The Holy Bible: The Good news Translation
2 Kings 18:22, 28-31 (Key verses)
22 The Assyrian official went on, “Or will you tell me that you are relying on the LORD your God?
28 Then the official stood up and shouted in Hebrew, “Listen to what the emperor of Assyria is telling you! 29 He warns you not to let Hezekiah deceive you. Hezekiah can’t save you. 30 And don’t let him persuade you to rely on the LORD. Don’t think that the LORD will save you, and that he will stop our Assyrian army from capturing your city. 31 Don’t listen to Hezekiah.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
I want you to think about church members (faithful members that is) who have seen God’s hand at work; listened to the Word of the Lord every time the church doors opens; gained confidence in their pastor; and have gained, what they believe to be, a solid relationship with the Lord. Now all of a sudden leaders of an invading army comes into town and stands before a gathering of these folk and they hear him asking the pastor if he is ready to renounce the power of his God and concede to the power of the incoming army. See verse 22 for the question posed to Hezekiah. Then the army official turns to the crowd and speaks like was said to the Jews under Hezekiah’s rule, as underlined in verses 28, thru 31. Are you strong enough to take your stand Christian Brother? Will you quickly concede Christian Sister? I want to remind you that we face these challenges every day. It is easy to stand in church and testify to God’s answers to our prayers, but to what do we attribute the sudden healing of our bodies or our marriage relationship, when we are put on the spot by a coworker who might ask of us? Do you really know in whom you believe and are willing to stand firm in your commitment to Him in all circumstances of life? It is very easy to quickly respond how easy this is for you, but I want to encourage you to practice it friend. Don’t use the ‘good luck’ or ‘lucky’ terms in your explanation, if you believe it was God who touched you, then say so – regardless of who you might be responding to, or might be standing nearby. I believe that God provides opportunities such as described, so that we can openly witness to the world that He is Lord, and that His power has touched our lives. Let’s not be ashamed of whose we are, or what He has done for us!
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing touch on my life every day. Thank You for loving me enough to die for me; to watch over me; to provide for me; to hear me when I call; to love me unconditionally and to be my very best friend and confidant. Please help me to not be ashamed of You or all that You do for me, but to be an open witness of Your love and Your power. I love You Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship You with all of my heart! Thank You Lord! Please strengthen the lives of my friends today so that they may be bold witnesses in all aspects of their lives.
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