Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TAKE TIME: February 3-8, 2014 Assignment

Introduction: As we near the end of Elisha's life and ministry we will read of King Jehu of Israel who was used of God to purge Israel of the line of Ahab but who himself chose not to walk in the ways of the LORD but worshiped the golden calves Jeroboam set up as Israel's gods. We also will read of the child, Joash, who became a great king of Judah and repaired the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. And we will read the pre-exilic prophecy of Joel.

  • Monday - II Kings chapter 10
  • Tuesday - II Kings chapter 11
  • Wednesday - II Kings chapter 12
  • Thursday - Joel chapter 1
  • Friday - Joel chapter 2
  • Saturday - Joel chapter 3

Memory Verse

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.  Joel 2:28-29

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God that He is eternal. He is everywhere and at every time at the same time.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.

Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?

Putting the Word into Action

Time for a little personal introspection. Jehu was used mightily by God to rid Israel of the wicked family of Ahab and Jezebel but he himself chose to live wickedly. Jesus warned that we should be careful how we judge others because the very words we use to judge them will be used to judge us also. People often remember our condemnation of others and wonder at our hypocrisy. God always remembers it. As we quickly approach Valentine's Day and the celebration of love let us pay close attention to the words we speak and stop ourselves when we are about to judge another for something of which we are sometimes guilty ourselves (and forget about adding the caveat, "I know I'm not perfect, but . . ." as if that were an adequate excuse). After all, we are supposed to love everyone, including our enemies.

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)