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Series: Pathways to Revival
2 Kings 18:6; Deuteronomy 30:11-20
INTRO: One of the single most profound changes that occur during a Biblical revival is a revived passion for the Scriptures. This is not just a desire to KNOW the Bible, but a passion to LIVE the Bible. The biggest problem today is not so much a lack or knowledge about the Bible (although this is becoming a sad commentary on our times too!), but the fact that many people know the Bible but don't practice what they know.
The biggest need may not be "information" as much as "implementing" the Word of God.
ILLUS: Most people are bothered by those passages in Scripture which they cannot understand. The Scripture which troubles me most is the Scripture I do understand. – Mark Twain
The passion Hezekiah demonstrated for God's Word was another way he insured that Judah was on the pathway to revival! Revival does not shove aside the Word of God and lessen its importance; rather, it refocuses its importance and renews a commitment on our part for it!
We cannot afford a revival that emphasizes "experience" over "exegesis" of Scripture! It is not one or the other, but both! Certainly the Word determines the experience and not the other way around.
Hezekiah serves as a model for moving toward revival, and so his step in demonstrating his absolute commitment to God's Word stands as a beacon for us to find our way too.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that revival includes a great passion for the Word of God in our lives, and that the path of revival is paved with the Word of God and our commitment to it!
I. COMMITMENT TO THE WORD 2 Kings 18:6
A. Acceptance! 2 Kings 18:6a
1. "He held fast..." Hezekiah was no casual believer in God or His Word!
a. Hezekiah did not find his commitment to God and His Word changing on the basis of what happens to him day by day, it was an absolute commitment in his mind and in his actions.
b. Too ma ...
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