LOYALTY TO THE LORD
                                                           2 Chronicles 16:7-9 (361)

          A.  King Asa was punished by the Lord because he relied on the army of Syria instead
                of trusting in God.

                1.  Under king Asa the people had been obedient to the Lord and God prospered them.
                2.  They became complacent and were threatened, and King Asa asked the help of
                     man, instead of trusting the Lord. Last portion, V9

          B.  First portion of V9.  The Lord is looking for those who are loyal to Him so He can
                strengthen, supply, support and defend them.

          C.  When the eyes of the Lord run to and fro among us, does He see people who are loyal
                to Him?

      I.  The importance of loyalty.

           A.  Loyal indicates our values.  Matthew 6:24 (707)

                 1.  Principle: We can’t serve two masters.  Can’t serve God and satan.  Examples:

           B.  Loyalty indicates our character.  Proverbs 23:7 (499)  Examples:

           C.  Loyalty determines where we will be in eternity.  Revelation 20:11-15 (916);
                 Matthew 25:31-36,41,46 (726)

     II.  How we can develop loyalty to God.

           A.  One must be a child of God.  Romans 12:1-2 (837); Acts 2:36-39 (802)

           B.  Consider the cost.  Luke 14:28-33 (767); Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 (507); Luke 9:
                 23 (760)

           C.  Weigh the benefits.  Matthew 6:33 (707); Ephesians 1:3 (863); 1 John 5:
                 10-13 (902)

           D.  Trust God in all circumstances.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (487); Philippians 2:12-
                 13 (868).


           A.  Let’s each one ask: Am I loyal to God?