It is never good when a person acts out against God or His people. There is no difference when it comes to disobeying God, then when we do this with people in the faith. As I recall, we are to 2“love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” (Matthew 22:37) and 2“love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39) Now, remember that other Christians are also God’s holy people, so interact with them with love. This gets us to the premise of this message, where we have Abijah and Jeroboam living totally different lives. On the one hand, we have Abijah who has said, 1“the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the Lord, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business: And they burn unto the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the Lord our God; but ye have forsaken him.” (2 Chronicles 13:10,11) And on the other hand, we have Jeroboam who had made himself golden calves, for the purpose of worshiping his own gods. And because their kingdoms were separated at Judah and Israel, Jeroboam had come against Judah in battle, in order to overtake the land, which was in God’s hand. However, Abijah responded with, 1“God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the Lord God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.” (2 Chronicles 13:12) Now, would Jeroboam back down?
It came to pass that after Abijah asked Jeroboam to not fight against the Lord God and His people, that 1“Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them. And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the Lord, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.” (2 Chronicles 13:13,14) God’s people were surrounded with no way out, but to call upon the Lord God in prayer. Even their trumpets sounded, in order to get people’s attention that God is their deliverer. Now, because God never lets us down when we humble ourselves and pray, He did this for them as well. It is recorded that 1“the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into their hand. And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 13:15-18) Even the Lord struck Jeroboam that he died also. And as promised, God did come through. The enemies in our lives are like this also. They come at us, in order to trip us up and lead us on a different path, which might appear more comfortable and gratifying, but when we are on the solid ground of Christ, we can see through these lies. And when we do, calling upon God is all we need for the enemy to scatter and be destroyed.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will remember You at all times and in all places. Help them to remember who they are in the faith and not go astray. The enemy likes to disguise what is evil as good, so help us keep our eyes wide open, that we may not fall victim to willful sin. Many times things look way to appealing and then we find out in the end that it was grievous in Your sight what we did. We may think, oh, I can just do what the flesh needs and then ask for forgiveness later. Nobody will know if I look at pornography. Who will even know if I stay the night with my girlfriend? People will not even realize it come Sunday that I went out drinking. These are the kind of thoughts that go through a person’s mind, and because Satan’s temptations are so difficult to guard ourselves against, people that think this way often fall victim to the sins that they are justifying. Lord, it isn’t until the act of sin is done, that people in the faith realize what they did and feel so violated because of it. This is very sad, for I know how this is myself. I’ve fallen many times, and I know how bad I feel afterward. It is like I have left You, and our relationship is now tarnished, which makes me very sad. In all this, God, I repent this day of my sins and pray that others will join me. May we no longer do what we know is wrong, but call upon Your Name when we feel like we can’t guard ourselves against the enemy any longer. I know that I am not capable of backing down when things appear out of my control, but I know that You will give me a way out. All I need to do, and others also, is to trust in You. Lord, we need to pray unceasingly and have You in our thoughts at all times. You are strength and our shield. I lift You up in praise. Thank You for leading me to safety. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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