Stand For God And Gain
Christians need to have strong, loving, humble and obedient faith in God. Christians are loved, redeemed, protected and provided for by their Heavenly Father. Our faith in the Almighty should cause us to shout out, "Our God He is alive" and "Victory in Jesus." God is for us and, "...If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) Those that honor God and are dedicated to His cause are assured of eternal victory. An account in 2 Chronicles 20 shows us how God helped His people when they were faithful to Him. This gives us reassurance of victory in Jesus today.
was King of Judah at that time.
was a time to stand before God. When word came to Jehoshaphat
concerning the invasion he realized that it was time to stand before God.
"Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great
multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side
was a time to remember who God is and what He has promised. We do well
when we remember that God is Creator and we are His people. Jehovah, the true
and living God, rules the kingdoms of the earth. In His hand is all power. In 2
Chronicles 20:6-13 we read, "O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God
in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in
Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand
You? Are You not our God, who drove out the
inhabitants of this land before Your people
It was a time for strong leadership. God has always raised up great men and women to stand strong for His cause. Such was the case here. "Then the Spirit of the Lord came 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, in the midst of the assembly." (2 Chronicles 20:14) Jahaziel stirred the people with the cry, "the battle is not yours, but God's." He told them to do what they could and then to "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord." (2 Chronicles 20:16-17) There is tremendous value in great leadership!
was a time of drawing closer to God. The people rededicated themselves
to God and reaffirmed faith in God. This rededication was lead by Jehoshaphat
himself. Churches need elders, deacons, preachers, and teachers taking the lead
in rededication to God. Churches do what the leaders do. This was the case with
the nation of
It was a time of action from the people. They rose up early and went to do as God said. As they went they were again challenged by Jehoshaphat to hear and believe God. "So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper." (2 Chronicles 20:20.) Jehoshaphat led the people to praise God for victory even before they received the victory. "And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever." (2 Chronicles 20:21) God gave victory to them as they began to sing. "Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated." (2 Chronicles 20:22)
was a time for God to give victory to His people. God divided those
It is time to get right with God and to stay faithful to Him. To go to heaven you must hear the gospel (Romans ), believe in Jesus (John ), repent of sins (Acts ), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), be baptized (Romans 6:3-4) and remain faithful till death. (Revelation 2:10) Christians can and ought to claim victory in Jesus. God is alive and He will use you if you will allow Him to.