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Crisis Management, God’s Way–2 Kings 19

Today’s Scripture Reading:  :  2 Kings 19:1-19; Isaiah 37:1-20; 2 Chronicles 32:9-19; 2 Kings 19:20-37; Isaiah 37:21-38; 2 Chronicles 32:20-23

Most of us…

  • Will never receive the kind of news Hezekiah got in today’s scripture reading
  • Will never be king over the City of David

But…

  • We may own a business
  • Lead a team
  • Pastor a church
  • Parent a family

What would you do if suddenly you got word that a hurricane, oil spill, a group of terrorists, or a failing economy was on its way to destroy everything you hold dear?

What did Hezekiah do?

We’ve seen a lot of kings over the last few weeks of our journey, but very few we can pattern our lives after.  Hezekiah is a king we can follow!

In today’s reading Hezekiah finds himself in a crisis.  The Holy Spirit allows us to be a fly on the wall to learn crisis management, God’s way.

There are 3 things Hezekiah did when he heard the news that the Assyrians were planning to destroy Jerusalem.

  1. He went to the place where he met God– the Temple (2 Kings 19:1)
  2. He sought the advice of Isaiah’s wise, Godly counsel (2 Kings 19:2)
  3. He took the letter he had received from King Sennacherib’s messengers and went to the temple a second time.  He spread it out before the Lord and prayed…  O Lord, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim!  You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth.  You alone created the heavens and the earth!  Bend down, O Lord, and listen!  Open your eyes, O Lord, and see!  Listen to Sennacherib’s word of defiance against the living God…now, O Lord, our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kings of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God. (2 Kings 19:14-16)

What is “the first thing you do” when you receive news of a crisis?

  • Call a family member
  • Call a friend
  • Call a doctor
  • Ask for somebody to pray
  • Take a pill
  • Take a drink
  • Escape in T.V.

“The first thing we do” in tough times is the most important thing.  It shows where and in whom our faith lies.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

~ Hebrews 11:6

Since Jesus came to earth, died for us, went back to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit; we can meet our God anywhere, anytime.  We don’t have to go to the temple to meet him, pray some fancy “thee” and “thou” prayer, or call for someone to pray “for” us.  We just have to say, “Jesus, help me!”

Did God answer Hezekiah’s prayers?

Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria,  the Lord has spoken this word against him—see Isaiah 37:22-35.

The very same night Isaiah spoke this prophesy to Hezekiah, the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers.  King Sennacherib broke camp and returned to his own land.  Then, “one day” while the king was worshiping his god, his sons killed him with their swords.

Friends, GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!  When a Crisis hits; go to God, get a wise prayer partner who gives Godly counsel, and pray for God to answer your prayer and cause others to “Know Him More!”

Lord increase our faith!  Luke 17:5


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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 King 19:1-19; Isaiah 37:1-20; 2 Chronicles 32:9-19; 2 Kings 19:20-37; Isaiah 37:21-38; 2 Chronicles 32:20-23

May 5, 2010—Why Are You Doing That?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Chronicles 29: 1-22; 1 Kings 1: 1-53

Can you imagine having a father who never disciplined you…ever?  David was that kind of father to Adonijah.  The scripture says David never once asked Adonijah, “Why are you doing that?”  It seems that David’s children pretty much did what they wanted to—remember Amnon who raped Tamar and Absalom who had Ammon killed to avenge Tamar’s death.

In today’s world of relativism…

Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is relative to the individual—
                                                                             Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

 …many parents think they should create an atmosphere where their children can find their own truth so they never question, “Why are you doing that?”  We are seeing the same results  David got from allowing our children to determine their own truth.

Whether you are a parent, a leader of a small group, a supervisor, or a CEO asking “why” is an important part of leading.  It’s hard for me to understand why David, who is still known today as a great leader, did not lead his sons by asking the tough questions and providing direction and discipline?

People need boundaries.  Children need boundaries, even kings’ kids need boundaries.

Thank you Lord for Your Word and Your Holy Spirit!  Teach us to ask ourselves daily, “Why am I doing that?”  Show us Your Truth Lord!

We Trust you to get Your will accomplished in our lives!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 2: 1-9, 2 Samuel 23: 1-7, 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 1 Chronicles 29: 26-30, Psalms 4,,5,6,8,9,11

April 28, 2010—The Spirit of Absalom

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14

Today’s reading is not just another day in the life of David and his dysfunctional family.  The story of Absalom is a story that stands as a warning to all of us.  For every leader in any organization there are usually one or two subordinates or under-leaders who think they could do a better job than their leader.

Absalom…

  • bought a chariot and horses
  • Hired 50 bodyguards
  • Got up early and went to the gate of the city
  • Told people that David didn’t have anyone to hear their case
  • “Appeared” to be humble
  • Stole the hearts of the people
  • Had time for them
  • Stirred up a rebellion against his father, King David

He literally devised a plan to steal the kingdom from his father David.  What happened to Absalom to cause him to betray his own father?  Offense, hatred, unforgiveness and bitterness

Have you ever been deceived by an Absalom?  It’s happened to the best of us.  It has happened to me.  While suffering at the hand of an Absalom is a tough pill to swallow, there is something worse—being an Absalom.  As I was writing this the Holy Spirit showed me an area in which I was being an Absalom.  No, in relative terms it’s not that big of a deal, but if it’s a big deal to God; it’s a big deal to me.  I’ve asked the Lord to forgive me and I am going to work on this immediately!

The next time you find yourself working in a team atmosphere where there’s an appointed leader, watch your self-talk (the thoughts that are going through your head).  Are you thinking things like…

  • This person isn’t that great of a leader
  • This person is insensitive to the needs of the people
  • I could do a much better job leading this team

Let’s go one step further; what are you saying to the other folks on your team or in your organization?  Does it sound anything like Absalom’s words in 2 Samuel 15: 32-38?

  • You really have a strong case here
  • It’s too bad the King doesn’t have anyone to hear it
  • I wish I were the judge
  • Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgement
  • I would give them real justice

Absalom is the under-leader with hidden agendas who eventually draws away disciples unto himself. Absalom is the wolf in sheep’s clothing who steals sheep for his own gain.

This “spirit of Absalom” is rooted in pride.  I can’t believe how a five-letter word:  P-R-I-D-E can cause so many problems.  There is so much deception going on in this type of situation, but the person who is deceived the most is the “Absalom.”  They think their heart is right.

Friends, let’s make a commitment to check our motives daily.  Why are we saying what we’re saying?  Are we trying to elevate ourselves and put someone else down?

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the spirit of offense which he uses to breed disloyalty and rebellion.  Here’s a great motto to write on the walls of our hearts (I got this from my friend Tamara):

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit who shines a light in the crooks and corners of my heart!  Help me to always repent quickly and turn from my sins.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17: 15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63,

2 Samuel 18: 1 through 19:30

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