An Undivided Heart – Read and Consider (excerpt)

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*Read and Consider*

II Kings 17:24-33


They worshiped the LORD, but they also appointed all sorts of their own people to officiate for them as priests in the shrines at the high places. 33 They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought. (II Kings 17:32)



f Samaria was anything, it was a house divided.  Starting with King Jeroboam, this northern kingdom had allowed the worship of foreign gods – forgetting their spiritual roots.  A succession of evil kings spiraled the nation deeper and deeper into sin, until God finally allowed it to be taken into exile by the Assyrians.  The people of the northern kingdom were taken captive; then the king of Assyria brought other people from foreign lands and resettled them in Samaria.  After some concerns about “what the god of that country requires” (17:26), the king sent a few exiled priest back to teach the resettled foreigners about the god of that land.  The result was that people tried to combine the worship of Jehovah God with that of all the various false gods – including those whose worship practices were in direct violation of God’s laws.  That was a combination that was sure to bring serious consequences.  When it comes to serving God, our loyalty to Him cannot be divided.

Centuries later, Jesus talked about a house divided.  He had been accused of casting out demons by the power of satan (a ludicrous accusation made by jealous people).  Jesus pointed out to these accusers that He wouldn’t be working against satan by the over of satan.  A house divided is a house that will fall (see Matthew 12:24-29).  And that’s what happened to Samaria, not that the nation immediately disappeared, but that it never regained spiritual or political power. 

Samaria is a good lesson for us.  In the rush of our lives, it’s easy to be divided – in our time, our energies, our focus.  Without realizing it, we can be a lot like the Samaritans; serving God along with our other allegiances.

That’s why prayer is so important.  It unites your hearts with God’s.  And it connects you to who matters more than anything else in your life.  Prayer keeps your heart undivided.


Dear God, I pray You would keep me from ever having a divided heart.  I don’t want to weaken my allegiance to You by showing any allegiance to the false gods of this world.  Help me to stay in close touch with You through constant and fervent prayer.  Unite my heart with Yours so that it never stray.


This is an Excerpt from an Awesome Book Written by Stormie Omartian titled The Power of Praying Through the Bible, Page 123.  I bumped across this book today @ Barnes & Noble and wanted to share it with you today.  I pray you find encouragement, correction and draw closer to the Lord our God, in Jesus name!

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