A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
How should we react to this temptation? First of all we need to be aware of his ways of tempting us and try not to allow ourselves to be placed into situations where we are tempted. Don't be a slave to the TV. Get up and shut it off. No matter how fancy they are, they all have an on/off switch.
It takes an awareness of your surroundings to remember to avert your eyes from that young lady coming towards you in the store. How about being in a work situation that becomes sexually charged? How to you remove yourself from that? The worst of all is the internet. Do you watch where you are surfing to? It is easy to be searching for one specific thing and the next minute you are in the middle of a porn site. Do you immediately turn and exit or do you linger? Satan loves to see us linger. The first time you linger for a couple of seconds, the next for a few more and then the time gets longer and longer. The tempter has you right where he wants you.
As Christian men we try to do what is right. The same way Asa did in 2 Chronicles 14 (KJV). When Asa became king of Judah what was the first thing he did?
2,3,&4: And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God: For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
The very first thing he did, was that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD. He knew what God required of the Israelites and made sure that was what he did. In return he was rewarded. When the Ethiopian army threatened to over run the country side Asa turned to God in prayer:
11: 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."
12: So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 13: And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before His host; and they carried away very much spoil.
14: And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them. 15: They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
How was Asa rewarded? With victory. What had he done? He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD.
At the beginning of 2 Chronicles 15 (KJV) we find Asa listening to Azariah:
1&2: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, "Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you."
Was Asa a good listener? Nope. Just like all men do at one time or another, Asa thought he knew more than God did. At first he did what was good and right:
3: "Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 4: But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found of them."
5,6&7: "And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded."
8: And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD. 9: And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
10: So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11: And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. 12: And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 13: That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14: And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
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.
16: And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen(see 1 Kings 15:1-9), because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17: But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18: And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 19: And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.
Asa was doing pretty good at this time. He was stamping out evil throughout the land, God was truly on his side. He even called his own grandmother to task, taking down the pole she had erected to Asherah, a goddess that many at that time worshiped, and breaking and burning it. God was more than likely pleased with what Asa was doing as he remained in power for 35 years. Then temptation got him.
2 Chronicles 16 (KJV)
For some reason Asa decided to hire some armies to do his fighting for him. Rather than trust in God, Asa decided that Ben-Hadad the king of Syria could defeat the army of Baasha who was fighting Asa's army at that time. So what does Asa do? He takes gold and silver from the temple of the Lord to pay Ben-Hadad.
1: In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 2: Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 3: "There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me."
4: And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 5: And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease. 6: Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
And what was the result of this?
7,8&9: And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, "Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, He delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.
Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars."
10: Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time. 11: And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 12: And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
13: And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. 14: And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.
Asa was called to task by Hanani. What was Asa's reaction? He had Hanani thrown into jail. He didn't want to hear the truth, so he abused the powers he had and had Hanani jailed. What was the result? Asa's feet became diseased and again he did not go to the LORD in prayer, he called in physicians. The result was his death. I am not saying you should not go to doctors when ill, but before you go I would challenge you to ask God to work through them to heal you and that you do not rely only on them.
The bottom line is simple - do what is right and pleasing in the eyes of God. This is a 24/7 requirement, not just when it is convenient to do so, but is to be done all day, every day. Do so and see if the blessings of God do not flow through you.
Pastor Steve Burzlaff
PLease pray for Danny Calhoun, Mac Maguire, Theresa Gilpatrick, Seth Winslow, George Robert and this ministry and all involved with it.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May He be with Colby as he has now arrived at Paris Island and strted boot camp, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf. Amen.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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