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Giving God Praise In The Midst of a Storm

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Sermon shared by Ronnie Mcneill

January 2008
Summary: No matter what we are going through we should always give God praise. If you really want to get Godís attention, start giving Him praise and thanksgiving in advance for the break through in the midst of a storm and see what will take place.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Introduction:

We as believers have already been informed that we are going to face trials and tribulations in this life. Sometimes the hardships of life are so great that we even contemplate about giving up.

If you havenít reached that point in your life, just keep on living because that day is surely on the way. There is no escape from it, but there is a solution to that situation.

There is way to handle the adversities of life without stressing out to point of throwing in the towel and saying enough is enough, and with that thought that brings me to first point.

Development:

First Point: We Must Seek The Face Of God

Looking at the situation that Jehoshaphat is faced with, we can easily see ourselves in his shoes. Now here it is Jehoshaphat has been told that there is a vast army coming to destroy him and the people of Judah.

These vast armies were the men of Ammonites, and Moabites, and the Meunites. Jehoshaphat knew that he did not have the power to deal with such a vast army.

This caused Jehoshaphat to have a national fast. This was to show God sincerity and to seek His face. This was customary for a Hebrew Kings to proclaim a fast in perilous situations. A city, a district, or the entire kingdom went into fasting depending on the severity of the emergency.

Whenever the situation was one of great urgency, a universal fast took place that included infants as well infants.
(2 Chronicles 20:13; Joel 2:15-16; Jonah 3:7)

Jehoshaphat knew he and his people had to seek the face of God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, ďif my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.Ē

Jehoshaphat goes to the temple in the middle of the courtyard to pray and to seek the face of God for himself. As he prays to God he exalts Him and gives Him the highest praise he knows how.

He acknowledges God for His sovereign power, he acknowledges God for His wisdom, he acknowledges God for His grace. He acknowledges God for kindness and grace given to them by way of Abraham, his descendants, and land. We should never forget where we have come from.

Jehoshaphat is reminding God of His promise. He was reminding God that He told him that anytime that he needed Him, He would be there for Him.

After Jehoshaphat was done praying, the Spirit of God came on a Levite by the name of Jahaziel a prophet (not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible). He informed Jehoshaphat that everything was alright, not to worry.

One thing about God, when He informs you that everything is going to be already, He will send someone else with the same message. He will tell you first, and then send someone to you with the conformation.

Jahaziel said to King Jehoshaphat, ďDonít worry, donít be afraid, donít even be discouraged because of what you see. Donít let the numbers frighten you. I know that the there is a vast army on the way.

But keep this in mind, the battle is not yours, but the Lords. Donít flinch and donít even buckle. I got everything under control. Iíve got your back.

God told me to tell you all that you have to do tomorrow is to march down against them and stand firm. Donít move. Donít fight. Donít run. This battle is the Lordís. Itís all in His hands.
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