MESSAGE FOR TODAY
are five things we want to
look at in this message:
1- We have a solemn warning from God.
2- We have a sad condition.
3- We need a sensible turn.
4- We need a successful revival.
5- We can then have a serene life.
We need a little background from
the preceding chapters of 2 Chronicles chapter fifteen in order to get
a perspective of events leading
the message we want to bring at this time: It is
941 years before Christ in the 36th. year of the reign of Asa, king of
who spent the previous 35 years destroying idols and removing idol
worshipers from their midst. He honored the true and living God while
conquering the enemies who came against them without bragging on how
many followers he had like so many preachers do in our day! Asa took
his eyes off the Lord later on in life and he began to fail in his own
strength like so many christians who have grown weary in serving the
(1)- TRUSTING THE LORD BRINGS
Asa began as one who wholly trusted in the Lord!
2-Chronicles chapter 14:11-12 "And
unto the Lord his God, and
said, Lord, it is nothing
with thee to help, whether with many, or with
them that have no power: help us, O'LORD our God: for we rest on
thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O'LORD thou art our
God; let not man prevail against thee. So the Lord smote the Ethiopians
before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopans fled".
(2)- RELYING ON THE FLESH BRINGS JUDGMENT.
people put their
trust in the Living God and totally rely on him to fight their
battles there is always victory but when our eyes of faith grow dim and
we trust the flesh for strength; we begin to fail as did King Asa
1- A Solemn
(a)- 2 Chronicles 15:1-2- "If
ye seek him, (God) he will
be found of you;
(b)- but if ye forsake him, he
will forsake you".
is always ready to
accept sinners if they will only seek him.
Isaiah 55:6- "Seek the LORD
while he may be found, call upon him while he is near":
Romans 10:13- "Whosoever shall
call upon the Lord shall be saved".
Ephesians 1:7- "In whom we have
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace";
2- A Sad
2 Chronicles 15:3- "Now for
season Israel hath been
without the true God, and
without a teaching priest, and without law".
people leave God
out of their lives, it is a very sad condition indeed.
1 Corinthians 1:21- "God chose by
the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe".
Proverbs 29:18- Without a
vision (the preaching of God's word) the
2 Chronicles 15:4- "But
when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and
sought him, he was found of them".
is always ready to
hear a repentant cry!
2 Chronicles 15:8- "And
when Asa heard these words, and the prophesy of Obed the prophet, he
took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land".
people get their
hearts in tune with the will of the Lord and hear from God's anointed
and put off their sinful ways; their testimony will begin to be noticed
by friends and neighbors. If we want a revival in the land we must
first get ourselves right with the Lord!
1Peter 4:17- "For the time is
come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall
the end be of them that obey not the gospel of Christ".
If we want revival we must first examine ourselves and put off those
things that are displeasing to God and determine to serve him from this
day forward. The unsaved must ask Christ to forgive their sin and to
come into their heart to live forever.
2 Chronicles 15:12-15- "And
they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers
with all their heart
and with all their soul; (verse 15)
"And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their
heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of
them: and the Lord gave them rest round about". Your life will
never be what it should be
until we enter into a covenant with the Lord and determine to live a
sanctified life before God and the world.
If you want to find that rest which
only God can give and a peace that passes all understanding; you need
to do as Judah did all those years ago by seeking the Lord with all
your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul but many of us
are like Asa after the revival fires have come and gone. He
lost sight of how God had blessed him and his
people and in 2- Chronicles chapter 16 he made a league with
the world. 2 Chronicles 16:2-3- "Then Asa brought out silver and
gold out of the
treasures of the house of the Lord and of the Kings house, and sent to
Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying there is a
league between me and thee".
When your church pulls
money our of the treasury and pays a long haired group of worldly
singers to entertain you; you have made a league with the world and the
Asa made a league with
the world like many of us who think God is no longer
capable of taking care of ever situation that might arise in our lives
but God judged Asa for it and he was so backslidden by the 40th. year
of his reign that the Lord let him die because he refused to seek the
Lord's healing for a severe foot disease. Let us keep our eyes on the
Lord and seek his help each and every day of our lives because our
devil seeks to devour each of us and he will, if we take our eyes off
the Lord. He can't get our souls but he can take away our joy and our
testimony if we aren't careful.
By James T. Tyson Sr.