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BEFORE YOU TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL; Do This First

Talk back to the devil

I TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL:  BEFORE YOU MAKE A BOAST, DO THESE FIRST.

I studied something recently and I felt like sharing it with you.

Before you make that boast.

NOTE; Psalms 34:2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear [of it] and be glad.

1 Corinthians 1:31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord."


At some point in time you may have come across, serious challengers, who talked proudly and arrogantly to you, saying all sort of things, boasting in their strength and their might., threatening to beat, demote, or bring you down at all cost.

I have witnessed it before, and as it happened to me, I don't keep quiet, I talked back, boasted of who I am and what I can do. That day, it resulted into a serious fight of which I got serious injuries.


BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL.


THE DEVIL TALKS: he even roared about like a wounded lion looking for whom to devour... And when he does makes his boast against us, what should be our action?.

On this note are we going to be reading to learn a very important lesson from the story of Hezekiah and Shenacherib as presented in 2 Kings 18 & 19.


2 Kings 18:13 And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.


AFTER HE TOOK THE FORTIFIED CITY, HE WENT UP TO JERUSALEM.

Then the king of Assyria sent [the] Tartan,[the] Rabsaris,[and the] Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they went and stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, which [was] on the highway to the Fuller's Field. And when they had called to the king, Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who [was] over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them. Then [the] Rabshakeh said to them, "Say now to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: "What confidence [is] this in which you trust? You speak of [having] plans and power for war; but [they are] mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So [is] Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. But if you say to me, 'We trust in the LORD our God,' [is] it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, 'You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem'?"' Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses—if you are able on your part to put riders on them! How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen? Have I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, 'Go up against this land, and destroy it.'" Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to [the] Rabshakeh, "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand [it;] and do not speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people who [are] on the wall." But [the] Rabshakeh said to them, "Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you?" Then [the] Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and spoke, saying, "Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! Thus says the king: 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand; nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, "The LORD will surely deliver us; this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."' Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: 'Make [peace] with me by a present and come out to me; and every one of you eat from his own vine and every one from his own fig tree, and every one of you drink the waters of his own cistern; until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive groves and honey, that you may live and not die. But do not listen to Hezekiah, lest he persuade you, saying, "The LORD will deliver us." Has any of the gods of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria? Where [are] the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where [are] the gods of Sepharvaim and Hena and Ivah? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand? Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?'" But the people held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him." Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who [was] over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with [their] clothes torn, and told him the words of [the] Rabshakeh.

If you read that passage very well, the very verse that caught my attention the most was: 2 Kings 18:36 But the people held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him."


Why?

Which means, had it been the king has not commanded such, they would definitely find something to boast of, they would definitely, retaliate with harsh words and probably boast in chariots & horses, boast in machineries etc.


Yet, the command is: DO NOT ANSWER HIM...

ADS

Spiritual Awakening


NOTE: THE HORSE IS SET FOR THE BATTLE, BUT THE VICTORY BELONGS TO GOD.


WHY?: he actually had what to do in mind...

2 Kings 19:1 And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard [it,] that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.


HE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD... And he sent words and elders to the Isaiah the prophet. 


2 Kings 19:4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of [the] Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up [your] prayer for the remnant that is left.'"


HE SOLICITED FOR PRAYERS (He put God First by taking the case to the place of prayer).


2 Kings 19:6 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 have blasphemed Me.


GOD SPOKE TO HIM: DO NOT BE AFRAID...

NOTE: When God is involved, there's no occasion for fear. David says, i have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right side, I will not be shaken. 

READ ALSO: BLESSEDNESS OF BEING A CHILD OF GOD.
FIVE HIDEOUS PROFANATIONS THAT HAS CREPT INTO THE CHURCH
THE TWO GLARING YET UNNOTICED ACTS THAT LED TO THE FALL OF MAN


THE ENEMY CAME THE SECOND TIME SAYING:

2 Kings 19:8-16 Then [the] Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish. And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, "Look, he has come out to make war with you." So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: 'Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, "Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria." Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of Eden who [were] in Telassar? Where [is] the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?'" 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. Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said: "O LORD God of Israel, [the One] who dwells [between] the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.


HEZEKIAH RECEIVES A THREAT LETTER, AND HE WENT TO THE LORD THE SECOND TIME AND PRESENTED IT TO GOD. FOR THE SECOND TIME THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN VERSE 15: THAT HE PRAYED. 


HAVE YOU WATCHED THIS CHRISTIAN MOVIE: WAR ROOM., TRY AND DO. YOU GET TO KNOW THAT THE SPIRITUAL CONTROLS THE PHYSICAL, MEN OF PRAYER TURNS THINGS AROUND IN THE PLACE OF PRAYER. 


NOTE: Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord...

Job 5:8 "If I were you, I would go to God and present my case to him... 


 AFTER HE HAS PRESENTED HIS CASE, SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS:

2 Kings 19:20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.'

GOD SAYS HE HAS HEARD.


The remaining verse of the scripture is a proclamation of the prophesied ruins that is to come upon the king of Assyria. AND IT WAS SO.

2 KINGS 19: 20-24.


SUMMARY/THINGS TO NOTE

 When enemy/the devil makes their boast:

*Don't act immediately, put God first

*Take it to the place of prayer. The spiritual controls the physical. 

*God says: Do not be Afraid.

*Let your boast becomes your confidence in God.

* Let God have the Glory.

This will lead us to another lesson coming soonest.


I TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL: UPON WHAT GROUND...

WATCH OUT.





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