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What Makes A Believer Unique And Powerful

Text: II Kings 18:1-7   IBCSWS   January 29, 2006

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   Who really wants to be a unique person these days? Is there any advantage of being unique in this present generation? Well, these questions may stir up our awareness to examine ourselves in a more careful way and to be more meticulous in the way we do things especially in our service to God.

 

   In the world of art, many artists want to become extraordinary not only in their physical appearance, lifestyle, expression of their thoughts, but also in the way they create their artworks so they may be acknowledged publicly and gain more critics to contribute appreciation and criticism. Consequently, because of their uniqueness and extraordinary attainment in the field of art, they become a significant part of art history.

 

   All people are unique, but only very few were able to stand above heads and shoulders because most have overlooked their potential to excel, and as a result, they stayed in the line of mediocrity.

 

   In Kings 18:5, it is written, He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. (KJV) This verse from the Bible speaks of the uniqueness of King Hezekiah. Knowing more about his life will surely inspire us to be more faithful to God as we spread the Gospel of Christ and serve Him in truth.

 

   King Hezekiah is well-known for his earnest prayer to God resulting to granting additional fifteen years in life. His faith in the Living God was so remarkable that even the shadow was brought backward ten degrees in the dial of Ahaz. God blest King Hezekiah in a wonderful way and he became a powerful king in his days.

 

   A prayerful study of the life of Hezekiah will help us realize what made him a unique and powerful believer. We should bear in mind that believers are peculiar people, but we should know also how to use our God-given peculiarities so we could blend them and form a unique and powerful team for the furtherance of the Word of God.

 

              (I) Doing What Is Right Before God

    II Kings 18:1-4    II Kings 20:3

    -Right heart with God

 

   Having a right heart with the Lord assures the believer of the loving-favor of God. Many people think that they have a right kind of heart before God, but in truth, they are victims of a deceitful heart. King Hezekiah claimed he had a perfect heart and God saw him walking with Him in truth. What we claim to be must be found true in the sight of God.    

 

   In II Kings 20:3-6, it is written, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. (KJV) What a loving-favor from God for Hezekiah during his troublous times.    

 

   -Right decision and action

 

   Hezekiah was a man of decision and action. How sad, but true that many believers in their cross roads of life could not make a wise decision and action because of their insensitivity to the Word of God. We could only make right decision and action if we are sensitive to His Word and completely obey His command. Men pleasers could not please God with their decision and action.

 

   In II Kings 18:3-4, it is written, And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. (KJV) What a courageous and brilliant act on the part of Hezekiah for glory of the Living God.

     

              (II) Trusting The LORD

     II Kings 18:5

     -Strong faith in God

 

   In II Kings 18:5, it is written, He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. (KJV) Truly, trusting in the LORD God of Israel made Hezekiah unique and powerful from other kings of Judah.

 

   Sometimes we are wondering why many professing Christians who have heard thousands of preaching from different preachers of the Word, but still struggle to obey the Lord. This is simply because they do not really trust the Lord but merely testing the Lord. We must bear in mind that God is not mocked. The Bible says, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7) Don't test the Lord, but trust His Word!         

 

              (III) Walking With God Consistently

      II Kings 18:6-7

      -Following God with consistency

 

   God knew how Hezekiah walked with Him in truth and with a perfect heart. In II Kings 18:6, it is written, For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not. (KJV) Apparently, many believers pray that God would bless the works of their hands, and that is really a good prayer to say; but to obtain His favor, they must also cleave to the Lord and follow Him consistently. Walk and talk with God and experience a life filled with love, joy, peace and truth.      

 

    -Obeying the Word of God

 

   Questioning the Word of God makes us questionable, but obeying His precious Word makes us unique and a powerful light in this dark and dying world.

 

   The life of King Hezekiah was an extraordinary example of a man who lived powerfully for the glory of God. Through the Scriptures, we've come to know the secret of his matchless testimony and the awesome working of God in his life. May we be moved to set ourselves in array and prove to the world that the God of Hezekiah is also the same God who is working in us and through us.

 

   No matter how uncertain the future of the world may be, may God find us doing what is right in his sight; may we keep on trusting Him; and may we be found walking with Him consistently till the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Be a unique and powerful witness of the Savior!        

 

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