Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Step 5 to Fearlessness

Finishing today our study in the Old Testament account of King Jehoshaphat and his nation facing a vast and unnumbered set of armies bent on their destruction (2 Chron. 2:20). We see a massive challenge - I can truly say I have not had to face such a challenge yet in my life. However, in preparation for any large challenges, I can learn from the 5 steps to fearlessness that this King took.

Step 1 - Take your problems to God.
Step 2 - Turn to God for the answers.
Step 3 - Remember the battle is God's, not yours.
Step 4 - With God be fearless.
Step 5 - Let God be glorified in the victory, and let the blessings flow.

The Lord gave them instructions on what to do. They placed the choir at the front, and when the people started to sing praises to God, then He moved. And did He ever.

Read on in 2 Chron. 20:24-26 (NLT) - " So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped. 

King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today."

When God fights the battle, be sure that you give HIm the glory, don't try to take it for yourself. When you do give Him the glory it can be like verse 30 - "So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side."

Want to live a fearless life? Follow the pattern given in this passage of 2 Chron. 20, and watch God reduce your stress and give the victory.

Prayer: Spirit of the Living Word, let me take the lessons I have learned from the Written Word and apply them in my life. May I trust the Living Word to fight my battles and receive all the glory. Amen.

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