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Feeling Religious?

What do you need to make you "feel" religious? Some have remarked about the great cathedrals that were built throughout Europe in the 1500's and beyond that they gave a person a sense of awe when you walked inside. But today most don't walk inside these unless they are tourists admiring the great architecture. It seems that the Temple worship and its priests were just going through the motions in the time of King Ahaz. He reigned as a king of Judah for 16 years (732-716 B.C.)  He was considered the second worst king of Judah. See his influence on the Temple: “King Ahaz took away the side panels and removed the basins from the moveable stands. He removed the Sea from the bronze bulls that supported it and set it on a stone base. He took away the Sabbath canopy that had been built at the temple and removed the royal entryway outside the temple of the Lord, in deference to the king of Assyria.” (2 Kings 16:17-18) King Ahaz wanted to spice up religion and please men so he …

Walk

It takes 750-1,000 short steps and many falls for an infant's brain to get his balance right to walk. It comes natural for us after the initial two years of life so much so that we take for granted how much time it took to create that balancing act. Now we can do much more than walk, we can run and jump! The physical life is a picture of the spiritual life. Learning to walk with God takes time to master and there are always moments when we falter but overall we can get to the place where it is natural to walk with God; good to walk with God and right to walk with God. John relayed this truth when he said, "Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did." (1 John 2:6) And Peter said, "He [Christ] is your example, and you must follow in his steps." (1 Peter 2:21) So, as a child learns to walk physically, we are challenged to walk spiritually. Here is help in understanding what it means to "walk with God." Walking with God… Requires agreement to His s…

Validation

How well do we accept someone who takes over the position of another? Sometimes it is difficult and you might strain under new leadership but God has ways of validating them. One such case was Elisha who became the successor of Elijah who had some very powerful moments in his life, one being his battle with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah and Elisha crossed over the Jordan River and Elijah was separated from Elisha by a chariot sent down from God and Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind leaving his cloak behind. Elisha took it up and crossed back over the Jordan River to rejoin a school of prophets. But the question was, what would validate that he was Elijah's successor? There was a series of six miracles that were done by Elisha starting in 2 Kings 4:1 through 2 Kings 6:7. These became the validation for Elisha's ministry and they all started with the words "One day." Widow's Financial Crisis – A widow whose husband was a part of the group of p…