Who was Jotham?

2 Chronicles 27-6Nestled at the end of the book of 2 Chronicles, there is a short chapter about one of the kings of Judah. 

Jotham. 

He was the son of Uzziah. His mother was Jerusha. He became king at 25 and reigned for 16 years.

There are literally 9 verses in this chapter. Just 9. Not 10 and not 56.

Just 9.

The reason there are only 9 verses in this chapter can be found in verse 6: …because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God. 

There was no drama. There were no idols. No witchcraft. No sacrificing of his children. He just rebuilt and built and went to war like kings do. 

That’s it.

In today’s world, he was boring. Just plain ole faithful, get the job done and right, Jotham. He didn’t have a “testimony” in that he went off the deep end and then came back to the LORD. No, he just walked steadfastly before the LORD his God.

I think sometimes as Christians we think that without some deep, dark abyss of sin in our past, we don’t have anything to say. Quite the contrary. We have a lifetime of following God and being faithful to Him. 

That’s our testimony.

Because Jotham’s dad and his son did not do everything right so you know temptation was swirling all around him. You know it was. Yet, he chose to live faithfully to the LORD his God. 

I pray that you will continue to seek your Heavenly Father with a steadfastness like Jotham did. 

 

Hunger and Thirst

Matt 5-6Righteousness.

If we don’t quite know what that word means, we might be tempted to be scared by it. Maybe we even choose to ignore it because we think it sounds too churchy, too legalistic, too Miss Goody-too-shoes. 

But all righteousness really means is walking in the right way according to God’s standard. Righteousness is right-way-ness.

What this verse means to me is this: if I hunger and crave for the right things, the things of God, I will be satisfied. If I hunger and crave temporal things, satisfaction will be outside of my grip. 

I don’t know about you, but I have to be constantly aware of where my cravings are focused. God must be at the top of my cravings list. For when He is, my life will be better. Richer. Fuller. 

Satisfied.

What about you? What do you crave? If you consistently find yourself unsatisfied and longing for more, then it’s likely that your cravings are misdirected. 

Pray with me: Father, may we desperately and deliberately desire, crave, run after the things that you consider right and true. Help us to hunger and thirst for You for you always satisfy and never let us down. Replace our wrong and addictive desires with a strong desire for You. In Jesus’ name…

I Know What To Do And So Do You

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The other day I asked my friends, my girls, my tribe this question: How do I deal with the jealousy that I sometimes have?”

Because these women love Jesus and know the Word of God, they gave me a abundance of answers, suggestions and godly wisdom. I knew they would and it’s the reason I asked them.

I left that cyber conversation that took place on Group Me, and after praying for God to help me, I began to implement what they said. 

But y’all, I already knew what they said. The information they shared was not new information to me. In fact, I’ve given out that wisdom and advice to others many times myself. So, why did I ask? 

Because I was hoping that there was an easy fix to this dilemma I’ve found myself struggling with. I hoped that I wouldn’t have to do the hard work of finding joy in where I am and counting my own blessings instead of looking at the blessings of others. I’ve grown a bit weary battling this lately because it seems to just strangle me at times.

(Yes, I’m a published author and leader in my church, and I still struggle with jealousy sometimes.) 

Don’t we do that often? We are facing an issue, a struggle and we know what the Bible says to do. We know what advice our friends are going to give us. We know the steps we need to take. BUT…we are hoping, just hoping that maybe there is a magic pill we can take that will allow us to sidestep the more challenging path. We hope that someone will say something that will be an “aha!” moment for us and it will all just instantly go away. Sometimes it does, but most of the time it doesn’t. 

So, why do I write about this today? Because my guess is that someone, one of you reading this post is in a place where you feel discouraged, beaten down, frustrated with something that continues to plague you and paralyze you. You may think you don’t know what to do, but my guess is that you do. In fact, here is a way that might help you know whether you really know your next step or not:

Whatever you are facing in your life that you need guidance on, pretend someone just told that to you. What advice would you give them?

And remember this: Above all else, before going to a pastor, instead of spilling your guts to your spouse or best friend, go to your Heavenly Father. He sees, He knows, and He is willing to comfort, guide, protect, and advise you along your path. 

What Is God’s Will?

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always.
Pray continually.
Give thanks.

What is God’s will?

THIS is:

Rejoice always.
Pray continually.
Give thanks.

What if we quit looking for a particular path in our lives or a specific person to meet our needs and just focused on these three things?

Rejoice always.
Pray continually.
Give thanks.

Think for a minute how different your 1,440 minutes would be each day. If instead of complaining, griping and whining, you and I chose to rejoice. If instead of spending hours on social media or watching TV, we chose to pray and communicate with our Heavenly Father. If instead of wanting and wishing for things we don’t have, we chose to give thanks for the blessings, the good things He has already given.

It is a choice.

Will you choose to…

Rejoice always.
Pray continually.
Give thanks.

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your path and to help you focus on these three things today. 

He Jumped Up!

Acts 3-8

I. Love. This.

This man had been crippled since birth. That is a very long time. Yet upon his healing, he jumped to his feet.

Jumped to his feet. By the power of the Holy Spirit, this man jumped up. 

Why am I so amazed by this? Because he was over 40 years old when they healed him according to Acts 4:22. And when you’ve done nothing for over 40 years, your muscles atrophy and you have no coordination. You can’t stand without assistance and usually have to gradually work yourself into walking.

Yet he jumped up.

Peter healed this lame man so that he could spend the next 40 years walking. But the power of God didn’t just heal him going forward, He healed him going backward. All of the muscle decay and lack of coordination was healed instantly. The healing gave him a future with walking but also restored his legs instantly.

I find this absolutely outstanding.

Some of you have been sitting for a long period of time and it’s time for you to jump up. Jump up toward your destiny and see how God wants to use you in this broken and bruised world.