DCLM Daily Manna 15 November 2021 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Harden Not Your Heart
TOPIC: Harden Not Your Heart (DCLM Daily Manna 15 November 2021)
TEXT: 2 Kings 10:28-36
28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.
30 And the Lord said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
32 In those days the Lord began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel;
33 From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.
36 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.
KEY VERSE: “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin” (2 Kings 10:31).
The heart is the most vital organ of the human body. It is used in the Bible several times to represent a person’s entire inner self including the whole of our thinking process and memory. The heart is the place where our feelings are created.
From the text, Jehu was raised and anointed king for the purpose of avenging the blood of the prophets and all the servants of the Lord killed by Ahab and Jezebel (2 Kings 9:6-8). This assignment, he successfully accomplished. Afterwards, God appeared to him and promised him that his children, to the fourth generation would sit on the throne of Israel if he continued in obedience. Before his anointing as king, Jehu was a captain in the army of Israel. He was given his master’s position on a platter of gold; and had the privilege of hearing from God. Yet, he took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord with all his heart. He departed not from idolatry.
Today, many resist the Spirit of God prompting them to do God’s will. They treat with contempt divine revelation and would not be guided, governed nor controlled by the word of God. This happens because they are so negligent over the state of their hearts that it becomes so hardened and unyielding to the gospel message and the leading of the Spirit. They despise the Scripture which says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
The genuine believer must be different. We must open our heart in meekness to the engrafted word of God, which is able to save our souls from the wrath to come. Resist and refuse Satan to be in charge of your heart. Let Jesus in and fill it up with regular study of the word of God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Let your heart be tender towards God and His word.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DANGERS OF INCOMPLETE OBEDIENCE
1. JEHU’S INCOMPLETEB OBEDIENCE
a. “Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel”, v28.
b. However, Jehu did not destroy the national idol worship instituted by Jeroboam even though God complained about it several times, v29.
c. God counted this against him that “Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD GOD of Israel with all his heart”, v31.
d. God is a God of 100% obedience and nothing less or nothing else, James 2:10.
Which other king was charged with disobedience as a result of selective obedience? See I Samuel 15:9-11.
2. The CONSEQUENCES OF INCOMPLETE OBEDIENCE
a. The lineage of Jehu was cut off from kingship rulership after 4th generation, v30.
b. Israel was decimated for selective obedience without mercy, v32.
c. In the case of Saul, his selective obedience was classified as rebellion and he and his descendents were rejected from being kings in Israel, I Samuel 15:22,23.
Observe that both cases were examples of pride after success. Beware🤷♂️
i. Can you observe in both cases that the punishments were as severe as if they were total disobedience?
ii. On which area have you been selective in obedience to God? The time to repent is now🤷♂️
1. Reflect on different areas of your selective obedience and ask for forgiveness as you promise God to repent fully🙏
2. Pray that God will preserve you from the danger of overfamiliarity and taking God for granted due to pride after success🙏
3. Ask for a broken and circumcised heart that will always delight in obeying all His commandments 🙏
4. Ask that all His children will have grace and right attitude towards all His words🙏
OH TO BE LIKE THEE
1. Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
2. Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
3. Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
4. Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
5. Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.