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!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

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.

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Ken reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
If you’d like to hear the song, click on the link below:
 
 

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
 

Read more...

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!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

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!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

Seize the Moment – Day 855

 

Keeping up with Building Repairs!

2 Kings 12

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, July 20.

 

Do you own a house or does your house own you? It takes significant planning, financial resources, and a large group of talented people to keep up with building repairs, whether at home or at church. This was true of the temple. In 2 Kings 12:4-5, the king calls for a significant financial campaign for building repairs:

 

Then Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the sacred things which is brought into the house of the Lord, in current money, both the money of each man’s assessment and all the money which any man’s heart prompts him to bring into the house of the Lord, let the priests take it for themselves, each from his acquaintance; and they shall repair the damages of the house wherever any damage may be found.”

 

Then, in verses 11-12, Jehoiada, the Chief Priest, allocated those resources to the skilled workers:

 

They gave the money which was weighed out into the hands of those who did the work, who had the oversight of the house of the Lord; and they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders who worked on the house of the Lord; and to the masons and the stonecutters, and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the damages to the house of the Lord, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.

 

Then, after all that effort to make the building repairs, the enemy threatened to tear it all down.  The king had to use an abundance of their allocated resources to protect Jerusalem from Hazael, king of Aram (17-18). In Matthew 6:20-21, Jesus calls us to wisdom in all our work, “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

Seize the moment and invest your time, talents, and treasures into the work of the Lord.

God bless you!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

Seize the Moment – Day 854

The Hope of a Baby!

2 Kings 11

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, July 19.

 

King Jehu of the northern tribes of Israel brought great religious reform through the destruction of the house of Baal and the deaths of the royal family of Ahab and Jezebel. Seemingly caught up in Jehu’s reformation was Ahaziah, the king of Judah. But the political intrigue deepened in 2 Kings 11:1-2, when we learned that Ahaziah was the son of Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab:

 

When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death.

 

This is a family feud as Jehosheba defied her family of origin to rescue the last of the royal offspring, the remnant of the line of David. Her husband, Jehoiada, the Chief Priest, protected the baby by hiding him for six years and then led a rebellion against the wicked queen to return the rightful ruler to the throne of David (6-12). Just like Jehu had done in the northern tribes, Jehoiada, in the name of a baby, destroyed the house of Baal and its wicked priest in the southern tribes (13-18).

 

Their hope for a better future was placed in a child! Just like our hope is found in the coming of a baby. The angel proclaimed in Luke 2:10-11, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

 

Seize the moment and put your hope in Jesus, our Immanuel – God is with us (Matthew 1:23)!

God bless you!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

Seize the Moment – Day 853

 

Finish the Task!

2 Kings 10

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, July 18.

 

How would you respond if squatters moved into your back yard? Even though you had legal rights to your house and land, how would you react if they worked to influence your family and take possession of what belongs to you?

 

God was actively working through His people to eradicate Baal from His promised land. It was King Ahab, and his wife Jezebel, who introduced Baal into Israel. They even built him a house with an altar in the back yard of Samaria (1 Kings 16:31-32). God was provoked (1 Kings 16:33) and He called forth Elijah to declare a drought (1 Kings 17:1). Elijah was tasked with destroying the cult of Baal worship (1 Kings 18:17-40). He had a great victory, but he didn’t complete the job (1 Kings 19:1-8).

 

God passed Elijah’s task to remove Baal from His back yard to the next generation of prophets and kings, to Elisha, Hazael, and Jehu (1 Kings 19:15-16). What God began with Elijah, in response to the abomination of Ahab building a house of Baal in Samaria, was completed by Jehu with the destruction of that house and the eradication of Baal from the northern ten tribes of Israel.

 

The final report of King Jehu’s religious reforms was given in 2 Kings 10:26-28,
 
“They brought out the sacred pillars of the house of Baal and burned them. They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day. Thus Jehu eradicated Baal out of Israel.”
 
Jehu finished what Elijah had begun!

 

Seize the moment and remove anything that is not pleasing to God from your life. As a Christian, God has legal rights of ownership to your heart, mind, body, and soul (Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30). Invite the Holy Spirit to finish the task Christ began in you (Galatians 3:1-14; Philippians 1:6).

 

God bless you!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

Seize the Moment – Day 851

Today’s hymn focus will be

Where He Leads I’ll Follow

 Matthew 4:19-20(NLT)

 

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.”

 

William Ogden was a gifted musician and songwriter. By the age of 10 he was able to read music and listen to a song and write out the melody, and at the age of 18, he became the choir director for his church. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted and then organized a male choir that was known throughout the Army of the Cumberlands.

 

After the war, he resumed his study of music under some of the most prominent musicians of the day. He would go on to teach in the US and in Canada. He wrote and published this hymn in 1885.

 

            Where He leads I’ll follow, follow all the way.

            Where He leads I’ll follow, follow Jesus every day.

 

We need to wake up with this mindset, declaring our confidence in the One who saved us! His promises are sweet, and His message is one of hope, grace and love. So follow Jesus with everything you’ve got.

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Ken reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
If you’d like to hear the song, click on the link below:
 

Where He Leads I’ll Follow

1
Sweet are the promises,
Kind is the word,
Dearer far than any message man ever heard;
Pure was the mind of Christ,
Sinless I see;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.
 
Chorus:
Where He leads I’ll follow,
Follow all the way.
Where He leads I’ll follow,
Follow Jesus ev’ry day.
 
2
Sweet is the tender love
Jesus hath shown,
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known;
Kind to the erring one,
Faithful is He;
He the great example is, and pattern for me. (Chorus)
 
3
List’ to His loving words,
“Come unto Me;”
Weary, heavy-laden, there is sweet rest for thee;
Trust in His promises,
Faithful and sure;
Lean upon the Savior, and thy soul is secure. (Chorus)
 

Read more...

Seize the Moment – Day 850

Wait on God’s Justice!

2 Kings 9

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, July 15.

 

Is there a justice that you are waiting to see fulfilled?

 

The last unfulfilled task of Elijah’s tripartite commission on Mount Horeb was to anoint Jehu king over Israel (1 Kings 19:16). That task was done by one of Elisha’s disciples, a son of the prophets. In 2 Kings 9:3, Elisha gave him the message he was to deliver to Jehu upon anointing him with oil, “Thus says the Lord, ‘I have anointed you king over Israel.’” Strikingly, Elisha’s disciple said so much more at Jehu’s anointing in verses 6-10:

 

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, even over Israel. You shall strike the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male person both bond and free in Israel. I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. The dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.”

 

He seems to have exceeded his marching orders. Did Elisha’s disciple become overzealous in his desire to see God’s justice fulfilled? No, God used this man to pass to Jehu the original prophecy of Elijah, found in 1 Kings 21:17-29. It took three generations to see God’s justice fulfilled, but not a single Word of the Lord fell to the ground void (1 Samuel 3:19; Isaiah 55:11).

 

Seize the moment and walk faithfully, trusting that no matter how many generations it takes to see God’s justice fulfilled, “God’s Words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

God bless you!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...

Seize the Moment – Dat 849

Trust God for the Big Picture!

2 Kings 8

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, July 14.

 

Have you ever been asked to do something that you didn’t understand, but you knew it had to be done? That’s the situation Elisha found himself in when he visited Damascus. King Ben-hadad was sick and sent his servant Hazael to inquire of Elisha if he would live. After telling Hazael that his master would recover, but still die, he gazed at Hazael and wept. Their conversation, recorded in 2 Kings 8:12-13, illuminates the difficult life of a prophet:

 

Hazael said, “Why does my lord weep?” Then he answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel: their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword, and their little ones you will dash in pieces, and their women with child you will rip up.” Then Hazael said, “But what is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?” And Elisha answered, “The Lord has shown me that you will be king over Aram.”

 

In verse 15, Hazael murdered Ben-hadad and seized the throne for himself. Elisha was obedient to fulfill Elijah’s mandate from 1 Kings 19:15, “you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram.” While Hazael would go on to do grave evil against the people of Israel, he was also used by God to bring judgment against His people for their disobedience and idolatry, as recorded in 2 Kings 13:3, So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and He gave them continually into the hand of Hazael king of Aram.” Elisha may have been conflicted with this turn of events, but He trusted God’s sovereignty and obeyed the Lord, regardless.

 

Seize the moment and trust God for the big picture of what He asks you to do, especially when you can’t see the good of it from your perspective!
 

 

God bless you!
 
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.
 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.

Read more...
^