The Moment You Praise

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At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other.  So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped. 2 Chronicles 20:22-24

All week I’ve been giving you bits and pieces of this amazing story of victory. God wasn’t kidding when He told the king and all the people, ‘I’ve got this! You just go on up there and watch and see what I will do for you.’

It was not Gods command to send the worshippers in first, it was king Jehoshaphat who made that decision. He wanted the name of the Lord to be exalted like a banner raised. It identified that they as a people, trusted in the Lord God of Israel.

I’ve got to say that perhaps the battles we face everyday would look differently if we would raise up a banner of praise to the Lord. To say that we trust in Him above all else. Above our checking accounts and investments, above our diets and exercise, above our jobs and possessions. Above our doctors and lawyers and even social media.

What if the moment your praise left your lips, God began moving on your behalf? All along He had plans to show you that He has this. All along His plan was to show you He is simply enough. He has that relationship. He has those children. He has that money. He is everything You need, just praise Him.

Father I praise You this morning. Before I say a word to anyone at all, my lips will bless Your Holy Name. There is no God like You in all the earth. None can compare to You. My trust and hope is in You always. I will watch as You deliver me from my enemy and set my feet upon the solid rock of my Salvation. Jesus, it’s in Your name and for Your glory, Amen.

God Has Plans For That

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“And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them.  Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance. O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” 2 Chronicles 20:10-12 NLT

All week long I’ve been stuck here in 2 Chronicles 20, hope you’re not bored yet. I was going to move onto something else but as I lay in bed I heard the Lord remind me of this part of the story. All those years ago when Joshua led the people to possess the land, these same enemies could have been routed out but God wouldn’t allow it. Why? Because God had this date in mind.

You see, God lives outside of our timeline, so He sees the end from the beginning and always has a plan for the very thing we fear the most. Trust the God who knows, sees and has a plan. Trust the God who is your source and supply. Trust the God who made provision for this very day when you decided to cry out to Him for help.

King Jehoshaphat did what all of us should do when faced with the worst case scenario; he fell on his face, tattled on his enemies, admitted he was powerless and didn’t know what to do, then asked for help.

And God did what He always does; responded. Super God to the rescue! For those who place their trust in Him will never be ashamed nor will their enemies triumph over them. Why? Because God loves those who look to Him for help. He loves us to lean on Him and trust in Him. He always has our best interest in mind.

So that big bill you just received; God has plans for that. That bad diagnosis you just got; God has plans for that. Whatever enemy you face today is simply God needing to prove that He wants to deliver you, heal you, provide for you and set you on the right course. Will you allow Him to be that for you?

Father, those bullies are trying to take what You gave me. There are too many of them and I’m powerless to take them, but I trust in You! I know You have plans for this. You have plans to show up and show them all who is on my side. Next time they’ll think twice before they mess with me. They will know that my Father is always watching out for me and ain’t NOBODY gonna mess with Your children! To You be all glory and honor and praise in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Take Your Positions

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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.  Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel.  But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chronicles 20:15-17 NLT

I’ve had God say some pretty crazy instructions to me before, but this always boggles my mind. I hear God saying, “Don’t be afraid of the size of this enemy. I’m bigger. I’ll fight the fight, you just march out there, take your positions and watch and see what I will do for you.”

“The Lord is with you.” He didn’t say to take their swords. He didn’t tell them to get in shape. He didn’t instruct them to put on their armor. He said to take your position, stand still and watch.

I feel very strongly that this is a word for someone today. Hey, it might just be me! You’ve tried to do it every which way but you’re balking at the instructions God gave you because they seem stupid. Let me remind you of this; God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Why? Because He will always do things where He gets the most glory for it all. Why? So His name will be known in the earth.

Crazy how we try every way we know first before we do it Gods way. Now who’s stupid? LOL Not the brightest bulb in the socket for sure! When will we learn to go to God first, get instructions and only then do we move.

Father, forgive me for being a slow learner. I will bring my problem to You and receive Your wisdom on the matter. Only then will I step out and follow your instructions that my praise may be heard by You and You alone. Glory be to Your Holy Name. You are the God of my salvation and always have my best in mind. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

When You Don’t Know What To Do

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O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. 2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Pray.

What do you do when you don’t know where to go? Pray.

What do you do when you face a larger foe? Pray.

Here’s something you need to remember; prayer is a conversation you have with God. It’s not you bringing all your problems, laying down your worries and walking away empty handed. Not by far. It’s about listening, loving, worshipping, being still and waiting. It’s sitting with your best friend, telling Him all your dreams and allowing Him to share all of His and the part you play in His plans.

Prayer says, “I will help support Your mission. What would You have me do?” then allowing Him to direct your steps regardless of where it leads you. It’s trusting He has your best interest in mind even when you don’t understand and don’t see where it’s going.

It’s supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession. It cries out, celebrates, loves and proclaims. It sways, dances, jumps and shouts. It’s still, at peace, smiles big and rests. Don’t be stuck and think God only talks at a certain time or if you’re at the altar. No, if you listen closely, He’s always whispering to your spirit. 

Be aware of Him because He’s always aware of you. He’s waiting for you to interact with Him. Don’t disappoint Him by saying you’re too busy again today. You have time for everything else that won’t bring satisfaction. It’s time to put that all down and come to Him.

Father, I lay aside everything else for some You time. I may not hear an audible voice today but I will tune into my spirit because it’s connected with Your Spirit and You lead me into all truth. I will be still and know that You are God and nothing is outside of Your prevue. Now I will focus on Your love and the tender affections You have for me. It’s in Jesus’ name I wait for You. Amen

 

Don’t Fear He’s Here

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After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat.  Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)

Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.  So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help. 2 Chronicles 20:1-4 NLT

Have you ever received scary news? So scary that you became filled with fear? That’s what happened to King Jehoshaphat when he received news that 3 powerful nations were coming to annihilate the people of Israel.

Listen to a part of the kings prayer:  “And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them.  Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance.”

I don’t know who you are that needs to hear this right now, nor do I know what kind of scary enemy you face today but let me remind you, the God you serve is greater than the scary enemy that stands in front of you. It’s time you remember that the one who is in you is greater, far greater than anything you’re looking at in the natural.

I tell fear to flee! I speak to my flesh, don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid for the battle is not yours but it’s Gods! My God is bigger and greater and He loves me too much to leave me. You may have scared me, but I ran to my Fathers arms because He will never leave me or forsake me.

Perhaps the reason God told the people of Israel to leave them alone back then is because He knew what they would do in the future and don’t you know that God knows sometimes we just need to be reminded that God doesn’t need help with the battle, He just needs our praise.

I praise You mighty God because fear will not hold me back from what You have planned for me. There’s nothing that can stand before You. Cancer can’t stand before You so we worship You, cancer Victor! Lack can’t stand before You so we worship You God who is more then enough. Sickness can’t stand before You so we worship You God our healer. It’s for Your glory in the name above all names, Jesus-Amen.

 

If You

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 “So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.” Matthew 6:31-33 TLB

Don’t you just love the promises of God? I can’t number the times I’ve said this promise. Countless times to myself and others. “God will supply all your needs! He’s not short on supply. You can count on Him to do what He’s said.” It’s true! I know it, you know it. Why? Because God said it so we know it’s a done deal.

But that last part….”if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.” We tend to leave that part out, don’t we? We love the promise, but the rest, not so much! There’s our part and there is Gods part. He will always keep His part but is waiting for us to keep ours.

Think about it for a moment. Would you give money to an alcoholic knowing they’re just going to go buy more alcohol? Probably not. You’re more apt to buy them a meal or give them a place out of the cold, but you’d be foolish to give them money. We want our needs met so we can live comfortable lives and be happy but that ‘if’ part we feel it’s optional.

Perhaps we should be working on finding out how God wants us to live our lives and putting Him first place, not second, third or last place. What a novel thought! What would our world look like if we allowed the Love of God to free flow out of us? What if we were the light in the darkness, showing people the way to Love?

What if we thought of others first, gave out of our small supply to be a blessing instead of looking to bless after we are. I’m convinced that is Gods way. Stop focusing on what you don’t have and ask God what to do with what you do have.

Father, I believe Your Word has the final say. You WILL provide ALL just as You said so I will focus on putting You first and giving my attention to doing Your will. My only value is found in You. Help me to be the salt that seasons and the light that dispels darkness. May Your love be found in me far greater than the hatred found around me. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

Arise And Come Away With Me

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Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is change in the air.” Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me. Song of Songs 2:13

Do you hear the invitation of the bridegroom beckoning his beloved bride? Come and run with me to a higher place. Gain my perspective. Gaze upon the beauty I created for you to enjoy. This is a new day, a new place and I have new purpose for you in this hour.

It’s a whisper in the ear of my spirit, “Come. Come. Come away with me so that we may speak freely and I can express my deep affection out of the hearing of others. For I long to share the deep things with you. To satisfy the longings of your heart. To assure you of my love for you and cause you to understand my ways and thoughts are so much higher than yours.”

Do you hear it? Do you feel the tug on your heart as He pulls you to the secret place? Yield to it. Say yes to Him. Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfall. All your waves and breakers crash over me. Father, take me. Every part of me is Yours and Yours alone. I will give of my love to others so that You may know how much I love You. For Your glory. That all may know how much You love. How You ARE Love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.