(2 Chronicles 20:1-25)
Speaking victory in every situation, is a learned habit.
Does it feel like at times in your life that everything is going wrong? Does it ever feel like life is caving in on you? Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances?
I’ve been there as many of you are there now, but Our God has the answer before you ever had the problem.
Such was the case with Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. (verse 1) It happened after that (after Jehoshaphat had removed the idols in Jerusalem) the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.
They were surrounded by a problem that seemed to have no way out. They were out numbered; this decision would have national consequences; it was coming all at the same time from all around. There was a sense of helplessness and hopelessness.
Sometimes our problems start to mount; it can be your health; sometimes its in our finances; sometimes its in a relationship; it can be in our career; and sometimes its an addiction. You can’t seem to find a way out. The enemy comes and viciously attacks our peace either on one front or the other. When you’ve been fighting for a while, your strength gets depleted.
But Jehoshaphat gives us a principle for victory.
First, Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord (verse 3). Here’s what he said in verse 12 – “O God, will You not judge them? For we have no power (in our own strength) against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do we know what to do, our eyes are upon You.”
We will always know when God wants our un-divided attention because no one else will be able to fix the problem. You will be desperate for a miracle that can only come from God. We need heaven because earth has turned bad towards us.
This leads Jehoshaphat to a prayer, verses 5-9 – Prayer is an invitation in heaven to address something going wrong on earth. Its calling on eternity to visit time.
The prayer – 2 Chronicles 20:6-9 – and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? (verse 7) “Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? (verse 8) “And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, (verse 9) ‘If disaster comes upon us, such as the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this temple and in Your presence, and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’
Jehoshaphat reminds God of who He is and then reminds God of what He’s said, and then tells God the problem. Did you catch that? Let God know you know who He is and what His Word says. God will allow us to hold Him hostage to His Word. God you said…However, if you don’t know God’s word than you cannot hold Him hostage to it. God’s Word is more than just a little Bible study. He gave us His Word to use. He needs to hear you speak what He has said.
Too many, when asking God for something only want it so they can work independent of Him. That won’t work.
Back in chapter 19, Jehoshaphat had cleaned up Jerusalem, so when he went before God he knew he had a right heart. If people are not willing to address their sin, then they may not be heard. Submission to Him and His ways, comes to mind. You can’t be asking for answered prayer and just continue in a sinful lifestyle. That’s harsh, but true.
We move from a problem to prayer which leads to a prophet.
The prophet came and gave a Rhema Word.
Graphe – is the written word, scripture, the Book.
Logos – is the meaning of what is written, the contents of the writing, what it says and what it means.
Rhema Word – is the Utterance, speaking of it.
The prophet came to Jehoshaphat with such a word for that specific situation. God’s Spirit will give you your word for guidance, for at that moment. It’s a word that comes to you for that particular situation. That’s why your discernment needs to be developed. God can use anyone or anything to get you that word. You need to be sensitive to the spirit.
So the prophet tells Jehoshaphat in verse 17 – ‘You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! ‘Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.
There will be battles that we will have to fight, but never alone. And there will be battles where God will tell you to stand back, because that one is His.
Now watch what happens: (verse 18) and Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord worshiping Him.
Problems come, then we pray, then God will send His Rhema Word, then we worship Him, and then we Praise Him, because the answer is on its way! Our problem is never a surprise to Him.
When they had all bowed in worship, verse 18 says, they rose to praise the Lord with shouts and loud voices.
Praise is the visible verbal expression of my worship. There is such a thing as silent worship, but there is not such a thing as silent praise. Praise must be audible. Psalm 22:3, God inhabits the praises of His people. Isaiah 60:18 – He dwells in the gates of praise. Psalm 50:23 – It is your praise that God brings about your deliverance. Your deliverance is in your mouth!
We need to praise Him even in the bad times. This is called the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). Why? Because when those times come when we don’t feel like praising, it is a sacrifice to lift our arms and open our mouth, but your deliverance is in that praise.
This is what happened when God’s people started praising Him, He confused the enemy and they were defeated. Let God hear your praise today and stand back and see what He will do in your situation! Our God is bigger than any problem we will ever have.