Vol. 35, No 11 November, 2011
YOUR WORK WILL BE REWARDED
By Dr. George Mills
“Be ye strong therefore and let not your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” (2Chr.15:7).
Asa was one of the better kings of Judah. He was not perfect. He sought to bring his nation back to God. He did some great things. God knew about Asa’s work and He sent His prophet Azariah
to assure Asa that “His work will be rewarded.” This is a great change from what had been happening in Judah during the preceding kings. Asa tried to do right and the prophet encouraged him. A great part of this ministry has been to encourage believers everywhere. God knows who and where we are and said to the churches in Rev. 203, “I know thy works.” Records are kept. God will not forget the smallest thing done for Him. “YOUR WORK WILL BE REWARDED.” Let’s see some of the things of Asa’s day.
1. THE CONDITION OF THE LAND.
Asa is the great, great grandson of King David. Asa began his reign in Judah in about 951 B.C. This is just over 50 years since the dedication of Solomon’s temple built in 1004 B.C. (2Chr.6-7). The Bible says that the Glory of God came down and filled the Temple. God said that He had chosen the Temple for a House of Worship and sacrifice. At the time of our text the nation had been divided into two kingdoms; the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The nation was on it’s way down. There were brief periods of turning to God, but they were brief. There was no heart-felt turning to God. You know, like today in our land. We turn to God in great tragedies, but soon, so soon we see that our turning was just “surface” and not from our heart. The reign of King Asa ushered in one of those brief times of revival. This was welcome after the reigns of King Rehoboam, (1Kings 14:21-24) and King Abijam, (1Kings 15:1-7). Take a few moments and read the chapters referred to in this text and see how the nation had drifted so far from God. Let’s see the condition of the land at that time.
(A) THEY WERE WITHOUT THE TRUE GOD. (2Chr. 15:3). It seems so hard to believe that in just a few short years they had turned from serving the True and Living God to serving and worshipping idols. It is true that there was worship in the land, but it was idol worship. If we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Just look at the condition of our nation today. This nation has turned from the True God of Heaven to the worship of thousands of idols. Yes, it is true, there is “religion” in our land today, but it is not that heart-felt worship of God. A sad indictment; “WITHOUT THE TRUE GOD.” Today, any ‘god’ is acceptable. There are thousands of “gods’ and idols. Some have painted “GOD” on the world and have brought that into the ‘church.’ The God of the Bible has been replaced by the ‘gods’ of this world’ The same indictment is against this nation; “WITHOUT THE TRUE GOD.” He is not welcome in our society, not welcome in schools, governments, congress, or courts.
(B) THEY WERE WITHOUT A TEACHING PRIEST. (2Chr. 15:3). It was the duty of the Levites to teach the Children of Judah and Israel the statutes of God. The priests were to teach the people to discern between the clean and the unclean. (Lev. 10:10-11).But now the Law had been forsaken and the land was filled with uncleanness. Every man was a law unto himself. This reminds me of this great nation we love. We started out right, but we have gotten off the old path and found ourselves going in many different directions. I have heard the great preachers of my generation. What great stands they took, what great standards they set. One by one God called them home, and the sad part is I don’t see anyone taking their place. Oh I know there is lots of preaching today, but where are the real Prophets who proclaim loudly and clearly, “THUS SAITH THE LORD?”
(C) THEY WERE WITHOUT THE LAW. (2Chr. 15:3)
The Law of God contained both the CEREMONIAL and the CIVIL Law. When God’s Law is forsaken, there is not much hope for the nation. The Law and Commandments of God which were so used in the founding of this great nation have been forsaken, abandoned, put aside and replaced with humanism. When just one judge, who is an elected official, can overrule the will of the people, and have the Commandments of God removed from a public building, well, this is just a signal of the overall abandoning of The Law of God in our nation today. The Law of God, the Bible (KJB) has been forced out of homes schools, colleges, public buildings, courts, churches and thousands of other places where they were once honored, respected, and obeyed. “Separation of Church and State” is the crutch that the A.C.L.U. uses to promote their agenda through the courts. Separation of Church and State is NOT in the Constitution of the United States. Our founding fathers were careful to consult the Law of God in founding this great nation. It is wrong for the courts to make rulings against the Law of God by referring to a statement that is NOT in the Constitution. Our attitude toward the Law of God is an outward manifestation of our inward dedication, or lack of it. Folks, our nation is in great need today. When I refer to the Law of God, I am referring to the CIVIL LAW, the Laws that govern human society. We cannot improve, replace, discard, or destroy.
By the way, I am so ever grateful that Christ fulfilled the CEREMONIAL LAW by His coming to earth, by His death and resurrection. We are not saved in keeping Laws. Jesus did that for us. Keeping His CIVIL LAWS make us good and safe citizens. As I have stated, our nation is in need today, like Judah of old.
(D) THEY WERE WITHOUT PEACE. (2Chr. 15:5). “And in those days there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city, for God did vex them with all adversity.” When the True God is forsaken, and when His Law is abandoned, and His Word is not taught in home, school, church, the result is NO PEACE! There was civil war, violence, anarchy, immorality, idolatry and chaos in the land. In America today we have outlawed the Law of God and have settled for humanistic teachings and our great nation is in trouble today. If you will carefully observe that today, violence fills our cities, crime, murder, unsafe streets. Communities once tranquil are now war zones. Drugs, gang violence, as the Bible said, “Blood touches blood.”
The condition of the land was very poor.
2. THE CALL OF ASA. (2Chr. 15:2, v7) “The Lord is with you while you are with Him.” “Be strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, FOR YOUR WORK SHALL BE REWARDED.” God is calling you Asa. He will be with you, to bless you, to strengthen you. Asa was the one who would stand in the gap and make up the hedge, (Eze. 22:30). I believe that God is calling many into His service today. I wonder just how many He calls, and how few that answer His call. These are very critical times in our nation’s history. I am glad that Asa answered the call of God. Asa was only one man, but one man made a difference in his day. Who knows, maybe YOU are that one whom God will use to turn this nation around. I love the answer of Isaiah to God’s call; “Here am I, send me.” Is God speaking to your heart today concerning His service? Surrender to Him today. Tell Him. He will hear your heart’s cry, “send me.”
3. THE CHARACTER OF ASA’S WORK. (What sort it is))
(A) HE VOWED TO SEEK THE LORD, (2Chr. 15:12). “And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.” He put God first. In like manner, God must be first in our lives. His will, His plan is our goal. When we seek Him, He will be found of us. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13).
(B) ASA REMOVED THE HEATHEN ALTERS FROM THE LAND. “For he (Asa) took away all the alters of the strange gods and the high places, and brake down the images and cut down the groves.” (2Chr. 14:3). I know that people do not bow down to images today like they did in Asa’s day. But remember, an idol is anything that takes the place of God in your heart. That becomes your idol. Idols are everywhere. You see some pulling their idol behind their automobile on their way to the lake on Sunday morning. Games, sports, fun, play and thousands of other things become idols today. Now, nothing is wrong with having fun, enjoying life. I enjoy life. Hunting, fishing, enjoying the good things of life. This is good! But make sure that You have that time for God. When God is first in our lives, He makes everything fit in it’s rightful place. Is there an idol in your life? Take it down..
(C) ASA REMOVRD THE ABOMINABLE FROM THE LAND.
“And when Asa heard these words of the prophecy of Obed the prophet, he took courage and put away the abominable idols out of the land of Judah” Just what is the abominable? “And he (Asa) took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”(1Kings 15:12). Sodomy is a vile sin. This is a sin that is promoted as an acceptable alternative lifestyle today. This is not acceptable. This is a sin that is on the very bottom of the moral ladder downward. Read Romans 1:21-32. “God gave them up, God gave them up, God gave them over.” God gave them over to a reprobate mind. That is, a mind that is incapable to discern the awfulness of this vile sin and it’s results. God would not bless the nation as long as this sin was tolerated. Asa took courage and dealt with this sin. The abominable is in our land today, even in high places. May I say right here to everyone who may be addicted to this or some other vile sin, sex sin, drugs, alcohol, pornography or one of the other things that could be listed here. GOD LOVES YOU! There is a Saviour. His Name is Jesus Christ.. He can, and will deliver you from such a life. He has been doing that for a long time. He can make life worth living. Ask Christ into your life today. Trust Him with all of your heart. Trust His strength daily. Christ can deliver the drunk from alcohol, the harlot from whoredom, the vilest He can make clean.
(D) ASA REMOVED HIS MOTHER FROM BEING QUEEN. “And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen because she had made an idol in a grove, and Asa cut down her idol.” (2Chr. 15:16). Asa knew that as long as idolatry is allowed in the king’s house, it would be practiced in the cabins of the land. The king’s house must be an example of moral purity. Asa knew that morality must be practiced in the Church House, the State House, and the White House. We need some Asa’s today!
4. THE CERTAINTIES. “Your work will be rewarded.”
(A) GOD KEPT HIS WORD. He always keeps His Word. He cannot lie “The Lord is with you while you are with Him.” “And there was no more war unto the thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.”(2Chr. 15:19).
(B) GOD GAVE A TIME OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY. “And he (Asa) built fenced cities in Judah, for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years because the Lord had given him rest.” “He hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.” (2Chr. 14:7)
God wants to bless us today. His blessings will return to our land if we take God at His Word and seek His face.
(C) MANY OF ISRAEL CAME OVER TO JUDAH. The northern tribes of Israel saw that there was revival in the land of Judah so they pledged their allegiance to Judah. Revival is catching. It spreads. May it start with me, and you, and spread afar.
Asa was one man who gave himself to seek the Lord., and god used him, and God blessed the land. Now, back to our text; “YOUR WORK SHALL BE REWARDED” Let’s bring that home to us today. You know how it is. So much of the time it “seems” as though our work may go unnoticed. But there is a God in Heaven who keeps records. As I previously stated, God said to the churches in revelation 2-3, “I KNOW THY WORKS.” He knows ever deed, every prayer, every Bible tract you pass out, every witness you give. He knows all about you. He knows your love for Him. He knows your motive. He knows when you are persecuted for your testimony. He knows, and your work shall be rewarded. Jesus remembered a widow’s mite and a cup of water in His Name. Nothing escapes His piercing gaze, Take courage dear Christian Brother or Sister, Keep right on for God. YOUR WORK SHALL BE REWARDED. I believe that in this life you will see the faithfulness of God every day as He rewards His faithful servants. I am living proof. And when Jesus returns, He will bring His reward with Him. “Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give to every man according as his work shall be…” (Rev. 22:12). YOUR WORK SHALL BE REWARDED.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS US AS WE LABOR AND SEEK HIS FACE AND PRAY FOR REVIVAL IN OUR TIME!
“Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” (Psa. 90:1)
THINK ABOUT IT. It doesn’t take a crowd to do a job for God. It doesn’t take a crowd to have revival. It just takes surrendered lives.
LET US BE GLAD AND REJOICE AS WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING DAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011.
By Pastor George Mills
“O give thanks unto the LORD for He is good. For His mercy endureth for ever.”
Accept my gratitude, Dear Lord,
For things I overlook.
For things like love from family,
And for Thy Blessed Book.
Thank you for salvation’s plan,
Thank you for your Son,
Who came to rescue fallen man,
To save us, one by one.
Accept my gratitude dear Lord,
For promises so sweet,
For a home for me in Heaven,
Where loved ones I will meet.
Thank you Lord for access there,
At Thy Great Throne we meet,
With One who knows our every care,
And communion there is sweet.
Thank you God for just a place,
Of service for our King.
Thank you Lord for saving Grace,
For everyone we bring;
To Thy Gracious Throne of Love,
For salvation to impart.
For these and countless other things,
I thank Thee from my heart.
TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens
“I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE.”
One of the biggest problems teenage girls face in this world today is self confidence. Girls are trying so hard to fit in and trying to be something that they are not. We never stop to think “This is how God made me and I should be happy.” We look at these famous Hollywood stars and think, “Wow! I wish I could be just like that.” They go on these crazy diets and try to make themselves something that they’re not. If we all had the same body shape, and had the same face, our world wouldn’t be as special and beautiful as it is right now.
Sometimes teenagers tend to think that they have to live up to someone else’s expectation. They also tend to forget that God made them special and beautiful in their own way. God made you the way He wanted you to be. When you look into the mirror and wish you were different, aren’t you telling God that He made a mistake? We know that God doesn’t make mistakes. He made each and every one of us perfect in our own way. We shouldn’t hide how God made us. We should be content with the face and body shape God gave us, because that is the way that He wanted us to be. One thing that is hard for me to do is remind myself that God made me beautiful in His sight. So every time I get dressed I see a little note card I put on my mirror that says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” This helps me to remind myself that God made me special and beautiful. I also encourage you to do the same I promise that this will help you look at yourself just a little differently. When you hear your friends say that they don’t fit in, or they don’t like the way they are, remind them that God made them the way He wanted. Remember that they may not be saved and this would be a great opportunity to witness to them and help win another soul to Christ. I hope this really helps you look at yourself a little differently and it helps you keep a positive attitude on the way that you feel about yourself. Stop comparing yourself to another person. God made you SPECIAL!
May God bless you each and every day.
Until next time Ashley Stevens.
WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS…Answers to questions
Question…”What is the difference between MADE, CREATED, and FORMED?”
Ans..There is no difference. These are words used to describe the work of God in creation.
Question…In Genesis 1:26 it says “Let US make man in our image.” Who are “US?”
Ans.. The Eternal God is triune in being. This is God, the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Question…”In Genesis 1:25 “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind.” What are “his kind?”
Ans..His kind meaning after his species. A bear produces a bear, a lion produces a lion, etc.
FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills
PREPARE FOR BATTLE
Our sixteen year old grandson, Matt, plays football for his high school, and he plays hard! He means business when he runs out on that field and knows he is in for a battle. His goal is to win, so he prepares well for the battle. Before every game he puts on his helmet to protect his head and his shoulder pads and knee pads on to protect his body. He wears his cleats so he can dig in for the battle and always protects his mouth with a mouth guard. By the way, a mouth guard is a very small piece of equipment but one of the most important ones to be used as we march into battle. Remember, our mouth can cause us to win or lose a battle. Matt was talking football with me one day and telling me all about his up coming game ad said to me, “Mimi, I always pray before every game.” I would say to you, this young man is ready for battle! After all the football talk, the Holy Spirit reminded me that we as Christians are in a battle, a spiritual war. Satan wants to take us down but God’s Word tells us how to prepare for the fight. Our Heavenly Father tells us how to win”
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore having your loins gird about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit.” (Eph. 6:11-18)
Christians, we can win the battle against Satan if we put on the whole armor of God!
So Matt, put on your helmet, your knee pads, your shoulder pads, your cleats, and don’t forget your mouth guard and praying always, go out on that field and win that battle!!!
WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS..Answers to questions
Question..I was always told that Adam and Eve were the first two humans, but I see different now. They were the first two in the Garden of Eden. They were not formed until the second Chapter of Genesis (2:7). But God created man in the first chapter of Genesis, (1:26-28) This means that man was living with beasts before the creation of Adam. Am I correct?
Ans..There are not two accounts of creation in Genesis. The subject of Genesis, Ch. 1 is Creation of the universe. Genesis 1 has only a casual mention of man. The subject of Genesis 2 is the Creation of man. When reading a book you may read about a person briefly and see a complete chapter on that same person later in the book.. There was no man here before Adam. Just remember the subject, or main topic of Genesis, ch. 1 is CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE. The subject, or main topic of Genesis, ch.2 is CREATION OF MAN.
And let everyone be aware once again that man was CREATED, he did not evolve from some lower state.
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. It is no friend to your Bible either, it scoffs at creation. But we are the creation designed by Almighty God.