CAC LIVING WATER 21 AUGUST 2020 DAILY DEVOTIONAL — why do people abandon God?

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LIVING WATER CAC 21 AUGUST 2020 DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

LIVING WATER CAC AUGUST 2020 DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH

Friday , 21 August 2020

TOPIC: WHY DO PEOPLE ABANDON GOD?

READ: 2 Chronicles 12:1-16

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MEMORISE: When Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. (2 Chronicles 12:1)

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EXPOSITION:

How can people, once they are aware of God, even consider abandoning Him? What led to Rehoboam, son of Solomon to abandon God during his reign? While the writer of king also reports the attack of Shishak on Jerusalem, the Chronicler alone adds the reason for the invasion was because of forsaking the command of God (vv. 1-2,5). There were three possible reasons why Rehoboam abandoned God:

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1. Prosperity: In his days of adversity, Rehoboam obeyed the Lord. When he was warned not to go to fight against his fellow Israelites, because to do so, would be equal to fighting against God’s will, the Bible says that he and his people obeyed the Lord (2 Chro. 11:4). Afterwards, his obedience was rewarded, because, the only two tribes he was left with — Judah and Benjamin, were blessed by the Lord. The principle is that, the you walk in obedience, the Lord propers you. That is, obedience brings prosperity. This is not limited to a financial prosperity; I know people who are financially buoyant, but are paupers in other areas of life. Gradually, he became uncontrollable and unmanageable to God.

2. Power: Prosperity and power go together. Because God prospered Rehoboam, militarily he became powerful. He built up defences in several towns and cities, including Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. (2 Ch 11:5ff).

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3. Popularity: Because Rehoboam prospered, his prosperity attained him power. Because he was powerful, obviously he became popular among people, both internally and internationally. Sadly, at the height of his popularity and power, the king abandoned the Lord! (2 Chr. 12:2,5) Abandonment is a direct opposite of “seeking the Lord” (2 Chr. 12:14). Often, it is more difficult to be a believer in good times than in bad one. Tough, times push us toward God; but easy times can makes us feel self-sufficient and self-satisfied.

4. Check your life: How was it when you newly got converted? Now that you have ‘arrived’ and recorded some feats, who is God to you. Check yourself (Prov. 30:8,9; Gal. 1:6)

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PRAYER POINTS:

1. Give God praise for all the blessing He has graciously brought into your life.

2. Pray against the Spirit that abandon God.

3. Confess that in season and out of season, by God’s grace you will never forsake Him.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 57:61; Revelation 15-16

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The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN. God bless you.

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