Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 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, let me apologize for giving you some wrong info yesterday. The name of that song about get your motor running and get out on the highway is ‘Born to be Wild,’ by Steppenwolf, who are also Canadian, and not the Guess Who. I know it won’t matter to many of you, but I hate giving out wrong info. So if I do, please let me know so I can correct it. Thanks Old Rob. Now let’s see what our Bit has to offer today. So far the people have prayed to the Lord, and received His response, which was to go out to meet the enemy the next day, but not to worry for they wouldn’t have to fight; ‘for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ (2 Chron.20:15) What a relief that must have been eh Friends! So they did as instructed. ‘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. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.’ (2 Chron.20:20-23) Yes Friends, confusion reigned amongst their enemies, and instead of fighting Judah, they fought amongst themselves. Our God sure is marvellous! But the important thing is that the people believed and trusted God to do as He said He would. Without that show of faith the Lord would not have worked on their behalf. And note too that the Lord only went into action when the people began to sing and praise Him. Oh my people, praise and thanksgiving are two of the greatest gifts we can ever offer the Lord. There’s nothing He revels in more than genuine appreciation and gratitude. The battle amongst the former allies was so fierce that there were no survivors. Wow! And the spoil, the unearned plunder was so plentiful that it took Jehoshaphat and his people three whole days to gather it. (2 Chron.20:24-25) And who says the Lord doesn’t bless obedience eh! On the fourth day, they assembled in a valley that’s still called Berachah (Blessing), for there they blessed the Lord. Then they returned to Jerusalem with joy, Jehoshaphat leading the way: ‘for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.’ (2 Chron.20:27) Yes mih breddren, when we call on the Lord sincerely for help, listen for His answer, then follow His directions in faith, we come out victorious. Praise His Holy Name! ‘And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries (stringed instruments) and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord. And the fear of God (awesome reverence) was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.’ (2 Chron.20:28-30) What a wonderful story Friends. But none of it would have happened if Jehoshaphat and the people had not believed and acted on that belief in faith. The belief Friends, the trust and the faith are the most important parts of our walk with God. We can do nothing without a deep-seated, abiding trust. And as the author of Hebrews so nicely puts it: ‘But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’ (Heb.11:6) So please, let’s work diligently on improving, constantly upgrading our faith motors, so that we can hit that highway of life, revving at top speed, thereby bringing victory to our lives and immense glory to our God. Much LOVE!…the moral of the story…if you don’t truly believe…you won’t succeed…

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