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2 Chronicles 31:1
When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property.
These actions by the people of Judah, under the leadership of King Hezekiah, happened after he had purified the temple and restored the Passover celebration. With these landmark changes in favor of their God, they then went on to tear down all the old vestiges of heathen worship that remained in Judah.
After many years of living under the heathen worship that was practiced by Hezekiah’s father, Ahaz, and his grandfather, Jotham, Hezekiah realized that before the country could come under the blessing and favor of God Almighty, “Some Things Will Have To Go!” When God called the young prophet Jeremiah to prophesy, He told Jeremiah that his mission as a prophet would be to, “uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant” (Jer. 2:10b). In other words, one must get rid of everything destructive in one’s life or a nation before real, lasting change and revival can occur. This was true for the nation of Judah, but as was mentioned earlier, it’s also true for our individual lives. Sometimes there’s a root of bitterness or wrong that must be destroyed before the blessing of God’s favor will return. I know this, whenever I’ve come to a dry season in my life, I take a spiritual inventory of my life, and inevitably I decide “Some Things Will Have To Go!”
Search me, oh God, and know my heart, I pray. See if there is anything in me that needs to GO! I’m ready, Lord! More than anything, I want YOU! Amen