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March 16, 2021 8:00 am
Should we conduct ourselves in worship.
Listen to Adrian Rogers. Some folks sit here in church was reviewed. I'll get anything out of if they do it's greatly diminished. You get into it began to pray. Again, Goliath together say man began to nod your head participate with joy.
The flow welcome finding featuring real truth. Never change the lessons of Adrian Rogers phrase is a powerful thing in times of joy in times of help, but especially in times of trouble in second Chronicles chapter 20 we see this power exemplified through King Jehoshaphat and the tribe of Judah as they faced intense opposition. They learned that the battle was never theirs to win, but God's their part was to join the fight with praise. If you have your Bible turn there now as Adrian Rogers concludes this insightful message.
The power of praise second Chronicles chapter 20 message tonight is a serious message but a helpful message and avails with prayers. It deals with praising God in the time of trouble.
Title the message the power of praise second Chronicles chapter 20 verses one and two and it came to pass after this. Also that the children of Moab and the children of Ammon with them there beside the ammonites came against Jehoshaphat. The battle now here is King Jehoshaphat a good king. He loves the Lord that he stole you got some enemies out there that three powerful kings that are coming against you.
The inhabitants thereof, Ammon and Moab, and Mount Cyr have come against you. Number one, a powerful foe. Everyone of us who live the Christian life will meet opposition from time to time, and sometimes the opposition will be fears. Not only was there a powerful foe.
But thank God, King Jehoshaphat made a positive focus look in verse three and Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. He set himself to see the Lord Jehoshaphat said the enemies out there, but God is up here and I am going to seek the Lord will all of my heart and not only was there positive focus, but there was a proclaimed fast. Look, if you will, in verse three. The last part and he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. God does business with those that mean business and when we have a positive focus fasting just simply sharpens the focus it causes us to think about God in a way that nothing else that I know of does mouth the next thing I want you to see is a purposeful fellowship. Look, if you will, in verse four and Judah gathered themselves together to ask help of the Lord, even out of all the cities of Judah, they came to see the Lord everybody came together to seek God. It was a purposeful fellowship to see the Lord not political, not social, not racial but spiritual. Coming to seek the Lord a purposeful fellowship verse four.
And then there was a prayerful faith. Now I want to read on through verse 13. Look at it and Josip that stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court and said all Lord God of our fathers listen to this art thou not God in heaven, and rule is not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen and divine hand, is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand the art not thou our God who just drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel and gavest it to the seed of Abraham by Fran for ever and they dwell therein and have built their sanctuary therein for thy name saying if one evil cometh upon us as the sole or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house and in thy presence for thy name is in this house that is the praying on the basis of God's glory and cry on to the in our affliction. Then thou will hear and help now behold the children of Ammon and Moab, and Mount Cyr whom thou does not let Israel invade these Lord that you protected when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turn from them and destroyed them not. That is we show mercy to them, behold I say how they reward us to come to cast us out of thy possession which thou has given us to inherit all our God will thou not judge them for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us. Neither know we want to do, but our eyes are upon the and all Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, their wives and their children of God. We don't know what to do.
We don't have any strength but Lord, our eyes are on you and so what they did, Fran. They just came to a prayerful faith and began to pray, not on the basis of what the problem is, but on who God is. Next thing, not only a prayerful faith, but a prophetic fact, now there praying and when they prayed, God begins to speak and answer begin now in verse 14, and upon to hazy.
Oh, the son of Zechariah, the son of Anaya, the son of G IL. The son Matt Anaya, a Levite of the sons of Asaph came the spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation and the Lord said parking the all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and bow King Jehoshaphat, the loss, saith the Lord, under you.
Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude.
The battle is not yours but God's whole battle is not yours but God for a prophetic fact, now there praying there seeking God is a God. We have no might we have no understanding.
We don't know what to do, but we've we've we've sent ourselves to CQ we gather together to seek you. We proclaimed a fast to seek you and God then begins to move.
And God begins to speak.
And God takes a spirit anointed preacher to bring a message. Thank God that the spirit of God does anoint thank God for spirit filled messenger messenger said here's the message from God. Here is the prophetic fact that we need to see one more time. Victory belongs to God. The battle is not yours but God's now the prophetic fact brings us to the potent force and what is the potent force will begin now in verse 16 and read through verse 22 is what the man of God said here is what the prophet said tomorrow, go ye down against them, behold, they come up by the cliff of this is an ye shall find them at the end of the brook before the wilderness of J Ruel and you shall not need to fight in this battle set yourselves stand. He still and see the salvation of the Lord with you all Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not, will be dismayed tomorrow go out against them for the Lord will be with you and Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord worshiping the Lord and the Levites of the children of the court fights and of the children of the core heights stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice. Omaha, by the way, if you like loud music you would like it here.
They began to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high and they rose early in the morning and went forth into the wilderness of the co-op and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, hear me all Judah, inhabitants of Jerusalem believe in the Lord your God or there's another one of these great statements in here believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established believe his prophets, so shall you prosper, God raised up a prophet and God said, believe him if you will prosper and when he had consulted with the people he appointed singers unto the Lord, that they should praise the beauty of holiness in theirs and have a great phrase say is unto the Lord, that they should praise the beauty of holiness as they went out before the Lord and disciple praise the Lord for his mercy endures forever, and when they began to sing and to praise the Lord said ambush months against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Cyr, which were come against Judah, and they were smitten for the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Cyr utterly to slay him to destroy them and when they'd made it, and of the inhabitants of Cyr. Everyone helped to destroy another and when Judah came toward the watchtower in the wilderness, they look unto the multitude, and behold, there were dead bodies fall into the earth and on the skate know what is the potent force. The potent force is prayed. Now the prophet of God said the battle is not yours, but the Lord but you have a part in your part is praise and you're not going to hide until it's all over now.
A lot of us would've said not God when it's all over. When we have the victory. Then we go to praise you for the victory, but God says oh no, the battle is mine. The balance is not yours, but you're not going to hide till it's over and and you don't have to praise on the front end.
Not at the rear end but you have to praise at the beginning, not at the conclusion you can't praise after it's over because it won't be over until you began to praise I want to have you learn to praise God in your problems. You say I can't praise God in the midst of my problems will then go ahead live with going live with but Brandon, if you will do what this wonderful's 20th chapter of second Chronicles teaches us to do.
You can praise and see God move did you know what praise is praise his faith expressing itself that's all praises praises just faith turned inside out now week we come to God, we must ask God. That's what these people did. They came and asked God they said God deliver us our eyes on you help us that's petition but petition must be married to cranes petition says please pray says thank but pray says thank you on the front end seek praise brings God into remember that passage only in Psalm 22 verse three where God occupies the praise of his feet.
What is God's address where does God live praises God's address where there is praise God shows up God occupies the praise of his people.
The two wings of power are petition and praise.
Now levitate two things. Praise will do. I love it and it's right here in verses 16 through 22 is two things.
Praise will do.
Praise infuses the energy of God number two praise confuses the enemies of God praise and infuses the energy of God. Praise confuses the enemy of God. When you began to praise God's energy just begins to fill you in infuses you with energy and power because God is in that praise and when you began to praise. Not only is that praise very healthy for the Holy Spirit is.
It is the ambience, the environment that the Holy Spirit occupies. But Satan is allergic to Satan breaks out with hives went when you began to praise God. Satan gets confused by here these enemies here that the inhabitants of Ammon and Moab, Mount Cyr and they all coming just one enemy against Israel. And here goes the Army of God and that they just going against and their singing the battle hymn of the Republic and the singing victory in Jesus and and the singing. What a mighty God we serve our Satan goes bananas, date terminal, each of.
They began to kill one another and destroy one another big God in absolute confusion, praise fractures, the unity of the enemy and praise formulates the unity of the believer. Oh how we need to be bound together praising the Lord God what a potent force is praise. It infuses the energy of God. It confuses the enemy of God. And so there's a potent force about what happens will look if you will, in verse 25. There is a provided fortune and when Josip Fattah and his people came to take away the spoil of them.
They found among them in abundance. Both riches with the dead bodies and precious jewels which they had stripped all for themselves more than they could carry away and they were three days in gathering of the spoil. It was so marked and how about that for a switch here. They have an enemy. This enemy looks like is going to destroy them. So God we don't know what we going to do, then God as they seek the Lord and fasting and prayer, God sends them a message they obey the message, they began to believe God and praise God. The enemy is put into confusion and now they left with all this bounty the spoils treasure for three days of trying to load it up and carried all they can even carry it all. Did you know that Satan is God's messenger bow is a white, and God kill the devil to generally God uses the devil if we will began to praise the Lord, the devil will become our servant to enrich us. I have thought about the times that I've been in spiritual battle and I guess I ministers about all my life.
Somebody asked me a day so you under pressure and set out on minor bending away like a woman did know her husband was drinking the one they came home sober.
I just been under pressure.
I guess I was pressure not. I just live this way. They one thing, but Vincent I love them. Pressure pressure and sometimes when I mean it's really really really bent every one of those times when I've turned to the Lord. Not only is he brought me through buddies made me rich every time every time I have come out with both hands full of rubies and diamonds and emeralds and go and though I would choose, I would take anything for state God the way that what they really meant for evil God used and David cut Goliath's head off with Goliath sword, and God takes that was the enemy means against us for evil and God uses it for his glory and his good God wants to do that for Bible believers in America. What we think are calamitous things that are happening in these days.
If we will set ourselves set ourselves ourselves to seek God and fasting and prayer and praying with a God do a miracle in America.
I'm the one I'm hungry to see it happen and when it happens to know, but I don't get praise. But Jesus matter fact you have to get praise before it happens and is just it is a provided fortune. Verse 25 and in verses 26 through 30, peaceful future. Look, if you will, in verse 26 here and on the fourth day, they assemble themselves in the Valley of baraka for their they bless the Lord, therefore the name of the same place was called the Valley of baraka and to this day. Then they returned every man to Judah and Jerusalem and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them to go again to Jerusalem with Joel for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies and they came to Jerusalem with psalteries, and harps and trumpets under the house of the Lord, what a day that must've been and the fear of God was all all the kingdoms of those countries where they had heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel sold the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet for his God gave him rest roundabout, a peaceful future doesn't mean that the enemies loved. They still hated them all in the Bible says Bible says when a man's ways please the Lord. Even his enemies will be peace with mania lovingly just freed up just freed up to be wonderful again if if if this world were afraid of the prayers of God's people may be wonderful again. If I say don't touch them.
Their holy people don't mess with him. God is with those folks they will have a respect for us today. They laugh at us. They mock at us and well a lot because we deserve it, friend. I want us to come to a place where they say don't go mess with them.
God is with him. When a man's ways please the Lord. He makes even his enemies to be peace with bless what happened a long time ago when he likes it happened again I would not only about a gift right now but will give you 10 facts is a lot like is going on at the going short. But if you got some problems. Here's what I want you to do.
Listen to me now number one you need to learn to see also tannic opposition as opportunity got it. See also tannic opposition as opportunity to put a different focus on number two, seek God set yourself to seek God before you take any action number three. Remember those times when you see God that he shown himself fateful in the past as Jehoshaphat did.
Think back on other times when he delivered you number four began to study the word of God for promise on which to stand. Number five. Let the Holy Spirit of God make that promise. Regal and live in your heart. Number six, refused any confidence whatsoever in the flesh. Number seven. Give yourself to a full free unrestrained open worship and praise of the Almighty number eight began to praise God in the face of opposition and in the face of the enemy number nine expect God to send confusion to your enemies number 10 get ready for blessing ready.
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