Love or Hate – against me or for me
Deuteronomy “ I set before you life and death”
1Kings 18:21 how long will ye halt between two opinions
2 Chronicles 15:12
Jesus says be hot or cold
He longs for relationship born out of love and desire, not force or obligation
If He is God, serve him
Satan draws you to himself by deception or pulls you away from God by convincing you that God is not for you.
Wednesday ngt Bible Study/Review
The King rebelled against God as he sought the God of the Philistines, Beelzebub, god of Eckron
He fell through the lattice of his house and inquired of a demonic power for deliverance
He sent a servant to Elijah to ask if he would be healed and God said “is there not a God in Israel?
The King became angry and launched an attack on Eed lijah. (he attacked God’s messenger)
Three times he sent 50 soldiers to arrest the prophet Elijah. Twice the group was devoured by fire The third time, the captain of the soldiers pleaded with respect and the Lord told Elijah to spare their lives this time.
Our message challenges people on where they stand.
Remember the “three Hebrew boys” were challenged to bow down and worship the devil.
Lucifer had been an anointed cherub, trafficking praises to God in heaven.
He was able to persuade 1/3rd of the angels to follow him.
He never lost his desire to destroy what God loves.
God loves man and desires for man to have the same desire for Him.
Satan wants to be the only choice.
.The heathen king made a command to bow down and worship.
It was their command and their image.
There are only 2 kingdoms. We bow to one or to the other. To the will of God or the will of Satan
Baal – his name symbolizes Satan
The spirit of the Lord of the Flies. His desire to destroy what God loves
Flies like dead things.
We either operate under the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan.
Matt 12:22 there was one possessed of the devil, blind and deaf
The Pharisees accused Jesus of being empowered by Beelzebub. They did not want to acknowledge that Jesus did this with the power of God rather than Satan’s power.
John said “a greater one has come.” Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me.
“God has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Colossians 1:13)
He demonstrated great love and power towards us.
God desires to have us!
Before the cock crowed, Peter had denied Jesus as Jesus had told him he would.
Satan desires to have you that he might sift you as wheat. Satan’s plan was to get Peter to deny Jesus.
We must maintain our obedience our love for God.
He showed us that he loves us and he wants us to choose to be with Him.
Maintain faithfulness and trust. Warn others!
Jesus said, “I did not come to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. that they might have life.
I came that they might have life.
We must have an understanding of two kingdoms.
Either in the power of darkness or light!
It grieves God’s heart when we don’t trust him and when we go after something else!
He will be with us always, connected to us as a faithful companion.
It’s no time to get distracted, to lose our trust in Jesus!
He brought you out because He wants true fellowship.
The Lord thy God is a jealous God.
Showing mercy to them that love him and keep his commandments!
He desires to love you that He might bless you.
Proverbs 3 lean not to your own understanding. God has delivered us from the power
In 2Kings Ahaziah rejected God. He had already experienced trust in false Gods.
As it happened with other leaders in the Bible, his anger caused him to come against God, persecuting those whom god loves, as it was with Daniel and others.
Even Jesus was an example of this type behavior.
John 15:20 “If they persecuted me they will persecute you."
By standing for the truth you will be attacked.
You will not be destroyd.
We must know who we stand for
Walk in wisdom. we are challenged to bow, our heads to be anointed,
Remember there are only 2 choices, God and His world, the Word of God,
Every idol and false religion is under the control of the devil
They are not mere inspired ideas but demonically inspired.
Satan despises himself as an angel of light
There is wisdom beyond human wisdom, but not of God
combining Hinduism, etc.
Men to turn back to God
things either get better or worse
it’s time to call out in repentance
or continue as Ahaziah in an attack against the things of God
There will be many types of persecution
2 Chronicles 15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
Remember Asa’s downfall
Who are we putting our trust in?
“Hear ye me Asa and all Judah and Benjamin”
“If you seek to have understanding - seek him and you will find him. If you forsake him he will forsake you.
There was no understanding
2 Chronicles 15:3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
You must get understanding for yourself. Study to show yourself approved unto God. 2Tim2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Chronicles 15:4 "But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them."
We must honor the lord with our worship, or substance and our life.
There was “great vexation upon all, verse 6 nation destroyed of nation God did vex them. This is a reminder of Christ’s soon return.
It is time now to seek the Lord and stand.
Be strong in the lord.
Asa took courage and tore down all idols! and renewed the altar of the Lord. He then gathered the people when he saw that the Lord was with him. They covenanted to seek the Lord with all their hearts and souls.
They sought Him with their whole desire.
Our stance with the Lord is a light to the lost.
Arise, shine! Now is the time to be a witness like never before.
Be an example to those who need hope!
We must honor God with our worship, our substance and our life.
God gave Israel peace for 30 years and then allowed another challenge!
Be ware when you stand, lest you fall.
continue to stand, be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
THANK HIM FOR VICTORY THIS DAY!!
Asa decided to foolishly give to another King, the King of Syria.
The prophet of the Lord came and reminded him of how the Lord had delivered him before. “The eyes of the Lord run through the whole earth to show himself strong.
He has a right to be jealous over us.
There is no time to lose your faith. Remember what God has already done!
Romans 5:10 For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Christ died for us when we were yet sinners.
We shall be saved from wrath through him.
We have been delivered from the wrath to come.
He has seated us in heavenly places. We are only for a short period of time.
Romans 8 what shall we then say to these things. If God be for us, who can be against us?
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform
and that neither death nor life nor any other thing shall separate us from the love of God.