Be still and allow God to be God After Jehoshaphat placed his petition before the Almighty; God assured him.
2 Chronicles 20:17 "You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you."
The third step that Jehoshaphat did was to be still before God. You see, that’s what we are commanded to do. When we have brought our request/ petition before God all we need to do is to be still and let the Lord fight our battle against sin and Satan Ps.46:10 Be still, and know that I am God In North America 25 people are killed by bears every year. Bear experts say that when a bear charges you, you need to be still and try to look as big as you can be, or play dead. Many people panic and lose their lives because they run. One of the hardest lessons to learn in life is the art of being quiet in times of difficulties.
Human nature rebels against the words "be still” because we are always looking for a way out. The reason why many Christians fail is because they panic when trouble comes. We panic when sickness comes- some good Christians visits sangomas We panic in financial difficulties and visit the money lenders (micro loans) We panic when our love life is threatened and sometimes contemplate suicide. The ultimate measure of a man or woman is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is nothing so destructive and dam¬aging to our spiritual life as worry and fear. The words "be still" literally mean "let be," "desist," "give up."
When Satan comes charging at us, it would be wise to learn from Jehoshaphat and give it over to God to handle him. The writer concludes: “Israel never shot an arrow, never swung a sword, never threw a single spear, and yet every enemy was dead on the battlefield. God’s wrath had slain them in the night and the battle was won. And Israel rejoiced after that.” We serve the same God, He does not change, what was done for Jehoshaphat can still be done for us today when we allow God to be God!
Will you take the challenge this week to acknowledge God when He says; "Be still and know that I am God?" Will you be brave enough to bring your stresses to Him and confidently say; “Lord I know that You will come through for me? God wants us to test Him and His plans for us and has never failed us yet!
The second step to winning our battles against the devil is to admit our weaknesses to God.
2 Chronicles 20:12 “Our God, will you not judge them?
For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. (Jehoshaphat admitted) We do not know what to do...” We may have learned a few things over the years through experience, but sometimes we forget that Satan is the best chess player ever, you make your move but he will make a much better move- “Like a good chess player, Satan is always trying to manoeuvre you into a position where you can save your castle only by losing your bishop.” C.S Lewis Isaiah 41:10,13 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you… God heard the prayer of Jehoshaphat! 2 Chron. 20:15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s! Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell (reveal) you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Even though Satan is the best chess player, there is no one that can win against the Almighty God Isaiah 46:10 “Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.
Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. “ (NLT) In 2 Chron. 20:16 God makes known to Jehoshaphat that very moment the plans that Satan has for tomorrow. Christ has said, "Without me ye can do nothing." The resolutions you may make in your own finite strength will be only as ropes of sand. But if you pray in sincerity, surrendering yourself, soul, body, and spirit, unto God, you put on the whole armour of God and open the soul to the righteousness of Christ; and this alone--Christ's imputed righteousness--makes you able to stand against the wiles of the devil. The work of every soul is to resist the enemy in the power and might of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the promise is that the devil shall flee from us. Sons and Daughters of God - Page 346 This is why Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest upon me…for God’s power is made perfect only when I admit my weakness.” There's only one kind of person that God doesn't help, and that's a person who doesn't think he needs help, who depends on himself.
As we face this week, let us affirm our dependence upon God’s strength and wisdom by saying like Jehoshaphat: “Lord, I don't know what to do, without You I will make the wrong choice - Without Your help I will fail - - but I know I can do all things through You who gives me strength, who prepares the way before me!"
When Jehoshaphat heard that three armies were on their way to destroy him and his people, the Bible informs us that he was afraid. 2 Chronicles 20:3 (NASB) ‘…Jehoshaphat was afraid…’ Fear is one of Satan’s devices to create confusion in our lives- When we find ourselves in difficult situation, fear can blind us to make wrong decisions that we may regret later. But here without thinking twice Jehoshaphat knew exactly what to do because the latter part of the verse reads; ‘…and turned his attention to seek the Lord …’ This is always the first step toward winning any fight over the devil – The prophet says; “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) Let God be the first on our mind when facing a crisis Because Jehoshaphat sought God first, the battle was already won. Although he feared the oncoming calamity he knew what to do and where to go. Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Arnold Neuhoff, in one of his brain power seminars, mentions that if we want to break a bad habit we need to refrain from doing it about fourteen times. In the same way, when attempting to adopt a good habit we need to force ourselves into action about fourteen times. So this coming week, let us adopt this habit of putting God first … • In the morning, afternoon and evening, praying, reading and contemplating for a few minutes • When fear, discouragement, despair and doubt visits us • When making a decision • Before responding to someone who upsets us • Before judging a person • When planning our budget • When negative thoughts seem to overwhelm us • By not letting the sun set in anger over a dispute in a marriage/family May God bless and strengthen us in our endeavour this week. Wishing all those joining us for camp meeting a safe and enjoyable journey. God bless
Three armies (inspired by Satan) were on their way to fight against King Jehoshaphat and his army. He knew that on their own they could never beat the enemy. Of course, he had options. Fight them and die, seek an alliance with another army or surrender. Jehoshaphat did not even consider any of these options, instead he did what we all should do, but do not do because of fear, discouragement, despair, doubt, and unbelief. The outcome: Israel never shot an arrow, never swung a sword, never threw a single spear, and yet every enemy was dead on the battlefield. What was Jehoshaphat’s secret? We will find the answers on how to fight Satan in the coming weeks. God bless