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Jehoshaphat

So I'm reading 2 Chronicles 20, the story of how King Jehoshaphat defeated the armies of the Moabites and Ammonites (with some of the Meunites). I read it because during Sunday's sermon, Pastor Henderson, my pastor at New Beginnings Church in Matthews, NC, suggested we read it for perspective about praise. Pastor Henderson preached about the praise we all have in us that will help us fight our battles. Like Jehoshaphat, all we have to do is praise God, show up, and collect the plunder of our enemies. Yes the haters, because we all have haters, the people who wish us harm and may even try to do us harm, the people who want to take us out.

Yet that can't dismay us. It can't make us give up. We can't let that scare us.

When we sing the Lord's praises, 2 Chronicles 20:17 says, You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.

In a nutshell, the Lord will stop your enemies and make it so they actually start fighting amongst themselves just like they did before Jehoshaphat's army showed up to fight. When Jehoshaphat's army got to the battle ground it was all over. The enemy was dead. Every last one of them. Thus, the only thing Jehoshaphat's army had to do was lift their voice.

Praise, show up, and collect. That's all.




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