IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE BATTLE IS MINE SAYS THE LORD!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“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.”
Introduction: Jehoshaphat was the King. As King everything would fall on his shoulders. When a “great multitude came against Judah to do battle, Jehoshaphat determined to seek God for help. In today’s message we will learn how to put things in God’s hands.
What’s the circumstance in your life where you feel most like the underdog? In which area do the odds against you seem so overwhelming that they are insurmountable?
I would be surprised if there’s not some situation like that – either physical or social or financial or domestic or spiritual – in each of our lives.
When you think of what it is for you, imagine approaching it with the spirit of these words:
“In heavenly armor we’ll enter the land,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
No weapon that’s fashioned against us will stand,
The battle belongs to the Lord.”
The willingness to face life with that spirit is an important part of what it means to be the Lord’s people.
That the battle is the Lord’s is a very meaningful Bible theme, and action in keeping with this conviction is called “faith.”
Where is your battle? In your marriage? Your business or job? Your finances? Your health? Does your battle get more intense day after day? If you have a heart for Jesus and a desire to cleave to him, you will face the rage of hell. But that is still not your battle.
Our Lord knows the raging of Satan, and we must truly believe he will act. He will bring us through floods and fires and put to chase all spiritual enemies. Here is God’s Word concerning what he will do:
“Because of your rage against me, it has come into my ears, therefore I will put a hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way you came” (Isaiah 37:29).
When you don’t know what HE is doing now, remember what HE has done in the past. Jehoshaphat rehearses what God has done. On one hand he is praising God, but on the other hand He is involving God in the battle. This battle is not about us, its about YOU GOD.
All of the attack of the enemy is about possession. If you are God’s possession, its God’s problem. You are His daughter, Son, Heir, and Joint Heir with Christ. Because of who you belong to, God fights for His possession. Change the focus and minimize your efforts, and maximize His efforts.
Yes, the battle is the Lord’s, but we have a part and that is to trust and believe his promises in the face of hopelessness and what seem to be impossibilities.
Some of you are fighting today, and losing, because you are fighting on the wrong level. The nature of the battle determines the strategy of the victory. You have to wage war at the proper level. You can never accomplish spiritual victory by carnal means.
Our enemies are the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Friendship with the world is enmity with Christ.
To be carnally minded is death, but spiritually minded is life and peace.
Your adversary, the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Ephesians 6:12 We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
So many of you are fighting on the wrong level. Some are fighting with people, and some of those you are fighting with are good people, and trying to help you. We fight them because we are so insecure, and prideful, and our ego drives us to battle. And then we lose the battle in our spirit, because we are more concerned about defending our pride and ego than we are about contending for faith, power with God, and His provisions for us and our family.
I’ve learned that many times people mask their fear with anger. They are close akin. Sometimes we want to appear big and boisterous on the outside because we feel so little on the inside. Sometimes we have to realize that “He’s not mad at me!”, “She’s not angry with me!” She’s afraid, and her way of venting that intense emotion is to get loud and appear hostile.
You see, God can meet our needs what ever they are. Its not about willpower, its really about worship!
Don’t be afraid for this vast army. Its too big for you. The battle is not for you. The battle is God’s. If its too big for you, its not for you. You’ve got to give it back to God. Don’t worry, WORSHIP!
GOD wants HIS Battle back!
“And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.
He didn’t have to fight it, but he did have to face it. Tomorrow, go down there and get in position; not so that you can fight, but so you can SEE. If you worship and make God so big, then no foe can stand against you.
Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword up!” Sometimes its better to go to the cross and see a greater victory than to do battle. His fear caused him to react in anger, but Jesus knew that a far greater battle was to be won. Jesus would not let Peter’s anger distract from the greatest victory of all history. It wasn’t about one man, Peter. It was about a victory for all mankind. Satan tried to shift the focus to one man’s crazy actions, but Jesus put the ear back on the head of Malcus and walked that path to Calvary’s cross to win for us a cure for Adam’s sin, and reconcile us back to Our Heavenly Father.
2 Chronicles 20:20
- 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.
- And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
- And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
*2 Chronicles 20:15-20
- 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.
If you will hold fast to your faith, trusting him, resting in his promises, rejecting all lies of Satan coming into your mind, then expect God to come by his Spirit into your situation and bring an expected end to your particular battle. He will move heaven and earth to deliver you and make a way. The way out is to trust, trust, trust! He makes wars to cease
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