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II Chronicles 35-36:23

I wonder what the priests did, the ones assigned to carry the Ark, when Solomon built and dedicated the temple and it had a permanent resting place for it? Did they just hang out at the Temple when it was their time to carry the Ark they no longer carried? Spiritual unemployment is probably more deadly and dangerous then being unemployed in a career or the job one has chosen.

For all the years that the Ark set in the Temple, no one until Josiah, realized they could be doing something else, like help the people worship the God they had been designated to serve. Am I endanger of falling into spiritual unemployment?

Reading about Josiah’s unprovoked endeavor to go to war against King Neco who was at war, but not with Judea, reminded me of the following Proverb,

He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears. (Pro 26:17 AMP)

Josiah took the dog by the ears and eventually he had to let go … Wasn’t a pretty picture.


I Corinthians 1:1-17

Loaded down with gifts but still acting like little children, loaded down with the favor of God, yet forming groups to try to one-up the other group affiliated with that other guy. Think Paul’s warning only applies to the church at Corinth think again. Our value does not come from which Theologian, Preacher/Teacher we follow or which edifice we attend and call a church, but our value is given to us by the saving work done by Jesus Christ on the Cross.

Psalm 27:1-6

The LORD is my light and my salvation--
so why should I be afraid?
The LORD protects me from danger--
so why should I tremble?

If I gave the Lord, then nothing should frighten me, if I am in a dangerous situation, why shudder. It just occurred to me that if I have fear and I am trembling at danger, I have made a choice, consciously unconsciously, to leave God and Jesus Christ out of the picture. That is not a good thing; it is a dangerous thing.

Proverbs 20:20-21

Maybe I’m making a big stretch, but the twenty-first verse speaks of inheritance. We usually, or should I say I usually here the word inheritance and think someone died and left something to someone and it usually isn’t me. I see inheritance as something passed on at the death of someone on the earth but I’ve never really applied it to what Jesus did on the Cross.

At Jesus’ death, he left an inheritance for those who call upon his name. Really, He left it for the whole world but to receive it something must be done,

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Rom 10:9 KJV)

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(Eph 1:11 KJVR)

Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
(Eph 1:14 KJVR)

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
(Eph 1:18 KJVR)

There are many scriptures that tell of the Believer’s inheritance and many have probably tried to appropriate what has been given to them to early, like the Prodigal Son. Just like him we take what has been given to us without first understanding its value, then we waste it. But when we come back to our “right mind,” the Father accepts us again even when we come back in the mindset of a servant.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Mike and everyone,
Psalm 27:4-6 Amplified Bible
'4 One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life,
To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
In His tent I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.'
i'm quoting the following from Difficult Times, Psalm 27:1-6, sermon from www.brandonweb.com -
'David said his first priority was to dwell or remain in the presence of God.
If that is also our number one desire, we will be able to trust in Him in times of trouble.
When we begin to sink deep into the mire of sin and problems,
we know we can call out to Him, we know He is near.
(Psa 40:2) "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."'
May God bless all the Christians to have our first priority be to dwell with Him each day,
that we may have hope and help from Him in our times of trouble.
Thank you Mike for serving God and serving many through this One Year Bible blog!
May God continue to bless you with spiritual insights and wisdom;
may God provide for and bless your life;
may God use this blog to bring His Truth to the far corners of the earth, that many will come to revere Him, amen.

God bless!
Joyce

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