Is LIFE Picking on You

2 Kings 19:6 NKJV  And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria (they) have blasphemed Me.

 This is an incredible account of God’s amazing faithfulness to His people not to mention His incredible power.  It begins with Hezekiah becoming the King of Judah in Chapter 18.  At least at this point in His life He was a good king and followed the instructions of the Lord.  He destroyed the shrines and idols the people had began worshiping and God was with him mightily.

Then the mighty Assyrian army took Israel captive.  They were able to because they would not follow the leading and instructions of God (1 Kings 18:12).  Assyria then set their sights on Jerusalem and the people of Judah.  Their incredible army invaded the smaller cities around Jerusalem and then set out to conquer Jerusalem.  King Hezekiah tried to placate the Assyrians with Gold, Silver and precious fabrics and stones, even taken them from the temple, but it was of no use.  They Assyrian’s were determined to take everything including the city and the people.  They sent a spokesman to cast fear and false promises to the people, telling them that in captivity they would all have their own land and be treated fairly.  The spokesman told them to all in Hebrew to ignore what Hezekiah would tell them and that God would not protect them because “God” had sent the Assyrians to conquer them and make their lives better.  You can follow God and “life” happens.  But realize when it does, that “life” and all the circumstances involved around it is picking a fight with God?

The enemy tried to get the people to believe a lie.  They wanted them to believe it would be better to give up on what they “thought” was God’s promise, because they had God’s plan for them…  Hezekiah was deeply troubled and afraid for himself and the people.  What if they believed the lie and compromised their faith in God?  Then the Word of the Lord came, “Do not be afraid of the WORDS which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed ME.”  God isn’t very happy when people use His name to lie and manipulate people.  God was about to come through in a mighty way.  Hezekiah took a letter written to Him and the people of Judah and laid it out before God and began to pray.  “This letter is a mockery to you and your Word, Lord.  It is a fact that the Assyrians have a mighty army, but no one is mightier than you.  We serve you and trust in your Word.  Help us, Lord your promises to us are true (my words).”  A Word came by messenger from Isaiah that the Lord heard Hezekiah and had the situation under control.  That night God showed up and in a moment changed the entire circumstance that rattled Hezekiah and the people of Judah with fear.  Overnight the situation changed.  The Assyrians woke up to 185,000 of their troops laying dead and they packed up and took off for home fast.  The Lord delivered them from the Assyrians and they never even had to go to battle.

Whatever situation or circumstance is coming against you causing fear in you, whether it be bills, doctors reports, layoffs, teenagers, etc…  If they are coming against one of God’s promises for you, then they are blaspheming Him.  The enemy may even try to convince you that it is somehow God’s will.  Well if it is opposition to His written Word concerning you and His promises for you then it is NOT His will.  Don’t buy into that garbage.  Just take the report boldly to His throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16) and lay it out before Him.  “God, you said… these people are saying you are a liar.  We’ll, I trust you.  What are you going to do about this, Lord?”  Then listen…  When God is involved your entire situation can change instantly, even overnight as you sleep.  When the circumstances of life pick a fight with God: Trust in Him.  Follow His Word.  Don’t believe the lies.  Fear Not, He will come through.


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