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July 10


2 Chronicles 15:1-19
1. Then the Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded,
2. and he went out to meet King Asa as he was returning from the battle. "Listen to me, Asa!" he shouted. "Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The LORD will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.
3. For a long time, Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without God's law.
4. But whenever you were in distress and turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him out, you found him.
5. During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the nation on every hand.
6. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling you with every kind of problem.
7. And now, you men of Judah, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded."
8. When Asa heard this message from Azariah the prophet, he took courage and removed all the idols in the land of Judah and Benjamin and in the towns he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. And he repaired the altar of the LORD, which stood in front of the foyer of the LORD's Temple.
9. Then Asa called together all the people of Judah and Benjamin, along with the people of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them. Many had moved to Judah during Asa's reign when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
10. The people gathered at Jerusalem in late spring, during the fifteenth year of Asa's reign.
11. On that day they sacrificed to the LORD some of the animals they had taken as plunder in the battle--seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep and goats.
12. Then they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul.
13. They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the LORD, the God of Israel, would be put to death--whether young or old, man or woman.
14. They shouted out their oath of loyalty to the LORD with trumpets blaring and horns sounding.
15. All were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into it with all their hearts. Eagerly they sought after God, and they found him. And the LORD gave them rest from their enemies on every side.
16. King Asa even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down the pole, broke it up, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
17. Although the pagan shrines were not completely removed from Israel, Asa remained fully committed to the LORD throughout his life.
18. He brought into the Temple of God the silver and gold and the utensils that he and his father had dedicated.
19. So there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa's reign.

2 Chronicles 16:1-14
1. In the thirty-sixth year of Asa's reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa's territory in Judah.
2. Asa responded by taking the silver and gold from the treasuries of the LORD's Temple and from the royal palace. He sent it to King Ben-hadad of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus, along with this message:
3. "Let us renew the treaty that existed between your father and my father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone."
4. Ben-hadad agreed to King Asa's request and sent his armies to attack Israel. They conquered the towns of Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all the store cities in Naphtali.
5. As soon as Baasha of Israel heard what was happening, he abandoned his project of fortifying Ramah.
6. Then King Asa called out all the men of Judah to carry away the building stones and timbers that Baasha had been using to fortify Ramah. Asa used these materials to fortify the towns of Geba and Mizpah.
7. At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, "Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the LORD your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram.
8. Don't you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and horsemen? At that time you relied on the LORD, and he handed them all over to you.
9. The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on, you will be at war."
10. Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison. At that time, Asa also began to oppress some of his people.
11. The rest of the events of Asa's reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
12. In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Even when the disease became life threatening, he did not seek the LORD's help but sought help only from his physicians.
13. So he died in the forty-first year of his reign.
14. He was buried in the tomb he had carved out for himself in the City of David. He was laid on a bed perfumed with sweet spices and ointments, and at his funeral the people built a huge fire in his honor.

Psalms 81:6-10
6. "Now I will relieve your shoulder of its burden; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.
7. You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud. I tested your faith at Meribah, when you complained that there was no water.
8. "Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen!
9. You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god.
10. For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

Proverbs 20:24-25
24. How can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps.
25. It is dangerous to make a rash promise to God before counting the cost.

Acts 16:1-21
1. Paul and Silas went first to Derbe and then on to Lystra. There they met Timothy, a young disciple whose mother was a Jewish believer, but whose father was a Greek.
2. Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium,
3. so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek.
4. Then they went from town to town, explaining the decision regarding the commandments that were to be obeyed, as decided by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem.
5. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew daily in numbers.
6. Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had told them not to go into the province of Asia at that time.
7. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not let them go.
8. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the city of Troas.
9. That night Paul had a vision. He saw a man from Macedonia in northern Greece, pleading with him, "Come over here and help us."
10. So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, for we could only conclude that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
11. We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis.
12. From there we reached Philippi, a major city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony; we stayed there several days.
13. On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we supposed that some people met for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had come together.
14. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.
15. She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. "If you agree that I am faithful to the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my home." And she urged us until we did.
16. One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters.
17. She followed along behind us shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved."
18. This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and spoke to the demon within her. "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her," he said. And instantly it left her.
19. Her masters' hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace.
20. "The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!" they shouted.
21. "They are teaching the people to do things that are against Roman customs."