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Summary: When the enemy surrounds us it’s time to call on God.

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ARE NOT THOU OUR GOD ?

PASTOR KEN CROW

2ND CHRONICLES 20: 1-13

2 Chronicles 20

1It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

3And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

4And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

5And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

6And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

7Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

8And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

9If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

10And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

11Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

12O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

13And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

1. JEHOSHAPHAT FINDS HIS KINGDOM SURROUNDED. THE ENEMY HAS THEM ON THE ROPES. THEY LITERLY HAVE NO PLACE TO GO. IT SEEMS TO THEM AS THOUGH THEY ARE SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.

SOMETIMES JEHOSEPHAT HAD HIS PROBLEMS, BUT HE WAS A MAN OF GOD.

VERSE 3 SAYS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT: 3And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

NOTICE THE PHRASE ( HE SET HIMSELF TO SEEK THE LORD)

Luke 11:9 (King James Version)

9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

SOMETIMES JUST LIKE JEHOSEPHAT WE MUST SET OURSELF TO SEEK THE LORD. WE MAY HAVE TO TUNE A LOT OF OTHER THINGS OUT FOR A FEW DAYS.

AND IN THIS TIME THAT JEHOSAPHAT SET HIMSELF TO SEEK THE LORD NOTICE WHAT BEGIN TO HAPPEN.

2. JEHOSEPHAT CALLED A GATHERING,, A PRAYER MEETING,,,OH WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE GATHER TO PRAY,,,

CHAINS FALL OFF

PRISON DOORS OPEN

THE ABSOLUTE POWER OF OUR AWESOME JEHOVA GOD IS POURED FROM HEAVEN DOWN TO EARTH ,,,THE POWER OF GOD WILL BE NO STRONGER THAN OUR WILLINGNESS TO CALL UPON HIS NAME!

THEY WERE FASTING AND PRAYING. THEN IT STARTED COMING IN LIKE A FLOOD……JEHOSEPHAT BEGIN TO A CHANGE TAKING PLACE,,,,,HE HAD ENTERED INTO THIS GATHERING WITH FEAR AND HOPLESSNESS ,,,,,BUT SOMETHING WAS CHURNING INSIDE,,,,,

HE TURNS HIS EYES TOWARD HEAVEN,,,,AND SPEAKS THESE WORDS…IN VS 6-9

6And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

7Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

8And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

9If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

3. GOD ANSWERS : 14Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

15And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

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