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Today's reading: 2 Kings 24:1-25:30

The final two chapters of 2 Kings are sad ones for sure. After years and years of God cautioning the leaders and people of Judah about judgment that would come as a result of their sinful ways, God finally takes action. I'm not sure who coined this phrase, but as I read the accounts of these last kings, the saying "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insanity" came to my mind. The recurring and predominant theme of the kings of Israel and Judah who came after David was one of unwillingness to surrender to, and follow after, God. And that decision to elevate themselves and their desires above God, proved disastrous.

Is there an area(s) in your spiritual life that's in need of repair or a change? What does this passage reveal about God's character, and how He uses hard circumstances and other people to get our attention? Tami

Personal Choice

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Today's reading: 2 Kings 23:31-37

Despite being raised by a good and godly father, Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim both choose to do "evil in the sight of the Lord" after Josiah's death. This now familiar scenario from 1 and 2 Kings once again highlighted for me how following God truly is a personal choice, and that no matter our efforts and example, we can't make someone have a relationship with God.

It's not uncommon to hear someone say that they are a Christian because they grew up in a Christian home, or that they've attended church most of their life. But the fact of the matter is, while these are good things, they don't guarantee or equate to us having a personal and saving relationship with God. It is absolutely God's desire for each of us to have a relationship with Him (Romans 10:9-13; 1 Timothy 2:1-6), but that decision is in our hands and under our control because of the free will with which God created us. (Romans 10:9-13)

So what's your current position with God? Have you made a personal decision to receive Christ as your Savior? Who can you share God's message of love with this week? Tami

P.S. If you'd like to listen to a message about God's love for us and His free gift of salvation that I recently gave at a conference, click this link. http://servantsoasis.org/meet-jesus/

With All

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Today's reading: 2 Kings 23:21-30

The reign of Josiah was like a breath of needed, fresh air for the people of Judah. From start to finish, he was completely devoted to both personally seeking after and serving God, and leading the people under his authority to do the same. As we reach the end of the account of his reign, the words of 2 Kings 23:25 sum up Josiah's life perfectly.

"Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him" (vs. 25).

How would you describe the condition of your heart and soul concerning God? Are you like Josiah, pursuing God and His ways with all your might? What spiritual legacy are you putting in place? Tami

Words Into Action

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Today's reading: 2 Kings 23:1-20

After the discovery and reading of the Book of the Law, Josiah is convicted about how the people of Judah have sinned against God, and decides to do all he can to change the situation. The first thing he does is gather the people together at the house of the Lord to read the Book of the Law to them so that they can hear, and be prompted by, God's Word for themselves. Josiah and the people then make a covenant before God "to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book" (v. 3). Immediately after this, Josiah puts these words into action as he vigorously sets to work to rid the country of all foreign idols. It was a massive undertaking of undoing many wrongs that had been put in place by many kings who had reigned before him.

Saying we're committed to following God needs to be followed by living it out. But sometimes putting what we say into practice can prove more difficult than we imagined, and if we don't take appropriate action, our relationship with God will suffer. Josiah understood this completely. He knew that it was critical that he take action in order for himself and the people to truly and fully live for God.

If it's your desire to follow God and live according to His Word, what does putting that desire into action look like for you? What are the "idols" in your life that need to be discarded to clear the way for you to fully serve God? Tami

Powerful Words

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Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 34:8-21; 2 Kings 23:

At 24 years of age and after being on the throne of Judah for 18 years, Josiah turns to repairing the house of the Lord. As work is being done on the temple, Hilkiah the priest finds the Book of the Law of the Lord that was given through Moses and brings it to Josiah. Josiah immediately has the Book read to him, and how he responds is telling. As he hears God's Word for the first time, his heart (that is already given to God) is convicted and broken. In hearing the truth of God's Word, he understands God more fully and, in turn, how the people have sinned against God so terribly.

What a beautiful picture of reverence for God's Law and a heart that is surrendered to, and yearning for, God.

How would you describe your thinking about God's Word? Do you approach the Bible with a sense of reverence and awe? Do you ever take having easy access to God's Word for granted? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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