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The Battle is not Yours, But God’s

Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-15

Introduction: With God on our side, who can be against us. We have all been in a battle from time to time. Like Jehoshaphat, we also turn to the Lord for our strength and courage. This wicked world we live in is the battle field.

I. Preparation – v.3
A. Set himself to seek the Lord
B. If we are to have power of God, we must have purity of heart.
C. An uncondemning heart will bring abundant blessings.
D. We do not expect a plant to grow while it is out of the ground, neither can we look for answers to our prayers unless we are in the conditions laid down in the Word.

II. Proclamation – v.3
A. Proclaimed a fast.
1. Reasons for fasting in the Word
a. Direction – Ezra 7:21
b. Idolatry – Jer. 26:9
c. Confession – Dan. 9:3
d. Humiliation – Jonah 3:5
e. To ask help – 2 Chron. 20:3
B. Got his heart right
C. Willing to whatever it takes

III. Consolidation – v.4
A. Gathered themselves together
B. Union of prayer means union of power – ie. Fancy cranes vs. two old barges lifting an old wrecked ship.
C. Get plenty of sticks and the fire will burn brightly.

IV. Solicitation – v.4
A. Ask help of the Lord
B. Jehoshaphat stands like a beggar knocking at the door, and will not go away until he is answered.
1. Ask, and it shall be given you.
2. Seek, and ye shall find.
3. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

V. Supplication – v.6-13
A. His prayer was reverent – v.6
B. He reminds God of what he has done in the past – v.7
C. He reminds God of his relationship he holds to him – v.6,7
D. He pleads the promise of God – v.9
E. His prayer was to the point – v.10
F. His prayer was humble – v.12
G. His prayer was earnest – v.12
H. His prayer was expectant – v.12,13

Conclusion: Plead earnestly, Wait Patiently, Trust Fully, Shine Brightly, Work Expectantly, Behave Wisely, Glorify God. Remember the Battle is not yours, it is God’s.

Illustration: Sunken ship with millions of dollars in treasure on board. Several major salvage companies with expensive and elaborate cranes and equipment attempted to lift the sunken Spanish ship for a percentage of the spoils.

After all else failed a poor man with access to a couple of barges was allowed to attempt to raise the sunken vessel. He waited for low tide then chained the ship tight and secure to the barges. He then waited for high tide to roll in. As the high tide rolled in the old ship was lifted with the ease of a baby being lifted from a crib.

The crane needed to lift the sunken treasure was the mighty power of the ocean. The poor man with the barges had learned the secrete of harnessing the ocean, and taking advantage of almost unlimited resources that God had made available for that occasion.

God has made unlimited power available to us. He has given us power through our submission to His power and authority.

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