What Is He Doing Talking Like That?

There is one thing you need to know about me. I love the Word. I really love the Word. It is what I depend on for life. It is where I get my identity from. It is also the main way God speaks to me. I really love the Word of God because JESUS is the Word! (John 1:1)
I am sharing this with you because I derive a lot of what I share from the word.
I was reading the story of Hezekiah and it really spoke to me. He really loved the Lord. But there is a part in his story that I would like to highlight. His story is in 2 Kings 18 and 19. But let us focus on 2 Kings 18:18. The king of Assyria wanted Hezekiah to surrender to him. He had already conquered all the fortified cities of Judah. (2 Kings 18:13)
So he sent the Rabshakeh and two other officials to Hezekiah and this is where it gets interesting.

What is he doing talking like that?
That is what Hezekiah’s spokesmen must of being thinking as the Rabshakeh was speaking. He was told to speak in his Syrian dialect but instead he spoke in the Jews dialect!? Why?
The Rabshakeh wanted to instill fear in the hearts of the Jews. He was trying to intimidate them. He knew if he could instill fear in their hearts he could win the war!

The enemy still uses that same trick. He tries to intimidate us. He tries to instill fear in our hearts so we can surrender. We cannot allow him to win. If he wins, the war is over. We cannot allow fear to take root in our hearts. The enemy is a liar. Listen to what he wants to do for you,
Hearken not to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria:
Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat every man from his own vine and fig tree and drink every man the waters of his own cistern,
Until I come and take you away to a land like your own, a land of grain and vintage fruit, of bread and vineyards, of olive trees and honey, that you may live and not die. Do not listen to Hezekiah when he urges you saying, The Lord will deliver us. 2 Kings 18:31,32

Are you kidding me? Really??? The first thing that got me boiling was this passage,
“Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat every man from his own vine and fig tree and drink every man the waters of his own cistern,
Until I come to a land like your own”!
The enemy wanted Israel to enjoy their increase for a season and then take them away from that and give them something that sort of resembeled that!!!!
Thats the problem. The enemy wants to take us to a place that looks LIKE what GOD has promised us but IS NOT. Don’t surrender to fear. Don’t accept counterfeits. That is what the enemy is promising. His joy is not really joy. His love is not really love. His protection is not really protection. They are all COUNTERFEITS!
What the HECK is he thinking, talking like that?!!!
What does he take us for? Does he think we were born yesterday???
I pray you don’t fall into his trap.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self control. 2 Timothy 1:7

It is time to make a stand against fear. We will not accept counterfeits of God’s blessings. We will not surrender in the face of intimidation. We will trust in God no matter what. That is what I am saying!!!!


I Spoke and You Got Hurt!!!

How do you speak to people? I was with a friend this past week and we were joking with each other. But the problem was that I didn’t know when to stop. In retaliation they said somethings which really hurt. Simple words but powerful enough for me to cancel spending the afternoon with other friends later that day. I swear I tried to stop thinking about what was said but I just couldn’t get them out. My afternoon was spent just thinking. I was struggling on the inside with the negative words that were spoken. If I had been careful in how I spoke I would not have to deal with negative words that were spoken. They would not have been spoken. My friend must of being struggling with the same problem. That experience just showed me how powerful our words are.

Your words have power. You can either build someone up or tear them down. What are you speaking?
Look at what Ephesians 4:29 says:
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.

That is a high call for all of us. We need to examine how we speak to others. People should be better off after we have spoken to them. People should look forward to spending time with us. Speaking life doesn’t come naturally. You need to make a decision to be someone who speaks life. Even when you joking.
I just wanted to challenge you in how you should speak. Think about the scripture I wrote. You are the only one who knows what needs work in your life. So make the relevant changes to establish a new habit. You can do it.