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Yet Not With a Whole Heart

February 21, 2015

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Yet Not  With a Whole Heart

The Old Testament  gives us  the history  of the kings  of Israel,  along with  all the promises  of a Savior.     In that thousand year  time frame,  Israel had many different kings  —  the good,  the bad,  and the ugly.     The good  put all their efforts  into leading Israel  according to God’s word.     There were blessings  during their reigns.     The ugly  did many evil things  in their rebellion  against God,  and defiantly  led the people  into idol worship.

Amaziah was very wishy-washy,  acting however  his feelings  and pride  led him.     Regarding Amaziah,  2 Chronicles 25:2  says,

And he did right  in the sight  of the LORD,  yet not  with a whole heart.

There were times  when Amaziah  followed God’s leading  through His prophets  —  and other times  when he had  so much pride  and stubbornness  that he became evil  and did things  his way     Those were times  in which God caused him  to be defeated  by his enemies.     Amaziah’s worst downfall  was when he started worshiping  the idols  of the kingdoms  he had defeated.     That act  of defiance  finally led some people  of Jerusalem  to murder him.

To know  what is right,  good,  and decent  —  but then,  proudly rebel  against  God’s love  —  doesn’t make  any real sense.     That person  seems  to have acknowledged  God’s power,  love,  and authority  to judge us all  —  but they still want  to test  the waters  and do evil,  just because they “feel like it”.

Whenever we are tempted  to be wishy-washy  in staying strong  in the truths  of God,  we need  to pray  with King David  in Psalm 51:10,

Create  in me  a clean heart,  O God,
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.

We need  to remember  that God wants  to help us  in every time  of weakness  and temptation.     We lean  on His faithful love  instead of our deceptive feelings  and evil whims.

In the joy  of His faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  keep us strong  in Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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