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Seize the Moment – Day 934

The Assurance of God’s Presence!

2 Chronicles 5

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, October 7.

 

With the temple completed, Solomon brought together the nation of Israel to witness the moving of the ark of God into its permanent home. It was quite the spectacle with a large assembly of people and a countless number of sacrifices offered in honor of God (2 Chronicles 5:1-6). Above it all, upon the placement of the ark of God under the wings of the cherubim in the holy of holies, God made His presence known in 2 Chronicles 5:11-14:

 

When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. [emphasis added]

 

This is called a theophany – an appearance of God that people can discern with their senses. In response to their unity of praise (see emphasis through italics), God manifested His glory for all to know that He was with them. This would have been a comfort to Solomon and an assurance to the people because the building of the temple was a major transition in Israel’s worship. Interestingly, God had made His presence known to Israel in the same way that He had with Moses and the people in their desert wanderings (Exodus 40:34-38).

 

Seize the moment and trust that God is with you as you walk in His ways. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20b, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
 

God bless you!

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 933

Go for the Gold!

2 Chronicles 4

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, October 6.

 

In the Olympic Games, the top three athletes are awarded medals – gold for first, silver for second, and bronze for third. The better the athlete’s performance, the higher the placement, the more precious the building material of the medal. You will often hear athletes encourage one another by saying, “Go for the gold!” They are not telling one another to go mining for precious building materials, they are saying, “Give it your best!”

 

This same mindset is found in the construction of the temple. They are using only the best of building materials with the most precious materials reserved for the inner chamber. One scholar explained the significance of this progression of the costliness of building materials, “They illustrate the principle of gradation, whereby the costlier metal represents a greater degree of holiness.”[1] There are two summaries of temple furnishings in 2 Chronicles 4, one for the works of bronze in verses 11-18, and one for that of gold in verses 19-22. Whereas bronze was used around the temple entrance, gold was prioritized for the interior.

 

This concept is brought into the New Testament by the Apostle Paul who says to us in 1 Corinthians 3:12-13,
 
“Now if any man builds on the foundation [of Christ] with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”
 
The principle of gradation is at work once again, but this time with how you express the holiness of God with your life, because the Holy Spirit has made you “a temple of God” (14-16; cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  

 

Seize the moment and go for the gold with your life – give God your best by offering up right sacrifices to Him with all that you think, say, and do (1 Peter 2:5; Romans 12:1-2).
 

God bless you!

 

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FOOTNOTES:

 

[1] Martin J. Selman, 2 Chronicles: An Introduction and Commentary, vol. 11, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994), 329.


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Seize the Moment – Day 932

The Power of Location!

2 Chronicles 3

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, October 5.

 

In 2 Chronicles 3:1, the climactic moment had finally arrived,
 
“Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.”

 

In Solomon’s fourth year as king, he broke ground on that hallowed location to build the temple. The Chronicler makes two important connections about the significance of its location. First, it is located at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, where the angel of the Lord instructed David to make sacrifices which would propitiate God’s wrath for his sin of conducting the census (2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21).

 

Second, the temple was built on Mount Moriah, where God tested Abraham in Genesis 22. God commanded the patriarch in verse 2, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” The angel of the Lord appeared to Abraham and told him that God saw his faith and would provide a substitute for Isaac, establishing this location as a place of substitutionary atonement (11-18).

 

These two major events, from the lives of Abraham and David, give significance to the location God provided for the temple to be built. Interestingly, Genesis 22:14 defined the importance beforehand, “Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.’”

 

Seize the moment and trust that Jehovah-Jireh will provide for your every need. As Paul explains in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
 

God bless you!

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 931

Worship God in all Places!

2 Chronicles 2

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, October 4.

 

What is the purpose of your church building?

 

King Solomon wrote a letter to Huram the king of Tyre requesting timber from Lebanon, various building materials, and skilled workers. In 2 Chronicles 2:5-6, he gives the purpose behind his request:

 

The house which I am about to build will be great, for greater is our God than all the gods. But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?

 

Solomon knew why he was building the temple for God – to be a place of worship, atonement, and celebration of the appointed feasts (4). He knew that it could not contain God because God cannot be put into a box, no matter how ornate or grand it is. As big and as magnificent as Solomon’s Temple would be, it would never be able to contain the transcendent God, who is both sovereign and omnipresent – God cannot be bound nor should our worship of Him be limited to buildings dedicated for Him. 

 

God is too powerful to be contained by our church buildings so let God burst forth by worshipping Him with your whole life (Psalm 103:1). Yes, a church building should be a place that invokes right worship of God, but if we limit our worship to that one place, then we compartmentalize our lives of devotion. Then our houses of worship become museums of past faith and mausoleums filled with dry bones.

 

Seize the moment and gather regularly in a church building to be reminded of who God is and how He invites you to be the Church, called to worship Him always and everywhere through your love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-25). Worship God in all places, until all worship God (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

 

God bless you!

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 930

Pray for Wisdom!

2 Chronicles 1

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, October 3.

 

What do you ask God for when you are facing a hard decision?

 

As a pastor, I pray regularly for God’s wisdom and knowledge. Apart from God’s Spirit at work in me, I cannot properly shepherd God’s people, effectively discern situations or counsel others, rightly study God’s Word, or accurately communicate God’s timeless truths through my teaching, preaching, and writing ministry (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).

 

In the beginning of his kingship, Solomon feared God. The story of his rule in 2 Chronicles 1 began with him sacrificing one thousand burnt offerings to God at the tent of meeting, and God responded to his act of faithfulness with an opportunity, “Ask what I shall give you?” (6-7). In 2 Chronicles 1:10, Solomon seized the moment by answering, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?” It was this decision which gave Solomon such great success as the king of Israel. God honored his humility and poured out riches, fame, and favor upon him (11-17).

 

In James 1:5-6, followers of Jesus are commanded to make the same request of God,
 
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”

 

In today’s world, we are bombarded by a mixed bag of information and a hodgepodge of ideas that can easily lead us astray. We need wisdom and knowledge to build our lives upon a firm foundation, discern right from wrong, and to act with justice and righteousness.

 

Seize the moment and start with the fear the Lord – this “is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10; cf. Proverbs 1:7; Psalm 111:10).
 
 

God bless you!

 

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Train to Live on Mission – Week 31

Battle Drill #31:

Build a Good Reputation!

Proverbs 22:1 (NAS95)

 

Today, we are going to walk through the four action steps of a soldier’s training routine to learn the next battle drill – Build a Good Reputation!” In the military, your reputation means everything, not only within the unit you serve, but also in determining your future opportunities. While there are professional qualifications that do set you apart by their mere presence on your uniform and in your personnel file because,let’s be honest, the military loves their uniforms and bureaucracy, what really matters is the character and conduct of the person who is wearing the uniform. Whether you are a private or a captain, and whether you have badges and tabs on your uniform, at the end of the day, it is your reputation that will determine your success. Yes, making the next rank, earning special qualifications, and graduating from elite schools are indicative of your potential, ultimately, it is what you do with your potential that matters.

 

In the same way, you can dress the part in the church, you can learn the language of Christianese, and you can even hold important positions in the congregation, but what matters is your character and conduct. Just like in the military, it is what you do and how you do it that shapes your reputation amongst the congregation and the community. While appearances, positions, and education can make a positive impression up front, it is your character and conduct in the everyday situations of real life that builds your reputation. God’s Word speaks clearly to the importance of this in today’s battle drill. Let’s turn to the Field Manual and take the first step of a soldier’s training routine to live on mission.

 

Action Step #1) Know the Field Manual.

The battle drill we are going to learn and apply this week is from Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold.”

 

Ecclesiastes 7:1a states it this way, “A good name is better than a good ointment. This is what the Field Manual says, let’s now take the second action step to learn how to apply it to our everyday lives as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

 

Action Step #2) Train together as one unit.

Your name, which is your reputation, is more valuable than any measurement of wealth (silver, gold, or ointment); in fact, it has eternal value.

 

To learn how to properly train this, we are going to learn to do two things:

 

1. How to live with an eternal perspective of our name by learning to live backwards.
2. How to seek the commander’s approval by learning to live from the inside-out.

 

Let’s start by training ourselves to live life backwards by cultivating an eternal perspective of our reputations. Watch Jesus train His disciples to live on mission in Luke 10:17-20:

 

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

 

The disciples’ names were written on the roll call of the Commander – they had been chosen by God to be enlisted as good soldiers of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3-4)! Here’s the point: You don’t deploy yourself to become a soldier or because you want people to think you are a soldier; soldiers train to live on mission so they can deploy at their Commander’s direction, according to His authority for the fulfillment of His mission.

 

Jesus emphasized this kind of thinking in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” You have been chosen, now bear the good fruit of eternity. Paul emphasizes this in Ephesians 2:8-10:

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

 

God chose you by grace (remember Proverbs 22:1 stated, “favor is better than silver and gold”), so now walk in the good works He prepared for you ahead of time. God gave you good works to shine His light and to proclaim His Kingdom. There is a backwards feel to this because in the world your works determine your reputation, but in the Kingdom, you don’t earn Heaven with your works. In direct opposition to that, you proclaim that you belong to Heaven by your good works! You do the works of the Commander because you are being a good soldier whose name is on the rolls of His army. Jesus explained such thinking with the fruit-bearing imagery of the Christian life in Matthew 7:15-23:

 

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

 

Pointedly, this haunting passage teaches us that we could do the same kinds of things as those people – claim ourselves to be people who can cast out demons, be prophets, or perform miracles, but if we are not doing so as good soldiers, in accordance with God’s will, then we are equated with the lawless one. Church, let us not be so easily impressed with personality, charisma, or self-righteous proclamations of faith,let’s watch the consistency of conduct and character, the good fruit that demonstrates whether we are good trees. There are charlatans out there, wolves in sheep clothing, who can dress it up and talk the talk, but only those who belong to Heaven will persevere to the end. In Revelation 3:5, Jesus challenges us with the truth of having an eternal perspective on our name, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” This is the backwards way of living – it is an eternal perspective on your name which allows you to persevere until the end because you know it is what God says that matters. This brings us to the third action step of a good soldier of Jesus.

 

Action Step #3) Seek the Commander’s approval.

Today’s battle drill exposes our heart issue of hypocrisy.

 

This is a significant issue, especially seen in social media, where people present a false front of what is true. To the point that many people have multiple social media accountsone that is for their teachers, employers, or family to see their crafted identity, and the other, often under a different name, so that those same people do not know who they really are.

 

Allow me to give you a piercing but liberating truth so that we can eradicate the issue of hypocrisy from our own lives. Hebrews 4:13-16 gives us the treatment plan:

 

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Praise God that He knows the truth about us! We don’t have to hide from Him, but rather we can find rest for our souls in surrendering our lives to His lordship and working out our salvation with fear and trembling so that God has full access to bring about His good works through our lives. This is what Paul promised in Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

 

God wants to build our reputations from the inside-out! The heart of Jesus’ invitation to become His disciple is take on His easy yoke and find rest for our souls – in relationship with Him we become like Him, gentle and humble in heart, so that the world may see and hear Christ through us (Matthew 11:28-30). We are called by God to be His image bearers and our reputation, our name, is shaped by His Spirit in us. We are to shine brightly, just as Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16:

 

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 

My name is designed by God to point to His Name – my reputation to His gospel proclamation because “there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)! This leads us to the final action step of our soldier’s training regime.

 

Action Step #4) Live on mission.

Paul spoke of those who served in the mission alongside of him in a special way in Philippians 4:1-3:

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion [yokefellow], I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

 

Paul was saying that those who are His true companions are those in the yoke of Jesus Christ. The mission is to make Christ visible through us, so that people will repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. Our reputations make visible which kingdom we belong. I have tried to make it clear that we will persevere until the end when our names are written in the book of life because God does His work from the inside-out through His Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul speaks of it in terms of our inheritance of the Kingdom of God:

 

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

It is not that you have struggled or once were a partaker of these sins. No, haven’t we all sinned and struggled?! It is that you are not defined by your sin – such things are not the pattern of your life nor definer of your name. Quite the opposite, your name, your reputation, are washed through the blood of Jesus Christ to shine Christ alone. John admonished us in 1 John 1:5-10:

 

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

 

We conclude with a glimpse of the New Heaven and New Earth from Revelation 21:23-27:

 

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

If your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life, your name will point to the eternal name of Jesus Christ! That is the work of the Holy Spirit in you because the Spirit causes you to persevere until the end – to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ through the good works He appointed you to do. This is God’s will.

Make this battle drill a reflexive, instinctive, and habitual part of your Christian life so that you can CM – Continue the Mission! Therefore, live on mission today and train the battle drill of the week for the glory of God. Let us pray.

 

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 928

Today’s hymn focus will be

“Glorious Day”

1 Peter 2:24 (NASB95)
 

 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”

 

In 2009, Mark Hall, the frontman and songwriter for Casting Crowns, wrote the music for a glorious old hymn. He took the strong lyrics of this hymn that depicted the life of Christ, a hymn he grew up on and rearranged it because people were not singing it much anymore.

 

The original hymn, ‘One Day’ was written by John Wilbur Chapman who was born in Richmond, Indiana. Written about 1908, he was a passionate evangelist, he wrote this hymn to provide a memorable way to share the gospel.

 

Both of these men wanted this message to be declared loud and clear:

 

Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sin far away

Rising He justified freely forever; One day He’s coming, O glorious day!1 Peter 2:24dkl

O glorious day! 

 

 We need to wake up and not be bashful about telling others of the Good News! Even if you can’t sing it, you can use the words of this hymn to share the story of Christ’s love, His life, His sacrifice, His victory and of His soon return! We don’t have a moment to wait!
 

 

 
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Glorious Day

 
One day when Heaven was filled with His praisesOne day when sin was as black as could beJesus came forth to be born of a virginDwelt among men, my example is HeWord became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed
Living, He loved meDying, He saved meBuried, He carried my sins far awayRising, He justified freely foreverOne day He’s comingOh glorious day, oh glorious day
 
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountainOne day they nailed Him to die on a treeSuffering anguish, despised and rejectedBearing our sins, my Redeemer is HeHands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
 
And took the nails for me
Living, He loved meDying, He saved meBuried, He carried my sins far awayRising, He justified freely foreverOne day He’s comingOh glorious day, oh glorious day
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
 
One day the stone rolled away from the doorThen He arose, over death He had conqueredNow is ascended, my Lord evermoreDeath could not hold Him, the grave could not keep HimFrom rising again
 
Living, He loved meDying, He saved meBuried, He carried my sins far awayRising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s comingOh glorious day, oh glorious day
 
One day the trumpet will sound for His comingOne day the skies with His glories will shineWonderful day, my Beloved One bringingMy Savior Jesus is mine
 
Living, He loved meDying, He saved meBuried, He carried my sins far awayRising, He justified freely foreverOne day He’s comingOh glorious day, oh glorious dayGlorious dayOh glorious day
 
 
 
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 927

The Rhythm of Generosity!

1 Chronicles 29

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, September 30.

 

Immediately before Solomon’s coronation, David led the people in consecrating their offerings to the Lord for the building of the temple. His excitement was contagious, as 1 Chronicles 29:8-9 describes, “Whoever possessed precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, in care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.

 

The cause and effect found in this passage is beautiful – the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly. This is the joy that comes from living in the rhythm of generosity with Jehovah-Jireh, just as David prays in verses 12-14:

 

Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.

 

David rightly acknowledged that God owns everything. Furthermore, he admitted that they have nothing to offer God apart from what God’s generous hand had already provided.This revelation is a game changer! Our ability to give is only because God first gave to us. It requires humility to embrace this truth, but in doing so it opens you up to the rhythm of generosity that flows from God to us as showcased by Jesus Christ – “We love, because He first loved us(1 John 4:19; cf. John 3:16).

 

Seize the moment and choose to live in a rhythm of generosity with the God who owns everything and who has provided for your every need, for God loves a cheerful giver(2 Corinthians 9:7). By doing so, you will not be grieved by your giving, rather the joy of the Lord will be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
 

God bless you. 

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 926

Put your Feet Up and Rest!

1 Chronicles 28

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, September 29.

 

“Please, sit down and put your feet up. Rest and stay a while.” Maybe you’ve heard those words from family or friends after a long journey, or you have said them to a valued guest in your home.

 

King David introduces this restful imagery in 1 Chronicles 28:2,
 
“Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it.”

 

The unique image is that of a “footstool.” It is used again in Psalm 132:7, “Let us go into His dwelling place; let us worship at His footstool” (cf. Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 5:35). David was charging his son Solomon, a man of rest (1 Chronicles 22:9), to build a resting place for God, so that God could put up His feet and stay a while. While it may sound crass to say it so unpoetically, this metaphor is about “fulfilled promises.”[1] The tabernacle was being replaced by a permanent building.

 

Ultimately, the final “rest” would not come through Solomon’s Temple, or even Herod’s Temple, but through the temple of the eternal kingdom (Ezekiel 40-43; Zechariah 6:12-13). Access to this rest comes through Christ alone, who invites in Matthew 11:28-29,
 
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (cf. Jeremiah 6:16).

 

Seize the moment and trust Jesus to fulfill all the promises of God in your life by putting your feet up and resting the full weight of your life into His eternal embrace (2 Corinthians 1:20).

 

God bless you!

 

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FOOTNOTES:

 

[1] “For the Chronicler ‘rest’ denotes ‘fulfilled promises’ (cf. Is 14:1–3; 66:1; 30:10), for the nation then returned from captivity was ‘at rest’” (Kevin D. Zuber, “1 Chronicles,” in The Moody Bible Commentary, ed. Michael A. Rydelnik and Michael Vanlaningham [Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2014], 579). Furthermore, the language of a “permanent home” is significant, “The word mĕnuḥâ can also indicate a state of rest, either in general (e.g., 2 Sam 14:17; Isa 28:12) or metaphorically from war and enemies (e.g., 1 Chr 22:9)” (Joshua Joel Spoelstra, “Rest,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series [Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014]).

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 925

Single-minded for God’s Purposes!

1 Chronicles 27

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, September 28.

 

Are you single-minded for God’s purposes in your life?

 

David’s activities as the king of Israel seemed to be all over the map! We read in 1 Chronicles 27:1 how David transformed Israel’s military from twelve separate tribal armies to a single professional army with twelve divisions, with each division being on duty in Jerusalem for a month, once per year. He used his organizational genius to ensure the army was loyal to the nation and its king.

 

After naming the divisional leaders of David’s new military organization (2-15), he then showed political savvy by wisely listing the chief officers of the tribes (16-24), followed by his appointed overseers (25-31), and his direct advisors (32-34). While this may feel like a compilation of supplemental materials, this is a critical chapter, providing the conclusion of five chapters of materials, which started in 1 Chronicles 23:1-2, “Now when David reached old age, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. And he gathered all the leaders of Israel with the priests and the Levites.” Whereas this chapter covered “all the leaders of Israel,” the previous four chapters detailed the “priests and the Levites.”

 

David convened the most powerful people of the land, and then he named the who’s who of Israel. He did this because he was actively uniting the nation around the building of the temple and the throne of his son. David was not scattered in his efforts, in fact, he was singularly focused on recruiting people to fulfill God’s purposes – the building of His house.

 

Seize the moment and be single-minded for God’s purposes in your life! Join with Paul in declaring, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

 

God bless you!

 

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