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By Pastor Leon
July 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Scripture:   Isaiah (NIV) 39:8  “The word of the LORD you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied.  For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.” 
Observation:   God had just spoken to Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah that Hezekiah’s possessions and children would be carried away into captivity in Babylon.  “Nothing would be left.”  Hezekiah who had been a God-fearing King responds in an extremely selfish way.  “What you say is good, because it will not happen in my days!”  
I was taught that a politician looks to the next election but a statesman looks to the next generation.  Our nation has been ruined by voters and politicians who like Hezekiah have no regard for the next generation.  Without Godly citizens and statesmen the USA will perish!          
 
Application:  How far does my vision extend?  Can I see beyond my years, or does my vision stop at my death?  How will my building affect the next generation?  I may be living in the last generation, but if not, the next generation needs to be prepared to withstand greater trials and tribulation than we have at present.  What am I doing to make them strong in the Lord?  
Prayer:   Lord, make me strong and use me to strengthen others for the days ahead.  Amen 
Pastor Leon
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