Thursday, July 29, 2021

2 Chronicles 32:1 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

2 Chronicles 32:1

After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking of conquering them for himself.


Just because we walk faithfully with the Lord doesn’t mean our enemy won’t still attack! Our enemy doesn’t care how faithful we are but rather that we are faithful at all! He doesn’t give us a pass just because we have been faithful to the Lord but sometimes will fight all the harder to bring us down.


One thing the Lord has been teaching me is that my victory isn’t in my walk but in Who is walking with me! Yes, we are called to live a life worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1), but that calling doesn’t save us. Christ does! And only Christ! It’s easy to look at the fruit we are producing and put our faith in it and expect life to be smooth or go the way we plan, but the truth is, often times, it does not. Believing it will, my brothers and sisters, is idolatry, and I had to repent of it this morning.


I had slipped into a place where I desired the gifts more than the Giver. It was subtle and sneaky, and had the Holy Spirit not revealed it to me, I would still be walking in that sin. The gifts I desired were good ones, like wisdom, prophecy, and revelation, but if I’m desiring the gifts from the Spirit more than the Spirit, then I’m worshiping what He gave me over Him, and that’s sin.


I’m sure Hezekiah was confused. He probably thought, “Lord, I have walked with You faithfully. What is this about?” But therein lies the problem. It’s not as much about what we have done or who we are but rather Who He is and What He did for us! My mom often says this walk is about balance, and I agree. But I’m gonna take it a step further and say that we, outside of the Lord, don’t know what that balance is or what it looks like, so I encourage you today to ask Him to search your heart and reveal and remove and anything that is not of Him!


Psalm 19:12-13 - But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Savior, and the Holy Spirit!




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