actions. They wanted actions that would be repeated so they wouldn’t have to think about what they were doing. They wanted things that they could see physically – images that compete with God’s image. In both cases the leaders ensured that they got what they wanted.
Believers today get in that same type of boat: 1) Trying to put idols in the place of our God. Some of our idols are : false rationale, materialism, and consumerism; 2) Wanting pastors to provide a way for us to wallow in some things without feeling guilt. Things like: personal achievement, self, and religion.
Well, just like then, so now!
Leaders in the Body of Christ today do not have an obligation to make worship more convenient for Christ followers. NO! They have an obligation to make worship of our God an unavoidable and inescapable part of our daily experience. Yes, DAILY! Not just on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening.
God Deserves Our Worship. That’s the Bottom Line. There is nothing more that He needs to do for us. He deserves our worship now – today! He deserves it And He deserves it no matter how He wants to receive it!
What has He asked you to do to honor Him? What does your worship look like?
After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 1 Kings 12:28
He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Exodus 32:4