We need to study idolatry on a regular basis because in this time its' so deceptive and we don't realize it in all of it's forms. This nation is full of idolatries that carried Judah into Babylon and caused Isreal to be known as "The Lost Tribes." We are a very prideful, covetous, self-seeking, self-serving people who are among a people steeped deep into idolatry that God will judge.
This sermon on Revelation 13:5-10 is titled "The Foes of God".
This video replaces the original file (from October 9th, 2022) that had been plagued by poor audio quality. Hopefully, we've resolved the issue for all future videos.
There was something within Hezekiah as good a (person, King, Leader) as he was that God saw, that needed to be tested to show us what pride can do in eroding our faith if we are not continually praying to God and putting self to death. It seems as though there was a lack of balance in his life especially after the additional fifteen years were added to his life.
Knowing what they had been through with Hezekiah, his deeds for the Lord, the people who knew what Gods words really said trust in the King as a man of God, thus their faith wasn't shaken by the threat and intimidation of the Assyrians.
This sermon covers the rest of Isaiah 37 - as God declares that he will protect Jerusalem, Hezekiah, his people and he reveals the absolute heinousness of pride.
This sermon brings out 5 theological lessons for us:
God hears & answers your prayers (21)
God knows & will justly repay all sins (22-29)
God makes promises & provides for His people (30-32a)
God's zeal & passion is for His own glory (32-35)
God destroys & effortlessly crushes all enemies (36-38)
What shall the final generation of human history as we know it actually look like? What shall the generation of man look like just prior to the return of Jesus Christ on the clouds, in the Father's glory, with wrath, and with the holy angels?
In addressing high society women in Judah, God is making the point that not only women but all of God's people were placing more trust in their trinkets, pride and wanton lifestyle than in God Himself. This inevitably leads to disastrous consequences because it brings God's judgment. Everyone is responsible - from the vulnerable poor to the arrogant rich - for their own part in turning from the Lord.
Rather that pridefully talking about "The Annointing" and the gifts that you have "YOUR ministry" true ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ rejoice that their names are written in heaven according to Christ Himself. Luke 10:20
While it may sound like a contradiction, Christians should have "humble confidence." We should carry ourselves as though we were of no account. But we should have utmost confidence in the Lord and His ability to work through us.