Victory From God


     God's people must believe, as we have never believed before, that there is victory in Jesus. Our battle cry should be "Victory in Jesus!" "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) God always gives victory to people who dedicate themselves to His cause. About 500 years B.C. God gave victory to Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, and his people when Moab, Ammon and others invaded them. (2 Chronicles 20)


      The reaction leading to victory: At that time sin could be seen everywhere. Obsta­cles seemed insurmountable. The only hope was God. "Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the Lord." It is time to say, "let's seek the Lord." (2 Chronicles 20:3-5)


      The reaffirmation of who we are: God really is! God really does rule in the kingdoms of the earth. He will never let us down. When God's people know who they are they will reach forth to victory. (2 Chronicles 20:6-13)


      The rededication of life: Jehos­haphat rededicated himself to doing right. (2 Chronicles 20:18-19) He just wanted to be doing God's will. Jehoshaphat knew that he and God's leaders must act like people of God.


      The response that claimed victory: The people rose up early to do God's will. They were taught to believe God and His prophets. (2 Chronicles 20:20) They praised God for the victory He would soon give. (2 Chronicles 20:21) God promised the victory so it was a foregone conclusion that it would come. (2 Chronicles 20:22)


      We can and we should to claim victory in Je­sus. Isn't it time to be a Christian? To become a Christian hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), be­lieve (Mark 16:16), repent (Acts 2:38), confess (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (Acts 22:16). After baptism commit yourself to God. Allow God to use you in His cause.


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA