The Daily Word: Sunday, July 26th, 2020
2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. – 2 Chron. 17:3-4
God was with Jehoshaphat: not only for what he did; but also for what he didn’t do. Your walk with Jesus is not only about loving what He loves! It is also about loathing what He loathes. So in case you need a quick primer on how to have a fruitful and joyful life with Jesus, here it is.
What to do: Read your Bible and pray. Every day. No more excuses! If you want to walk with Jesus, you have to know the sound of His voice. And you do that by hearing His heart through 1) His Word and 2) prayer.
But don’t do this alone. Rely on the Holy Spirit for help! He will birth a love of God’s Word in you that you have never felt before. He will help you when you don’t know “how to pray as you ought” (Rom. 8:26) by praying through you!
What not to do: Don’t do things you see Jesus avoiding in Scripture. Don’t seek after other gods (most often these are relationships and money). Don’t be fake! Be real with God. And let Him know when you need help. Avoid anything that will distract you from Jesus (a.k.a “sin”), and instead commit yourself to people and pursuits that will lead you straight to Jesus’ feet.
But again, don’t do this alone. Rely on the Holy Spirit for help! It is impossible to try and live a life of purity and holiness in your own strength. But when you rely on the Holy Spirit, He will live the life you want to live through you, in Jesus’ name!
Father, I want to be like Jehoshaphat! Help me to not only do the right things, but also to avoid the wrong things. I trust You for wisdom and discernment, in Jesus’ name!
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