August 17

2 Chronicles 13-17, Psalm 74

With our nation's healthcare, we have recently heard the term used, "repeal and replace". When it comes to our walk with God, the same term applies. God in His Word is never gray on issues. His Word is black and white, but as society rationalizes away our sin, we try to make it gray. God never said to stay as you are and try to fit or add Him in. This is a formula for disaster. The gospel message revolves around this. Repeal or repent from your sinful ways. Replace your sin with the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and make Him of most importance, or Lord of your life. The more we try to blur the lines between right and wrong, good and evil on a whole host of issues, from our personal life and choices, our walk with God, our politics, the more life becomes confusing. In John 14:6, Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." To the world who likes to call themselves, "spiritual", Jesus says, "No", there is no other way.

We read in 2 Chr 11:15, that the alternatives to the One, True God, are not harmless. Instead he replaced the worship of God with the worship of demons. We read in Jeroboam's domain, "Then he appointed for himself priests for the high places, for the demons, and the calf idols which he had made." We see that Asa did a good thing, but Jehoshaphat does a better thing. In 2 Chr 14:2-3, we read, "Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars, and cut down the wooden images." He repealed but then replaced with religion which led to a more surface reformation. In chapter 17 we read that Jehoshaphat also repealed in the same manner in 2 Chr 17:6. We read in 2 Chr 17:7-9 that he followed his repeal with relationship rather than religion.  We read, "Also in the third year of his reign he sent his leaders,...to teach in the cities of Judah. And with them he sent the Levites...So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people."  He replaced the void with the Word of God and sent out his leaders to help the people understand their God and enter into a relationship with Him. This is true reformation or revival.

Life can be difficult, but sometimes the difficulty in our lives is because we allow sin to linger in our lives. We can rationalize it, justify it, and say everyone else is doing the same thing. If we choose to flirt with sin, we are allowing the difficulties to remain. We see wonderful advice from James, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." (James 1:5-8). God will never play hide and seek with us, if we repent of our sinful ways and earnestly seek Him, we will find Him, and with that we will find clarity for our lives.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster