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“May you and I seek to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.” <>< Dona (05/28/20)

Please read II Kings 18 through 21.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Kings 18:1-7 Hezekiah king of Judah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as King David had done (verse 3).  He held fast to the Lord and followed Him.  He kept the commands the Lord gave Moses (verse 6).  And the Lord was with Hezekiah.  Hezekiah was successful in whatever he undertook (verse 7).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, acting with great courage, Hezekiah rebelled against the king of Assyria. 

Something to think about

Hezekiah placed his faith in God and not his own strength.  In spite of the obstacles and dangers he faced, Hezekiah continued to follow God.

Something to experience

When situations in our life look overwhelming will we continue to follow God?

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In II Kings 19:1-19 Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, sent a message to King Hezekiah to surrender. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, immediately after receiving the message from the king of Assyria, Hezekiah went to the temple and prayed. 

Something to think about

Hezekiah finished his prayer with “Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his (Sennacherib, king of Assyria’s) hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”

Something to experience

Prayer should be our first response in any crisis we face.  If we immediately pray, then hopelessness won’t have time to park in our thoughts.  When we recognize God is the answer to every problem we have, we can leave every situations in His hands. 

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In II Kings 19:20-34 Isaiah, the prophet, sent a message from God to Hezekiah concerning Sennacherib, the king of Assyria. Verses 21-28 were spoken against King Sennacherib.  Verses 29-34 were words of encourage to King Hezekiah.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the words You spoke through Isaiah, the prophet, were powerful.

Something to think about

God answered Hezekiah’s prayer for help. In verse 31 God says, “For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.” And in verse 34 God says, “I will defend this city and save it, for My sake and for the sake of David my servant.”

Something to experience

All God needs is a remnant of true believers to rebuild any nation into a strong nation.  If only a glimmer of faith remains in our heart, God can use it to restore our faith.  If you feel that only a spark of faith remains in you, ask God to use it to rekindle a blazing fire of commitment to Him. 

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In II Kings 20:5-21 Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death.  He prayed “Remember O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You responded that You would heal him.

Something to think about

Not only did God say He would heal Hezekiah, but He told Hezekiah He would save the city from the Assyrians (verse 6).

Something to experience

Our prayers can make a difference too.  True faith and sincere prayer can change any situation.

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In Kings 21 Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son, became king of Judah.   He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He rebuilt high places (pagan shrines) and erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshipped them and did many other actions forbidden by God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Manasseh willfully led Your people into sin.

Something to think about

Manasseh and the people following him demonstrated a lack of faith in God and therefore opened the door to demonic influences. 

Something to experience

Many books, programs, movies and games emphasize fortune-telling séances, and other occult practices.  Don’t condone occult practices. These activities are counterfeits of God’s power.  And are against God’s plan for us.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray no matter what comes into our life we will continue to follow You (Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will seek first Your Presence and Your Power in every situation we face (Ephesians 3:19 AMP). I pray we will leave every problem in Your hands (Psalm 111:7 AMP). I pray in America You will always have a remnant to rebuilt our nation (Deuteronomy 4:7 AMP; II Chronicles 7:14 AMP).  I pray You will rekindle a blazing fire of commitment to You in the hearts of all believers (Revelation 3:2 AMP).   Lord, I pray we will demonstrate true faith and speak sincere prayer as we seek Your help (Romans 8:26 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will not get involved in anything that has to do with the occult (Revelation 21:8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I never get involved in anything that has to do with the occult.” <>< Dona