Summary: We face battles in life. Through GOD's WORD, we learn a principle to apply to life. The Battle is not yours, it's the LORDS. Stand on GOD's Promise, Begin with PRAISE as you consider the battlefield, Position Yourself, Stand Firm Trusting HIM, and See GOD's Hand at Work.
2018.05.06.SERMON THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS
WILLIAM AKEHURST, HSWC
In life we face many battles and struggles. GOD'S WORD TELLS US..."The Battle is not yours, it's the LORDS". Turn to GOD, Stand on GOD's Promise, Begin with PRAISE as you consider the battle ahead of you, Position Yourself, Stand Firm Trusting and Believing HIM, and See GOD's Hand at Work. Receive the Blessing of HIS deliverance and peace, and share the Testimony with others to encourage them too.
WHEN BAD NEWS COMES...
1 It 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.
2 Then 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.
RESPONSE - TURN TO GOD
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
CALLED UPON EVERYONE TO TURN TO GOD
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
PRAYED FOR GOD’S INTERVENTION AND GUIDANCE
6 And 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?
7 Art 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?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, 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.
10 And 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;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
WE DON’T HAVE THE STRENGTH, DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT NEED TO TRUST IN GOD
12 O 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.
STAND BEFORE THE LORD
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
ANSWERED BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD. LISTEN FOR HIS SPIRIT
14 Then 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;
***FEAR NOT…THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, IT’S GODS***
15 And 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.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
***NO FIGHT, POSITION YOURSELF, STAND STILL AND SEE GOD’S HAND AT WORK***
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
WORSHIP AND PRAISE FOR THE ANSWER
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.