Summary: Like the godly king Abijah our enemies can sometime get us in what looks to be a hopeless situation. Follow his pattern and recieve his blessing.
What to do when it seems hopeless (2 Chron. 13:1-20)
1- Have you ever been in what seemed to be a hopeless situation?
2- Jereboam one of the most wicked kings Israel ever had makes war with Abijah a godly king of Judah.
3- Jereboam has 800,000 mighty men of valour and Abijah has only 400,000.
4- Jereboam sets an ambush using a flanking maneuver he attacks from “before and behind.”
5- The situation is hopeless?
This story is a pattern of what to do when it is hopeless (Steps)
1- Remind the Enemy Who You Belong To. (vv. 4-5, 10-12)
1- You have an enemy! (Eph. 6) [Believer and non-believer)
2- As a believer you have authority! (Authority means the right to act or use power)
2 Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Lu 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)
3- The Name of Jesus has incredible authority and you have the right to use His Name!
Ps. 118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. 12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
Prov. 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
5- If you do not know Jesus Christ personally – Why not NOW???
1 Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
6- God is not just God over spiritual matters – He is God over EVERYTHING!!!
2- Tell the Enemy Who He Is. (vv. 6-9)
1- Can’t blame everything on the devil, but he is opportunistic! (Eph 6)
2- He is a rebel with limited authority – just like Jereboam is in this story!
3- Tell the devil about his self!!!
4- He “will not prosper”.
3- When He Attacks - Cry out to the Lord. (v. 14 a)
1- I didn’t say to “cry”, I said to “cry out to the Lord.”
2- Prayer is your not so secret weapon.
3- Dependence on God is your constant companion.
4- Give A Great Shout Of Faith. (V. 14 B–15)
1- Encourage yourself in the Lord!
2- Make a personal stand of faith. (Raise up a standard!)
3- This shout is for the benefit of the shouter and the hearer!
4- Be prepared – Know what you are going to do! Don’t leave it to chance!
5- Attack – (vv. 16-17)
1- You know you have authority – USE IT!
2- Take a lesson from David
1 Sam 17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. (KJV)