not quite the ending I pictured.sorry the cloud ate my notes.

December 7, 2016

 THE BITTER END OF ASA (SPOILER ALERT)

WELL THIS IS EMBARRASSING, SOMEHOW I’VE LOST MY NOTES FOR THIS LAST SECTION.

2 CHRONICLES 15:2

The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

I HATE TO KEEP SAYING WOW ALTHOUGH THE TIME BUT WOW! THIS IS AS STRAIGHT FORWARD AS IT GETS, IF WE SEEK GOD HE WILL LET US FIND HIM BUT IF WE IGNORE HIM HE WILL FORSAKE US.

NOW GRANTED THIS IS THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE PERMANENT, ABIDING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THE WAY WE DO NOW. BUT AS A PRINCIPLE IT’S STILL A GOOD ONE.

A.W. TOZER WROTE SEVERAL GREAT BOOKS AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM, BUT MY FAVORITE OF MINE IS “THE PURSUIT OF GOD”

GOD WANTS US TO ACTIVELY SEEK HIM, TO PURSUE HIM WE CANNOT SIMPLY STAND AROUND AND SAY “HEY GOD WHY DON’T YOU BLESS ME,” HE CALLS ON US TO SEEK HIM AND IF WE DO WE WILL FIND HIM.

FEEL ESTRANGED FROM GOD, ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY POUTING, SPOILED BY ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND TAKING CREDIT FOR IT. INDEPENDENCE AND SELF RELIANCE ARE GOOD QUALITIES BUT NOT IF THEY INSTILL PRIDE AND A SELF CONFIDENCE THAT KEEPS US FROM SEEKING GOD.

ANOTHER BIG PROBLEM ARE WE SO BLESSED WITH WHAT WE HAVE WE FORGET GOD?

BEFORE YOU SAY NOT ME, ASK YOURSELF ABOUT THE FERVENCY OF YOUR PRAYER LIFE, YOUR ACTIVE PURSUIT OF GOD. ARE YOU RUNNING THE RACE SET BEFORE YOU OR ARE YOU PARKED ON A BUS BENCH TAKING A TIME OUT?

MOST OF YOU PERHAPS HAVE HEARD OF THE PHRASE “EASY BELIEVISM” OR CALLED “CHEAP GRACE” WHAT ABOUT LAZY CHRISTIANITY, OR HAVE WE BECOME GLUTTONS OF GRACE. DO WE NEED A CRISIS OR A CALAMITY TO RUN TO GOD.

OUCH, DIDN’T SEE THIS DEVOTION GOING THIS WAY, THIS IS ALMOST PAINFUL, I KNOW I HEAR IT ALL THE TIME “OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER” OR “I AM JUST SO BLESSED” BUT DO YOU HAVE A HUNGER FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD,

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (PS 42:1)

JUST THINK ABOUT IT, WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYING TO YOU RIGHT NOW

And remember the danger, Asa started out great, but got cocky and depended on others, not God, and even when God sent a prophet to get him to repent he didn’t. in Kittel’s commentary on the end of Asa’s life he feels that the final disease was worms infesting Asa’s feet, he’s the only German commentator that draws this conclusion, thus the reason this series was titled “worm fritters”. Kind of let down after the big built up, but mysteriously “the Cloud” has ate my notes.

Even I’m giving this ending one star. Oh well like Babe Ruth you gotta swing at the ball to get a hit.

Blessings

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