Just as the king of Assyria challenged Hezekiah and defied God so are the kings of the earth again challenging the Lord in our day. This message is a warning for the institutional church in America: prepare to be threatened, attacked, and marginalized. There will one day be a time when the full force of this world comes to bear against the church. It is even possible that the shutting of the doors to many houses of worship is both an initial salvo in this battle. However, what has transpired this year should be a wake up call. We must be able to sustain, grow, and spread our faith in Jesus from our homes or wherever we are regardless of the environment. We must have courage and faith in the power of our God to deliver, protect, and to redeem His people. The boasts, taunts, jeers, and scoffs of the enemy may have some effect, but in the final analysis they are powerless next to an Almighty God. As so many have warned, prepare for a challenge unlike any other that we have ever faced.

And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the LordThen Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.”

2 Kings 19:14-19

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