Asa’s Perfect Heart

I must say after finishing my study on the different southern kingdom kings in the Bible I find Asa to be one of the most interesting. The Bible says that his heart was perfect and he did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God (1 Kings 15:11,14; 2 Chronicles 14:2). Asa removed the sodomites out of the land and all idols that his father Abijah made. He removed his mother Maachah from being queen because she made an idol in a grove. He took away all the altars of the strange gods and the high places. He also broke down the images and cut down the groves.

Asa had great faith in God and this passage from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12 shows how much faith he had in God to deliver them from their enemies; ” And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.  {10} Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.  {11} And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  {12} So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.”

I loved his dedication to the LORD. Asa gathered Judah, Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon to form a covenant. The covenant was to seek the LORD God with all their heart and with all their soul, and to follow the law and commandments.  If anyone would not seek the LORD God they would be put to death. They swore with a loud voice and rejoiced. They had sworn with all their heart and sought him with their whole desire, so the LORD had gave them rest for 10 years. There was no more war until the 35th year of his reign.

In his 36th year in reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and instead of king Asa seeking the LORD for help  he relied on the king of Syria to help him (Asa sent silver and gold out of the treasures of the LORD to give to the king of Syria to break the alliance he had with king Baasha). Hanani the seer came to king Asa and told him because he had relied on the king of Syria and not sought the LORD he had done foolishly and will have wars from now on. Hanani reminded him of the past battles with the Ethiopians and the Lubims which were great in number, but God delivered them into his hands.  Asa was very angry and put Hanani the seer into prison. If Asa can call on God and recite this prayer for help in a past battle {And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.} then how can he not call out to the LORD his God in this battle?

In his 39th year in reign Asa was diseased in his feet until the disease was exceeding great and he sought not the LORD for help, but the physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Once I read this I was so puzzled as to why he wouldn’t seek the LORD for help to heal him. The LORD that he made a covenant with to seek with all his heart and soul. The LORD that delivered him from many battles, nothings too hard for Him.  How can someone go from having great faith in God to deliver him from many battles and not trust Him in his own affliction?

We know God to be a healer. (Deuteronomy 32:39-40) “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  {40} For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.”  (Luke 4:40) ” Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.” (Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Asa had a perfect heart, yet I think Asa’s faith wavered which caused him to seek help from man instead of the LORD his God. When we see a great obstacle/challenge sometimes we try to fix it ourselves instead of seeking God for help. We forget the previous obstacles/challenges He has delivered us from. I also think Asa was angry at God for being punished with the constant wars.  When the consequences manifest from our wrong decisions we wrongfully get angry at God for allowing them to happen. I think his anger caused him not to ask God for healing. Why do you think Asa didn’t ask for healing?

We can all take these words and remember them from Asa’s prayer from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12,  “It is nothing with thee to help.”  In other words there is nothing too hard for Him, just ask.

(Jeremiah 32:17) “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”

 

Reference Chapters : 1 Kings Ch. 15,16 and 2 Chronicles Ch. 14, 15,16.

All scriptures are KJV only.

Ginger Tea

(Reflection on Life)

I wanted to share my experience in the grocery store because it reminds me of how life can be as a believer in Christ.

I was in the grocery store looking for ginger tea so I decided to ask the manager since he was nearby. He happily escorted me to the aisle and I proceeded down the aisle cautiously not to miss it and I still didn’t see it. I was beginning to notice that it doesn’t look like tea would even belong on this aisle. Did he send me down the wrong aisle? Where is it? Finally I get all the way down to the other end of the aisle and there it was on the top left.

I find this ordinary experience in the grocery store to be a reflection on life. We are going through life looking for something God told us He would give us, but when we don’t see it right away we get discouraged and think we must be going in the wrong direction. We almost turn around, but the Holy Spirit speaks to us and says, “keep going it’s right up ahead”.

(Proverbs 3:5-6) ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  {6} In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

How much Longer?

For those that are tired of waiting:

We have read throughout the Bible many examples of Biblical characters having to wait on the appointed time of God for things/situations to change that they have prayed for. For example Isaac prayed to God for his wife Rebekah because she was barren.

(Genesis 25:20-21) “And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan–aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.  {21} And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.”

God answered Isaac’s prayer, but it took 20 years of them praying to the Lord for a child for it to come to pass. Isaac was 60 years old when Rebekah bare their children.

(Genesis 25:24-26) “¶ And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.  {25} And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.  {26} And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.”

This is a great reminder to have confidence and patience when we pray, God hears us (Psalms 34:17). 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  {15} And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 3:21-22 says, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  {22} And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

Whatever your situation may be, whatever you may be waiting on just keep waiting. I know waiting for an answer can feel like walking through a desert. It is dry, frustrating, and tiring and all you want to know if it’s going to rain any time soon. You may feel like you can’t go on, but be encouraged in your wait it will happen in God’s appointed time. God’s timing is perfect and knowing that should make you smile.

(Psalms 27:14) “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

In Derision

(Psalms 2:1-5) “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  {2} The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  {3} Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  {4} He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.  {5} Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”

If you take a look at the world  you will see that  Psalms 2:1-3 explains a reason why it is the way that it is. We see those in authority (Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”) coming together against the Lord and everything that He stands for.  Their doing all they can to push their ungodly agenda, being used by the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). We witness the changing of laws, the moral decline of society, and people calling evil good and good evil which is spoken of in Isaiah 5:20. The world we live in is completely manipulated (for those who understand what I mean by saying this). By the way don’t believe everything you see in the media.

All the while as it states in Psalms 2:4, God is sitting in the heavens laughing and will have them in derision.

The definition of derision according to King James Pure Bible Search Software is:

DERISION, n.

1. The act of laughing at in contempt.

2. Contempt manifested by laughter; scorn.

3. An object of derision or contempt; a laughing-stock.

They think they are in control, but oh how God laughs. Psalms 59:8 also speaks of how the LORD will laugh; But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. You don’t have to be in the secret society meetings to know what they are discussing the Bible already told you their agenda. They think they are winning now, but destruction is at their end. Psalms 9:15-16 states, “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.  {16} The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

It gives me solace to know that God is in control and will bring upon them their own iniquity and cut them off in their own wickedness (Psalm 94:23). In Psalm 46:10 the LORD says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth”.

All scriptures are KJV only.

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Only the Stump

I laugh every time I read the beginning of 1 Samuel Ch. 5 when the Philistines stole the Ark of Covenant from the Hebrews and brought it into the house of Dagon and placed it next to Dagon, the god they worshipped. They came back in the morning and found their god Dagon with head and palms cut off, leaving only the stump.

(1 Samuel 5:1-4) “And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben–ezer unto Ashdod.  {2} When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.  {3} ¶ And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.  {4} And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.”

Our God can’t be compared or mixed with other gods. Who is like the Lord? There is none like the Lord. Exodus 15:11 states this fact;  Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? We know that all other gods are idols;  Psalms 96:5 states, “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.” Psalms 135:15-18 states, “The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  {16} They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;  {17} They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.  {18} They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.”

I just wanted to share my reading of the day so we all can have a good laugh and boast about the God we serve (Psalm 44:8).

(Isaiah 45:22-23) “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  {23} I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”

 

All scriptures KJV only.

KJV Only!

One may ask why am I KJV only and I answer with 2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” Today’s modern bibles have altered/changed the word of God. Please do your research.

Denial that Jesus is God

For dedicated revisionists to succeed in their attack on Christ, the first thing necessary for them to do is create doubt about His divinity. By removing the person of the Trinity from Him, they then can add other gods, or deny the Triune God.

1 Timothy 3:16  One of the strongest statements in the Bible of Christ’s deity.

KJV – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, and seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

NIV: Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

NASB: By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

NRSV: Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.

NIV, NASB, NRSV – Change ‘God’ to ‘He’ denying Jesus is God.

1 Corinthians 12:3

KJV: “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”

NIV: Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

NASB: Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

NKJV: Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

NRSV: Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

NIV, NASB, NKJV, NRSV – ALL change ‘THE LORD’ to ‘Lord.’ This simple little deletion of a  word subtly denies the deity of Christ again. Remember Satan is very subtle (Genesis 3:1).

Denial of the Incarnation of Christ (that God became Man)

1 John 4:3

KJV: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

NASB: and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

NIV: but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

NLT: If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that he is going to come in to the world, and he is already here.

NRSV: and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already.

The new perversions deny that God (Christ) has come in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 2:30).  This blatant corruption alone shows that the new perversions are antichrist. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).

These were just a few examples of scriptures from a few of the many versions. If you are using a NIV, ESV, NASB, NLT, NRSV, NKJV et al., please do your research and compare the verses. Don’t use the excuse of I can’t understand the King James Version, the other versions are easier. The changes made do not make it easier, but causes confusion and God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Besides we all have the Holy Spirit so just ask for understanding and He will give it to you. Is God not big enough to preserve His word? God promised to preserve His word. Psalms 12:6-7 says, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  {7} Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” There is so much more to uncover on this topic and I barely scratched the surface, so again please do your research.

Let Go!

(1 Peter 5:7) “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

I have been dealing with a spirit of anxiousness lately because I have been waiting for something I asked God for and He has told me He would give it to me. Time keeps moving and I’m still waiting and I feel like my time is running out (being overdramatic, I know). My mind is telling me that I need to do something about it, but in actuality there is nothing that I can do to change my situation on my own. It is all in God’s hands I tell myself, but I haven’t fully let go. I have told God many times in the past that I want His will for my life and thought I have given it to Him but I still haven’t fully let go. I can’t pray to God about an issue or concern and give it to Him and then take it back when it isn’t going the way I want it, when it isn’t done on my time period. The Bible reassures us in Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I was doing my daily Bible reading and God had a word waiting for me to calm my feelings of anxiousness. My word for the day came from reading Joshua Chapter 6. Joshua 6:17 says, “¶ And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.” I realized after reading this that Rahab was told earlier on (days ago) to put the scarlet thread in the window by the spies (Joshua 2:18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.) so she and her family can be saved when they came back to overtake the city. She had to prepare beforehand and that preparation was being obedient and putting the scarlet thread in the window and waiting for the time to come. When her time came she was ready (Joshua 6:22-23 “But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. {23} And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel”) and when my time comes I will be ready. In my time of waiting all I need to do is continue to trust Him and be obedient because I’m being prepared for something great.

You may be going through a similar situation of waiting on God and as believers in Christ sometimes we need to be reminded to “Let Go” of those situations in life that we have no control over. Give it to God and leave it there, casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).

All Scriptures KJV only.