2 Chronicles 20:21 Sing Praise Going Into Battle

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

For many people, going into battle is a time of fear and trembling. No one really does not know if they are going to survive the battle or not. It is often dangerous in various ways. The level of fear increases if the enemy is larger and more powerful in appearance.

Going into battle against Ammon and Moab, Jehoshaphat had some men lead the army of Judah with singing of praises to God. They were giving thanks to God and proclaiming that His love lasts forever.

Battles are a part of life for every person. Most battles are not ones of physical fighting, as the army of Judah were fighting, but battles of the mind and soul.

The enemy of every person is the devil, who is out seeking whom he can kill and destroy. His number one focus is against believers, striving to get them to sin against God.

Often the devil looks very large and dangerous. It appears that there is no way to win the battle and that one will fail. Many will run away in fear or give into the desires of the world.

Instead of giving into the world and devil, believers need to turn their focus upon God and sing praise to Him as the march into the battlefield. When giving God praise, the believer is putting His trust in God and not focusing on how large and dangerous the enemy may be. God will give the victory, when He is given the praise and thanks.

The world is out to destroy you and turn you away from God. It is a battle for your soul. Going into battle may is never easy nor fun, but with God all things are possible.

Do not allow yourself to focus upon what the enemy looks like, but put your mind upon God. Give God praise for who He is. Give God thanks for what He has done in your past. Give God thanks for what He will do. Remember His great love for you. Then trust God to give you the victory over the enemy of your soul as you go into battle each day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will continually sing praises to God; that you will give thanks to God; that you will know His great love for you; and that you will see God give victory over the enemy of your soul.

2 Chronicles 19:10 Warn To Not Sin

In every case that comes before you from your people who live in the cities–whether bloodshed or other concerns of the law, commands, decrees or regulations–you are to warn them not to sin against the Lord; otherwise his wrath will come on you and your people. Do this, and you will not sin. 2 Chronicles 19:10

Rules and regulations abound anywhere a person may live or be, regardless of what nation he lives in. This goes from the national level all the way down to the individual homes. Along with the rules there are always those who judge whether someone is doing right or wrong in many situations.

Jehoshaphat appointed leaders to be judges throughout the land. He told them to judge every case and warn the people to not sin against God or else His wrath would come upon them.

No one really likes to be judged in anything. People like their absolute freedom and the world will quickly state that the bible says not to judge. Yet, the even the world has judges throughout the land.

Courts are not the only place that hold people who judge. Supervisors at a workplace judge how a person is doing his work. Teachers judge the child’s schoolwork. Parents judge their child’s actions.

Believers are also to judge themselves and others. This judging is in pointing people back to God and to not sin. Part of the gospel message is for people to recognize what sin is and the consequences of sin. In order for a believer to point out sin, there must be a judgment. This is not a condemnation, but just a warning of what is wrong and God’s judgment of it.

Immediately afterwards believers need to point people to Jesus for His love, mercy, forgiveness and salvation.

God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to point out sin in your own life. Be willing to judge yourself as to sin and repent before God.

He is also there to help you be a witness to the world of their sin and coming death. Working in His love and gentleness, be willing to show where people may be living in sin and show them the mercy and love of God, that He is willing to forgive and save them.

Gently guide other believers to turn away from sin and get back onto the path with God in righteousness and holiness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to judge your thoughts, actions and words; that you will allow God to guide you in warning others of sin and its consequences; that you will point everyone to forgiveness and salvation in Jesus.

2 Chronicles 18:13 What Will You Say?

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says.” 2 Chronicles 18:13

People like to talk and give their own opinions about nearly everything and anything. Some are very open to speaking their opinions regardless of what others think or feel. Yet, many will only speak what they think others really want to hear. This will often occur in the workplace because many do not want to rock the boat or go against the flow. Peer pressure pushes people to say things that they really don’t believe or just to please others.

Many prophets had told Jehoshaphat and Ahab to go to war against the Arameans and they would be successful. Jehoshaphat asked for the prophet of God, Micaiah, to speak. Micaiah was told what the other prophets had said. Micaiah said he could only speak what God says.

With news media and social media being everywhere, it is easy for people to get swayed into what to think and say about any given situation. Millions of people will believe something, even if it is a lie, just because millions of others believe it. Pressure is then placed upon people to speak what everyone else is saying.

Everyone wants to hear good news, not necessarily the truth. They want to be able to do what they want, when they want and how they want with no repercussions or negative consequences. In order to do this, they will seek out advice that will align with their desires.

Believers are only to speak the truth in every situation. The truth can be found in what God is saying and doing. God will always speak truth and what is needed to be said. Before speaking about a situation, believers should seek what God is saying and doing.

There will be times in which you are asked for advice on some situation in someone’s life. Before speaking and giving advice, seek what God has to say about the situation.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in what the world will say and possibly lead others astray against God’s will with the lies of the world. Be strong in the Lord and stand your ground upon His word and His truth. God has given the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you the words to speak. Speak only what God has given you to say.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear and know what God is saying and doing; that you will only speak the truth that God reveals; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in what to say; and that God will give you the strength and boldness to speak His truth at all times.

2 Chronicles 17:3-4 Who Are You Consulting?

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. 2 Chronicles 17:3-4

Regardless of where a person lives in the world, there are thousands of people and places to get advice on how to do nearly anything and everything desired. People will go to others, the internet and books to get advice on how to deal with some situation or just how to really live life.

God was with Jehoshaphat because he followed and obeyed God, rather than seeking the Baals as Israel was doing.

The world is filled with information on how to do anything that a person may ever want to do. While some of this information may be neutral and good, often it may not always be the way God wants something done. It is easy for someone to run to the ways of the world to get guidance, since everyone is doing it.

However, the world, under Satan’s control, is seeking to steal, kill and destroy, rather than build up and give life.

God’s ways are not the ways of man and often do not make sense in the eyes of a person. He sees and knows things that cannot be known by any person; thus, He is able to decide a course of action that is best no matter how it looks.

Instead of seeking the Baals of this fallen world, believers must be willing to seek God’s direction in life and then obey what He commands. If one does not obey what God says, then it does no good to seek His directions. Both seeking and obeying must occur in the life of a believer to gain His favor and presence in one’s life.

Every day you will be bombarded with the ways of the world. Do not allow yourself to follow the fallen ways of this fallen world. The world is not out to build you up and give you life, but to steal from you, kill you and destroy you in whatever way possible.

Go to God for your every need. He will guide you and direct you upon the path you must take. The Holy Spirit is with you to help you know what God desires of you in every situation in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will consult God first in every situation in your life; that you will know God’s directions and obey them; and that God will give you strength to turn from the wicked ways of this world.

2 Kings 3:18 An Easy Thing For God

This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 2 Kings 2:18

There are times when a person must do some task that appears or actually is very difficult for him to do. The task can be very overwhelming and stop a person from completing what needs to be done.

While it is difficult for one person, it can be a very easy thing for someone else to accomplish. He walks in and does the task as though there is nothing to it.

Joram, king of Judah, and Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, worked together to stop the king of Moab, but needed God’s help. Elishah told them that God would bring in the needed water in the valley and deliver Moab into their hands and that this was an easy thing for God to do.

Impossible tasks appear in the lives of people on a regular basis. Things are so difficult that there appears to be no way in order to solve them. People search for advice and often come up short and begin to fear the future feeling defeated.

Instead of fearing a situation, believers need to look to God for a solution. God’s wisdom, strength and abilities is so far above and beyond that of any person that anything that needs to be done is very easy to accomplish.

One needs to remember that God created the heavens, the earth and everything in them. If God can create all of this, the challenges in one’s life are very simple to deal with. Not only can God deal with a difficulty with ease, but He can also do it in amazing ways that defy normal logic or methods.

Believers do not need to fear a difficult situation when their trust is in the Lord and not in themselves or others.

You may have some difficult situation in your life that you do not know how to deal with. It may appear overwhelming and destructive and that it will take you out. Seek God for wisdom, direction and help in the situation. He knows the best way to overcome the difficulty.

No matter how large the situation may appear to be, God is bigger. There is nothing in your life that is too difficult for God to do with ease in His way and in His time. It is an easy thing for God to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God to help you overcome any difficulty in your life; that you will trust God’s method to overcome challenges; and that you will see God work through any difficulties in your life.