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TLC Bible reading today is 2 Chronicles 19. King Jehoshaphat was confronted by the prophet for joining evil people and supporting their causes. God is not tolerant of evil and wrong. He was reprimanded for helping evil and loving those who hate God. Jehoshaphat responded by devoting himself and using his authority to move his nation even closer to God. He established judges in the cities who would help people follow God and learn what is good and right. Today we hear much negativity about judgment. We hear people say "Don't judge me" and we hear phrases like "They are too judgmental". We need good and righteous judgment and wisdom in our life. Jehoshaphat was quick to warn the judges to make sure they fear God and only judge according to His will and ways. It is easy to put our personal preferences into our judgments. It is easy to put the traditions of man in there too. Our judgment should be faithful to God and without partiality. We should do it with love and grace, leading others into the favor and blessing of God. Not everyone was allowed to be a judge. In the New Testament the spiritual are called on to judge and the warning is this, "The same judgment you give will be measured back to you." Jehoshaphat tells them to be courageous and says the Lord will be with those who are good judges. (Meaning He is against, and not with, the bad judges.) We need corrected. We need good judgment. We need good judges. ... See more
TLC Bible reading today is 2 Chronicles 18. "Whatever my God says, that will I speak." Micaiah the prophet was being pressured to speak something good to King Ahab, to say the politically correct thing like all the others. But the prophet was faithful to speak only truth and not cave in to the pressures of society. Sometimes the truth hurts and sometimes we try very hard to make the truth into something else. The truth was this, Ahab did not serve God and the king would not be blessed nor protected this day. King Ahab would die in the battle and Israel would be defeated.
They didn't believe the word from God and tried to manipulate the outcome by disguising King Ahab and putting the target on King Jehoshaphat but truth is still truth. King Jehoshaphat called on God and God protected him. King Ahab was in disguise but a random arrow hit him and mortally wounded him.
Whatever God says that will I speak, that is what I will listen to, that is what I will live by! Live the truth! Speak the truth! ... See more
TLC Bible reading today is 2 Chronicles 17. Jehoshaphat is the new king of Judah. He loved God, walked in His ways, followed His commandments and refused to do evil. The results were a strong life, many blessings from God and from people around him, peace with his enemies, wealth and honor. He was deeply committed to the ways of the Lord!
Jehoshaphat sent a teaching team around the nation so everyone could learn the truth and about how to walk in it. Verse 16 talks about a soldier in the army who "willingly offered himself to the Lord." I love that phrase. We should willingly offer ourself to the Lord! God has a good plan for us and our generation. Give yourself unreservedly to God and see what He does with your life! Hold nothing back! ... See more
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