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Set Aside for Greatness

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The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. 2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! 3 Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, 5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

Proverbs 31:1-5

The last part of Proverbs 31 is often used to honor mothers or women who are faithful to the call of God in their lives. The part that the Lord reminded me of lately is the first few verses of the chapter. It is rarely mentioned or quoted, but it says so very much. It is a passage describing a conversation between a mother and a son. While we don’t know very much about the principal characters in the passage, we can certainly acknowledge that something very important is being discussed. You see, this mother has a dream for her son to be successful. She may even believe that he might one day be a king. It may or may not be about women and alcohol. What we can absolutely be certain of is this: She has a dream for him and doesn’t want him (Lemuel) to risk blowing it.

She is reminding her son that he can’t live life like everyone else. She is reminding him that if he is going to get elevated to the incredible place God designed for his life, he must learn to allow God to set him aside for greatness. While everyone else is indulging in women and wine, she is challenging Lemuel to focus only on the “call of God.” This mother is wise, and she knows that the ones who are called to DEEP places in God are the ones who are willing to let Him separate their lives from the masses. I think this is a Word for the modern-day church. God is calling us to greatness. If greatness is to be reached, we have some decisions to make. It isn’t just about getting rid of the sinful things of our lives, but a willingness in us to be set aside for the purpose, His purpose. Many will get a touch from God and put away some sin from their lives, but only a few will be willing to let God have not just their actions, but their entire will.

Which will you choose?

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If and Then

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2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

As we come to the end of our study of 2 Chronicles 7:14, I wanted to give you a list of all the things the Father has spoken to us. I wanted you to have a reminder, something you could keep to look at on occasion to remind you of His call to us and His promised response. You can use this as a prayer guide or simply read it to remind you of His commitment to us. Every time the Father shows us an “if and then” in His Word, He keeps His Word!

1. If my people…(Acknowledge your name!)
2. Will humble themselves…(Acknowledge your need!)
3. Pray…(Acknowledge that He hears!)
4. Seek My Face…(Acknowledge that we need Presence!)
5. Turn from their wicked ways…(Acknowledge that our way didn’t work!)
6. I will hear and I will forgive their sin…(Acknowledge your freedom!)
7. Heal their land…(Acknowledge that He is here and that He is a keeper of promises!)
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