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Pathways #2

2 Kings 23:25 (NLT)

25 Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.



Major Takeaway:

The map you follow determines the treasure you find.

2 Chronicles 34:6–7 (NLT)

He did the same thing in the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, and in the regions all around them. 7 He destroyed the pagan altars and the Asherah poles, and he crushed the idols into dust. He cut down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Finally, he returned to Jerusalem.


King Josiah went on a purification tour


We need to go on a purification tour in our own lives. That process can take time.


2 Chronicles 34:3 (NLT)

3 During the eighth year of his reign (Josiah was 16), while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David. Then in the twelfth year (Josiah was 20) he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem…

2 Chronicles 34:8 (NLT)

8 In the eighteenth year (Josiah was 26) of his reign, after he had purified the land and the Temple…


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Natural Desire is NOT equal to Divine Intention


Leviticus 20:13 (NLT)

13 “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act.


Romans 1:26-27 (NLT)

26 …Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men…


According to ScienceNews.com 


Andrea Ganna a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the University of Helsinki, Says, “There is no ‘gay gene’ that determines whether someone has same-sex partners,”


If you want to know how to have a happy and successful marriage:

  1. Pray for God to guide to the right person 
  2. Look for someone of the opposite sex
  3. Look for someone who loves God more than you do
  4. Put God first in every detail of your relationship
  5. Stay faithful to God and don’t have sex or move in together until you are married.

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT)

There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests:

  1. haughty eyes (pride)
  2. a lying tongue, (dishonesty)
  3. hands that kill the innocent (murder - ABORTION)
  4. a heart that plots evil, (planning to hurt others…)
  5. feet that race to do wrong, (No restraint from sin)
  6. a false witness who pours out lies, (Lies about others)
  7. a person who sows discord in a family. (causing trouble)

2 Chronicles 34:8 (NLT)

8 In the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purified the land and the Temple, Josiah appointed Shaphan…, Maaseiah…, and Joah…, to repair the Temple of the Lord his God.


2 Chronicles 34:10-11 (NLT)

10 He entrusted the money to the men assigned to supervise the restoration of the Lord’s Temple. Then they paid the workers who did the repairs and renovation of the Temple. 11 They hired carpenters and builders, who purchased finished stone for the walls and timber for the rafters and beams. They restored what earlier kings of Judah had allowed to fall into ruin.


  1. Choose a different role model
  2. Tear down the past
  3. Build what is good
  4. Trust the right people


The map you follow determines the treasure you find