"When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven." Ezra 8:21-23
"All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lords!" Samuel 17:47a
HOPE is in the LORD!
God is in control!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
"Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye to me with all your heart, and with fasting, with weeping and with mourning." Joel 2:12
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
NEVER ceases to amaze me!
He does hear us and He does answer!
GOD and Jehoshaphat cried out to the Lord and begged God for guidance.
He ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. Fasting is one of the weapons or tools that God calls us to use when fighting spiritual battles.
King Johoshaphat stood before the community and prayed,
The the spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men and said,
On the way to the battle Jehoshaphat stopped and said, "Listen to me, all you people, believe in the Lord your God and you will be able to stand firm! Believe in His prophets and you will succeed!"Then they started singing to the Lord and praising Him for His holy splendor! They sang, "Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!"At that very moment when they began to sing praise, the Lord cause the armies against them to start fighting among themselves and they attacked each other and killed every one of them. "Not a single one of the enemy had escaped."
The only thing that King Jehoshaphat and his people did was to go before God with a humble heart, tell God their problem, give it over to God, worship God, be thankful to God, be obedient, have faith, go out and take their position and sing praises to the Lord. God fought this battle for them! It was a miracle!
Then the people praised and thanked the Lord there and named the place the Valley of Blessing.
I believe someday soon we will have victory and will have our own Valley of Blessing!
I will pray like King Jehoshaphat. I will bow low with my face to the ground. I am giving praise to the Lord with a loud shout. I am going to believe in God and stand firm! I am going to sing to the Lord! God will fight this battle, I just need to trust in Him and wait on Him. Victory is the Lords!!!
I am thanking God because this situation will end victorious! I trust God. He works all things together for His good and for my good. Someday I know I will be able to share with you a great testimony! It's kind of exciting to wait and see how God is going to work this all out for His glory!
The title of this post should be Trial & trust, EXPECTING victory!
"Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18.