On today’s #BibleStudy, we will be examining warfare and how as Christians in the 21st century we can successfully wage the war that we comes across daily.
Incase this is news to you, Know this- WE ARE ENGAGED IN WARFARE, every single day of our lives, with an enemy who attacks with everything he has. But, there’s good news- We are equipped for the war, and we already have the victory in Jesus. So there’s no need to fear. Just be armed with knowledge, pick up your weapons and fight.
The difference is our weapons are not guns, swords, machettes, knives, spears etc. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal… (2nd Cor 10:4). So what are they. Today we will be examinig some of them as seen in the life of King Jehoshaphat when some nations came to war with him.
Our text is taken from 2nd Chronicles 20:1-28
Jehoshaphat was the son of King Asa, and he became the king after his father passed on. The bible records that he was obedient to God, and God was with him. (2nd Chro 17:3-4) His reign had been peaceful up until the time when the Moabites & Ammonites came to battle against Him.
King Jehoshaphat was very powerful, he had a mighty army and had built major fortresses around Jerusalem. (2nd Chro 17:19). So if war was declared on him, we would expect Jehoshaphat to be ready to face the enemy. But his response was interesting, and we would take some time studying this today.
LESSONS ON WARFARE FROM KING JEHOSHAPHAT
Vs 1; War was declared on Jehoshaphat by armies of other nationalities. Today we have the enemy who is constantly declaring war on us daily. We are in a warfare! (1st Pet 5:8)
Vs 2; The messengers told him ‘A vast Army’ is coming to you. Our opposition today is not flesh and blood, but principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places (Eph 6:12) NO BE SMALL MATTER O!!!
Vs 3-4; Jehoshaphat was terrified and his 1st response was to seek God and proclaim a fast. Remember we had said that he was a powerful king with a vast army, yet Jehoshaphat still became afraid and didn’t put his trust in his own “Might” (Psalm 20:7) (Psalm 124:8) (Proverbs 21:31) Never trust in yourself, Always go to God FIRST!
Vs 5-11; Jehoshaphat prayed to God. Jehoshaphat’s prayer here is interesting in several ways.
- He came to pray before the people- There is a time for private prayer and there is a time for Public / corporate prayer.
It wasn’t only Jehoshaphat facing this threat, it was the whole nation, and Jehoshaphat knew that he had to get both himself and all the people looking unto God together as one in Unity. So he gathered all the people together to fast (v4) and pray
Jehoshaphat’s form of prayer was one of declaring God’s Might, and reminding Him of deeds in the past.
- (Vs 6) O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!
- (Vs 7)O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?
- (Vs 8-9) Your people settled here and built this Temple to honour your name. 9 They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honoured. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
- (Vs 10-11) “And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them. 11 Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance.
This should be our form of Godly response in trials. Don’t pray to God begging and weeping. Declaring His Might, helps to strengthen our faith and we are requested to also put God in remembrance of His works- (Isaiah 43:26)
Vs 12-13; Though the nation of Israel was mighty, they declared their helplessness before God looking unto Him for help. (1 Chro 16:11) (Micah 7:7). No matter who you are, what you have, who you know, who your father is…etc only God can help you o! (Proverbs 21:31)
Vs 14-17; After they had waited on God and prayed, the Spirit of God came with the answer for the people. There are several things to learn here;
- 1st they waited on God till he answered. The whole point of waiting is getting an answer. So wait till you do (Isaiah 40:31)
- 2nd The spirit of God came upon Jahaziel a Levite. The answer to the prayer didn’t have to come from Jehoshaphat (who started the prayer chain), or the priest. We don’t know why the spirit chose Jahaziel, but he came with the answer.
The answer to your prayer come through anyone or in any way. Be open and humble to accept however God choses to answer you. (2nd Kings 5:1-13)
- Jahaziel said position yourselves- There is a position to take for every battle. There is something required for you to do, in a certain way. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to know what it is (Psalm 32:8)
Vs 18-19; After the answer came, the people worshipped. This is the ultimate sign of Gratitude to God. Our response to God should always be one of praise and worship in the midst of all adversity (Psalm 145- 150). Remember the battle had not been fought, but God has spoken and that was as good as done!
Vs 20; #BattleTime #GhenGhen
- 1st they rose up early- This is not the time to be sleeping o- (Eph 5:14). Some people go to sleep because God has spoken. NO! It should be the other way round. God has spoken, so prepare yourself and get your game together!!!
- 2nd Jehoshaphat reminded them again to believe- Though they had been all strengthened the day before, they needed to hear it again. It’s the same with us. You need to constantly remind yourself to trust in God. Yesterdays anointing is not sufficient for today. It’s a daily walk with God(Prov 3:5-6). Infact it is a second by second walk with God!
Vs 21-22; Start with Praise. They put the praisers in front of the army, not the other way round.
(I Believe that at the final point of warfare, Praise Is the key to Victory!) (Acts 16:25-26)
Vs 23-24; The people of Israel had no idea what was going to happen. They could not have predicted the armies of Moab, Ammon and Seir would destroy one another. They simple positioned themselves as God commanded.
The ‘HOW’ of God’s ways are not known to us, (that’s the hardest thing actually because we always want to know How). God reveals to us on a need to Know basis! We need to learn to trust and leave the How to God. (Isaiah 55:8)
Vs 25;– There is always a blessing after the warfare. It might not seem like that at the beginning, but if you stick through it God’s way, you will be surprised at the abundance to come. (2nd Cor 4:17) (Ephesians 3:20)
Vs 26-28; They did not forget God after this abundant blessing. Instead they went back to praising and thanking Him. Sometimes, there is a tendency to be carried away by the Blessing. (Luke 17:11-19).
Go back to God always!!!!!!!!!!! (Vs 28)
I pray this has blessed you. You can leave your comments and thoughts below!
God Bless You!