Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you the goliath of the New Covenant? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that we have GOD, so therefore we are Greater because GOD IS GREATER. IV. TEXT: 2 Chronicles 20:15 (New Living Translation
Are you the goliath of the New Covenant?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we have GOD, so therefore we are Greater because GOD IS GREATER.
2 Chronicles 20:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
1 John 4:4 (New King James Version)
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Message of Jahaziel to King Jehoshaphat Part 1
A. Author: uncertain
B. Date written: 450 B.C. to 430 B.C.
C. Distinctive features: Spiritual element in the history.
D. To whom written: Nation of Israel
E. Main theme: Davidic line, temple and the priesthood
F. Key words: Temple
G. Key verses:
2 Chronicles 7:14-16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.
For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Don't be afraid
"This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid!"
1 John 4:18 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
Hebrews 13:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
2 Timothy 1:7 (New King James Version)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
This dying world corrupted by it's god, is soon to end, and it can only offer it's subjects/slaves fear, but our GOD is generous, GOD can offer us power, love and sound mind to replace negative spirit of fear. So arise up and be on GOD's side. Throw away fear and anything that can remind you of fear.
B. Don't be discouraged by their numbers
"Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army"
Joshua 8:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or discouraged. Take all your fighting men and attack Ai, for I have given you the king of Ai, his people, his town, and his land.
Isaiah 42:4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”
The word "mighty" came from the Greek word meaning noise, tumult, crowd, many, abundance, company. The enemy might be many, multitude and crowded but GOD is Greater so who can be against us if GOD is for us.