Monday, 6 June 2011

Fear Not


2 Chron 20 v 15 + 17:  15 The Lord says this:  Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  
17 You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem.  FEAR NOT nor be dismayed.  Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.


What is your battle?
What are you fighting?
Have you been trying to resolve something in your own strength?

God's word is clear!

  • God says to NOT BE AFRAID of the great multitude (all you are going through).  Remember, fear is not from the Lord and it says in 2 Tim 1 v 7:  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  So if fear is not from God then who is it from?  Yep, him below!
  • God says the battle is not yours.   Today our battles are spiritual battles.  We do not war against flesh and blood but against dark powers and principalities.  But God says this is HIS fight!

What are we to do?

Vs 17:  You shall not need to fight this battle.  Take your position, STAND STILL.  

Take your position - stand still - Praise

This is a time to trust God and His word.  This is a time to praise Him in your circumstance.  You know you have done everything you can do.  Now stand still and watch God's deliverance.

Now watch and see the deliverance of the Lord

This is one of my favourite scriptures.  It defies worldly wisdom.  It makes no earthly sense but IT IS God's word.

I have learnt that when you read a scripture like this you cannot over-think it.  You have to absorb it, believe it, and wait on God in faith.  To try dissect it, to try figure out what God is going to do, when He is going to do it, will drive you nuts.

There is this saying that my husband throws around every now and then .....

GOD SAID IT - I BELIEVE IT -THAT SETTLES IT!

The story in 2 Chron 20 onwards goes on to say how Jehoshaphat went out to battle with  the praise singers out front.  God set ambushes for the enemies and they were destroyed.  There was so much spoils of war it took 3 days to collect.  Most importantly, they assembled together to thank the Lord for the victory.  They blessed the Lord.  And all the other kingdoms were in fear of them because of what the Lord had done for them.

Put yourself in this story.  Trust in god's word, stand still and watch Him deliver you from your trial.  Praise Him while you wait, and when He gives you the victory and you are blessed with His mercy and grace, don't forget to give Him thanks.

Gives thanks to the Lord

I hope this has encouraged you

God bless
Tracy

6 comments:

  1. I am not so good at the waiting. I can worry and pray, leave it in God's hands but when he takes too long for my liking...you know that doesn't end well. I need to practice looking with faith eyes instead of my natural eyes.

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  2. Standing still. Oh, I am so not good at that one. I'm feeling a bit convicted here!

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  3. I like the idea of absorbing this word.....for taking it as it is for face value. We need to hear that more often. Thank you for this admonishment!

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  4. Hi Tracy,

    I usually find it so hard to just be still and wait! But...I am learning. Thanks for the encouraging words!
    Blessings in Christ...Chelle

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  5. Hi Ladies, thanks for the comments. i also find it difficult to stand still. I'm a doer. I want to fix things. But God's way is better. Its to remember in the moment.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. "Stand still and watch God's deliverance." This is what I needed to read, right now! {{{{Deeeep Breath!!!}}}} ...and keep praising...
    ~Brianne

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