Jul. 10, 2022
PRIORITIES FOR SUCCESS (HEZEKIAH)
2 Chronicles 31:20–21 20 Hezekiah did… what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 In everything…he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.
2 Chronicles 29:1-36 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. 3 In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them. 4 He brought in the priests and the Levites… 5 and said: "Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD... Remove all defilement from the sanctuary.
6 Our fathers were unfaithful… They turned their faces away from the LORD's dwelling place and turned their backs on him… 8 Therefore, the anger of the LORD has fallen on Judah and Jerusalem… 9 This is why our fathers have fallen by the sword and why our sons and daughters and our wives are in captivity.
10 Now I intend to make a covenant with the LORD, the God of Israel, so that his fierce anger will turn away from us. 11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him…
18 "We have purified the entire temple of the LORD… 19 We have prepared and consecrated all the articles that King Ahaz removed in his unfaithfulness while he was king. They are now in front of the LORD's altar…" 35 So the service of the temple of the LORD was reestablished. 36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.
PRIORITIES FOR SUCCESS:
1. ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD DO?
James 4:17 (NASB) Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.
2. ARE YOU PROACTIVE IN RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS?
2 Chronicles 30:1 Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel.
2 Chronicles 30:6-11 6 "People of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria… 8 Do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were; submit to the LORD. Come to the sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever… 10 The couriers went from town to town… but the people scorned and ridiculed them. 11 Nevertheless, some men of Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.
3. ARE YOU OPEN TO CRITICISM & CORRECTION?
2 Chronicles 32:25 25 But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud…
2 Chronicles 32:27,31 27 Hezekiah was very wealthy and held in high esteem… 31 when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.
2 Chronicles 32:26 26 Then Hezekiah repented of his pride, and the people of Jerusalem humbled themselves. So the Lord’s anger did not come against them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.
2 Chronicles 32:1–3 1 Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities... 2 When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to wage war against Jerusalem, 3 he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him.
2 Chronicles 32:6-8 (NLT) Then Hezekiah encouraged them with this address: 7 “Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! 8 He may have a great army, but they are just men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” These words greatly encouraged the people.
4. ARE YOU ENTRUSTING GOD WITH YOUR BATTLES?
1 John 4:4 (ESV) 4 …he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
2 Chronicles 32:20-21 20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah… cried out in prayer to God in heaven. 21 And the Lord sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib returned home in disgrace to his own land.