KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Chapters: 1 Chronicles 26-28
Message: 1 Chronicles: A Perfect Heart And Willing Mind
Hello My Friend,
Perfect, Complete; not defective. Willing, Determined; desiring. Our heart is more than that organ that keeps our body pumping blood through our body, it is the center of our soul. Have you ever had a defective heart? We have all had heart troubles of some kind. Ever experienced an anxiety attack? Ever see someone die of a broken heart? My brother passed away five years ago, he was thirty-nine, I believe part of the reason was because he gave up his will to live when he woke up in the hospital and was tied down trying to get up. The heart of our soul is amazing, it loves, gets excited, and brings so much joy and happiness to us, but it is also full of things that can take the life out of us. If we do not have a perfect heart, it will be the death of us. Only we have the power to be determined to get our heart right. Jesus will do everything He can to heal us, but we must be willing to address the issues that are giving us a defective heart. “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” – Psalms 73:26.
The key to having a perfect heart is Jesus. After all, He is the one who cleanses us and makes our soul perfect the second we believe on Him as our Saviour. We all have bad days, and bad attitudes sometimes, Jesus is the only one who has the power to give us a perfect heart. Part of that perfection comes by dedicating our lives to Him, everything we have ought to be dedicated to Him. So, as David continues to get the house of God and his kingdom in order before he died, he focuses his attention on those who would be in charge of the treasures, the things dedicated to God, which were going into the house of God.
“And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things. As concerning the sons of Laadan; the sons of the Gershonite Laadan, chief fathers, even of Laadan the Gershonite, were Jehieli. The sons of Jehieli; Zetham, and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the LORD. Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD. And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated; and whosoever had dedicated any thing, it was under the hand of Shelomith, and of his brethren. Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges. And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.” – 1 Chronicles 26:20-22,27-30.
“and whosoever had dedicated any thing,” Dedicate, To set apart and consecrate to God. The second we get saved, we are set apart and consecrated to God, meaning we have been cleansed of our sins and now able to stand before Him. Many times a heart may not be perfect because it is not willing to give it all to God, there is something in their lives they do not want God to be a part of. Our heart will never be prefect until we give it al to God. “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalms 34:17-19.
Take charge, To lead, in some cases to attack. The most important thing we can do to get a perfect heart is to take charge and attack the issue. We must understand that we cannot get through our issues on our own, we need some help. We must also understand that everything is not always about us, if we start helping others our issues will seem easier to overcome. Now, David sets in order the storehouses and cities, he makes sure that there was a different person in charge each month so they don’t get overburdened.
“Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand. Over the first course for the first month was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. And over the king’s treasures was Azmaveth the son of Adiel: and over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jehonathan the son of Uzziah: And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub: And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite: over the increase of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite: And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains was Baalhanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:” – 1 Chronicles 27:1,2,25-28.
“which came in and went out month by month” God does not expect us to carry our burdens all by ourselves, yeah, sometimes we are the cause of our issues, but it’s time to take charge, attack the issue, and get help. Do not try to do everything yourself, and all at once. The first step to overcoming any issue is to admit that you have a problem. A church or anything else cannot be run by one person, it needs a willing crew. The same rings true if we are going to get perfect heart, which is why Jesus wants us to take our burdens to Him. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30.
Now, David gathers everyone together to explain all their duties, what was expected of all of them, and what Solomon was about to do. “Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever. And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it. Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD.” – 1 Chronicles 28:8-13.
“and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind:” I read this quote yesterday and it struck me, “Whatever is said to you came from the heart of the one who said it.” I got to thinking how many times I have said something to someone because my heart was not right. Then I realized, my words were not really toward that person, but something from my past. You know, quite often, we do experience things in our lives and kind of push them to the side, but never really address the issue. This can cause a lot of bitterness and even self hatred in our heart, and let me tell you it will eat you up until you address it. I have a burden on my heart that I have pushed aside, only to have it resurface to remind me that it still has an impact on my life. I know the only way I am going to remove that bitterness in my heart is to hand it all over to God and let Him take the reins. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” -Psalm 55:22.
Jesus Christ Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through the temple treasures and things dedicated to the LORD. Jesus Christ holds all the treasures we need. “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:2,3.
Today’s Prayer: (Excerpts from Psalms 25) God, Thank You for Your goodness, and Your perfect heart. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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