And Azariah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Jotham his son reigned in his place. 2 Kings 15:7
Azariah means, "Jehovah has helped", and Jotham means, "Jehovah is perfect".
The Biblical idea of perfection is a bit different than our Western idea of perfection. A perfect score, a perfect job, marriage, game, meal, etc. The Biblical idea of perfection is wholeness. A moral person who is content is perfect. A person who's joy comes from the inside is perfect.
Just getting help is like getting money of food or having a need met. We all have needed help and help is good. But, a better thing is to be one who has so much that you give help. It's a great testimony to have received help from God, but it's even better to be one through whom God helps others who may later become one's who help others.
Arise, go to Zarephath which belongs to Sidon and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow to feed you. 1Kings 17:3
Previously, Elijah had been commanded to go to the brook Cherith where he got water and the Ravens fed him. But, a time came when that provision ended and God directed him to a new one. The brook drying up and the Ravens no longer bringing food, focused Elijah back onto trust in God, rather than reliance on God's gifts. Elijah is drained of self reliance.
Zarephath is the third place Elijah has been moved to in this season. Zarephath is a Gentile city, in the region that Jezebel is from. The word Zarephath means refinery.
God took Elijah from the brook in Israel to a Gentile widow. Jesus references this story in Luke 4:25-6.
God sovereignly chooses people, unexpected people, people out of left field; who will be key people God has chosen to help us. God chooses someone whom He will have to do a miracle through to bring provision. He chooses someone who will all…
Unless the Lord builds the house, the workers labor in vain. Psalm 127:1a
At first glance, this word might be taken to mean that God's got to be at the center of something, inspiring it and empowering it, blessing it; for it to be real or valid or authentic. While that is true, it is the secondary meaning. The primary meaning is revealed by looking at the original words that were chosen. The words for build and house have the same root as son and daughter, as well as each other. So, "builds the house", is not primarily talking about building a place of worship or a community thereof, nor is it primarily talking about building a business. It is primarily talking about God building families. Then, if you want to talk about God building the church for instance, you have to go back to this fact that God is a family man. When God builds something, he builds it through fathers and mothers and sons and daughters. Fathers and mothers have children and they also adopt child…
Isaiah 47 The Fall of Babylon 1 "Go down, sit in the dust, Virgin Daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, Daughter of the Babylonians. No more will you be called tender or delicate.
Babylon means confusion. Babylon rose and fell in Bible times, but Babylon also rises and falls on the prophetic book of Revelation. Babylon is falling again today and it may rise and fall again in various places before it's all over because Babylon is a spirit.
One of the enemy's tactics is to confuse you: father of lies, and one of the things God likes to do is bring clarity: the Spirit of Truth.
I like this song by Rick Cole:
Part the waters that surround me Make the wind and waves be still Pierce the soul of my confusion Clear the mist and rend the veil
See the longing in my spirit Know that I choose to be Yours Lord, I’m hungry and I’m thirsting To be filled and to be used
You’re the Holy Lord Almighty And I come to seek Your face You’re my Light, my Hope, my Mercy And Jesus…
In the above picture from England, it was said that they got two months rain in two days! You might feel dry and parched, but what if rain is on the way? Are you ready for it? What if God's rain storm of blessing is on the way to you? What if your prayers are about to be answered? Will you be able to receive it?.
Listen son, to the instruction of a father and give attention that you may gain understanding.
Fathers teach their children through word and deed. We learn from our dad's and we catch life from them. I think that our examples are powerful. I probably heard millions of words from my dad, but his example stays with me as much as the words. Words are powerful and I could not have done without those, but example is just another dimension that is as important too.