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Seize the Moment – Day 865

Today’s hymn focus will be

Are You Washed in the Blood?

 

 

1 Peter 1:18-19(NASV95)

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

 

First published in 1878, this hymn was written by Elisha Hoffman. He was a minister in the Evangelical Church. He is also known for writing “I Must Tell Jesus”, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, and “Glory to His Name”. It is both a call for salvation and a song that enumerates some of the many blessings of being washed in the blood.

 

Are you washed in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb

Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb

 

We need to wake up and proclaim with a resounding “YES” that we are washed, our sins forgiven, and our lives made whole through the precious blood of Jesus. It is through our relationship with Him that we are able to be faithful in our commitment to our Lord and Savior.
 
 
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 864

Ministry Partnerships Get the Job Done!

2 Kings 19

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

Has God called you to do something for Him with your life? Don’t try to do it alone. Even great leaders like King Hezekiah need partners to accomplish their plans. God raised up Hezekiah for such a time as this, but he could not stand against the evil of the Assyrian Empire by himself. Unlike Ahaz who turned to evil in his distress, Hezekiah turned to God. In 2 Kings 19:6-7, he sought the counsel of God’s prophet:

Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.” ’ ”

Whereas both Ahaz and Hezekiah had received a prophetic promise through Isaiah, it was Hezekiah who submitted himself to God’s Word. In 2 Kings 19:19, Hezekiah prayed that God would receive all the glory through the defense of his nation, “Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”

God saw Hezekiah’s humility and He responded (20-35). For God’s name’s sake, the angel of the Lord struck down 185,000 Assyrians in a single night and the king of Assyria fled to Nineveh. All because Hezekiah knew he needed help and didn’t want the credit, but desired for God to get all the glory.

Seize the moment and pray to God for His assistance in the plans He has entrusted to you. You never know who He might bring into your life to help you get the job done for His glory. 

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 863

Pray at the Crossroads!

2 Kings 18

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

Have you ever come to a crossroads and didn’t know what to do?

Every nation will come to the crossroads of their own history, and we need leaders who know what to do. God raises up leaders “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). King Hezekiah of Judah was such a leader, as we read in 2 Kings 18:5-7:

He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him. For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

Hezekiah was a political leader who secured independence from Assyria, and he was a religious reformer who rescued the people of Judah from the false worship of his predecessors. His story is expanded in 2 Chronicles 29-32 and Isaiah 36-39. Hezekiah is one of the most celebrated kings in the Bible because he stood firm in his faith at the crossroads of Israel’s history with the Assyrian Empire rampaging the region, including destroying the northern ten tribes. Hezekiah preserved Jerusalem for future generations, while also calling the people back to covenant faithfulness. 

I am praying for God to raise up leaders for such a time as this, today. We need political leaders who will secure our independence against evil, and we need religious reformers who will rescue the Church from the false worship of our predecessors. God did that for Judah in the one man of Hezekiah, He will do it again in our land when we cry out to Him in repentance (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Seize the moment and pray that God will raise up leaders in today’s crossroads of history (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 862

Heed God’s Warnings!

2 Kings 17

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, July 27.

 

What is God warning you about in your own life? Are you listening?

 

Today’s chapter explains one of the most tragic events in the ancient history of Israel – the destruction of the northern ten tribes. This event is recorded in 2 Kings 17:6,
 
“In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.”
 
The reason for their destruction is given in 2 Kings 17:22-23:

 

The sons of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them until the Lord removed Israel from His sight, as He spoke through all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria until this day.

 

God had been actively working to bring His people to repentance for generations. God was “slow to anger,” but they would not listen. They were stubborn and stiff-necked people. They were reminded of these warnings in 2 Kings 17:13-14:

 

Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets.” However, they did not listen, but stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the Lord their God.

 

God is still speaking to His people today through His Word and through faithful men and women who teach and preach God’s Word. He speaks to get our attention and to return us to Him in covenant faithfulness. Are you listening?

 

Seize the moment and respond to God’s grace by repenting of your sin while there is still time (Hebrews 12:12-17).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 861

 

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right!

2 Kings 16

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, July 26.

 

You’ve repeatedly heard it said, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Why do so many people fall into this trap?

 

Ahaz, the king of Judah, refused to band together with Israel and Aram in the defense of their region against the Assyrian Empire, so they attacked him at Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 28:5-15; Isaiah 7:1). In a string of wrong responses, Ahaz retaliated by seeking the protection of the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:7-9). In his distress, he made a sly political maneuver that cost him far more than he anticipated – the soul of his nation. Ahaz made a foreign altar and offered burnt offerings at it, polluting himself and corrupting the nation of Judah (2 Kings 16:10-18).

 

King Ahaz let his survival instinct take control of his decision-making process. He took matters into his own hands and disregarded the Word of God as given to him by Isaiah (Isaiah 7:1-16). Ultimately, by his lack of faith, he forsook God and responded to evil with evil, as recorded in 2 Chronicles 28:22-23:

 

Now in the time of his distress this same King Ahaz became yet more unfaithful to the Lord. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him, and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Aram helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they became the downfall of him and all Israel.

 

In 2 Kings 16, we witnessed how a king responded to evil with evil in hopes of something good coming from it. That never works out for the good! Jesus posed a probing question in Mark 8:36, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”

 

Seize the moment and defeat evil by aligning yourself with God to do good. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 860

The Danger of Division!

2 Kings 15

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, July 25.

 

History teaches us that one of the clearest signs of a nation on the way to destruction is internal division. As Jesus taught us in Matthew 12:25, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.” When people see one another as the enemy, whether in a marriage, a church, or in a nation, the stage has been set for evil to get a foothold to divide and conquer. There is a grave danger in division! In 2 Kings 15:19-20, events have escalated toward the destruction of the northern ten tribes of Israel at the hands of the Assyrian Empire:

 

Pul, king of Assyria, came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver so that his hand might be with him to strengthen the kingdom under his rule. Then Menahem exacted the money from Israel, even from all the mighty men of wealth, from each man fifty shekels of silver to pay the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria returned and did not remain there in the land.

 

The Assyrian Empire gained a foothold in Israel. What lead up to this was decades of political instability and social unrest. Over a twenty-five-year span, there were six kings in Israel, many of which were murdered by the person who took over the throne. Evil was looking for an opportunity and it was the wickedness of the kings that allowed Israel to be easy pickings to the Assyrian Empire. Heartbreakingly in 734 BC, during the reign of the last king of Israel, 2 Kings 15:29 records the first deportation of the Israelites,
 
“In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria came and captured Ijon and Abel-beth-maacah and Janoah and Kedesh and Hazor and Gilead and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria.”

 

Seize the moment and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40), remembering that there is only one enemy and it’s not your neighbor; it’s Satan who seeks to divide and conquer through our divisions.

God bless you!
 
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Train to Live on Mission – Week 22

Battle Drill #22:

Keep Control of the Rudder of Your Life!

Proverbs 15:1-7 (NAS95)

 

Today, we are going to walk through the four action steps of a soldier’s training routine to learn the next battle drill – “Keep Control of the Rudder of Your Life!”

 

I was a soldier, once upon a time, but I have never served as a sailor. I do know that the rudder is one of the most important components of any boat. The rudder allows the pilot to steer, control, and direct the vessel when out on the water. In a small sailboat, the rudder is controlled by a tiller, a long rod that allows the pilot to turn the rudder directly. It’s simple, reliable, and effective, all you must do is keep control of the rudder. If you want to get from point A to point B, then you must keep control of the rudder of your ship. That may not be hard when there are calm waters, but it can be incredibly difficult during storms.

 

The same is true in life! As a Christian, you are not who you once were (Point A) and you are not yet who God desires you to be (Point B), you are sailing to the destination, on the journey of life. Along the way there are calm waters and there are stormy seas, and in every circumstance, we must train ourselves to keep control of the rudder of our lives. We will now look at the first action 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 15:1-7:

 

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible. Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is in the income of the wicked. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not so.

 

This is what the Field Manual says, let’s now take the second action step to learn how to apply today’s battle drill to our everyday lives as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

 

Action Step #2) Train together as one unit.

If you want to be who God predestined you to become, “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29), then you must keep control of the rudder of your life. You are under construction, and it is “God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). We are all under construction and there are many dangers, toils, and snares along the journey of Christlikeness, and one of the greatest dangers is as close as your next breath.

 

The long slow obedience of daily decision making to become like Christ, through both the calm waters and stormy seas of life, requires you to have control of the rudder of your life, which is your tongue! We must keep control of our tongue if we are to fulfill God’s good pleasure for our lives. We learn that from Proverbs 15:1-7, which states three times in quick succession:

 

  1. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise make knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly” (1-2).
  2. “A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit” (4).
  3. “The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not so” (7).

 

“Tongue” and “lips” in these passages, as well as in other passages, is referring to our spoken words, what we say. In today’s world, that will also include the words we text, post on social media, etc. Proverbs 18:21 teaches us the power of our words, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” It is not the actual fleshly tongue that is the rudder, but the spoken word that flows from our hearts. As Jesus said in Matthew 12:33-37:

 

Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word[1] that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

 

Your spoken words reveal your heart! It is an everyday reality that we talk and write about what is important to us. It is also true that our idle and thoughtless words reflect what is hidden in our hearts, sometimes even from ourselves. Do your words reveal that your heart belongs to Jesus Christ? Who or what rules your heart? Your tongue has the power of life or death, so train yourself to submit your tongue to the lordship of Christ and be vigilant in what you say – “be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger” (James 1:19). Let’s take the third action step.

 

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

The half-brother of Jesus explained the power of the tongue in James 3:1-12:

 

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.

 

When you yoke together Jesus’ teaching about our words proceeding from our hearts and James’ teaching about our tongues and hear them through the lens of the ancient wisdom of Proverbs, then you know that it is all about whether you are a wise person or a fool. Jesus made it very clear in Matthew 7:24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Your tongue, your spoken and written words, reveal the truth about whether you are wise or foolish, and whether or not Christ rules in your heart.

 

If you want to do a heart check, then check your tongue! Paul taught us this, as the fourth example of the new life we have in Christ, found in Ephesians 4:29-32:

 

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 

Again, Paul said in Ephesians 5:1:

 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

 

In one last example, Paul exhorted in Colossians 3:8-11:

 

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him – a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

 

There is no contradiction between the teaching of Paul and James. Paul’s exhortations of how we are and are not to use our tongue agree with James’ teaching that no one can tame the tongue and that it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives when Christ takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. Our words are transformed for the work of the gospel – to build up others and praise God.

 

When we live on mission for God, then our tongues come under His dominion, and are no longer our own. This is not automatic, it requires training! We must train ourselves to use words surgically, effectively, and productively with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. A well-timed word can transform a person’s attitude, actions, or even the course of the person’s life. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” A temple is place of making right sacrifices unto God. This is a daily choice; a daily sacrifice so that you can know what God expects of you as you live your life on mission. God calls us to do the work, and sacrifice our own emotions and agendas to give Him dominion over what we say. This is the action item of Romans 12:1-2:

 

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Your life, including your tongue, coming under the Lordship of Christ to be a spiritual house of worship through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit brings us to the final action step.

 

Action Step #4) Live on mission.

Do you know when a rudder is useless? When it is idle at dock.
 
I don’t know what your journey between Point A and Point B has been like in the past, how much of it has been calm waters and how much has been stormy seas, but it’s time to CM – Continue the Mission! It’s time to get off the dock! Like at Pearl Harbor, a battleship at dock is nothing more than a target. If we are to live on mission then our words must be used to advance the Kingdom of God, to spur one another on towards good works, to build up the body of Christ, to encourage one another. If we know the mission and we know our assignment, we are to be trained to respond in every circumstance to advance the Kingdom of God with our words.

 

Each of us is being challenged to set sail on the next leg of the course, which is your life mission while you are here on Earth. Paul testified near the end of his journey in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” The only way to get to Point B is to undock yourself from whatever is paralyzing you, let the sail out, and allow the Holy Spirit to propel you forward. You must be vigilant with the rudder when your sails are full and you are on mission on the way to the destination of God’s good pleasure for your life, which is your Christlikeness!

 

Have you gotten comfortable sitting at the dock? You’ve got one hand on the tiller with a drink in the other hand telling tales of your days out at open sea. Maybe you’ve had too many storms and you just don’t think your boat can handle another one. Until you arrive at the destination of your life’s end, you are called to CM until the race is finished. Just as Paul testified of his own life as he was having to sail directly into a storm in Acts 20:24, “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Never forget that while it may feel safe to sit on the dock, in a safe harbor, but that is not the life God created and saved you for – you have enlisted to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, to live on mission for His glory and your good (2 Timothy 2:3-4)!

 

It’s time to undock yourself, set your sail to activate the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, and keep control of the rudder of your life so that you finish the race with confidence. 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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FOOTNOTES:

 
[1] Emily Hurst remarked to me about this passage, “The Greek word used here is “argon” which means idle, lazy, thoughtless, unprofitable, injurious. That covers much more than the things we say in anger, with the intent of being hurtful or malicious. It covers the things we say without thinking. The tongue is such a weapon because our brains work faster than our hearts. Without a tight rein on our tongues, we speak things that hurt others all the time, simply because we don’t first seek our hearts to see if what we are about to say needs to be said!”
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 858

Today’s modern day hymn focus will be

Hymn of Heaven

 Philippians 2:10-11(NASV95)    

 

so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

 This modern-day hymn was written by Phil Wickham. We sing other songs he has written such as: “House of the Lord”, “Living Hope”, “This is Amazing Grace” just to name a few. During the recent global pandemic, Phil wanted to help the church overcome the unprecedented obstacles that it created by separating people from each other and from them gathering at the church building. He wanted people to realize that worship should be happening in our homes and in our hearts.

 

There will be a day when all will bow before Him

There will be a day when death shall be no more

Standing face to face with Him who died and rose again

Holy, holy is the Lord.

 

We need to wake up and realize that this song is full of praise and thankfulness to God. By lifting up the name of Jesus and speaking what we know will be a reality even though we cannot see it, we are creating moments where people can encounter the presence of God. We don’t have to wait for Sunday to sing this song of praise. Let it begin in your hearts today.

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Hymn of Heaven

 
How I long to breathe the air of Heaven
Where pain is gone and mercy fills the streets
To look upon the One who bled to save me
And walk with Him for all eternity
 
There will be a day when all will bow before Him
There will be a day when death will be no more
Standing face to face with He who died and rose again
Holy, holy is the Lord
 
And every prayer we prayed in desperation
The songs of faith we sang through doubt and fear
In the end, we’ll see that it was worth it
When He returns to wipe away our tears
 
Oh, there will be a day when all will bow before Him
There will be a day when death will be no more
Standing face to face with He who died and rose again
Holy, holy is the Lord
 
And on that day, we join the resurrection
And stand beside the heroes of the faith
With one voice, a thousand generations
Sing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain”
 
And on that day, we join the resurrection
And stand beside the heroes of the faith
With one voice, a thousand generations
Sing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain”
“Forever He shall reign”
 
So let it be today we shout the hymn of Heaven
With angels and the saints, we raise a mighty roar
Glory to our God who gave us life beyond the grave
Holy, holy is the Lord
 
So let it be today we shout the hymn of Heaven
With angels and the saints, we raise a mighty roar
Glory to our God who gave us life beyond the grave
Holy, holy is the Lord
Holy, holy is the Lord
Holy, holy is the Lord
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 857

 

Jonah’s Cameo Appearance!

2 Kings 14

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, July 22.

 

Who has made a cameo appearance in some of your favorite movies? Maybe it was when Alfred Hitchcock revealed himself on the screen of his classic works, or more recently when Stan Lee would surprise us throughout the Marvel movies. My favorite cameos are the ones that reveal the creative force behind the work, such as the author or director.

 

In 2 Kings 14:25, as Jeroboam II was being introduced as the new king of Israel, there is a cameo appearance of a famous prophet,
 
“[Jeroboam] restored the border of Israel from the entrance of Hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, which He spoke through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was of Gath-hepher.”
 
This is the only Old Testament reference to Jonah outside of his own book.

 

After Elijah and Elisha, the significant prophets had their ministries recorded in separate prophetic books. While that must have been an honor, it has the unintended consequence of pulling them out of their historical context. While it is easy to know where Elijah and Elisha fit in the timeline of Israel’s history, most people don’t know when Jonah prophesied, they just know he got swallowed by a large fish after taking a boat to the wrong city. That’s why Jonah’s cameo appearance is so important; it puts flesh and blood on a Bible character whose story, from his own book, has grown in reputation to mythical proportions.

 

Jonah was a real person during a specific time of Israel’s history! Amazingly, Jonah made a cameo in the New Testament when Jesus referenced, “the sign of Jonah” (Matthew 12:39-40; 16:4; Luke 11:29-32).

 

Seize the moment and look for God’s cameos in your life because He is actively at work for His glory and your good in today’s world.

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 856

 

Act in Faith!

2 Kings 13

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, July 21.

 

God invites His children to take steps of faith. When we act in faith, God does more than we can ever imagine or dare to ask.

 

In 2 Kings 13:14, Elisha the prophet was on his death bed when Joash, the king of Israel, travelled to him and wept over him saying, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” This was a reference to the famous story of Elijah’s ascension, found in 2 Kings 2:12, when Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. On his death bed, as recorded in 2 Kings 13:15-19, Elisha invited the king to act in faith with a prophetic sign-act:

 

Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” And he put his hand on it, then Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands. He said, “Open the window toward the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” And he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them.” Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground,” and he struck it three times and stopped. So the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times.”

 

Elisha’s final act was to invite the king into greater faith – to believe God for the victory! Amazingly, God responded in like-kind to the king’s measure of faith. With even greater faith, God would have done more than the king could have imagined. The same principle is at work today in our lives.

 

Seize the moment and act according to your faith in Jesus, “who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

God bless you!
 
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