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Saturday, August 11, 2018
Today's Devotion
"When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair" (2 Kings 22:11).

King Josiah was grieved because he heard the Word of God for the first time in his life and realized for the nation to be blessed the nation must turn to God. When Josiah read the Word this godly young man was convicted of sin.

The sacred Scriptures convicted him of sin to the extent that he reacted by doing something no king was ever to do; he ripped his clothes in grief for and conviction of his and his people's sins.

He said, "For the Lord's great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do" (2 Kings 22:13b).

He immediately realized they had not been doing what God had told them to do. Take note of this: A revived heart will be led to a conviction of sin and a desire to do the will of God, but it's got to find the Word first. Psalm 119:25b implores: "…revive me by your word."

In order for revival to happen in our lives, the Word of God has to be read, believed and obeyed. If your spiritual life is weakening, get in the Word!

Josiah found the Book of the Law and it started revival. The King read the Word to his people and it changed their lives.

Note this: Depending on what Book or Books he found it could have taken 3-12 hours to read it to the people. Hearing the Word of God, reading the Word and understanding it and applying it to your life takes time!
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Today's ScriptShare
"For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music" (Psalm 27:5-6).
The LORD bless you and keep you; 
The LORD make His face shine on you, 
And be gracious to you; 
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, 
And give you peace.
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