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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.

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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.

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

4- You had better check you connections before you try this! (Acts 19:14-20 – Seven son’s of Sceva)

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)


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