by Dennis Marquardt

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Removing the High Places (1 of 6)
Series: Pathways to Revival
Dennis Marquardt
2 Kings 18:1-4; 2 Chronicles 29:1-5

INTRO: It is a tragic fact that spiritual fervor and discipline can often decline in the midst of great blessings. Such was always the case with Israel, and with every other nation that has walked with God and then found itself being greatly blessed. At such times action is required to revive the spiritual passion and discipline if that individual or nation is to continue to experience God's blessings.

In almost all cases such "backsliding" from God does not occur overnight, but is a gradual process of moving away from God.

ILLUS: The life of Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most tragic of all American writers. Within a brief span of forty years he literally went from riches to rags. Raised by foster parents who loved him deeply, he was provided with an education that matched his genius in his field of interest. He attended private schools in England. He was schooled in Richmond at the University of Virginia. He even spent a period of time as a cadet at West Point. Poe, in his heyday, was unparalleled as a literary critic, editor, poet, and author of short stories. Most of us have probably had our spines tingled by The Pit and the Pendulum or The Tell-Tale Heart or The Raven. His works have indeed left their mark. But the mark left by his life is another story. Poe lost his young bride through a bitter case of tuberculosis. By that time, alcohol and drug abuse, along with involvement in the occult and Satanism, had proved to be his undoing. Depression and insanity plagued his short life, eventually leaving him unconscious in the gutter of a windswept street in Baltimore. Four days later he died, having never regained consciousness. Poe began his life with money and brilliance, which quickly brought him prestige and fame. But it was only a matter of time before he became a ragged, penniless bum. This tragedy, the slow slip f ...

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