2 Chronicles 32:25 Danger Of Pride

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But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 32:25 

Pride is thinking highly of one’s self or one’s own accomplishments. It is a highly prized feeling in this world. Children are trained to be proud of themselves  and what they can do. Pride says, ‘I can do it’, or ‘I am so good.’ It is all about self.

All over the world, people are struggling with themselves and who they are. They struggle with their own self value in this world. Counselors are always telling people that they have high value and must be proud of themselves.

Hezekiah had done a great job at following the commands of God in removing false idols and serving Him alone. Yet, at some point he began to allow pride in himself, turning his heart away from God. Since he had pride in his heart, God began to bring His wrath upon him and the nation.

The danger in pride is that it is all about self. It is saying that you ca do it without anyone else’s help. It ignores others or God and removes them from the picture.

Pride in self is what led to the downfall of Satan. Pride removes God from the picture. Many believers have allow pride to enter their hearts and minds. As they do that, they are slowly pushing God of the throne of their heart and putting themselves on that throne that is supposed to be God’s throne.

The only pride a believer should have is in what Jesus had done for them and others, and pride in what others are doing and who they are. Self pride brings about God’s wrath, because it takes the focus off of Him and places it on self.

You may have some self pride in your heart. Seek God for strength and realize who He is and who you really area in the grand scheme of eternal life and this universe.

In yourself you are nothing. You cannot do anything on your own. In fact, you messed everything up by allowing sin into your life.

Turn from self pride and realize who you are. As a believer you are God’s servant doing God’s work for God’s purpose to honor Him. Know what Jesus has done for you and be proud of Him, not self.

Give God all the credit and take pride in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what He has done for you; that you will take pride in God’s work; that you will turn from self pride to God; and that you will allow God to get all the credit in your life.

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2 Kings 18:6 No Stopping

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He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. 2 Kings 18:6 

As people are moving forward with something, there will come a lot of opposition and challenges. It can become easy to throw in the towel and give up. Or it can be easy to get distracted on the way and change paths.

It is very common for a person to begin something, but then to shortly give it up for something else or because it is too difficult. Those who continue to press on are the ones who become successful. Very few people become successful without a lot of struggle and dedication. Beginning well is easy, but finishing well is a challenge.

Hezekiah had become king of Judah and immediately he went through the nation and had all the high places to the false gods torn down. He focused on serving God and obeying all of His commands. He chose to hold fast to God and refuse to stop.

Starting to following God is not a difficult thing to do for most people. However, continuing to follow Him and obey Him may be a challenge. It challenge one’s belief and trust in God. It challenges his focus on serving God.

As soon as one begins to follow God, the world will strive to stop the following. Things will attempt to get in the way and distract the person from God and His commands. Reasons to not obey will constantly pop up.

The believer must hold on fast to God and not give up. He must hold on to God as though he were holding on to a rope that his life depended upon, because his life does depend upon God. One cannot save his life, but once saved he needs to honor God with his life by obedience.

At some point in your life, you have chosen to follow God and obey Him. The world will do what it can to distract you and turn you away from God and obeying Him. Do not allow yourself to get distracted and disobey God’s commands to you. Hold fast onto God.

Know that God has the best plans for you. The world has plans to destroy you in the end. As you are holding fast to God, He is holding fast to you. God will not allow you to be destroyed. Don’t stop holding on to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to serving God; that you will know what God wants of you; and that you will not stop obeying God. 

Isaiah 39:6 Failing In The End With Pride

The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. Isaiah 39:6

Hezekiah had faithfully followed God and led the nation towards God all his life. At some point, he came down with a sickness and was told he would die. After crying out to God, he was told he would live another fifteen years.

The king of Babylon had heard of Hezekiah’s sickness and recovery, and so he sent envoys to him with a gift. When they showed up, Hezekiah showed them everything that he had in his entire kingdom. Right after showing all of this stuff, Hezekiah was told that after he dies the kingdom would be taken from his descendants.

At first glance at this, one may ask why all of his stuff would be taken away? And what did he do that was so wrong?

As Hezekiah was showing off all of the stuff that had been accumulated over the years, he did it without giving God the credit. It was pride that was showing off everything. The king of Babylon had sent a gift because of the illness and recovery. It had nothing to do with what had been accumulated or done before.

It was a great opportunity to tell the king of Babylon how he had recovered from the illness. It was not the time to show off all of the treasures.

There are times when God may do a healing or some other miracle in a person’s life. Often, instead of pointing people to what God has done, they continue on with life and show off what they have done.

When God does some healing or miracle in your life, take the time to show people what God did in that situation. Point people to who God is and His great mercy on you.

Do not be like the rest of the world, and point them to what you have accomplished in life. The pride of the things you have accumulated will be a downfall and failure in the eyes of God.

You did not get all that you have because of your own power, it was blessed to you by God and His power.

Do not allow pride to bring your downfall at the end of your life.

I pray today that you will recognize God’s work in your life; that you will point people to God; that you will not show pride in your own things; and that you will give credit to God for all that you have and do.

Isaiah 37:5-6 Do Not Be Afraid Of Reports

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.” Isaiah 37:5-6

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, had come up against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. The city was threatened to be overrun and everyone killed. He boasted about the power that Assyria had and all the other nations he had overcome already. The people were afraid of him, because his army was much stronger and Assyria had destroyed many other nations.

King Hezekiah sent some people to Isaiah to find out what God had to say about the situation. Basically Isaiah said that they were to ignore the reports that were being delivered by Sennacherib’s men. God saw what he was saying and how Assyria was blaspheming Him.

Since that time the methods of delivering messages have changed, but the messages often being delivered are the same. Watch any news channel and you will see many reports of danger and threats. One nation is always threatening another nation. One group of people is threatening another group of people. Governmental laws threaten some people. Reports of epidemic sickness arise. Reports of economic collapse are everywhere. Reports of violence, rape, murder, theft are always out there. Fear is found everywhere.

As a believer in Jesus, you will hear these reports on a regular basis. There is nothing to stop these reports. However, you do not have to live in fear because of the reports being made. God is greater than any power in this world.

Just as Hezekiah did, you must bring those reports to God. He is the one who is really in control of everything. Without His permission, nothing can happen.

Instead of running in fear of those reports, give them to God and trust Him in how to deal with them. Trust that God knows what is best to be allowed or stopped. There is purpose for everything that happens in this life, both the good and the bad things. God will use everything, but all of it will be used for your benefit, if you allow Him to use it that way.

Are you fearing those reports?

Or are you trusting God with those reports?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that God will help you to not fear any bad reports; that you will bring all reports before God to deal with; and that you will be a witness of God’s great power to this world.

2 Kings 19:5-6 A Time To Ignore

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.’ ” 2 Kings 19:5-6

Sennacherib had threatened to destroy Israel. He made statements on how powerful Assyria was and all of the nations that they had already conquered. He also stated that God would not be able to help them.

King Hezekiah had sent some men to the prophet, Isaiah. Isaiah had told them that God is telling them to not be afraid. God had heard what the king of Assyria was saying and how he was blaspheming Him. God was going to reroute the Assyrian army and kill the king.

The enemy likes to boast of his power and ability to destroy and conquer. Over the years many different countries that have had larger armies have threatened smaller nations. They often feel that their power is greater and that nothing can stand in their way. Although they may have larger armies, there has been times when much smaller armies have rerouted them and won the battle.

In the spiritual realm, there is also an enemy that is at war with every believer. Satan and all of his followers are striving to put fear in your heart. The world, who follows Satan, will tell lies to you on a regular basis.

They will try to tell you that God is dead and cannot really help you.

He will remind you of the sins you have done and try to convince you that you are unworthy to be saved by Jesus.

Satan will try to tell you that God really does not hear your prayers, because they are not being answered the way you want.

When you make a mistake, the world will be right there to kick you some more to keep you down.

The false spirits will try to convince you that the Bible is just a bunch of made up stories.

The world will try to tell you that you, as a person, can do everything on your own and that you do not need God.

These are all lies of the enemy to put fear and doubt in your minds. The enemy may look very powerful, but in reality, up against God, is nothing. When these lies come in, it is a time to ignore those words. It is not the time to be afraid. God is greater and is absolute truth and love at all times.

Look to God’s word and see what He says. Read about how He loves you with an undying love and wants to forgive you and save you. Hold on to the truth that Jesus did remove your sins. Know that God is more powerful than the enemy.

God’s love will cast out all fear. Listen to His words, not the words of the enemy.

I pray today that you will know the truth of what God says about you; that you will not listen to the words of the enemy; that you will not fear the threats of the enemy; and that you will trust God to win the battles and war over your life.

2 Kings 18:36 Keeping Silent

But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.” 2 Kings 18:36

While Hezekiah was king of Israel, the king of Assyria, Sennacherib had decided to attack Israel. Sennacherib sent his commander of the army to Hezekiah to speak to him and all the people of Israel. He told them that they had the power to destroy them and threatened all the people.

The Israelites could have easily began a retaliation of words, attempting to prove God was stronger, or that God had delivered Israel before and would do it again. They could have strived to argue how the gods of Assyria were false gods, not real. However, Hezekiah had told all the people to remain silent and not respond at all to his threats, and so they did remain silent.

Whenever a person begins to threaten another person, the first thing the victim wants to do is respond. If the threat is in words, people will usually respond very quickly in words. Their defenses go up, refusing to allow the attacker to win the battle.

This is seen all the time when there are threats on a person’s character. Usually the response is one of attacks back upon the attacker’s character.

These types of situations are seen both in the world and inside the church. People attack others, and the victim rises up and takes a stand with words arguing against the attacker.

Hezekiah knew God and His power. He knew that his words would be meaningless and a waste of time. It would not help to argue with the Assyrian commander. He kept quiet and went to God with the situation.

You may be going through some of these attacks now, if not there will come a day when it will happen. During the attack the best thing to do is keep silent and bring it before God. When the people had Jesus on trial to be killed, they made all kinds of accusations against Him. Jesus remained silent and did not say very much. He trusted the situation in God’s hands.

Just because someone else cuts you down, does not mean you need to cut them down also. Allow God to deal with that person. His ways will be much better than yours.

Are you fighting back?

Or are you trusting God to guide you and fight your battles for you?

I pray today that God will guide you in when to keep silent; that God will strengthen you to keep silent; that you will not fight a useless battle with words; and that your words will point people to Jesus rather than cutting them down.

2 Kings 18:5-6 A Record For Trusting God

Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. 2 Kings 18:5-6

Some of the kings of Judah had trusted God some. Many had eventually walked away from God. Hezekiah had a record of trusting and following God his entire life. He did not stop trusting God or start worshipping idols in addition to following God. He was listed as being the most different among all the kings of Judah.

There are many things that people trust in, however, most will change what they trust in over time. Some will trust in certain companies stocks for their retirement for a while, then change to another company. Others will trust one politician for a time, then change to another. The trust of people changes all the time.

This occurs in the church also. Many people change their trust in a local church to another one on a regular basis, never satisfied.

Sadly, many believers also move their trust around. They state that they fully trust in God, but when a hard time hits, they look to others for help, rather than to God. When God tells a person to do something specific for Him, many often question it and refuse to do it out of fear, rather than trust.

God’s ways are above any man’s ways, so His ways do not always make sense or even look right, but they are the best ways. God is always looking out for your best in this world and in the world to come.

You can only see in the moment. God can see into your future and knows what is up ahead. Are you trusting God?

If everyone around you was asked about you, what would they say?

Would they say that you are a person who always trusts God?

What is your record when it comes to trust God?

I pray today that you will know God more; that you will learn to fully trust God; that you will trust in God alone; that others will know you trust God; and that you will follow God with all of your abilities.