August 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
“…both that altar and the high place he brake down,
and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder…”
– II Kings 23:15 –
This passage of Scripture is referring to a King of Judah named Josiah. He was only eight years old when he began to reign but Josiah is one of the very few righteous Kings that ruled over Judah prior to captivity.
A study of King Josiah is a worthy study. Only a small child when the Kingdom was bestowed upon him and having a wicked grandfather (Manasseh) and a righteous great-grandfather (Hezekiah), our governments today could take a great lesson from him.
We read in the Scripture that once the Truth was revealed to Josiah, he set out to purify the Kingdom and remove all the altars and worship centers set up to Baal. The poetic words used to describe the extent of the removal of these altars is quite symbolic – Josiah ‘…stamped it to small powder’.
What was his motivation? He was but a child! How could he have been so wise to do these things? The answer is simple. Josiah heard the truth and he reacted to it appropriately, cleansing the land of idols to false gods.
Isaiah 11:6 tells us that ‘a little child shall lead them‘ and in the case of King Josiah, this is certainly true. As we pursue purity we realize it is a daily walk, a daily fellowship, a daily conversation with God where He prompts us to pray inquisitive prayers. Ask God to open your eyes to see anything that prevents you from a closer walk with Him.
Do you have altars in our lives that need to be ‘...stamped to small powder‘? Has the Holy Spirit revealed to you areas you need to ‘cleanse’ in your life? If so, allow God to ‘stamp it small to powder.‘
August 19, 2010 § 1 Comment
In the Bible the heart stands for the seat, source, reservoir and instigator of our thoughts, attitudes, desires, character and motivation. It is synonymous with our modern use of “mind,” since the mind is where we hold knowledge, attitudes, motivations, affections, desires, likes and dislikes.
God describes the pure in heart in the following verses. Read and think on these verses and find the freedom pursuing purity brings to your life.
– those that see God often (Matthew 5:8)
– those that think on pure things (Philippians 4:8)
– those that carefully screen their associations (I Timothy 5:22)
– those that follow after righteousness (II Timothy 2:22)
– those that discern purity (Titus 1:15)
– those that draw near to God (Hebrews 10:22)
– those that compelled to love those God loved (James 1:27)
– those that seek wisdom of God (James 3:17)
– those that obey God (I Peter 1:22)
– those that welcome instruction (II Peter 3:1)
– those that continue to examine themselves (I John 3:3)
– those that hate what God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19)
– those that care about their witness (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
– Psalm 139:23-24