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Week 45

September 27th, 2017
A Cry for Help
2 Chronicles 20:1-30
As all the men of Judah stood before the LORD with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the LORD came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.

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!”

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the LORD. Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout. (2 Chronicles 20:13-19)
As the enemy bore down on Judah, God spoke through Jahaziel: “Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

We may not fight an enemy army, but every day we battle temptation, pressure, and “mighty powers in this dark world” (Ephesians 6:12) who want us to rebel against God. Remember, as believers, we have God’s Spirit in us. If we ask for God’s help when we face struggles, God will fight for us. And God always triumphs.

How do we let God fight for us? (1) By realizing the battle is not ours, but God’s; (2) by recognizing human limitations and allowing God’s strength to work through our fears and weaknesses; (3) by making sure we are pursuing God’s interests and not just our own selfish desires; (4) by asking God for help in our daily battles.
Sometimes the greatest enemy we have is fear. Bring your fears to the Lord in prayer and praise like the people of Judah.
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