Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016: Legacy of Accountability

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 121  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the group singing The Basics of Life, declaring reality that the Church needs to get back to the basics of the faith as we have drifted from the truths of Christ’s Gospel truths.

Highlight Passage:  2nd Chronicles 24:1-2, 17-18 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Joash, the King of Judah, did right in God’s sight as long as he was accountable to God’s ways through the mentoring of a Spirit-led Priest, Jehoiada.
Highlight Context – 2nd Chronicles 24:1-22 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… The story of Joash, a young King of Judah who lost his way without the accountability of a Spirit-led mentor.

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Whatever it takes to remain accountable to God’s will and His ways, we will travel God’s righteous road.

Reference Passage #2 - Jeremiah 17:9 [NKJV] …  
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; … who can know it? 
…Without the accountability of God’s truth, we are, as human, vulnerable to the wickedness and deception of our own hearts.

Reference Passage #3 - Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] …  
2  Then He [Jesus] said to them all [His followers], … “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” 
… Our accountability is always to our Lord first and foremost.

Reference Passage #4 - Romans 1: 18-32 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul, led by the Spirit, shows what will happen when God’s people turn away from God’s way and do life their own way.

My Journal for Today:  Our Daily Bread author, Amy Boucher Pye, used a story from the OT to remind me of the importance of the legacy of accountability to God’s will and His ways … so that we can remain on track in our walk of following Christ.

And it was the story of a seven-year-old King of Judah, Joash [see 2nd Chronicles 24 linked above], who for 40 years, under the accountability and guidance of a Priest, Jehoiada, led God’s people back to the ways of the Lord. However, at the end of Joash’s reign, when the King’s mentor, Jehoiada, died, the young King, without any accountability, diverted from the basics of the faith and God’s people were led back to idol worship and away from God’s ways, which ultimately led to their demise and destruction.

If that pattern sounds familiar, one need only take in today’s linked song above, where the group 4Him pleads with Christians to get “back to the basics” of the faith … back to God’s will and His ways, spelled out in His word, … as we read in the reference Scriptures above.

Lack of accountability to God’s will and His ways is what led the young King Joash astray and God’s people to demise. And if we, His Church, remain on the spiritually destructive path we’re on in this post-modern era, God will (as He lays out in Romans 1:18-32) let us destroy the legacy of His protection.

And so, each of us need to do all we can to remain accountable to God’s will, following His ways, from His word. … And that’s why I’m here today, as every day, doing all I can to remain true to basics of the faith. … Are you with me? 

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Help me, and any here with me, Lord, to remain accountable to You through Your word, … seeking Your will and following Your ways. Amen  

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