This was this situation in Jerusalem just before the fall. Sound familiar?
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. But Zedekiah did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and he refused to humble himself when the prophet Jeremiah spoke to him directly from the Lord . He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, even though he had taken an oath of loyalty in God’s name. Zedekiah was a hard and stubborn man, refusing to turn to the Lord , the God of Israel. Likewise, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful. They followed all the pagan practices of the surrounding nations, desecrating the Temple of the Lord that had been consecrated in Jerusalem. The Lord , the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord ’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done. So the Lord brought the king of Babylon against them. The Babylonians killed Judah’s young men, even chasing after them into the Temple. They had no pity on the people, killing both young men and young women, the old and the infirm. God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar. The king took home to Babylon all the articles, large and small, used in the Temple of God, and the treasures from both the Lord ’s Temple and from the palace of the king and his officials. Then his army burned the Temple of God, tore down the walls of Jerusalem, burned all the palaces, and completely destroyed everything of value. The few who survived were taken as exiles to Babylon, and they became servants to the king and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. So the message of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The land finally enjoyed its Sabbath rest, lying desolate until the seventy years were fulfilled, just as the prophet had said.
2 Chronicles 36:11-21 NLT
Let us pray for our nation.
From “Life Application Study Bible NLT” by Tyndale House Publishers, Tyndale –
“With little time to think, Nehemiah immediately prayed. Eight times in this book we read that he prayed spontaneously (2:4; 4:4, 5, 9; 5:19; 6:14; 13:14, 22, 29). Nehemiah prayed at any time, even while talking with others. He knew that God is always in charge, is always present, and hears and answers every prayer. Nehemiah could confidently pray throughout the day because he had established an intimate relationship with God during times of extended prayer (1:4-7). If we want to reach God with our emergency prayers, we need to take time to cultivate a strong relationship with God through times of in-depth prayer.”
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God uses committed people who aren’t led by emotion. It’s easy to be excited in the beginning when something is new, but the ones who cross the finish line are the ones who hang in there when no one else is excited anymore.
Promises for Your Everyday Life
If you’re angry with God, your children, your spouse, or anyone else, if you know you have a problem with anger or love someone who does, listen to this.
The Healing of Anger
2/2/10 by Tim Keller @ Redeemer Presbyterian Church
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Anger has the power to disintegrate our health, our communities, and our individual wisdom. However, anger can be a good thing; it is an attribute of God and of anyone who loves. The key to healing anger is to find out what you truly love and why your anger is out of control. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 17, 2004. Series “Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living”. Scripture: Proverbs 14:29 -30
1/20/18 by Ravi Zacharias
How do you wrestle with difficult passages in the Bible when dealing with pain and suffering in your life? How should you handle the emphasis that is being placed on feeling within the emergent church? Tune in to Let My People Think this week as Ravi Zacharias examines these questions and the connection between the heart and the mind.
Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord , the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord , is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord , and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. “O Lord , the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes. Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.” Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord , the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.
1 Chronicles 29:10-20 NLT
… what [Satan] wants to do is to replace God in your life.
The spiritual missiles Satan shot at our heroes of the Bible are the same ones he aims at us today. He influences our thinking, tempts us to dwell on sinful thoughts, and soon leads us to sinful actions. But when the enemy attacks, you can extinguish his flaming missiles!
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When life doesn’t work out the way you hoped it would or want it to, what else do you have? You can trust, or you can fret. Trusting leads to a much more satisfying life. He does not abandon those who search for Him. So keep searching, my soul, and keep trusting. He will never be finished with you.
My life is the most precious thing I have. Trusting Him with my life is the greatest offering I can give. So I will choose to live my life by the principles of His word and trust Him to make something beautiful of this living stone that He is fashioning to be part of His temple.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord , do not abandon those who search for you.
Psalms 9:10 NLT
… I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. …
John 14:31 NLT
But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
2 Peter 3:10-14 NLT
Before you draw your next breath, you could find yourself face to face with the Lord God Almighty. “Since everything around is going to be destroyed like this,” why do we invest so much of our time, heart, and soul in the things of the world. Sure I’m thankful that God has given us a wonderful wold to live in while we are here, but if we let ourselves get caught up in the things of this life and the things of this world, what will we leave unsaid and undone?
Our lives tell a story and they leave a message.
How will yours read?