The Tysons', Missionary Evangelist
Helping struggling churches in remote areas
Urging missionaries and churches to stand fast in the Last Days

A MESSAGE FOR TODAY
2- Chronicles chapter 14-15


There 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 up to 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 Judah 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 Lord.



(1)- TRUSTING THE LORD BRINGS BLESSINGS.
Asa began as one who wholly trusted in the Lord!

2-Chronicles chapter 14:11-12 "And Asa cried 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.
When 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 later on.

 
1- A Solemn Warning.
(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".

God 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 Condition.
2 Chronicles 15:3- "Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law".

Anytime 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 people perish.


3- A Sensible Turn. 
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".

God is always ready to hear a repentant cry!

4- A Successful Revival.
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".

When 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.

5- A Serene Life.
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.



CONCLUSION:

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 devil!
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 adversary the 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.