Asa’s Principles

25 Jan

And Asa

I loved coming across Asa who is the great-grandson of King David, in 2 Chronicles 14. Asa had taken up the role of King after the death of his father Abijah, and before that, Rehoboam and Solomon. All these Kings struggled to live out their kingly duties in the ways of God. Solomon became comfortable and distracted by life’s luxuries. Rehoboam got greedy and tried to gain more power and more influence than what he had and brought division in Israel. Abijah was quite wicked and not fully devoted to God (1 King 15:3).

The first thing we hear about Asa in this passage is “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”. What a way to be introduced and remembered in the Bible! Especially after a history of Kings failing to live up to standard in their privileged responsibility.

I began to investigate further as to what Asa did that was good and right. Thus creating ‘Asa’s Principles’

  1. Asa removed, smashed and cut. (2 Chronicles 14:3)

Asa set out to destroy the things that were not of God. He removed foreign alters, smashed ‘sacred’ stones, and cut down Asherah poles (A goddess). This was an act to remove distractions or any obstacles in knowing the true God.

What do we need to remove, smash or cut in our lives? Is it a devotion to something else? An addiction that we indulge in? A limitation we have placed on ourselves? A stronghold in our life? Remove, smash and cut what is not of God.

2. Asa set the standard (2 Chronicles 14:4)

Asa commanded his community to seek God. After removing everything not of God, his next action was to make everything of God the foundation of the community. He also commanded them to obey the commandments and live in the ways of God. This was the standard Asa placed on himself and his community.

What are you laying down as the standard, the priority or the commandment in your life? Is it to seek God? Is it to follow His ways? or is it simply to attend Church on a Sunday Morning? When you set the standard of seeking God daily and living in His ways, your lives will be transformed greatly and richly blessed with His presence and love

3. Asa built up (2 Chronicles 14:6-7)

After Asa had rid of everything not of God, set the foundation of knowing God and seeking Him, Asa built the city up. He fortified the city, armed the men because he knew that the city and people were standing on the solid rock of God’s promises.

When we establish God as the foundation of our lives, we are able to build upwards and allow God to truly work in us and as a result, outwork through us. God begins to reveal promises, develop fruits in our lives and lead the way for us to follow.

These are Asa’s principles. I pray that you will be richly blessed in reading this and reflect upon your own life as to where you could apply any of these aspects. If you feel you are disqualified because of the things you have done, remember that these principles came into place because of the mistakes the previous Kings made; this didn’t disqualify Israel but rather enabled someone to come in and make the necessary changes after responding to God’s love and mercy. I pray that you will be a person that can be introduced as someone who “did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”

 

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