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Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 36:9 which says,

“Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD.”

Jehoiachin: Jehoiachin was Jehoiakim’s son, so he became king. And, having a dad like Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin was an evil king. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and he was taken Babylon, only ruling for three months and ten days. The evil kings only seem to rule a short time, but Josiah (a good king) ruled a long time. Some evil kings that we’ve seen have been taken to Babylon, and then the next king comes. Josiah died before seeing the destruction God said would come. Jehoiachin’s uncle became king.

Christianity:  True Christians live a wonderful life. Though we do get persecuted, that is nothing compared to the overfilling, wonderful,  joy we get in Christ. We have wonderful joy in Christ. Unbelievers think they find happiness in their sin, but it only is momentary. And look at all the evil caused by unbelievers, or Satan. Satan started prescription drugs. The drugs have caused so much harm, even though the “doctors” have signed an oath saying that they would not harm their patients. Drugs cause people to want to kill themselves, want to kill other people, or they have side effects of killing the person. They turn people into lifeless droids. Christians do not need drugs to be “happy” we have Christ, and true happiness.

What to do: As Christians we have something to do. We worship Christ. If you have a family, then do what needs to be done (aside from sin) to provide for your family. God always provides for what you need. We worship Him for His goodness. Christians need to stand firm in the faith, and study the Bible daily. Also, spread the Good news of the Gospel.

Exalt: We should exalt Christ. He gave His life for us, because He loves us (11 John 4:7). Praise God’s name for all that He has done for us, making birds, and fish to eat, and air to breath. He created everything, and He loves us, and gave His own son for us. Thank You God, praise Your holy name.

Gospel: The Gospel is the most important thing to preach, teach, and dwell on. Christ came down to earth, and gave His own life for us. Some people get mistaken that the Gospel is not of most importance, that we should “move on” to other things. That is wrong. The Gospel is what unites real Christians. Paul said that the Gospel is of first importance in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

Application: How does 2 Chronicles 36:9 apply to our lives? We were once evil like Jehoiakim, taken away to Satan’s kingdom, but, Christ saved us, by being the perfect sacrifice for us. We are no longer captive to Satan. Jehoiakim was evil, and did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and we did too. We were wicked people. But Christ gave His own life for us, and made us new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving You life for me. Thank You for loving me so much. I pray that I would draw close to You, and love You more. Please help me to run to You for help, and want to be with You. Please strengthen me, and other. Thank You for making me Your daughter. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Love, 1 John 4:7,

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

New creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

First importance, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

Beginning verse, 2 Chronicles 36:9,

“Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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