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Elisha left everything behind to follow Elijah and refused to leave him even at the last moment...God honoured his loyalty.
So many times men of God are treated with disrespect,critised...again and again God shows us his displeasure at such acts...
I was suprised to see in the NT reading that "the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region"...God fearing people against God's people...hmmm...guess it was God fearing without disernment..
It's pretty awesome that God knows our hearts,our thoughts and still loves us...this really should make me think twice before judging anyone...
God bless you all

Psalm 139 always brings to mind a significant turning point in the way I saw myself. As a young adult, at one stage I was really questioning the point of my existence. A godly man explained to me that I was birthed into the world because God decided the world needed a Caryn. So he found the right mother and father to make a Caryn and planted me in my mother's womb. Psalm 139 confirms that for me, and changed my perspective on my life.

Following that line of thought - it occurred to me today that we are so much more than the sum total of our physical being. We are firstly God-designed souls and secondly physical beings.

2 Kings 2 is one of the greatest passages on the power of association and what a genuine mentoring relationship can be. When Elijah appears to be telling Elisha to stay put, Elisha says, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." So they went on together..." The word that keeps repeating through this chapter is 'they went on together." Several times Elisha says, "Surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." 2kings 2:6

Has there ever been a more poignant scene in the bible then when Elijah is uniquely whisked away by God, and Elisha cries out, "My father! My father! The chariots and charioteers of Israel....." There was passion and pain in this moment.
Where are the relationships of leadership like this one today in our churches and christian communities? Maybe we're in too much of a rush to go through the years it takes to build into people's lives. There is so much to this story. I thank God for the two or three Elijahs in my life, who have lived so close to God that I have not wanted to let them out of my sight.
May these kinds of relationships continue to emerge, and may we even aspire to be an Elijah to someone.

Psalm 139 13-14
Says it so beautifully. This is indeed a pro-life verse if there ever was one!
God knew us before the beginning in time. He created us. "You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" How can abortion ever be right? Why would anyone want to destroy what God created?

I spend many years as a counselor at a Woman's Friend Crisis Pregnancy Center. What an awesome ministry it was. I lead many people to the Lord and helped save the lives of countless babies that would of been aborted. I myself am not able to have children. It was a result of my own sin and my past. When I became a Christian, I repented of my sins especially the most horrible sin of all, which allowed the life my unborn baby to be taken from my body 31 years ago. A day doesn't go by that I don't regret that sin.

I know God has forgiven me and has used me in the battle to save the lives of the unborn. I have been a faithful crusader in the pro-life movement. Adoption should be the only option when there is an unplanned pregnacy, and the mother chooses not to parent the baby. It is not up to anyone to take the life of that baby. God's plans could of been foiled somehow. There are many unborn babies somewhere in heaven that God may of had some kind of marvelous plans for.

I can't wait until I get to heaven to see all my children. I had a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy several years ago. Many woman can relate to the pain this may of caused them. God can bring you comfort in this situation too.

One message that I would like to get across to readers in here is: If you have had an abortion, God can forgive you, he forgives all sin. There is a wonderful bible study called PACE that you can find out about at your local crisis pregancy center. It is the best way to have closure and peace and to be assured of God's love, grace and forgiveness to get past this particular part of your life that may be weighing heavily upon your heart.

Peace..... God loves you, He'll get you through the pain and onto healing. Rest assured..........

Yep - Ps 139 does it for me too. I first really connected with it after watching a Michael W Smith concert video (of his Calgary concert I think), where he spoke the entire psalm ad lib (with no cue cards) - now THAT was something awesome for me to hear, and it inspired me to try learning the psalm myself, and although I never quite managed to remember it enough to relate it as he does, I did plant enough of it in my heart, for it to continue to be a huge blessing to me. And interestingly, Tom D's comments (one-year bible audio) for it today were equally heart hitting -and once again, God has used the psalm to hit me hard about some issues I've only now discovered I've stubbornly been ignoring and for some mad reason being fearful of His Will for my future - but He's definitely doing something awesome in my life just now, and each day's readings provides something new he throws at me to keep me in line :).

On another note, while I have never had kids myself, and actually never really connect with them I'm still hugely pro-life, purely because of this psalm as much as the new technology that is now revealing the foetus at its earliest stages moving and acting with intent - late-stage abortions are nothing less than murder in my view regardless of what reasons are put forward for them to be done. Except in the rarest of cases they should be utterly outlawed. And I think the doctors need to step up and state the gruesome facts more often - although we don't want to see a return to backstreet abortions, neither should women be lulled into any sense of security about late-stage ones in particular being 'acceptable' just because it suits them. But yes, I also appreciate that having undergone such an act, many women will never recover from the impact it will have on their lives, and they need to be healed spiritually as well as emotionally/physically. Appreciate your info Laura.

2Kings1

"You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die:"

This was the same message Elijah gave to the men Ahaziah sent to inquire of Baal-Zebub. The message from God did not change just because Ahaziah didn’t want to hear it the first time.

In fact, this was a mercy to Ahaziah. God told him something that few people know - that his death was imminent and that he had time to repent and prepare to meet God. - David Guzik

2Kings2

"Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me"

The idea of a double portion was not to ask for twice as much as Elijah had, but to ask for the portion that went to the firstborn son, as in Deuteronomy 21:17. Elisha asked for the right to be regarded as the successor of Elijah, as his firstborn son in regard to ministry. Yet Elisha had already been designated as Elijah’s successor (1 Kings 19:19). This was a request for the spiritual power to fulfill the calling he already received.

"He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him:"

Think of what it was like for Elisha to pick up that mantle. The mantle did not fall from heaven and rest on his shoulders; he had to decide to pick it up and put it on. He had to decide: do I really want to put this on? Elijah’s ministry was one of great power, but also of great pressure and responsibility.

http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/1202.htm

II Kings 1-2:25
As I read through these two chapters I realized that the number fifty is all over the chapters. There are three sets of fifty men who are sent by King Ahaziah to take custody of Elijah. In the second chapter, a group of fifty men watches (7) as Elijah and Elisha are beside the Jordon River. Moreover, after the chariot takes up Elijah the prophets offer to form a search party to find Elijah consisting of fifty of their strongest men. I remember that David’s two sons, Ablsalom and Adonijah used fifty men to run before them in their attempt to usurp their father’s throne. I’m not sure if that number is just a number or if there is some significance.

What struck me about the two sets of fifty men who were burnt up at the word of Elijah were their cavalier attitude toward the prophet as they came to arrest him. They called him a “Man of God,” yet their attitude toward him seem to be disrespectful. Could their approach be a form of “Taking the Lord’s name if vain?” Was the tone of their request filled with sarcasm and mockery instead of reverence for the Name of God?

Attitude is everything. Attitude determines approach and approach determines success or failure.

Do I come to God using His name in vain? Do I come to God with an attitude of sarcasm and mockery instead of reverence and godly fear? Sarcasm and mockery are rooted in unbelief so do I really believe that God will do what He has said He will do?

Acts 13:42-14:7

13 45 But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were jealous.

Why are we moved to jealousy? If the love of money is the root of all evil then jealously must fuel the desire to gain the money that is so sought after. The leaders wanted the crowds for themselves, to fulfill their need for recognition and power. I’m trying to think back to the time when I couldn’t stand Christians. I told myself now that I detested Christians because of the abuse I experienced at the hands of supposed Believers. Now I’m wondering if the real cause, the true cause was jealously disguised under a cloak of pain and fear? I know not all believers are wolves dressed up as sheep so why did a chose to focus on the wolves instead of the sheep. I must do some deep soul searching.
Psalm 139:1-24

5 You both precede and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.

God is encamped around about me no matter where I take myself outside of his direction. In the 23rd Psalm, The Lord is the Psalmist’s Shepherd who leads him, guides him, finds food for him. However, in the forth verse, the Psalmist’s dependency on God for everything is broken by the “I” word, “Though I walk …” It appears that God is no longer directing at this point, yet he fears no evil because His rod, His staff comforts David. So the sweet Psalmist of Israel had first hand knowledge of God encasing him with his presence.
Proverbs 17:19-21

21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

Often times the words of Solomon cuts to the quick and one doesn’t have to think on or contemplate the meaning of his wise words, one knows deep in the heart experientially that the words are true. I can confirm the truth of the above verse.

A MARVELOUS TEACHING TOOL = 2 Kings 2:23-24 – the story of Elisha sending the bears to attack the kids who made fun of him for being bald. Mom took Scripture at face value and used it as a teaching tool. There wasn’t a kid she ever worked with from family, church, scouts, and etc. that wasn’t introduced to this passage. Mom stressed that all people are God’s people and God does not tolerate making fun of other people. If you mock or make fun of other people then you are going to suffer consequences for it. Your bear might not be a four-legged grizzly bear or black bear but the consequence will be severe. It’s amazing how many kids she worked with use to quote this scripture and now as adults they use it to instruct the kids they work with. This is a marvelous lesson for kids and adults alike. Maybe is more people taught this Scripture there would be fewer bullies in schools and this world today.

God Bless,
Pat

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

I am thinking about us people and kids growing up without having parents that help them to be a nice person as adults.

Some will be lost in bad things but some doesn't. Do God feed kids to the enemies ? God need also bad things to happen for to test us that am around a bad person. What are we doing to build up a foundation when it has been destroyed ?

Does we care for that person or do we turn our back from that person ?

I got a big answer in today's reading. I have 4 times seen 3 men coming down in a cloud to me and I have wonder who it was but they are really alive and here in the text do I read there ar 3 men that has been taken up to heaven without beeing dead, Enoch, Elijah and Jesus so now I know who was the 3 men in the cloud I have seen.

In Psalm 139 do I read how all babies ar God's treasure and how wrong it is with abortion because whatever in what way the baby has been made from is it a God's creation and I have told so many girls that have been in thoughts of doing an abortion that she don't know but the baby mybe grow up to be a blessing for her. There is many nice and sucess full people that have been made from a father that wasn't good but they made it anyway.
Never destroy God's creation.

That's why we also have the commendment that says we shouldn't murder ( Abortion, killing yourself, put people down...and so on )

It was much to think about and much wisedom in the text today.

Have a blessed day !

Eva

I loved todays reading. It was fantastic. What a blessing to read His word! My favorite verse of the day is:

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--and how well I know it."

This verse has brought me comfort many times in my life. In my life I have had many health problems ranging from; Rheumatoid Arthritis, liver disease, chronic anemia, kidney failure,diabetes and many more. There have been times in my life when I felt disdain towards my body. Once I even cursed it. Since then I have learned my lesson. I am thank full for what God has given me and Praise Him for I know NOW that I am wonderfully made. It has been a long journey of faith and tears. But God has been with me the whole time..giving me hope and strength.
I do not contemplate the negatives anymore. I have my eyes on HIM and I know He loves me. So what do I have to worry about? After all, my life is in His hands. Your life is also in His hands and He loves you and cares for you. So do not worry for tomorrow. God is in control! After all, you are "wonderfully made". :)

Blessings in Jesus' Name. Today's reading were such a blessing to me.

Psalm 139 shows just how much the Lord knows us through and through. Every aspect of our lives depends on His doing. Each individual on earth was created by God so fearfully and wonderfully in our own unique way. God is there waiting on us to fully acknowledge Him and for Him(God) do much abundantly for each of us. He came that we all may have Eternal Life and have it abundantly. Rest in God's Assurance and Love and see His(God) works for us all. God Bless.

Earlier today, I was tempted to stray to a Web sites that I knew was inappropriate -- a site that had tempted me and drawn me in before. I could almost hear Satan whisper in my ear that it was okay to go ahead and look -- God would forgive me. Besides, the Bible doesn't explicitly say anything about looking at that particular site. Maybe it's not so bad after all. Satan was doing a real rationalization number on me! I don't know a lot of Scripture word for word, but I know that David fled temptation and we often have to do the same. So I got up and walked away from the computer. Returning to the computer tonight, it was a blessing to read Psalm 139. It was confirmation for me that God is with me whereever I am, including the times I sit before the computer screen. He knows what I'm thinking and I'm never out of His sight. I want to bring Him joy, and I know that if I had given in to the temptation I would have grieved Him instead. It was reassuring and comforting to be reminded of God's omnipresence.

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