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The Weapons of our warfare

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Sermon shared by Frank Lay

September 2004
Summary: We learn from the story of Jehoshaphat just what our spiritual weapons are.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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you shall prosper.” It seems that Jehoshaphat’s earlier panic had gone away.

Then Jehoshaphat appointed singers “who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying, ‘Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.”

Can you imagine what the enemy thought as they heard the choir singing, “Praise ye the LORD for his mercy endureth forever.”

ILL: I preached on this verse once and after the service a choir member said, “it’s about time the choir got some respect.”

C. WE OUGHT TO PRAISE THE LORD AFTER THE VICTORY IS WON. After God gave them such a wonderful victory, the people “assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.”

In other words, the praise that began before the battle, and during the battle, continued after the battle was over.

Remember, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” Prayer, the Word of God, and praise are three of our greatest weapons as we engage in spiritual warfare. May God help us to be a people of prayer, a people of the word, and a people of praise.

JEHOSHAPHAT
Based on 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

When Jehoshaphat heard
The enemy was in the land,
He knew for certain
That war was at hand.

The enemy was so strong
And Judah felt so small,
From the surface it looked
That Judah was about to fall.

There was no earthly way
That Judah could win,
In this war
That was about to begin.

So Jehoshaphat called the people to pray
Throughout the land,
Cause their only hope
Was for God to show His hand.

He remembered what God
Had done in the past,
And believed God would help again
At long last.

He confessed their weakness
Against a foe so strong,
And prayed that God would come
And deliver them from this wrong.

“Oh, our God,” He prayed,
“We don’t know what to do,
All we know, dear Lord,
Is that our eyes on You.”

Then God sent a preacher
Who delivered God’s Word,
“Don’t be afraid,” He said,
Was the message they heard.

“The Battle is not yours
For it belongs to God.”
Then they knelt in worship
With their faces to the sod.

With joy in their hearts
They began to praise,
They formed a choir
And a song they did raise.

“Praise ye the LORD”
They sang with voices loud and clear.
“His mercy endures forever,”
And their hearts were filled with cheer.

Suddenly Moab and Ammon
Turned against Mt. Seir,
Then they turned on each other
As enemy hearts filled with fear.

To the wilderness, Judah looked,
And what did they see?
The dead corpses of their enemies
Cause their God had set them free.

As they returned to Jerusalem,
They did praise and shout,
Cause their God
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