THEME: FEAR OF THE LORD
2 Chronicles 17:10
“And the fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.”
-Unlike his father Asa who ceased to worship God & sought the efforts of his allies in battle, king Jehoshaphat feared the Lord & worship Him alone. Through priests & levites, he taught the law of the Lord throughout the nation of Judah & the fear of the Lord fell upon the neighboring countries who desisted from waging war against him but brought him peace, riches & honor; just like king Solomon. When king Asa gave the treasures in the house of the Lord & the king’s house to the king of Syria; king Jehoshaphat received treasures from the people & other nations, & when king Asa sought his own wisdom in war; king Jehoshaphat consulted God Who fought for him. King Asa then got ill & died a miserable death. The Lord says that He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; hear their cry; save them & preserves all those who love Him, but He will destroy all the wicked (Ps 145:19-20). Everyone desires to be successful but most people do not want to consider the process of getting there; which is through the fear of the Lord. The Lord says that He alone can gives us the ability to get wealth (Deu 8:18); therefore we should focus on Him & not the wealth; for true riches are found in His grace; for He was rich yet became poor so that we may also become rich (2 Cor 8:9).
Your eyes Lord run to & fro throughout the whole earth, to show Yourself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to You; have mercy on us. Deliver us, our leaders, churches, societies & the nation from the love of money Father; which is root of all evil & help us to rely on Your blessings. Be gracious unto us & our descendants Lord that You may bless us, expand our territories, fulfill the desires of our hearts & give us peace; according Your abundant mercy & according to Your great love. Help us to place our focus on You & put our trust in You in all things Jesus. All glory, honor, blessings, riches, power, praise & strength belong to You Jesus; now & forever. Amen
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