July 01, 2016
Satan and his minions are on a constant attack against God and His people. He will never let up until the end. But until that time, every believer must deal with these evil forces while on earth (see Ephesians 6).
We need to be wise enough to recognize his voice.
Listen to his tempting reasonings as he comes to destroy the people when the godly Hezekiah was the king over Judah. The powerful king of Assyria (who had taken all of Israel into captivity) arrives to take the nation of Judah at Jerusalem.
Rabshakeh was the spokesman here, but you will hear this same demonic voice almost daily in your life.
Vs. 19 ""What is this confidence that you have?""...
Vs. 23 ""…not there, come, make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria…”
Vs. 23 ""I will give you 2,000 horses.""
Vs. 32- “I will take you away to the land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards...that you may live and not die.""
Vs. 24 ""How then can you repulse one official of the least of my master's servants?
Vs. 25 ""Have I now come up with the Lord's approval...the Lord said to me, ‘Go up against this land and destroy it.'”
Vs. 31 ""Make your peace with me and come out to me and eat each of his vine…”
Vs. 32 ""But do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’""
RESPONDING TO THE ENEMIES VOICE
So, how do we combat such powerful, deceitful voices? Here's what Hezekiah did...
Vs. 1 And when King Hezekiah heart it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord. Then he sent Eliakim...to Isaiah the prophet...
Vs. 6-7 Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard...behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.
Vs. 14-19. Then Hezekiah took the letter...and he went up to the house of he Lord and SPREAD IT OUT BEFORE THE LORD. Hezekiah prayed before he Lord....I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.
Vs. 20ff Thus says the Lord....because you have prayed to Me...I have heard you...then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.
There you have it. The Enemy has not changed, nor has God. He still uses the same temptations. He doesn’t have to be creative because these lies are still working on us.
But if you will, in faith, respond as Hezekiah, and live by “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” you will surely see the same results. And the world will see the reality of our King.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.