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Lessons from Josiah

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We’ve been thinking a lot about the state of our country as we face the elections, the economy, and other issues.  It is easy to become discouraged and think: What can one person do?  How can I stop socialism and Feminism (Marxism) from taking over our land and our freedom to live a quiet and peaceful life in the Lord? 

During prayer tonight the Lord reminded me of King Josiah.  You can follow the link to read his story in the Bible.  Some principles I see from Josiah’s life are:

1. We should read God’s word diligently.  Many churches neglect God’s word or only read one verse and then talk about other things.  Many people do not really know what the Bible says about important issues in their lives.  We need to uncover the Bible, dust it off and read the whole thing, asking God to give us understanding.  David said that he stored up God’s word in his heart so that he wouldn’t sin against God.

2. We should repent of any sin God shows us as we read His word.

3. We should obey God’s word in every area of our lives, even if no one else around us is obeying.

4. We should pray for our churches and our nation to repent and turn to the Lord.

5. We should share the truth of God’s ways with those around us.

6. We should pray for our leaders to have wisdom from the Lord.

7. We should keep on obeying God even when it becomes clear that God is still going to judge our nation for its wickedness.

8. God sees those who really love and honor Him and He will reward them even if they are not able to change the situation in which they live, though they try with all their might.  This is one reason why it makes sense to vote based on biblical principal rather than voting for the lesser of two evils.  God isn’t concerned as much with the results as He is with the state of our hearts.

Here is another promise in Malachi that God blesses those who honor Him even when He judges those who do not. 

All nations are held accountable to God.  It was not just the nation of Israel that the prophets called to repentance in the Old Testament.  For example, read Jonah.

And in case anyone thinks the promises God gave to Israel are not for believers today, Paul corrects that idea in 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

The Temple of the Living God

14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? [1] Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body [2] and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

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Author: Cassie

Follower of Jesus, wife and mom to the most wonderful family I could ever ask for.

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