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2 CHRONICLES 20

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the Spirit of the LORD came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.
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He said, "Listen, King Jehoshaphat! Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's…

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But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD's victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!"

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Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the LORD.

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Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, "Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem!
Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed."

Verse 20: NKJV –
Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”


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After consulting the leaders of the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:

"Give thanks to the LORD;
his faithful love endures forever!"

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When the surrounding kingdoms heard that the LORD himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them.

2 Chronicles 20:
As I focus my energy, time, love, worship on yielding, praising, worshipping, and obeying the Lord – God will make it clear to me who are my true enemies.

I say this because – though in this passage when Israel is attacked by an obvious enemy (like United States being attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001) – often enemies are not so clear in our lives.

It can be easy for me to see people as enemies – husband, wife, child, mother, father, father-in-law, mother-in-law, boss, etc…

There can be disagreements –sometimes silly and sometimes serious...Sometimes only personality differences or sometimes really significant differences in understanding who God is.

I can see people as enemies IF I take my eyes off of the Lord. However, I can be established in the Lord.
I like 2 Chronicles 20:20 (NKJV) –
Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

If I establish myself in the Lord, then He will fight my battles for me ! The fear of the Lord comes on me – which for me is another way of saying the anointing of God comes on me – as I establish myself in the Lord.

One of the devotional notes I have at home suggested that the word for “established” is related to the word “Amen” The word “Amen” means “so be it” or “may it be established.”

The devotional also mentions that this is exactly what Abraham did when he “believed the Lord and was counted as righteous” (Genesis 15:6).

That is, he established himself in the Lord, and he was not moved by all circumstances that would keep him from unbelief. And his steadfastness of faith established him in faith to wait for 20 years for God’s promise to be fulfilled in his life !

When I establish myself in the Lord— all of life’s troubles— will fall into perspective and I will have God’s wisdom and His steadfastness to follow His wisdom.

Thus, the Lord will give me the wisdom to relate to people with wisdom – to draw out wisdom from within them instead of “preaching” to them.

PROVERBS 20

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Though good advice lies deep within a person's heart, the wise will draw it out.
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Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful?

When I have to speak truth—even if it is hard truth—
I can do it with the wisdom and love of the Spirit to connect with what God is doing in them....
because I am established
in the fear and anointing
of the Lord !

II Chronicles 19-20:37

Johoshaphat, I believe, is the first king, besides David, that accepts a rebuke form God, albeit by way of Hanani, a prophet. He doesn’t become angry or sullen but gets himself up, brushes himself off and continues to use God’s Law as a standard in how he rules the people but requires the judges he appoints to do the same.

It seems to me when a person follows “hard” after God the means and methods used to make decisions or carry out their responsibilities do not fit into normal methods of operations nor do they seem to fit into any standard of common sense by man’s point of view. If I had been one of those appointed singers to stand in front of the Army while the enemy advanced, I don’t know what I would have done. Would I have had enough faith not to second-guess God and the king? Would I be thinking and saying, “Feets don’t fail me now!” as I rushed off in the opposite direction away from the battle lines?

Or would the words of Jahaziel have pierced my heart and empowered me to do what in the natural didn’t make sense? I’m not sure but it is clear that God chose to fight this battle differently then what man would do.
Romans 10:14-11:12

18 But what about the Jews? Have they actually heard the message? Yes, they have:
"The message of God's creation has gone out to everyone,
and its words to all the world."
19 But did the people of Israel really understand? Yes, they did, for even in the time of Moses, God had said,
"I will rouse your jealousy by blessing other nations.
I will make you angry by blessing the foolish Gentiles

What has captured my attention is the last line of verse 19 (Tenth Chapter), I will make you (Israel) angry by blessing the foolish Gentiles. I am a Gentile and is my life lived in such a way, can the blessings of God be seen upon me in such a way that I make the Jews, the natural Israel, angry? If I honestly answer to that, I would have to say, no.

Psalm 21:1-13

I know that it is recorded by scholars that David wrote this Psalm about himself. However, I see in each and every one of the lines something pointing to Jesus. For example:

3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
You placed a crown of finest gold on his head

I see this as also speaking to Jesus’ triumph over the grave. To welcome someone back they must have already been there, went some place else and are now returning. Jesus was always with the Father since before the world began. There are riches with the Father that Jesus gave up when he took on the form of man and came to earth. After his triumph over death, He went back to sit at the Right Hand of the Father (Acts 2:33). Jesus being the King of kings, I think would have a crown made of the finest gold because by Him and through Him there was nothing made that did not have His creative touch and that he did not own.
Proverbs 20:4-6

4If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest.

I have always read this as if it is the person who doesn’t plow who will have no food, but it says the one who does not plow in the RIGHT SEASON. Have I plowed in the wrong season then wondered why there was not food. This Proverb implies one can be very busy plowing away, yet not produce any harvest because I plowed and sowed in the winter instead of the spring.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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