Monday, July 22, 2013

If God be for us........

Key verse: “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Thomas Kempis, a Christian writer, once said: “Regard not much who is for thee or who is against thee, but give all thy thought and care to this that God be with thee in everything till death. For whom God will help no malice of man shall be able to hurt.” A man of prominence attended the services of an old minister in a small church. The old minister preached with accustomed earnestness. At the close of the service, some members of the congregation said, “pastor we had a distinguished visitor today, but you did not seem embarrassed,” the minister replied, “I have been preaching in the presence of the Almighty God for forty years and do you think with him as one of my constant hearers any man, however, distinguished can embarrass me by his presence?”

The message of our text today cannot be better explained than this. Jehoshaphat king of Judah was under the threat of being swallowed up by the armies of Moab, Ammon and Mount Seir who conspired together to fight him and destroy the land of Judah. However, Jehoshaphat trusted in the Lord and also encouraged all his subjects to believe in the unfailing arm of the Lord. Surprisingly, this fierce battle was fought in an atmosphere of prayers and worship of the majesty of God of all possibilities. The result was victory for Judah and all her inhabitants, because God fought on their side. If God be for us who can be against us.

Jesus is still committed to our journey and still in complete control. In His perfect timing, He will calm all opposing forces and powers that are working against us. When doubts begin to surface, we must draw closer, hold on even tighter, and trust Him even deeper. As long as we are fighting on the side of righteousness, uprightness and faith in God, no matter what battle we see with our eyes and hear with our ears, we will always come out with resounding testimonies of victory.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY : One with God is more than a majority.

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