Don’t Change the Resumé

2 Kings 20:19
“Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”

Hezekiah’s resumé is amazing. When he took the throne of Judah, the preaching of Isaiah had indeed made an impact on this young king. The Scriptures say about Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18:3, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.” The Scriptures go on and describe Hezekiah as a man who“trusted” and “clave” to the LORD, and a man who “departed not from following” the commandments of the LORD. This all resulted in the LORD being with him. Anybody would want this on their resumé.

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Destructive Patterns

2 Kings 17:18
“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.”

One of the things that you will learn from being in the ministry as long as I have are the destructive patterns people take that lead to their demise. While reading the series of verses preceding the verse above, my mind began to think of so many people who followed the same pattern that Israel developed, which led to the destination of destruction. The pattern Israel followed that led the LORD to be angry with them and to remove them out of His sight should be a lesson to all to be sure that they are not walking the same path. There was a five step pattern they followed that resulted in the verse above.

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It’s Only a Pot of Oil

2 Kings 4:2
“And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.”

A widowed woman encountered a debt problem when her husband died. As is always the case, whenever there is a problem, God always has a solution. The solution for this dear lady was the pot of oil in her house. To this lady, the pot of oil didn't seem like much, but in the hand of God that pot of oil became the saving grace from the debtors taking her sons to be slaves. It was only a pot of oil, but that pot of oil had more power than she realized.

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Marital Breakdown

2 Samuel 11:11
“And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.”

One of the more tragic stories in the Scriptures is the story of Uriah and Bathsheba. We often hear of Uriah’s courage when he would not go into the house with his wife because his countrymen were at war, but I believe there is a greater lesson that contributed to what happened in their marriage. Though King David’s contributed greatly to this situation, I believe the marital breakdown between Uriah and Bathsheba enabled this sin.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Wednesday, 4/20/16  2 Chron 36:1, Then the people of the land took Jehohaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father’s stead in Jerusalem. Are you willing and able to stand in your father’s stead (place, spot, in general)? No, your heavenly Father’s stead: as the Father hath sent me, so send I youI and my Father are one.               Heb 5:2, Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. Wherever you are in your Christian life, Christ HAS COMPASSION ON YOU!! Remember: whatever you’re facing He did too. So quit with the defeated attitude: you’re “more than a conqueror!!” ‘Tween you and’ve got this

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Walking in Daddy’s Way ​​

1 Kings 15:3
“And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.”

Several years ago when my daughter was in elementary school, I was taking her to school as the sun was rising above the horizon. I reached above the sun visor to grab my sunglasses to put them on because the sun was shining in my eyes.

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God’s Way

1 Kings 8:36
“Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.”

There are only two ways to choose in life; you can choose God’s way or Satan’s way. Satan disguises his way in many different forms. He disguises it through man’s opinion, personal desires, worldly lifestyle and the entertainment industry to name a few. Satan doesn't care which way you choose as long as you don't choose God’s way. His goals for your life are simply not to walk in God’s way. Satan will be sure to tell you all the “horror” stories of God’s way, but he is a liar and never tells you that his way ends in death.

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Your Greatest Need ​​

1 Kings 4:29
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.”

Knowing what to do at the right time is the most important asset a person can have. You can do the right thing at the wrong time, and it will not turn out as good as if you did it in the right timing. Having the wisdom to know what to do, when you are to do it, and how it is to be done will set you apart from all others.

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