Life Journal: Aug 4, 2010

Tearing Down The Past

SCRIPTURE:

2 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.
3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.
-2 Chronicles 34

OBSERVATION:
Josiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He tore down idols. He undid the blasphemies of the past. He destroyed altars to false gods. He set the country right and put them back on a path of serving God. And God blessed him and the nation for it.

APPLICATION:
What things in my life are left-overs from my sinful past? Are there things that I still need to tear down? Do I have altars in my heart and in my life that take worship from God? My worship is for the Lord alone, and anything in my life that would take that from Him and cause me to worship false things must be torn down.

PRAYER:
Lord, help me to seek out any places in my life that hold idols from my past, or even new ones from my present. Let your light be a consuming fire in my heart. Burn out all that is not for praising you. My heart beats for you, LORD. May my life show that as I turn away from all things that would distract me from you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Life Journal: Aug 3, 2010

SCRIPTURE:
John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

OBSERVATION:
Those who believe the words of Jesus, and believes God the Father, gets eternal life. Jesus’ words are that there is life in the Son, and He is the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies spoken since Moses. He is the salvation of mankind.

APPLICATION:
Do I sometimes feel like my life is saved more in going to church or being a Christian, rather than in my faith in the truth that Jesus is the Savior? Do I stress some other form of righteousness when I talk to people about Jesus other than just believing the Son? All we have to do is believe in Jesus [which includes following Him] and we get eternal life. But even better we get a relationship with God. I should be reading and seeking a deeper relationship with God. That is where my life is found.

PRAYER:
Lord, I pray that I would find more life. True life. Real life in you. You are the giver of life, and I will seek you for my life. Be with me. Help me. Keep me true to your Word. Make me like your Son. May I follow your truth above all else. Amen.