Summary: To show that we need to acknowledge GOD in everything in our lives for He is the author and finisher of our faith.
Do you acknowledge the LORD JESUS in everything?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to acknowledge GOD in everything in our lives for He is the author and finisher of our faith.
2 Chronicles 14:11 (Contemporary English Version)
Asa prayed: LORD God, only you can help a powerless army defeat a stronger one. So we depend on you to help us. We will fight against this powerful army to honor your name, and we know that you won't be defeated. You are the LORD our God.
LORD JESUS, thank You very much for all the help You've given to me, I acknowledge You in everything You've done for me, for I am nothing apart from You, I know no man can prevail against You and Your plans of glorious future will stand for me, as I work, eat and drink to honor Your Name.
7 components of Asa's prayer
A. Author: unknown, but known to be edited by Ezra
B. Date written: Most likely edited between 450 b.c. and 430 b.c.â€”Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
C. Purpose: To highlight the righteous kings of Judah and expose the sins of the evil ones, demonstrating each one's lasting influence upon the worship life of God's peopleâ€”Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. Audience: Israel
E. Main Themes: The Davidic line, temple, and the priesthood.â€”Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Keyword: Temple
G. Key verses: 2 Chronicles 7:14-16 (New International Version)
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
7:15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
7:16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
1. He acknowledged the LORD GOD is the only Lord
The word acknowledged or "nothing" in Hebrew is "ayin" meaning:
a. to be nothing or not exist
b. a non-entity
1 Timothy 1:17 (Amplified Bible)
1:17 Now to the King of eternity, incorruptible and immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever (to the ages of ages). Amen (so be it).
Jude 1:25 (Amplified Bible)
1:25 To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).
1 Corinthians 3:7 (Amplified Bible)
3:7 So neither he who plants is anything nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater.
2. He acknowledged only GOD can help him
2 Samuel 7:22 (Amplified Bible)
7:22 Therefore You are great, O Lord God; for none is like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all [You have made] our ears to hear.
Psalms 33:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
33:16 No king is saved by the great size and power of his army; a mighty man is not delivered by [his] much strength.
33:17 A horse is devoid of value for victory; neither does he deliver any by his great power.
33:18 Behold, the Lordâ€™s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness,
As example of King Asa, he won over 1 million army with his 580,000 army. Example of widow and Elisha, the widow has only oil in her hands and GOD used it to pay for her debts and as her living.
2 Kings 4:2-7 (The Message)
4:2 Elisha said, "I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Nothing," she said. "Well, I do have a little oil."
4:3 "Here's what you do," said Elisha. "Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a fewâ€”all you can get.
4:4 Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside."
4:5 She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them.
4:6 When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, "Another jug, please." He said, "That's it. There are no more jugs." Then the oil stopped.
4:7 She went and told the story to the man of God. He said, "Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what's left."