September 21

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“After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord” (Isaiah 37:14 NLT).

From: September 21, 2019

SPREAD YOUR TROUBLES OUT BEFORE THE LORD

When King Sennacherib sent a letter threatening Jerusalem, King Hezekiah put on burlap, went up to the Temple, and spread the letter out on the floor for the Lord to consider. God heard his prayer and defended him. What threat do you fear today? Have you brought it to the Lord? Spread your trouble out before God. Let Him handle it.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, You are the same today as You were when You defended Hezekiah and Jerusalem from their enemies. Forgive us for trying to face our troubles alone. We spread them out before You now. We read them out to You and leave them with You. Take that which causes us to fear and replace it with courage, take our weakness and give us strength. For You are our Defender. We walk in Your grace and power. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise” (Proverbs 23:24 NLT).

From: September 21, 2018

THE JOY OF GODLY CHILDREN
It’s hard to describe the joy of having children who have trusted Jesus and who follow Him faithfully. Yet, we cannot take credit. For just as our children are a gift from the Lord (Psa. 127:3), so it is God’s mercy and grace that they have become children of God. It was the Lord who enabled us to provide for our children and raise them up in His admonitions. But we could not give them a new heart. We could pray with them, read the Bible to them, take them to church, and try to give them a good example to follow, but we could not save them. Only Christ can do that. And we are so glad that He has. What indescribable joy it is to see them living for Jesus!
 
Now, we must pray for our children’s children . . .

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14 NKJV).

From: September 21, 2017

Paul said that the Judaizers, those who insisted that Gentile believers must adhere to the Mosaic ceremonial law, “boasted” in the flesh. Yet, Paul had put away all boasting in worldly and fleshly things. He had counted all things, his Jewish resume, his desire for worldly wealth and position, as “loss for Christ” (Phil. 3:7). Why? Because he knew that the works of the flesh brought only death. But receiving the grace of God through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross brings eternal life. Therefore, Paul boasted in the cross of Christ!
 
Where is your boasting today?

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 ESV)

From: September 21, 2016

This is one of the “one another” commands found in the Bible. It applies especially to the way believers are to treat other believers, showing that they are members of Christ’s body. In context, the “burdens” to which Paul refers are the troubles that come on one who has fallen into sin. Sin brings burdens, side effects that pile on in addition to the sin itself. Someone abuses drugs, and they lose their spouse, their kids, their job, and find themselves hungry and homeless. Sin equals suffering. Yet, we are not to shoot our wounded, leaving them dying on the field of battle. We are to help them carry their burdens, binding their wounds as the Good Samaritan. The Lord forgives them their sin, yet He expects His body of believers to aid in their restoration. And what is the “law of Christ?” It refers to another “one another.” As Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

“After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord” (Isaiah 37:14 NLT)

From: September 21, 2014

When King Sennacherib sent a letter threatening Jerusalem, King Hezekiah put on burlap, went up to the Temple, and spread the letter out on the floor for the Lord to consider. And God heard his prayer and defended him. What threat do you fear today? Have you brought it to the Lord? Spread your trouble out before God. Let Him handle it.

“And you who are left in Judah, who have escaped the ravages of the siege, will put roots down in your own soil and grow up and flourish” (Isaiah 37:31)

From: September 21, 2012

Survivors often don’t know how to really thrive. They are paranoid about doing more than maintain, thinking that trouble will come again soon. God gave Isaiah this word for the survivors in Jerusalem: you will not only escape, you will put down roots, grow and flourish. You will thrive! Is it time for you to thrive?