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09-14-2013 – We, like Hezekiah, have some options. First we can fall on our face before the Lord and ask if sin has been the occasion of health problem. It is important to understand that most illnesses mental, emotional, and physical can be traced back to sin or irresponsibility.  Sin lowers the bodies immune system allowing disease to creep in. Most of the autoimmune diseases fall into this category. 

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09-12-2013 – Here again we find a situation is scripture which leads us to important information. When a person is ill they best inquire of the Lord the reason why. Usually the reason can be summarized into one of three reasons. The first is that it is a sickness unto death. We are going to die. We need to accept it and put our houses in order. Hezekiah’s illness was of this type until the Lord granted him fifteen extra years. The illness may be caused by sin in the persons life. The other possibility is that the illness is an occasion for the Lord to be glorified in our life.

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09-07-2013 – I thought if this worked for Hezekiah why could it not work in these circumstances? So I prayed and ask the Lord to add 15 years to her life. He said He would. I immediately thought why not ask for more? The answer came quite quickly, no. I never told anyone, not even mother but just kept it in my heart. Seventeen years later she died. Graciously, the Lord allowed her to see me graduate with the doctorate. The Lord was faithful and more.

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09-06-2013 – This incident in scripture has a very personal meaning to me. In the midst of a very difficult year I was facing in college mother fell seriously ill. Subsequently, her health deteriorated and she was hospitalized. I was devastated. Her prayers in my behalf, her faith, her wisdom, I could not stand the thought of losing her. Even now in my minds eye I can see my self walking to work thinking about it and this passage came to mind. 

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09-05-2013 – Perhaps we can even see a connection in the health of Hezekiah and the helplessness in the face of an enemy invasion. We see the power of prayer when faced with the impossible. Hezekiah crying out to the Lord in distress moves His heart in a very powerful manner.  

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09-03-2013 – It has always been interesting to me that it was because Hezekiah begged the Lord for his life that 15 years was added to his life.  But far more was granted than just what Hezekiah ask for in faith. Added to this precious gift of extra years of life was a promise that the great enemy of the kingdom, the Assyrians, would be humiliated and turned back from the very walls of Jerusalem. 

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