Today marks the official 1st year anniversary of the email ministry.
The Lord has blessed me with this wonderful ministry and pray that it has been a blessing to you as He’s revealed the scriptures to us.
The writings began in October 2007. The more I wrote; the more the Holy Spirit would reveal. In August 2008, during a camping trip, the Holy Spirit started to reveal to me an analogy of a dingy wash clothe. That was the beginning of the birth of the devotions you read today.
As of today, the ministry has birthed its name of identity as “The Word Exchange Ministries.”
Look forward to another year of enlightment and spiritual food as we bask in His Word.
May you be blessed!
King Josiah was the son of Amon, who was wicked in his ruling, and grandson of the late King Manasseh.
He became king at the age of eight soon after his father’s death. Unlike Amon, King Josiah was a good king.
II Kings 22:2 (AMP)
He did right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the ways of David his [forefather], and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
He commissioned the High Priest to take the money that had been found in the house of the Lord and deliver it to the workmen to begin repairing it.
Hilkiah, the High Priest, found the Book of the Law and gave it to Shaphan, the Scribe, to share it with the king. As Shaphan started to read, King Josiah tore his clothes.
He sent a few men to inquire about what it meant. He realized that his forefathers had been disobedient and didn’t follow the commandments of the Book. His heart ached as he knew how great the wrath of God was going to be.
The men he sent visited Huldah, the Prophetess, to receive wisdom and understanding, and to figure out what to do next; Huldah prophesied.
II Kings 22:16-17 (AMP)
16Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will bring evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants, according to all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read. 17Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, provoking Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath will be kindled against this place and will not be quenched.
Here we have a generation who lost their ways of their culture and heritage. Now, they were going to be punished for all the sins the forefathers had committed and the disobedience of current situation.
Huldah continues to speak in regards to King Josiah.
II Kings 22:18-20 (AMP)
18But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, say this, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, regarding the words you have heard: 19Because your heart was [tender and] penitent and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation, [an astonishment and] a curse, and you have rent your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you, says the Lord.20Behold, therefore [King Josiah], I will gather you to your fathers, taken to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring on this place. And they brought the king word.
Josiah didn’t try to plead with the Lord. He accepted the Word that was prophesied and gathered all the people to read the Book. Josiah made a covenant with the Lord to keep all the commandments and lead the people to do the same.
His attitude towards his destiny was very obedient. He could have said, “Well, I know what the future of my nation will be; let me give up now.” But he didn’t; he decided to put his whole heart into destroying the idols and cleansing his nation. He was thinking about his future generation. He carried out a selfless act not for himself but for the future of the nation.
When we take action on things, do we consider our future generation or do we just think about the TODAY and NOW? Do we take the ‘selfless’ or the ‘selfish’ route?
The Lord was putting Josiah to sleep before destruction came. This was his provision for his obedience. Josiah made the decision to make the nation aware of their disobedience and the result of it. Then took it a step further and cleansed the house. He acted as a king and leader of a nation should.
So, I go back to the question – What route do we take towards short and long term decisions? Do we take the easy, quick path or the hard, slower path in order to get the best result?
Will you be sold out for Jesus or satan? We have to remember that everything we do is for the Glory and the Work of the Lord. This battle is not ours and we need to treat it as such. A blessing doesn’t manifest in the natural without a spiritual battle first.
I know firsthand as a human when you want to resolve something in the natural and you know it should be done with fasting and prayer and waiting on the Lord. We all go through similar battles. Satan doesn’t come up with anything new.
We have one Bible for one people. This shows us that we deal with the same problems. It may come in different flavors but the root is the same.
Josiah wasn’t dealing with anything unfamiliar. If you look at previous and future generations, it was the same problem. Different kings were reigning and they had different styles of governing but the challenges were the same.
I heard a preacher make a statement one time that “Eden” was once a physical place on Earth. But we now have the opportunity to have “Eden” within our hearts; peace, tranquility, protection.
II Chronicles 34:28 states that Josiah shall be gathered to his grave in peace and his eyes shall not see all the evil that the Lord will bring upon this place and its inhabitants. He was receiving a piece of “Eden.”
We don’t have to wait until we get to Heaven to experience a piece of “Eden”, it can be done now. How? Let’s remember that it’s a mind/heart thing… Where and whom are we aligned to?
Next week will be the conclusion of ”It’s All About Timing.”