Friday, February 19, 2010

Do Not Let God's Blessings Make You Prideful

We Must Be Careful Not To Let The Blessings Of God Make Us Proud

Reading in 2 Kings
Hezekiah was a good King. He did what was right in the site of the Lord

2 Kings 18:3
Yesterday in the Bible Blog, I noted how Hezekiah took things to God in prayer and God answered in positive ways.

Now today, Hezekiah is sick and about to die.

He sends for the prophet Isaiah. When Isaiah tells him he is going to die…

2 Kings 20:1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: “Set your house in order for you shall die, and not live.”

As before, Hezekiah took his condition before the Lord

2 Kings 20: 2-6
Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your site.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

{Just thinking, have we lived such a life before the Lord that we could remind Him how faithful we have lived?}

And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the work of the Lord came to him, saying,

{Notice how quickly God answered Hezekiah’s prayer}

“Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.

{ Not only did God heal him, He added 15 years to his life, and promised to deliver him from the king of Assyria. Also notice that God did it because of Hezekiah’s obedience and for God’s Own Sake.}

“And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”

So Far….So Good

Now that Hezekiah has had so many promises and blessings from the Lord, I suspect he began to take things for granted.

He got a little arrogant and proud.

So when the king of Babylon came to see Hezekiah { to check him out}
What did Hezekiah do? He proudly showed off all of his possessions

No Mention Of The Lord Here.

Pride goes before a fall.

2 Kings 20 13. Hezekiah was attentive to them and showed then all the house of his treasures- the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory- all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: “Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon” nothing shall be left”, says the Lord
And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “ The Word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!’ For he said “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?’

Now it seems that Hezekiah is only interested in his own welfare. what will happen in his days…not the consequences that his sons will pay for his pride.

Wow….. We Can Not take for granted the Blessings of God.

And We Must Always Give God the Glory For Them.

This is one way we can witness to people….letting them know …that God takes care of His Own.

Deut. 8:18
“Remember the Lord….for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

God Protects And Provides For His Own

My Bible study this morning was in 2 Kings,

From each study, I like to pick out certain verses that really speak to my heart.

2Kings, 17:39 “But the Lord your God you shall fear; and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”

There are many words in this verse that people could pick out; like God...…Deliver.......Enemies

Two small words struck me.
{and}……..the Lord your God you shall fear {and} meaning, If we fear Him, He will Deliver. {because } we fear Him, He will deliver.
When we put God first, He puts us first.

Remember, if we want God to come closer to us, we must come closer to Him.

The other word {fear} having an awesome respect for. Not meaning to be afraid of. Putting God First in our Hearths and Lives.

2 Kings 19: 14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord

I wonder….what is the first thing we do when we get bad news. Fret, Get Discouraged????? Have a pity Party????

Hezekiah read… and took his papers to the Lord…. and Spread them out…….and he Prayed.

Have we ever spread out our Bills before the Lord and Prayed?
Remember, all we have belongs to the Lord…so our problems are His problems.

Personal Testimony:
I remember once when my air conditioner in the shop quit working.
I threw my hands up to the Lord and looked up to Him, and said….
“Lord, Your air conditioner quit”

I called the man to come and fix it.
I prayed to the Lord….that it would not be expensive.
The man came and climbed up on my roof….stayed for a little while…
Came back down and said. I turned it back on… is working…..I do not find anything wrong.

I shared with him what I had done.
My witness to God’s provision.

Well, now the Lord’s rent is due.

That is His too.

Will let you know How He Provides.

2 Kings 19: 20 “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Because you have prayed to Me {against Sennacherib, King of Assyria,} I have heard”

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Do You Know Who You Are?

I recently posted this on my Facebook page.

So What If People Say "Just Who Does She Think She Is."

I Know Who I Am.
And I do believe "That Makes Me A Princess"
Well, I am only 2 weeks into my committment to do my new tithe.

So far, what I have done......I am taking out what I have promised the Lord.
And I am expecting Him to supply the money for bills.

That is giving Him my FirstFruits.

Would you not rather have 90% plus God rather than 100% minus God?

I keep telling myself that He Will Supply All Of My Needs According To HIS Riches In Christ Jesus.

Now of course He has Already Supplied our Needs {Salvation} through Christ Jesus.

I had a discussion the other day with a family member. She said she had written checks before, to the Lord [With Money She Did NOt have } and expected the Lord to supply it.
And the checks bounced. But I feel this is expecting God to Supply His own Tithe.....rather than sowing it ourself out of our blessings from Him.

The devil attacts me every hour, telling me I can not do this.

But the Big Question is......How Can We Trust God For Something As Important As Our Salvation.....And Then Not Trust Him For Our Daily Needs.

I noticed someting interesting on my Microsoft Word.
It kept trying to get me to cvapotalize the word satan or devil.

I won't give him that recognizition.