[SW210] 11/27/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
God watches over you, to strongly support you, if your heart is completely His!
2Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
— “The eyes of the Lord . . . His face, holy intimacy, His favor in view
— move to and fro . . . travel, run
— throughout the earth . . . over the whole earth
— that He may strongly support . . . fasten upon, strengthen, aid, encourage, help
— those whose heart is completely His . . . whose heart is perfect toward Him (KJV).”
My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)
He goes before you and is your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12)!
He is your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1).
He takes you from strength to strength (Psalm 84:7)!
He is with you and will strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10)!
No weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:7)!
You are kept by the power of God (1Peter 1:5)
I will be with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)
These promises are for those whose heart is perfect toward Him, completely His . . .
But we have to look at the rest of the verse we began with . . . I cannot speak, “Peace, peace” when there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14, Ezekiel 13:10).
“. . . You (Asa, king of Judah) have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”
In what did Asa (and in what does the church) act foolishly?
2 Chronicles 14:2 Asa did good and right, called on the Lord and not man, and Ethiopia’s army, which was nearly twice the size of Judah’s, was routed by the Lord.
After Asa’s victory, the prophet Azariah warns him . . .
2Chronicles 15:1 Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
2Chronicles 15:7 “But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”
2Chronicles 15:8 Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the Lord which was in front of the porch of the Lord.
BUT WHEN ANOTHER ENEMY THREATENS . . .
2 Chronicles 16:1 The king of Israel comes to fight Judah. Asa does not call on the Lord, who gave him such a great victory over Ethiopia. Instead, he bribes Ben-hadad, the king of Aram. But the Arameans were Judah’s enemy, too, off and on, as was their custom.
2 Chronicles 16:7 So the prophet Hanani calls Asa out — he lied on his enemy to defeat his enemy! Don’t you remember Ethiopia, King Asa?
That was the foolish thing that Asa did. And he was enraged at Hanani and imprisoned him.
Asa’s heart was not completely the Lord’s.
Three years later, Asa died of a disease in his feet. He did not seek the Lord for healing, but the physicians.
Beloved . . .
—When you as a church leader seek man’s wisdom and man’s ways to make your church successful,
— or when you speak peace, peace when there is no peace, just to increase your numbers,
— or when you as a Christian seek natural means for provision, healing and deliverance instead of humbly asking the Lord for help,
. . . you sin as Asa sinned — he did not believe the Lord was able to rescue him; you do not seek the Lord’s wisdom, you do not believe He will increase your numbers, you do not believe He is your provision.
Asa did not repent before the Lord. He no longer sought the Lord, even for healing of the disease in his feet. But you can repent, right now!
The Lord wants His promises to be yours. But in order to do that, you must give your heart entirely to Him and no other.
How do you give your heart entirely to Him? Only the Father can do it, when you ask Him —
Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
1Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
This purity of heart, this devotion to God, comes when you are filled with the Holy Spirit!
When you ask the Lord to fill you, He will make you steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord (1Corinthians 15:58)!
And His eyes will move to and fro across the earth, to strongly support you, because your heart is completely His!q Turn to Him today! Amen!