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II Chron 15:1-19

A MAN WHO SOUGHT GOD

June 20, 1971 am


THE ETERNAL PRINCIPLES OF REVIVAL ARE SHOWN THROUGH THE HISTORY OF GOD'S PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE

  • I & II Chron are the Temple Records of the history of Israel- and emphasize God's hand working
  • God selected a man to lead His people, sent that man to school, gave that man a challenge.
  • Asa had his failings - plainly shown; but he sought God, and sought to obey God -

- and God placed in action His eternal blessings - and Asa had peace.

GOD SOUGHT AND TRAINED A MAN - II CHRON 14,15

God gives to every man many opportunities - but not many are awake enough to be true to Him

ASA WAS A MAN THAT FOR SOME REASON SOUGHT GOD, AND DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF THE LORD - V.2

  • Though he was one of 22 sons from 14 wives of his father, this boy was different - he sought God.
  • He worked hard to help his people, and his nation - 14:6, and trained his men for defense - v.8
  • When he was in danger, he cried out to God - 14:11, and launched into the battle in God's name.

GOD SENT A PROPHET TO ASA TO DECLARE TO HIM PLAINLY THE WAY OF REVIVAL - II CHRON 15

  • Without the Spirit of God, no man can be a true prophet - and when Spirit speaks - LISTEN!
  • The offer of God is plain - v.2 - this is a "how to" blueprint for blessings - worthwhile.
  • Don't forget the last phrase - "If ye forsake Him, HE WILL FORSAKE YOU!"  This is plain!

JUDAH HAD NEED OF REVIVAL, SHE HAD SOME TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS, AND IT WAS BE REVIVED OR PERISH!

  • v.3a - she had been without true God - sects, cults, idols, imported deities of other nations.
  • v.3b - without a teaching priest, spiritual decay follows certain lines - prophets thunder, preachers teach & train - need both.
  • v.3c - without law - dangers along highways, moral disorders, anarchy v.5-7

If Judah and Jerusalem was to be spared, there must come a change in hearts and actions

GOD'S MAN GAVE LEADERSHIP

Asa not only heard God's word, he put into practice what he heard and dared to lead out.

GOD CAME IN POWER AND ACTION WHEN ASA OBEYED HIM AND DARED TO LEAD THE PEOPLE HIS WAY - V.6

  • Asa took courage - a missing ingredient today!  We have leaders who fear taking "good" action.
  • He put away the abominable idols out of the land - he cleaned up the moral pollution - stood up.
  • He renewed the altar of the Lord - v.8c - not just negative!  Many against a lot - what for?

ASA TOOK SOME DECISIVE STEPS OF ACTION AND LEADERSHIP THAT LED THE PEOPLE TO REVIVAL - V.9-

  • He called his people together - and note that they came from ALL Israel - God was with him.
  • He proposed a sacrifice - v.11 - they had won a battle - 14:15-15 - so they freely gave - appreciation.
  • They entered into a covenant - v.12 a definite commitment to seek God and His will - by faith.

THE PEOPLE JOINED WITH ASA AND ENTERED INTO HIS LEADERSHIP IN A WAY THAT BROUGHT VICTORY - V.14-

  • They swore with a loud voice - 14, and rejoiced at the oath - 15 they drew close and obeyed leadership.
  • They sought the Lord with all their hearts - whole desires - v.15 even Asa's mother put in place.
  • And God gave them rest!  Peace!  There is no peace without the Prince of Peace!

Do you think God will still be found of them that seek Him?  Can America put this to trial?

GOD GAVE THEM REVIVAL, AND ITS FRUIT

Our people today need two verses - II Chron 15:2 and 16:9 - They helped Judah, and will work today!

EVEN THOUGH ASA FAILED TO REMOVE ALL THE HIGH PLACES, HIS SEEKING GOD BROUGHT RESULTS!  V.17-19

  • We too often judge too strictly - be perfect or not at all - so most do not try.  Asa had a failure.
  • But his trying to perfectly follow God brought results - He was dedicated and brought to God - 18
  • God gave them no more war / v.19 the enemies knew that God was with Asa.

THIS FATHER'S DAY, WE NEED A NEW DEDICATION OF MEN TO BE THE FATHERS, THE MEN, THAT GOD WANTS!

  • We need fathers who will emphasize their manliness, be husbands, fathers, men under God!
  • We have tried to please Dr. Spock, neighbors, wife, children - and have been criticized to death!
  • We need men who will try to please God - and even if they make mistakes, KEEP ON TRYING!

ASA FAILED GOD LATER ON, BUT THE MISTAKES OF HIS LIFE WERE FAR OUTWEIGHED BY WHAT HE DID FOR GOD

  • It is true - Asa entered into foreign leagues- 16:3, imprisoned prophet- v.10a, oppressed some -b.
  • In his death, he sought physicians and not the Lord - v.11, so v.9 spoken plainly to him!
  • But his son Jehosophat sought the Lord God of his father- and brought further revival! 17:3

There is no greater tribute to a man than that his son walked in God's commandments!

THE CONDITIONS OF JUDAH AND AMERICA ARE SIMILAR; IF GOD GAVE JUDAH REVIVAL, WE CAN HAVE IT!

  • But our men must decide to be men, not cowards!  Leaders of families and nations for God.
  • MEN- Will you lead your families for God? Confess Christ, be baptized, join the church - work!
  • WIVES, CHILDREN - Do you wish your husband, father were a real man for the Lord? THEN HELP HIM!  Every time you cut him down you make him smaller!  Every time you obey, you strengthen him!

Why not put him where God commands, and watch him grow!