Summary: The devil is fighting hard to stop the restoration and new beginnings in our lives. He wants us to be defeated and not achieve what God has promised us. If you can understand his tactics you can be watchful and achieve what God wants you to this year.This
Hindrance to Restoration
Introduction: Happy New Year. The year 2010 is the year of the Lord’s favour. God spoke to us on 31st night that this year He is going to do some new beginnings in our lives. The devil is fighting hard to stop the restoration and new beginnings in our lives. He wants us to be defeated and not achieve what God has promised us. If you can understand his tactics you can be watchful and achieve what God wants you to this year.
Subject: Hindrance to Restoration Scripture: 2 Kings 12:1-18
This morning we are going to identify some hindrances to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Background of the passage.
King Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah.
Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram married Ahab’s daughter, Athaliah.
Now wicked influences of Ahab came into Judah.
Ahtaliah led Judah to idolatry.
After the death of her husband Jehoram and her son, Athaliah took the throne.
She killed all of her grandchildren because of the thirst of power.
One grandson, Joash saved from this massacre by her aunt and hid in the temple.
When Joash’s was 8 his uncle the high priest did a coo against Athaliah and made him the King of Judah.
Reforms of Joash as King
Destroyed the idols of Baal and killed its priests.
Proper worship to the Almighty God was reestablished.
It looked as if a revival was coming.
It looked as if was time for a new beginning.
But something went wrong and the entire process of reformation/restoration/new beginning/revival could not be achieved.
I think we are living in a time where it is very similar to King Joash’s reign. It looks like as if we are in the brink of a new beginning/restoration in many of our lives and families. This year God has promised us new beginnings in the Holy Spirit but if we are not careful we may miss out and at the end of 2010 we may still be disappointed for not achieving what God has promised to you and me.
Let us read what happened to Joash.
2 Kings 12:2 2Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
2 Chronicles 23:16 16Jehoiada then made a covenant that he and the people and the king would be the LORD’s people.
2 Chronicles 24:17-18 17After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. 18 They abandoned the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came upon Judah and Jerusalem.
As long as the high priest, Jehodia was around Joash he did what was right. After the death of Jehodia, King Joash was easily influenced by the officials of Judah and the entire country went back to idol worship. He was easily influenced by the world.
1. Have spiritual influence.
Joash had both spiritual and nonspiritual influence upon his life. The moment his spiritual influenced ceased he slipped out of godly ways. We live in this world and we have spiritual influence in the church, but outside there are a lot of worldly influence that we come across on a daily basis. Never be influenced by the world. Understand the worldly influences always work against Godly influence. Keep away from it.