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Summary: If it is not broken, don't look for a way to fix it. Seeking and serving God is always the right thing. There is no need to look elsewhere. If you are determined to do so, you will be sorry in the end.

For the Moment, All is Well

2 Chr. 14:1,2

1 ¶ So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. (KJV)

1 Y durmió Abías con sus padres, y fue sepultado en la ciudad de David. Y reinó en su lugar su hijo Asa, en cuyos días tuvo sosiego el país por diez años. (RVG04)

2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God: (KJV)

2 E hizo Asa lo bueno y lo recto ante los ojos de Jehová su Dios. (RVG04)

A common problem in church circles is the waning of a zeal for the Lord that leads to backsliding.

It is not how one starts, but how the state of one is at the end of the journey that counts with God.

David had been a faithful king and leader, serving God and faithful to the end. Oh, yes, there were bumps in the road, and

times that he messed up big time. But he repented and returned to the place he needed to be in God.

Solomon followed his dad, David. He started out well, even asking God for wisdom to lead the people of God. Then Solomon became influenced by foreign women, whom he married and they drew him toward their pagan gods. Due to his compromise, the children of Israel became divided.

Following Solomon, was Rehoboam, who did evil in the sight of the Lord.

Then came Abijah who started his reign pursuing the path of Jehovah, then he went south with his dedication to God.

Then Asa raised up as the new king. For 10 years, there was peace in Israel, as Asa did that which was good and right in the sight of the Lord. How long could he keep it up? Is it possible for a man or a woman to be faithful to the end? All it take is one bad decision to cause things to start going sour.

Remember: Failure does not have to be fatal.

I. Asa started out right.

1 Chr. 14:3,4

3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: {images: Heb. statues} (KJV)

3 Porque quitó los altares del culto extraño, y los lugares altos; quebró las imágenes, y destruyó las imágenes de Asera; (RVG04)

4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. (KJV)

4 y mandó a Judá que buscasen a Jehová el Dios de sus padres, y pusiesen por obra la ley y sus mandamientos. (RVG04)

With zeal for God, he destroyed the false gods and all that was related to their adoration.

He decreed that the people of Israel seek God and follow His commandments.

He even had the gall and boldness to remove his grandmother from her queenly throne for her involvement in idolatry.

2 Chr. 15:16

16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. {mother: that is, grandmother} {idol: Heb. horror} (KJV)

16 Y aun a Maaca madre del rey Asa, él mismo la quitó de ser reina, porque había hecho una imagen de Asera; y Asa deshizo la imagen, y la desmenuzó, y la quemó en el torrente de Cedrón. (RVG04)

How was King Asa able to do this. At least part of the secret is found in the following scripture:

1 Kings 15:14

14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. (KJV)

14 Pero los lugares altos no se quitaron; con todo, el corazón de Asa fue perfecto para con Jehová toda su vida. (RVG04)

His face was set against this idolatry. God said that he had a "perfect heart" at this point in his life.

NOTE: Even though he did not see all the high places removed, God did not count him a failure in his pursuit for righteousness at this point in his venture.

*Eliminate everything that looks like and smells like an idol from your life. The constant surrounding of idolatry and the acceptance of idols by others close to us, can cause us to become soft in our attitude toward it.

The idol may be tangible: money, possessions, a person, etc.

The idol may be intangible: your faithfulness to the house of God, your personal devotion time, your attitude toward the things of God and the people of God. It may be the proper management of your time.

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