Friday, July 19, 2024

Evening Prayer for Friday, July 19, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As the day comes to an end, we come before You with hearts full of gratitude. Thank You for Your faithfulness and love that have sustained us throughout this day.

We lift up to You any burdens or concerns we carry. Help us to trust in Your care and to release our worries into Your hands. Fill us with Your peace and assurance, knowing that You are in control.

Grant us a restful night and the strength to face tomorrow with renewed hope and faith. May we wake up ready to serve You and to walk in the path You have laid out for us.

In Your holy name, we pray.
Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Friday, July 19, 2024 - Generosity that Transforms

Dear Friends in Christ,

In 1 Timothy 6:18-19, Paul encourages us to “do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” Generosity is a powerful force that transforms lives and furthers God’s work.

Our ministry depends on your generous donations to continue making a difference. Your support helps us to reach out with the message of salvation, provide essential services to those in need, and foster a community of faith and love.

I invite you to consider making a donation today. Your gift, no matter the size, is a testament to your faith and a blessing to those we serve.

Thank you for your continued support. May God’s grace and peace be with you always.

In Christ’s service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

From the Heart of Brother Jesse - Friday, July 19, 2024 - Experiencing God’s Peace

Dear Loved Ones,

As we conclude our reflections on 2 Chronicles 15, we are reminded of the peace and rest that came to Judah as a result of seeking God. “They sought Him eagerly, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side” (2 Chronicles 15:15, NLT). This peace was not just the absence of conflict but a profound sense of well-being that comes from living in harmony with God’s will.

In today’s world, many are searching for peace amid the turmoil and stress of daily life. True peace, however, can only be found in a close relationship with God. When we seek Him earnestly, we are assured of His presence, guidance, and comfort. This divine peace transcends our circumstances and fills our hearts with hope and assurance.

Let us make it our daily practice to seek God with all our hearts. Let us trust in His promises and lean on His understanding. As we do, we will experience the peace that only He can provide, a peace that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

May God’s peace be with you today and always, bringing comfort and strength to your heart.

Yours in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Friday, July 19, 2024

Today’s study will explore the peace and rest that came to Judah as a result of seeking God. We will reflect on the peace that God promises to those who diligently follow Him and the importance of maintaining a close relationship with Him to experience this peace.



Bible Verses to Read

  • 2 Chronicles 15:15
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • John 14:27
Questions to Consider
  1. What does God’s peace look like in your life?
  2. How did the people of Judah experience peace as a result of seeking God?
  3. What are some obstacles that prevent you from experiencing God’s peace?
  4. How can you cultivate a lifestyle that prioritizes seeking God’s presence?
Please share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

Morning Prayer for Friday, July 19, 2024

Dear Lord,

As we greet this Friday morning, we thank You for bringing us through another week. We are grateful for Your provision, protection, and unfailing love. As we prepare for the day's activities, we ask for Your guidance and strength.

Help us to remain steadfast in our faith, to seek Your wisdom in all we do, and to be diligent in our work. May our actions and words reflect Your love and grace to those around us.

Lord, we lift up those who are burdened and weary, asking for Your peace and rest to surround them. Grant us the compassion to reach out and support one another in love.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Evening Prayer for Thursday, July 18, 2024

Loving God,

As night falls, we pause to give You thanks for the day that has passed. You have been our constant guide and protector, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Forgive us for any wrongs we may have committed today. Cleanse our hearts and minds, and help us to walk in Your righteousness. May we learn from our mistakes and strive to be more like Christ in all that we do.

As we lay down to sleep, we ask for Your presence to surround us. Fill our hearts with Your peace and our minds with Your Word. Grant us restful sleep and the strength to rise tomorrow, ready to serve You with all our hearts.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Thursday, July 18, 2024 - Investing in Eternity

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In Matthew 6:20-21, Jesus teaches us to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This powerful reminder calls us to focus on eternal investments that make a lasting impact.

Our ministry is committed to reaching hearts and transforming lives through the Gospel. Your donations are crucial to sustaining and expanding our efforts. With your support, we can continue to provide spiritual guidance, community assistance, and a message of hope to all who seek it.

Please consider making a donation today. Your contribution is not just an act of giving; it is an investment in the eternal work of God’s kingdom.

Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness. May the Lord bless you richly.

In Christ’s service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

From the Heart of Brother Jesse - Thursday, July 18, 2024 - The Power of Covenant Renewal

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we continue our journey through 2 Chronicles 15, we come to a powerful moment when Asa and the people of Judah entered into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul. “They agreed to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul” (2 Chronicles 15:12, NLT). This collective commitment brought about profound transformation and unity among the people, leading to a period of peace and stability.

Renewing our covenant with God is a powerful act that can bring about significant change in our lives and communities. It is a reaffirmation of our dedication to live according to God’s will and to seek His presence earnestly. In a world that often pulls us in many directions, renewing our covenant with God helps us refocus our priorities and strengthens our spiritual foundation.

Today, let us take inspiration from Asa and the people of Judah. Let us come together as a community of believers to renew our commitment to God. By doing so, we open the door to God’s blessings and create an environment where His peace and love can flourish.

May our renewed commitment to God bring us closer to Him and to one another, fostering unity and spiritual growth.

Yours in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Thursday, July 18, 2024

In this study, we will focus on Asa’s actions to remove idols and restore the altar of the Lord. We will reflect on the importance of eliminating distractions and false gods from our lives and the significance of true worship.




Bible Verses to Read

  • 2 Chronicles 15:8
  • Exodus 20:3-5
  • 1 John 5:21
Questions to Consider
  1. What are some modern-day idols that can distract us from worshiping God?
  2. How did Asa’s removal of idols lead to spiritual renewal in Judah?
  3. What steps can you take to identify and remove idols in your life?
  4. How does restoring true worship impact our relationship with God?
Please share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

Morning Prayer for Thursday, July 18, 2024

Gracious God,

As we awaken to this new day, we give thanks for Your mercies, which are new every morning. We ask for Your guidance and presence to be with us throughout this day. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and empower us to do Your will.

Lord, help us to seek You with all our hearts, to trust in Your goodness, and to walk in Your truth. May our lives be a testimony of Your love and faithfulness, drawing others to You.

We pray for those who are struggling today, that they may find comfort and hope in You. Use us to be a source of encouragement and support to those in need.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Evening Prayer for Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Merciful Father,

As we close this day, we thank You for Your steadfast love and mercy. You have been our refuge and strength, and we are grateful for Your unwavering presence in our lives.

We lift up to You the joys and challenges we faced today. Thank You for the moments of grace and the lessons learned through trials. Help us to see Your hand in every situation and to trust in Your perfect plan.

As we rest tonight, we ask for Your peace to envelop us. Calm our thoughts and grant us deep, restorative sleep. May we wake up tomorrow with renewed energy and a heart full of gratitude for Your endless blessings.

In Your precious name, we pray.
Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - A Heart of Generosity

Dear Friends,

As followers of Christ, we are called to live lives marked by generosity and compassion. 2 Corinthians 9:7 reminds us, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Our ministry is dedicated to spreading the Gospel and supporting those in need, but we cannot do it alone. We rely on the generous support of our community to continue this vital work. Your donations help us maintain our online ministry, provide community services, and offer assistance to those facing hardship.

I ask you to prayerfully consider making a donation today. Your generosity enables us to continue being a beacon of hope and love in a world that desperately needs it.

Thank you for your kind support. May God’s blessings be upon you and your family.

In Christ’s service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Mid-Week Message - Guilt and Forgiveness

"Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!"  Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)

In 1970 a movie was released that starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal.  The title was "Love Story."  This wildly popular movie contained a line that even now is occasionally quoted, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."  Audiences everywhere shed tears over this tragic tale and that line became the subject of much conversation in the religious circles.

When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive someone that wrongs him, Jesus' answer of "seventy times seven" was a way of saying that there was no limit.  When someone causes us pain or harm and comes to seek forgiveness, we should grant it.  When we approach the Lord with a repentant heart and ask Him to forgive us, scripture assures us that He does just that. In fact, it says that our sins are cast as far as the east is from the west which means they are discarded and never remembered again.  

Recently I was recounting to my husband an incident that occurred many years ago with some former employers.  I continue to dream of them and each time I do I have the impulse to contact them to apologize.  I didn't actually do anything wrong meaning I didn't break any laws or do anything that would violate my conscience.  But there was a misunderstanding and some things were said that let me know that they were hurt.  Here's the quandary though, I did apologize and received their forgiveness.  Why then do I continue to feel that I need to set this right?

We have an adversary who draws great satisfaction from our feelings of condemnation.  If we feel guilty then our focus is on the guilt rather than on the grace we are given from others, or more importantly, from our Father.  Paul tells us in Romans 8:1, "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus."  Once we express our repentance and forgiveness is granted, we no longer have to carry the burden of the event.  It cannot make anything better and only creates a separation between us and the other person or the Lord.  It is His intention that we live in freedom through the mercy and grace provided to us through the sacrifice of Jesus.  

When we struggle with feeling that we need to continually atone for something we did then we have to ask ourselves why.  The next step is to ask the Lord for His help in accepting grace then lay the offense and our feelings about it at the foot of the cross.  Once we give it to Him, it needs to stay there.  I pray that each of us has a week free of needless guilt.  God bless. 

Bible Study for Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Today’s study examines the covenant renewal led by Asa and the people of Judah. We will explore the importance of making a collective commitment to seek God and the transformative power that such a covenant brings to our lives and communities.




Bible Verses to Read
  • 2 Chronicles 15:12-15
  • Nehemiah 9:38
  • Romans 12:1-2
Questions to Consider
  1. What does it mean to renew a covenant with God?
  2. How did the covenant renewal impact Judah?
  3. In what ways can we renew our commitment to God individually and as a community?
  4. What changes do you think will occur when we collectively seek God?
Please share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

Morning Prayer for Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Heavenly Father,

On this midweek morning, we pause to acknowledge Your greatness and thank You for Your unending grace. As we continue our journey through the week, we ask for Your strength to carry us through the challenges and Your joy to fill our hearts.

Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You, to seek Your face in every situation, and to trust in Your perfect plan for our lives. May Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Lord, we pray for our loved ones, that You would watch over them and bless them. We lift up our leaders and those in authority, asking for Your wisdom and guidance in their decisions.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Evening Prayer for Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Dear Lord,

As the evening settles in, we come before You in humility and gratitude. Thank You for the gift of this day, for the opportunities to witness Your hand at work in our lives, and for the lessons learned.

We ask that You quiet our hearts and minds as we prepare for rest. Help us to trust in Your sovereignty and to release any anxieties or concerns into Your capable hands. May Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Lord, grant us a restful night and the strength to face tomorrow with courage and faith. Let us rise with the dawn, ready to serve You and to walk in the path You have set before us.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - Building God’s Kingdom Together

Dear Faithful Friends,

In the book of Acts, we see the early church united in heart and mind, sharing everything they had to ensure no one was in need (Acts 4:32-35). This spirit of unity and generosity is a cornerstone of our faith, and today I invite you to join us in this mission.

Our ministry relies on your generous donations to continue our outreach and support programs. Your contributions help us provide spiritual nourishment, practical help, and a message of hope to those who need it most. Together, we are building God’s kingdom, one act of kindness at a time.

Please consider making a donation today. Your support is not just a financial contribution; it is an investment in the lives of countless individuals and a testament to your faith.

Thank you for your unwavering support. May God bless you abundantly for your generosity.

In Christ’s service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

From the Heart of Brother Jesse - Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - Turning Away from Ungodliness

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our continued reflection on 2 Chronicles 15, we see a stark warning about the consequences of turning away from God. Azariah reminded King Asa that Israel had suffered greatly because they had forsaken the true God. “For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the law to instruct them” (2 Chronicles 15:3, NLT). This spiritual neglect led to chaos and turmoil, both individually and collectively.

Today, we see similar consequences in our society. When we turn away from God and His commandments, we invite disorder and despair into our lives. The recent tragic events in Chicago, with the surge in violence over the 4th of July weekend, are a painful reminder of what happens when communities forsake godly principles. Our nation is in dire need of spiritual renewal and a return to God’s ways.

Let us take this message to heart and examine our own lives. Are there areas where we have strayed from God’s path? Are there ways in which we need to return to Him? By turning back to God, we can find the peace and stability that only He can provide. Let us pray for our nation and our communities, that we may all seek to follow God more closely and bring about positive change.

May the Lord guide us and keep us on His righteous path.

Yours in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Tuesday, July 16, 2024

In this study, we will focus on the encouragement given to Asa to be strong and courageous in his efforts to lead Judah back to God. We will reflect on the significance of obedience to God’s commands and the rewards that come from faithfully following Him.



Bible Verses to Read

  • 2 Chronicles 15:7-8
  • Joshua 1:9
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58
Questions to Consider
  1. Why is strength and courage necessary in following God’s commands?
  2. How can Asa’s actions inspire us to take bold steps in our faith journey?
  3. What are some areas in your life where you need to exhibit more strength and courage?
  4. How does obedience to God impact our relationship with Him and others?
Please share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

Morning Prayer for Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Dear Lord,

We come before You this morning with hearts open to Your will and minds ready to receive Your wisdom. As we embark on this new day, we ask for Your guidance and protection. May Your presence be felt in every step we take and every decision we make.

Grant us the patience to wait on Your timing, the courage to follow Your lead, and the wisdom to discern Your will. Fill our hearts with Your love, that we may extend grace and mercy to those we encounter.

Lord, we lift up our nation to You, asking for healing and unity. We pray for those who are suffering and in need of Your comfort. Use us, O Lord, as instruments of Your peace and agents of Your love.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Evening Prayer for Monday, July 15, 2024

Gracious God,

As we end this day, we pause to thank You for Your faithfulness and love. You have been our constant companion, guiding us through every moment, and for that, we are truly grateful.

Lord, we lift up to You the moments we may have fallen short today. Forgive us for any sins we have committed, knowingly or unknowingly. Help us to learn from our mistakes and grow in Your grace.

As we lay down to rest, we ask for Your protection over us and our loved ones. Surround us with Your angels and keep us safe through the night. Fill our hearts with peace and our minds with Your Word, that we may wake up tomorrow with a renewed sense of purpose and devotion to You.

In Your holy name, we pray.
Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Monday, July 15, 2024 - Partnering in Ministry

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today, I write to you with a heartfelt appeal for your support. Our ministry thrives through the faithful contributions of individuals like you who are committed to advancing God’s kingdom. Philippians 4:19 reassures us, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

By partnering with us through your donations, you enable us to continue our vital work. Your support helps us reach more souls with the message of salvation, provide essential services to those in need, and foster a community grounded in faith and love.

No contribution is too small, and every gift is received with gratitude and prayer. As you consider giving, know that your generosity is a powerful testimony of your faith and commitment to God’s work.
Thank you for your continued support and may God bless you richly.

In Christ’s service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

From the Heart of Brother Jesse - Monday, July 15, 2024 - Seeking God with All Our Hearts

Dear Beloved,

As we reflect on yesterday’s message from 2 Chronicles 15, I am reminded of the profound importance of seeking God with all our hearts. Azariah’s words to King Asa echo through the ages, calling us to a deeper, more earnest pursuit of our Creator. “The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him” (2 Chronicles 15:2, NLT). This promise assures us that God is ever-present, ready to reveal Himself to those who diligently seek Him.

In our busy lives, it is easy to become distracted by the demands and pressures of the world. However, we must remember that true peace and fulfillment are found only in a close, personal relationship with God. Seeking Him should be our foremost priority each day. This means setting aside time for prayer, meditation, and studying His Word. It also means aligning our actions with His will and seeking to reflect His love in all we do.

Let us commit ourselves anew to seeking God with all our hearts. As we do, we will find that His presence brings strength, peace, and guidance, enabling us to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and hope.

May God bless you richly as you seek Him today and always.

Yours in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Monday, July 15, 2024

Today’s study delves into the dire consequences that arise when we forsake God, as highlighted by Azariah’s message. We will examine how spiritual neglect leads to chaos and turmoil, both in individual lives and in society. This study will help us recognize the importance of staying faithful to God’s commandments.


Bible Verses to Read
  • 2 Chronicles 15:3-6
  • Deuteronomy 31:16-18
  • Hosea 4:6
Questions to Consider
  1. What specific troubles did Israel face when they were without the true God?
  2. How do these historical examples of forsaking God relate to current societal issues?
  3. In what areas of your life do you need to return to God’s guidance?
  4. What steps can you take to prevent spiritual neglect?
Please share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

Morning Prayer for Monday, July 15, 2024

Gracious God,

As we rise to a new week, we thank You for the rest and renewal of the weekend. We place this day into Your hands, trusting in Your infinite wisdom and love. Grant us the strength and courage to face the challenges ahead with a steadfast heart.

Lord, remind us to seek Your presence in every moment, to turn to You in times of need, and to rejoice in Your goodness always. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that we may be instruments of Your peace and vessels of Your love.

Help us to be mindful of those around us, to offer kindness and compassion, and to be a source of encouragement and hope. May our actions and words bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Evening Prayer for Sunday, July 14, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As the day draws to a close, we come before You with grateful hearts, reflecting on the blessings and challenges we have experienced. Thank You for Your guidance, protection, and love that has carried us through this day.

Lord, we ask for Your peace to rest upon us as we prepare for the night. Calm our minds, soothe our hearts, and help us to release any worries or burdens we may carry. Fill our hearts with Your presence, and let Your Holy Spirit comfort us as we sleep.

Grant us restful sleep and renewed strength for the day ahead. May we wake up refreshed and ready to serve You with renewed vigor and faith.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Sunday, July 14, 2024 - A Call to Generosity

Dear Beloved in Christ,

As we reflect on the abundant blessings God has bestowed upon us, I am reminded of the biblical call to generosity. Proverbs 11:25 tells us, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” In this spirit, I invite you to consider supporting our ministry’s ongoing efforts to spread the Gospel and serve our community.

Your donations enable us to continue providing spiritual guidance, practical assistance, and hope to those in need. Whether it’s through our online services, community outreach programs, or support for individuals facing difficult times, your generosity makes a tangible difference.

Please prayerfully consider making a donation today. Together, we can continue to be a light in the darkness, bringing God’s love and compassion to all we encounter.

May God bless you abundantly for your kindness and generosity.

In Christ’s service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Seeking the Lord Brings Peace and Strength

In the fifteenth chapter of 2 Chronicles, we find a narrative that underscores the profound impact of seeking the Lord with all one's heart and soul. This chapter occurs during the reign of King Asa of Judah, a period marked by significant religious and societal reforms. Asa, the great-grandson of King Solomon, inherited a kingdom plagued by idolatry and spiritual decline. In this pivotal chapter, we are introduced to Azariah, son of Oded, a prophet who delivers a compelling message from the Lord to Asa and the people of Judah. 

Azariah’s prophecy serves as both a warning and an encouragement, emphasizing that the Lord is with those who seek Him but will forsake those who abandon Him. This divine message catalyzes Asa's fervent efforts to lead Judah back to faithful worship of God. Asa's reforms include the removal of foreign altars and high places, the restoration of the altar of the Lord, and a renewed covenant with God by the people of Judah. This chapter not only highlights the main characters—King Asa and the prophet Azariah—but also illustrates the collective response of the people of Judah as they commit themselves to seek the Lord earnestly. The narrative of 2 Chronicles 15 is a timeless reminder of the blessings that come from wholehearted devotion to God and the transformative power of sincere repentance and reform. As we delve into this passage, we will explore its profound relevance for our lives today, encouraging us to seek God with the same fervor and commitment.

In 2 Chronicles 15:1-7, the narrative begins with the prophet Azariah, son of Oded, delivering a powerful message to King Asa. Azariah, moved by the Spirit of God, approaches Asa and the people of Judah with a clear and direct proclamation: "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" (2 Chronicles 15:2, NLT). This declaration underscores a fundamental principle of the covenant relationship between God and His people: mutual commitment and faithfulness.

Azariah's prophecy highlights two critical aspects of seeking God. First, it emphasizes the accessibility of God to those who earnestly pursue Him. This reassurance that God is near and responsive to those who seek Him provides immense comfort and encouragement. Second, it presents a stern warning about the consequences of abandoning God. The message is clear: spiritual neglect leads to separation from God and its accompanying turmoil.

In the context of today's world, the call to seek God remains profoundly relevant. Many individuals and communities experience spiritual dryness and moral confusion, often because they have distanced themselves from divine guidance. Just as in Asa's time, our modern society grapples with numerous challenges—social unrest, moral decay, and a sense of aimlessness—stemming from a lack of connection with God.

To apply this teaching to our lives today, we must actively seek God through consistent prayer, diligent study of the Scriptures, and regular participation in communal worship. Personal devotion is essential, but it must be complemented by a communal effort to draw near to God. Churches and faith communities play a pivotal role in fostering an environment where individuals can collectively seek the Lord and experience His presence and guidance.

An illustrative example of the impact of seeking God can be seen in various modern-day revivals and spiritual awakenings. In recent history, communities and even entire nations have experienced profound transformation when they turned to God in earnest prayer and repentance. These revivals often lead to renewed faith, social reforms, and a sense of peace and purpose that permeates the community.

In 2 Chronicles 15:3-6, the prophet Azariah continues his message by painting a vivid picture of the dire consequences that befall a people who forsake the Lord. These verses describe a period when Israel was without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without the law. Azariah recounts how during those times of spiritual neglect, the nation experienced great turmoil: "For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the law to instruct them. But whenever they were in trouble and turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him out, they found him. During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the nation on every hand. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem" (2 Chronicles 15:3-6, NLT).

This passage starkly contrasts the blessings of seeking God with the chaos of ignoring Him. When the people of Israel abandoned their commitment to God, they experienced societal and personal unrest. Their abandonment of the true God led to a lack of moral and spiritual direction, resulting in widespread conflict and instability.

Today, we witness similar consequences in our world when societies drift away from God's principles. Moral decay, social unrest, and a sense of hopelessness often stem from a collective departure from spiritual truths. The absence of a strong spiritual foundation can lead to a breakdown in ethical behavior, respect for life, and social cohesion.

The application for us today is clear: forsaking God brings about disorder and distress in both individual lives and society at large. This is evident in various contemporary issues such as the erosion of family values, the rise in violence, and the prevalence of anxiety and depression. These issues can often be traced back to a void left by the absence of spiritual and moral guidance.

To combat this, it is imperative that we recognize the importance of returning to God and His teachings. Re-establishing a connection with God brings about restoration and healing. When individuals and communities turn back to God, they find guidance, peace, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Once again, consider the transformation seen in communities that have experienced a spiritual revival. In many cases, areas plagued by crime and corruption have seen remarkable changes when people turned to God. These transformations often result in lower crime rates, improved social harmony, and a resurgence of hope and ethical behavior.

As we continue to explore 2 Chronicles 15, we see the profound impact of Asa’s reforms and the people’s response to the call to seek God. In verses 7-8, Azariah encourages Asa with the words, "But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded" (2 Chronicles 15:7, NLT). Empowered by this divine encouragement, Asa takes bold steps to remove the detestable idols from the land and repair the altar of the Lord. This act of courage and dedication to God’s commands demonstrates the importance of taking decisive action to align our lives with God's will. Today, we too are called to examine our lives and communities, removing the "idols" that distract us from true worship and restoring our commitment to God. 

In verses 12-15, we witness a powerful moment as Asa and all the people of Judah enter into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul. This collective commitment to God results in profound transformation and unity among the people. The significance of renewing our covenant with God is just as relevant today. As individuals and communities, we must come together to reaffirm our dedication to God's principles, fostering an environment of spiritual renewal and growth. The need for such a return to God is starkly illustrated by the recent tragic events in Chicago. Over the past 4th of July weekend, the city experienced a shocking surge in violence, with at least 100 people shot and 17 fatally wounded—a 27% increase over the previous year. This heartbreaking escalation of violence underscores the societal turmoil that arises when communities drift away from God’s teachings. 

Finally, verses 16-19 highlight the peace and rest that come as a result of seeking God. Asa's reforms lead to a period of tranquility in Judah, demonstrating that true peace is found in God’s presence. For us today, the promise of peace and stability is a powerful incentive to seek God earnestly. By turning to God, we can address the root causes of societal issues and find lasting solutions that bring harmony and well-being. The example of Chicago’s violence is a poignant reminder of the urgent need for spiritual revival. When communities seek God and embrace His teachings, they can experience transformation that leads to peace and prosperity.

The narrative of 2 Chronicles 15 is a timeless call to action. Asa’s courage in leading Judah back to God, the people’s collective commitment, and the resulting peace serve as a powerful reminder that seeking God is essential for overcoming the challenges we face today. As we apply these lessons to our lives, let us be inspired to seek God wholeheartedly, renew our covenant with Him, and work towards creating a society that reflects His love and righteousness. In doing so, we can experience the peace and strength that come from living in accordance with God’s will.

As we reflect on the powerful message of 2 Chronicles 15, it becomes abundantly clear that seeking God with all our heart and soul is essential for experiencing true peace and strength. The narrative of Asa's reforms in Judah serves as a timeless reminder that turning to God brings about profound transformation, while forsaking Him leads to chaos and turmoil.

Today, we find ourselves in a society that has largely given itself over to ungodly desires, turning away from the principles and values that once grounded us. The tragic events in Chicago over the past 4th of July weekend starkly illustrate this reality. With at least 100 people shot and 17 fatally wounded, this alarming surge in violence—a 27% increase over last year—serves as a sobering reminder of the consequences of abandoning God. Our nation is in desperate need of spiritual renewal and a return to the foundational truths of God’s Word.

America has turned its back on God, embracing a culture of moral relativism and self-indulgence. This departure from godly principles has led to an increase in violence, broken families, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. The violence in Chicago is not an isolated incident but a symptom of a deeper spiritual malaise affecting our entire nation. We are witnessing the unraveling of the moral fabric that once held our society together, as we have chosen to forsake God’s guidance in favor of our own desires.

In light of these sobering truths, we are called to action. Just as Asa led Judah in a courageous return to God, we too must lead by example, seeking God earnestly and encouraging others to do the same. This begins with personal repentance and a renewed commitment to live according to God’s Word. It extends to our families, communities, and ultimately our nation, as we work together to restore the values and principles that align with God’s will.

Let us heed the warning of 2 Chronicles 15 and turn back to God with all our hearts. Let us remove the idols from our lives and repair the altar of the Lord within our hearts and communities. By doing so, we can experience the peace and stability that only God can provide. America’s future depends on our willingness to seek God and restore our covenant with Him. In this commitment, we will find the strength to overcome the challenges we face and the hope to build a better, more righteous society.

May we all be inspired to seek God wholeheartedly, for in Him we find the true peace and strength that our nation so desperately needs.

Bible Study for Sunday, July 14, 2024

In this study, we will explore the initial call to seek God as delivered by the prophet Azariah to King Asa. We will reflect on the importance of seeking God earnestly and the assurance that He will be found by those who diligently pursue Him. This study will help us understand the significance of maintaining a close relationship with God and the consequences of turning away from Him.

Bible Verses to Read
  • 2 Chronicles 15:1-4
  • Jeremiah 29:13
  • Matthew 7:7-8
Questions to Consider
  1. What does it mean to seek God with all your heart and soul?
  2. How does Azariah’s message to Asa apply to us today?
  3. Reflect on a time when you earnestly sought God. What was the outcome?
  4. What are some practical ways we can seek God in our daily lives?
Please share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Evening Prayer for Saturday, July 13, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As we end this day, we thank you for your faithfulness and grace. We reflect on the week that has passed and acknowledge your presence in every moment. As we prepare for rest, we ask for your forgiveness for any words spoken without love or consideration. Help us to learn from our experiences and to grow in wisdom and discernment. Grant us peaceful sleep and prepare us for worship and service tomorrow. May your peace abide with us throughout the night, and may we wake refreshed to praise you anew. In Jesus' name,

Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Saturday, July 13, 2024 - "Continuing Our Mission Together"

Dear Supporters of SFIHG Ministries,

As we conclude this week of reflection, I am deeply grateful for your continued support and partnership in our mission. Your financial contributions sustain our efforts to share God's love and truth with a world in need. Today, as we reflect on embodying Christ's love in our speech, let us also consider how our giving reflects His heart of compassion. Thank you for your steadfast commitment to advancing God's kingdom through your generosity.

May God bless you abundantly,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

From Brother Jesse - Saturday, July 13, 2024 - A Call to Seek God: Transforming Our Society

Dear Beloved in Christ,

Grace and peace be unto you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you today with a heart full of anticipation and a spirit deeply stirred by the message the Lord has placed on my heart. On Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 12 PM EDT, I will be publishing a profoundly important message on our ministry website titled "Seeking the Lord Brings Peace and Strength," based on 2 Chronicles 15.

In this message, we will explore the powerful narrative of King Asa's reforms in Judah and the crucial call to seek God with all our heart and soul. This scriptural passage provides timeless lessons that are profoundly relevant to our current societal context. As we delve into the transformative power of seeking God, we will confront the stark realities facing our nation today, including the recent tragic surge in violence in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend, where over 100 people were shot, and 17 lost their lives.

The message will address the spiritual and moral decline we are witnessing in our country as we have turned away from God’s principles. It will challenge us to reflect on our personal and communal commitments to God, urging us to renew our covenant with Him and seek His guidance earnestly.

I invite you to join me in this critical reflection and call to action. As we seek God together, let us pray for His peace, strength, and transformative power to heal our land. Your engagement and prayers are vital as we strive to bring about a spiritual renewal that will restore our nation to its godly foundation.

May God bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you as we embark on this journey of seeking Him with renewed fervor.

Yours in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Morning Prayer for Saturday, July 13, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As we come before you on this new day, we thank you for your faithfulness that never fails. Guide us, Lord, as we reflect on the week that has passed and prepare for the days ahead. Help us to speak words of wisdom and kindness today, that we may glorify you in all we say and do. Grant us strength and courage to face any challenges that may come our way, knowing that you are with us always. May your presence go before us, Lord, and may your peace guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. In your precious name we pray,

Amen.

Bible Study for Saturday, July 13, 2024 - "Reflecting Christ in Our Speech"

As we conclude our week of reflection on the power of the tongue, let us focus on how we can reflect Christ in our speech. Our words should mirror His love, grace, and truth, bringing glory to God and blessing to others.




Bible Verses to Read
  • Ephesians 4:29-32
  • Colossians 3:12-14
Questions to Consider
  1. How do Ephesians 4:29-32 and Colossians 3:12-14 guide us in speaking with grace and love?
  2. Reflect on a time when you found it challenging to speak graciously. What did you learn from that experience?
  3. How can we cultivate a habit of forgiveness and kindness in our speech, following Christ's example?
  4. What practical steps can we take to ensure our words reflect Christ's character in all circumstances?
Share your reflections on how we can embody Christ's love through our words. Your insights are valuable to our community.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Evening Prayer for Friday, July 12, 2024

Loving Father,

As we come before you this evening, we thank you for your guidance and provision throughout this day. We lift up our praises and our concerns to you, knowing that you hear our prayers. As we reflect on the power of our words, help us to use our speech to build others up and to reflect your love and truth. Grant us peaceful rest tonight and strengthen us for the tasks ahead. May your peace fill our hearts and minds as we sleep, trusting in your steadfast love. In Jesus' name we pray,

Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Friday, July 12, 2024 - "Faithful Support in Action"

Dear Supporters of SFIHG Ministries,

Your faithful support in action is a testament to God's provision and faithfulness. Through your donations, we are able to fulfill our mission of spreading the gospel and ministering to the spiritual needs of our community. Today, as we focus on prayer and dependence on God, let us also remember the importance of sacrificial giving. Your contributions make a tangible difference in the lives of many. May God bless you abundantly for your generosity and commitment to His kingdom work.

Gratefully yours,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor - Friday, July 12, 2024 - "Prayer and Dependence on God"

Dear Beloved Members of SFIHG Ministries,

Peace and grace be with you. As we conclude our week of reflection on the power of the tongue, I invite you to consider the vital role of prayer and dependence on God in guiding our speech. Psalm 19:14 serves as a powerful prayer: "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."

By seeking God's guidance and wisdom through prayer, we can align our hearts and speech with His will. Let us commit to daily prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help us use our words to glorify God and build up others. May our tongues be instruments of His grace and truth, reflecting the love of Christ in all that we say.

Yours in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Friday, July 12, 2024 - "Prayer and Dependence on God"

Today, we explore the role of prayer and dependence on God in guiding our speech, as exemplified in Psalm 19:14. Through prayer, we align our hearts with God's will, seeking His guidance in our interactions.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Psalm 19:14
  • James 1:19

Questions to Consider

  1. How does Psalm 19:14 influence your approach to speaking?
  2. Why is it important to be quick to listen and slow to speak, as advised in James 1:19?
  3. Share a personal experience where prayer helped you in a challenging conversation.
  4. How can we encourage one another to prioritize prayer in our daily communication?
Your insights are valuable. Please share how prayer impacts your speech and relationships with others.

Morning Prayer for Friday, July 12, 2024

Gracious God,

As we gather in your presence this morning, we lift our hearts in worship and adoration. Thank you for the privilege of being called your children and for the blessings you pour out upon us each day. Help us, Lord, to use our words today to lift up and encourage those who are in need of your comfort and strength. Grant us clarity of mind and purity of heart, that our speech may always reflect your truth and grace. May your peace fill our hearts and your joy be our strength as we walk in obedience to your word. In Jesus' name we pray,

Amen.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Evening Prayer for Thursday, July 11, 2024

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your faithfulness throughout this day. As we reflect on the consequences of our words, we ask for your forgiveness for any hurtful or thoughtless speech. Help us to mend relationships where needed and to speak words of reconciliation and healing. We entrust our concerns and worries to you, knowing that you are our refuge and strength. Grant us restful sleep tonight and prepare us for another day to glorify you. In your mercy and grace,

Amen.

Words from Brother Jesse - Thursday, July 11, 2024 - "Transforming Lives Through Giving"

Dear Partners in Ministry,

Your commitment to transforming lives through giving is truly inspiring. Your financial support enables us to impact individuals and families with the love of Christ. As we consider the consequences of our words, let us also recognize the profound impact of our financial contributions. Your donations provide essential resources for our programs and initiatives, helping us bring hope and healing to many. Thank you for your continued generosity and prayers.

Blessings in Christ,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries