How do you react in times of battle as a Kingdom person.
By Werner van Rensburg
It’s not what your worship can do for you it’s what your worship will do to your enemies.
2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance that Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’
Are you fighting a battle that is bigger than you - and you are fighting a battle that you didn’t ask for.
Amazing how God takes what the enemy meant for evil and He flips the intention of the enemy and actually uses it to produce a purpose through your life.
It is wise to choose your battles when you can, but what do you do when your battle chooses you?
What do you do when the devil drops something off for you which you did not directly cause, choose
God put the story of Jehoshaphat in the Bible in order to illustrate to us certain vital spiritual principles in winning the battles of life.
2 Chronicles 20:1-2 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. 2 Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast (this means too big for you) army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea (This means they sneaking up from behind to attack the people of God. They 25 miles out. That means Jehoshaphat hasn’t time to develop a strategy. It’s coming and it’s coming now, from behind.
He identified his enemy. (The Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites).
What Jehoshaphat did was he said that he did not have time for all that, so he got to go to GOD. There is something about a surprise attack that will drive you into the presence of GOD.
2 Chronicles 20:3 Alarmed (worried or frightened by something), Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. He had a determination to seek the Lord.
He had made up his mind that he would go to the Lord before he even knew what would come against him. He did not always respond this way.
Two chapters ago Jehoshaphat hooked-up with King Ahab and almost got himself killed because it seemed like the right strategy at the time - when they wanted to attack a city.
Have you ever fought a battle that you barely made it out, a battle that you were not supposed to fight?
Jehoshaphat went to seek the Lord. He went to enquire of the Lord.
Have you got something bigger than you that came up from behind?
2 Chronicles 20 : 1 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war
Against Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat had 3 enemies. One of these armies could annihilate him, but he had 3.
We got 3 different enemies. The world, flesh and devil.
I can fight one, but how do I fight the devil when I’m fighting my own flesh. How do I fight the world when there is part of me that wants to do it like the world?
The nature of the battle determines the nature of the strategy. When you don’t understand the nature of the battle, you will not understand the strategy.
Jehoshaphat resolved the matter by going to the Lord.
(Slide 16) But he doesn’t have a plan.
2 Chronicles 20 3-4 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast or all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
Take Your Problems to The LORD. When Jehoshaphat learned that three nations were coming against him he was afraid – but instantly he “set himself to seek the LORD”. Prayer ought to be the first weapon we use whenever we face the battles of life, not the last. Usually the last thing we try is prayer.
Jehoshaphat prayed: In effect he said, “God, I know you’ve helped me in the past. I know you can help me in the future. So please help me now. Please take care of our enemies, for we have no power to face the vast army that is attacking us. We don’t know what to do – but our eyes are upon you”
2 Chronicles 20 :5-6 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said: “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven?
Jehoshaphat has already shifted his focus from what is coming against him to the One who reigns
7 you rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
You gave it forever and since you gave it forever, it can’t stop now. No enemy can take it away.
Jehoshaphat reminds God of what He has already done, not so He can remember but so you can remember.
This is not your first challenge- this is not the first time you cried.
2 Chronicles 20: 8-10 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ 10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt;
Jehoshaphat said this is not my fault. The reason why these 3 enemies are here is because when Moses led the people out of Israel, You told him that he cannot drive them out, because they were the relatives of Esau and Esau was the son of Isaac. Isaac was the son of Abraham. And Abraham was God’s friend.
So God did not let the Israelites drive out somebody that belonged to His friend
The message is that it might be bigger than me but it is not be bigger than God.
2 Chronicles 20 :10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them.
2 Chronicles 20 :11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance.
If it is God who gave it, then it is God to protect it. If you are God’s possession and you are stewarding (manage or look after) something that He gave you to possess, then it’s not a matter of how much power you have that determines what happens next in this battle. When its Gods possession, its God’s problem.
Then you realise, you are God’s treasure, you are His possession, you are His friend, and your friend knows how to fight.
2 Chronicles 20:12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast (to big) army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, (I don’t know how to fight or fix it) but our eyes are on you.”
Winning the battles of life is to admit you need help.
If you change the focus (It’s a mental attitude of quiet confidence that says, “I’m going to trust God.” If He has promised you that He will take care of it – He will.) And stop looking at how big it is, but start praising Him for how great He is, He will win the fight. Help is on the way.
This isn’t a very long prayer but it saved a nation. It wasn’t very complicated but it got the job done.
Did you notice that after Jehoshaphat admitted, “Lord, I don’t know what to do,” he added, “but our eyes are on You”
The principle in overcoming life’s battles is to rely on God’s power. We need to get our eyes on the Lord.
2 Chronicles 20:13 -14 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord. 14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
The names are important to the story. Every name that was represented represented a generation that God was faithful in and it meant that every single time that God got ready to pass His purpose to the next generation, He did not drop it and He won’t do it now.
When you don’t understand the nature of the battle you’re in, you use the wrong strategy. Some of us are losing because we are fighting on the wrong level.
Ef 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We fight every battle physically, we fight people, we fight the battle to protect our ego and our pride and then we lose the battle in our spirit because we were concerned to protect our pride and not receiving God’s power, help and provision in our lives.
You sometimes must be someone that has the guts not to fight back. Sometimes it takes more faith not to fight back. Sometimes it takes more faith to let God be God. It takes more faith to let God sort it out.
If someone has addiction, you cannot council them to stop their addiction with will power. It’s not a matter of will power; it’s a matter of worship. Something in their life has started meeting their needs that only God alone can meet. If you do not show them that God can meet the same needs that e.g. alcohol can, God can meet the needs that pornography, overeating or overspending does. If you don’t fix the worship problem, you cannot win it with will power. You got to fight with a focus. If it is too big for you, don’t be afraid
2 Chronicles 20:15 He (prophet) said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
If it’s too big, it doesn’t belong to you. If it is too big, you got to give it back to God. We say that the battle is the Lord’s, but we stress like it is ours and worry like it is ours. Now we wasted all our strength worrying, when we could have been worshipping. Stop doing God’s job for Him. God wants His battle back.
How do you give it back? Focus, which is looking beyond what is coming against you, and looking toward what is within you to know the greater is He that is within you than he that is in the world.
2 Chronicles 20:16 Tomorrow march down against them.
March against an enemy that you are not even going to have to fight. I want you to get into position, not so that you can fight, not so that you can struggle, but so that you can see the deliverance that the Lord will bring about to Israel. God is fighting for you. You are His friend. You get His help, strength, miracles, wisdom, provision, you get His angels.
If you worship, you wage the war of worship. What is your reaction to a battle too big for you: You worship through it. It sounds good but feels stupid, because here they come: the Moabites and Ammonites and Meunites. They were all big in their own right and they were all fighting together. What are we going to do Jehoshaphat? How are we going to experience victory?
Not by fighting but by focusing. Focusing on what? on the goodness of God
2 Chronicles 20:18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites (the priests) stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
2 Chronicles 20:20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah (means praise) and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld.
Fight or flight time- if you can’t win the fight or run from it, watch this; they did not have to fight it, but they had to face it. God wants to give you the faith to face it and to trust Him to fight it. But what they did next is remarkable.
2 Chronicles 20: 21 after consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever”
Can you imagine the sight? Here comes the army of Judah, thousands of men armed for battle. Who’s at the head? The choir is leading the way
Principle in conquering life’s battles is to thank God in advance for giving you the victory.
Strange strategy to fight 3 nations all at once. This passage is not about music but about focus
Let’s focus on what is right about God rather than what’s wrong with our life. If you would look past what is standing in front of you, what is bigger than you to the God who is bigger than it and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness As they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
Are we willing to use gratitude as a strategy for the battle that we in?
“Here’s God’s battle plan. All of those who can sing in the choir – I want you out front. I want them to lead the battle line. “So they go marching to battle with the choir in the front of the army – singing praises to God.
2 Chronicles 20: 22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
God is going to fight what you cannot see with what you cannot see.
Praise wasn’t the prelude to the battle; praise was the battle. Worship wasn’t the preparation for the strategy; worship was the strategy.
2 Chronicles 20: 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. The enemy started destroying the enemy.
Jehoshaphat won the battle with his face down, low in worship. So must we.