Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 February 2011 2 Chronicles 20:20‏

2 Chronicles 20:20.    And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
 
Oh Friends, the ole fella’s shaking it sorta rough this morning! Yuh know, one of those days when the mind and body refuse to function with the strength and precision you require. Those of you in your autumn/winter years will understand what I’m talking about. (smile) But being a blessed child of the Most High God Jehovah, I’m not worried, for that too shall soon pass, what with the new grace, mercy and blessings of our heavenly Father available today. Yes Friends, thanks be to God, these old bones shall once again wax supple and strong. Hallelujah! Friends, yuh gotta believe, else things gonna be real bad with yuh. And strangely enough, that’s the basic criteria, the initial requirement of Christianity; only believe. I don’t know if the Lord did that intentionally, to tout the great strength of purpose that He’s placed in our hearts, minds and souls, but when we believe in Him, we can sure move mountains. Now I don’t know where all of this is leading to, but I promise that it won’t be as long as yesterday’s epistle. That was an aberration, where I simply got caught up in the excitement of the moment and ran with all the goodies that the Spirit was feeding me, completely disregarding the parameter of length. And be proud of the ole fella Friends, for when I wrote that intro I didn’t have a Bit, but since it centred around belief, I sought out one that dealt with it, so that the Most Holy Spirit would not again have cause to embar-rass me like yesterday. (smile) And it is indeed a mighty Bit. ‘And as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.’  And that’s the living truth my people! Now on this particular occasion several nations joined together to invade Judah. And what was Judah’s reaction? The right one! ‘And (king) Jehoshaphat feared and set himself (his face) to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.’ (2 Chron.20:3-4) Wow! They all turned to the Lord God of their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for help. Oh Friends, how I wish that something like that could happen today. Imagine if all believers turned out in droves, a worldwide movement akin to the popular uprisings currently going on in the Arab nations, and sincerely petitioned the Lord for help in these troubled times. What a force to be reckoned with that would be eh! But unfortunately we must get back to reality. (sigh) Anyway, just as a good and righteous leader ought to, Jehoshaphat stood up amongst the people in the temple yard: ‘And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdom of the heathen (nations)? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?’ (2 Chron.20:6) That’s how it should be in the lives of all believers my brethren. In times of difficulty or impending doom, our God should always be the first place we seek help and refuge. And Jehoshaphat used the age-old formula; at the beginning of his entreaty, magnifying God’s power, then relating what He’d done for them and also promised to do, then ending with an acknowledgement of their weakness. ‘O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.’ (2 Chron.20:12) Yes Friends, when going to God for help, it’s always wise to admit His power and dominion and our impotence and weakness. Anyway, in keeping with my promise to be short-winded, though it’s hard, (smile) we’ll end here today. There’s so much more to this story that we might spend at least two more days on it. And that just shows mih Friends, how the ole fella has matured. Thank the Lord! Before I would possibly have tried to cram it all into one, thereby giving us too much to digest at one sitting. But through the Lord’s wisdom, and under His maturing hand, I’ve learned the better way. Praise His Holy Name! Now mih people, let’s go out into the evil, ungodly world and walk worthy of Him. Much LOVE!…only believe…all things are possible…only believe…
 

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