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Remember My Faithfulness (10 of 14)
2 Kings 20:1-11; 18:3-7
INTRO: When is it the hardest time to say ''NO'' to your kids? For me it was when they had just done some wonderful thing like dishes without being asked, or they followed through on important helpful tasks without being asked, and THEN they came and asked for a favor!
Why is it so hard to say ''NO'' after they have been good beyond expectation? Because you want to capture these moments and reward them as part of the process of their maturing character, those kind of actions and attitudes that reveal a maturing, caring, thoughtful and unselfish person need rewarding. It is hard NOT to reward good behavior and attitudes! (Unless of course you sense it is being done only for manipulation - and kids can be good at this too!)
While attempts to manipulate God's blessings and favor will always fail the Bible does teach that those who walk faithfully with the Lord DO find they are generally under the blessings and attention of the Lord.
Our heavenly father also likes to reward faithfulness by His children, nothing is more satisfying in this life than to be able to come before the Lord at a moment of crisis and be able to say ''Lord, remember my faithfulness'' - not as a form of manipulation, but as a reminder to self and to others that faithfulness counts, that God's heart is always on the remnant that walk faithfully with Him!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that being faithful to the Lord opens the door for God to move in our life in unique ways that He otherwise could not or would not be able to do so, God has always kept a unique hand on the faithful remnant who follow Him!
I. THE PLACE OF A FAITHFUL SERVANT 2 Kings 18:3-7; 20:1-3
A. Righteous! 2 Kings 18:3-7
1. Hezekiah was one of the few great kings of Judah!
a. His rule was one of the longest; because he walked faithfully with God the Lord blessed him.
b. Hezekiah tore down all the altars ...
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