Lessons from the Battle front:

 Choose LIFE.  Choose Beracah.
Choose LIFE. 

 

2 Chronicles 20:26

"On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Beracah (Blessing) to this day."
 
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Perhaps, it is such a familiar battle  that it has weaved its way into your identity...so maybe it doesn't really seem like warfare, but just another one of life's 'struggles'. In our struggles, we sometimes win.
Yet more times than we'd ever admit,  we fail miserably.  And it hurts.  And eventually, we emerge with a few more battle scars than we're willing to let others see... 

If you're human and you know it, clap your hands..! haha just kidding... but seriously speaking, for time in memorial, mankind has had to confront struggle. Sometimes, for longer than us as mere mortals feel we has strength for/ were prepared.
        Chances are that you're tired of the battle. Chances are, that quitting seems the only logical option.  But, what if
    within the struggle, stood the solution...  What if, the secret to overcoming the struggle was in shifting to the absolutely 'mad 180'. In doing the polar opposite of what you've been doing all this time...

Maybe, just maybe, you don't need to fight anymore. here's an idea! maybe its time you flipped the script.

Embrace the struggle.  

Wait. Let me qualify that insane piece of advice. 

It's 500 odd years before Jesus is born, and guess who's sitting on Judah's throne? It's one of  the few Old T's good-guy Kings- Jehoshaphat- (we'll just call him J-Phat coz he's fresh like that :D )
Not long into his rule, a tribe of East-Semites called the Moabites and Ammonites from Edom(see map below),  launched a massive attack  upon J-Phat's Kingdom. Now J-Phat, before i tell what he did, you need to realise that these armies were H-U-G-E (i'm talking 100,000s of incredibly skilled military power against the waaaay smaller, and less equipped Israeli-Judean alliance.) And so, if J-Phat decided to respond by panicking or even waving the white surrender flag, it WOULD BE UNDERSTANDABLE. 
 
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But!!! Big BUT! This is where he chooses  Praise over Panic.  He orders all His people and their families to praise God, to sing songs, to dance- literally to celebrate, in the midst of battle! You see, what i'm beginning to learn is that when we focus on the TRUTH of who God is- PRAISEWORTHY, we can see through life's problems and confusions, clearly. We get God's perspective which gives us Peace to choose life come what may! J-Phat's  choice,  letting Praise prevail over Panic, showed that the King actually trusted God. And God, who is by nature Trustworthy, decided to give J-Phat this Promise- "the Battle is not yours, but God's."
 

Now that's a promise i would welcome, right? The thing is though, God's promise involves our participation. It doesn't allow us to be passive onlookers just waiting for things to work out. God wants to fight for us but needs us to trust Him. Breakthrough from battle asks of us, to give God whatever little Faith we've got.
Below are a summary of J-Phat's 5 weapons of choice. Consider how you could use them in confronting your battle:

  

WEAPON No 1: Looking Upward before looking forward.

 
*2 Chronicles 20:12

"O our God, we have no power to face this vast army. We do not know what to do, 
BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU."
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WEAPON No. 2:  OBEY His Voice. 

 
*2 Chronicles 20:15-19- This is what the Lord says to you:

1)Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. 
2) Tomorrow
march down against them.
4) You will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel (meaning: 'the Fear, or vision of God')
5)You will not have to fight this battle.
6) Take up your positions; stand firm 
7)See the deliverance
the Lord will give you, (Judah and Jerusalem).
8) Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
9) Go out to face them tomorrow,
10) and
the Lord will be with you.’”
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WEAPON No. 3: Shout PRAISES to the Mightiest Warrior. 

 
2 Chronicles 20:18 & 19- 18 

 1) Worshipping God makes you grow, through humility- 'Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.

2) Shouting God's Praises in the midst of battle,  intimidates (and confuses) your enemies! 
 'They stood up and praised the Lord,
    the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.'
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WEAPON No. 4: 'YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE.'


*2 Chronicles 20: 21

1)After consulting the people,
2) Jehoshaphat appointed men 
3) At the front of the army, these men were singing and praising God, saying:

 “His Loving-Kindness Is Forever” 
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As soon as they began to worship, the Lord did this:
 
1) He caused J-phat's  allied attackers to turn against and kill each other.
2) Not a single enemy survived
to attack J-phat's army
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 WEAPON No. 5: Celebrate in the Valley (God gives victory in the valley).


2 Chronicles 20: 26- 30

1)  J-phat's crew
gathered in the Valley of Blessing
2)  They praised the Lord
3) They were led in fullness of joy, because God rescued them from their enemies
4) Marching into Jerusalem, they
went to the Temple of the Lord

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God is truly the GIFT that keeps on Giving. 

J-phat's and his people were thoroughly blessed.


2 Chronicles 20: 29 & 30
~Surrounding Kingdoms began to fear the Lord 
~And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat
was at Peace, for his God had given him Rest on every side.

SHALOM EVERYONE.


 
Joy Lelei, 04/03/2019