“Exhaustion, Disappointment, & Discouragement” June 5

 

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Could exhaustion, disappointment, or neglect of your time in the Word be the cause of discouragement or depression?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 19 & 20
Psalm 70.1-5
Proverbs 18.1-2
John 14.1-31

 

1 Kings 19 & 20:

Exhaustion, disappointment & discouragement

I always find it amazing that after defeating the prophets of Baal and seeing God do such a mighty work, Elijah would respond the way he did to Jezebel’s threat (chap. 19). But it’s a good reminder to us that when we get exhausted, physically and/or spiritually, things often seem much worse than they are, because we can easily get our eyes off God and on to our own strength or the lack of it.

As John MacArthur pointed out in his Daily Bible, he probably expected Ahab and Jezebel to repent after that great display of God’s power and when they didn’t, he became discouraged.

 

Elijah’s disappointment over their lack of repentance and his own physical and spiritual exhaustion led to discouragement and depression (in verse 19.3 he asked God to take his life). Instead God gave him what he, actually, needed. Continue reading

“The Trouble with America: Republicans or Democrats?” June 4

 

The Trouble with America: Democrats or Republicans? - Who was really to blame for the trouble with the Northern Kingdom? Was it the Prophet? And who is to blame for the trouble with America? Is it Democrats? Is it Republicans? Or does the answer lie some place else?Who was really to blame for the trouble with the Northern Kingdom? Was it the Prophet? And who is to blame for the trouble with America? Is it Democrats? Is it Republicans? Or does the answer lie some place else?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 17 & 18
Psalm 69.29-36
Proverbs 17.27-28
John 13.21-38

1 Kings 17 & 18:

The trouble with Israel

Things were continuing their downhill slide in Israel, the northern part of the divided kingdom. You remember in chapter 16.30-33:

“… Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him … he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal … Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.”

Wow, what an indictment! Some of those other guys were pretty wicked, but God says Ahab was the worst!

And in chapter 17 God announced His judgment through the Prophet Elijah.

James 5.17 tells us that when Elijah prayed under God’s direction, it didn’t rain for three and a half years. But rather than looking to themselves, Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, blamed Elijah.

When Elijah showed up, Ahab called him the “troubler of Israel.” Elijah answered in 18.18:

“I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.”

 

Trouble with America

It made me think about what goes on in politics today in our nation. Everyone wants to say, “The trouble with America is this policy or that one. Everyone points the finger at someone or something else. The Democrats point to the Republicans; the Republicans to the Democrats; the poor to the rich, and on it goes.  Continue reading

The Jesus Code: Making Wise Decisions + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 10 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

This week’s question: “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).

The occasion for this question was a showdown between Elijah and the One True God and 850 prophets of Baal and their Queen, Jezebel. God’s people had faltered between serving God and worshiping false gods for generations.

I wonder how tired and frustrated Elijah must have been as he asked the people, “How long … how long are you going to live like this? How long are you going to be tossed to and fro? How long will you falter between two opinions?”

Hawkins says:

The pages of Scripture are replete with challenge after challenge to make right choices in life. Moses said, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30: 19, emphasis added). Among Joshua’s last words to his people were these: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the L ORD” (Joshua 24: 15). Luke recorded this statement Jesus made about an important choice: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other” (Luke 16: 13).

 

We are all faced with the choice between making wise decisions and foolish ones every day, in big and little ways. The courses of our lives are not so much determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make.

Hawkins goes on in this chapter to make four important points about wise decision making:

  • Wise decision making comes from our consciences.
  • Wise decision making is not apart for reason.
  • Wise decision making involves God’s Word.
  • Wise decision making involves the heart.

Some questions we might ask ourselves are:

  • What are we doing to inform our consciences biblically?
  • Are we letting some strongly held desire override our God-given common sense?
  • Have we sought God through His Word and wise godly counselors?
  • Is our heart focused on pleasing Him?

Tf we are regularly spending time in God’s Word, informing our consciences with what He says is right and what He says is wrong … If we are submitting our desires to what pleases God and His will as revealed in His Word … If we have sought godly counsel … And if our hearts are fixed on Him, we can step out in faith and make wise decisions.

Hawkins ends this chapter with these words:

Are you reading these words, realizing you are on the fence and you just can’t bring yourself to make a decision? Choose God! He will not fail you or forsake you— He loves you and has a plan for your life. Decide to follow Him. And remember, not to decide . . . really is to decide!

 

Next week’s question is: “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19.9).

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Previous questions:

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

Blessings,
Donna

 

 

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The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

 

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June 4 “Troublers of America: Democrats or Republicans?”

Democrats or Republicans Who was really to blame for the problems in the Northern Kingdom? Was it the Prophet? And who’s to blame for the problems in our nation? Is it Democrats or Republicans? Or does the answer lie some place else?

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 17 & 18
Psalm 69.29-36
Proverbs 17.27-28
John 13.21-38

1 Kings 17 & 18:

Troubler of Israel

Things were continuing their downhill slide in Israel, the northern part of the divided kingdom. You remember in chapter 16.30-33:

“… Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him … he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal … Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.”

Wow, what an indictment! Some of those other guys were pretty wicked, but God says Ahab was the worst!

And in chapter 17 God announced His judgment through the Prophet Elijah.

James 5.17 tells us that when Elijah prayed under God’s direction, it didn’t rain for three and a half years. But rather than looking to themselves, Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, blamed Elijah. Continue reading