Strength Is Not In Your Position, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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2Chronicles 20:1-25, “vs. 12…For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

Have you ever had some of those days you feel you do not have enough to accomplish a task? Looking at what you need to do, then sizing it with what you have leads you to believe that unless a miracle happens, there is no way you can have it done. 2Chronicles tells us of king Jehoshaphat who did that which was right before God. He followed the footsteps of David. As king, he had his own battling troops no doubt, yet in one occasion he was faced with a fierce battle. Instead of one army’s threat, he had several to face. He was to fight the Moabites, Ammonites among others. He looked at what he had, what he was to face and what he needed and saw how short he was in succeeding unless he had back up.

This king had no problem admitting he was not able, the world might say he was weak, I would call that humility. Believers should not be afraid to admit they are unable. Sometimes I hear preachers say do not confess you are defeated, sounds like bad luck if you do. I believe most people God has raised are people who admitted their lack of ability and were vulnerable to admit it. King Jehoshaphat says, 2Chronicles 20, “…we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us.” In rare cases do you hear leaders confess they are unable. Unless you declare bankrupt, you are not ready for God. Your strength does not lie in your position, your strength lies on Who is able. He admitted they had no power, second he admitted that they did not know what to do and third he confessed that their eyes were upon God. Over the years I have learnt that God loves to demonstrate His power before and for His children. David says, in Psalm 68:1, “Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered”.

Watch this, after king Jehoshaphat and his people prayed to God, the word from God through Jahaziel came to Jehoshaphat in vs. 15, saying, “…Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s“. The Lord encouraged them without changing their situation. He says, “do not be afraid“, how many times do we hear God encouraging His people through His word not to be afraid? Fear and doubt are the enemies of faith. Before God does anything, He first deals with our fears because fear has a way of messing things up. Then He tells them not to be dismayed meaning not to lose courage. Joshua was told to fear not but be courageous for the Lord was with Him. If the battle is the Lord’s, then that means I do not need to be in the battle field right? I cannot be afraid when I know I do not have to be there. Not only are they told not to be afraid nor dismayed, they are told”. “Tomorrow go down against them…”, 2Chronicles 20:16. “Lord, You said the battle is Yours, how come You are telling me to go against them? How is it Yours if I have to face what I want Your help me with?” This is not about what you can do in the battleground, this is about taking God at His word by faith. We have battles facing me and my wife as I believe you too. It could be financial battles, marriage battles, dealing with children battles, change of jobs or career battles and like this king, you just do not know what to do. Do not be afraid to admit you need help and call on God. We are encouraged not to be afraid nor dismayed, the battle is His however we still need to report to the battlefield. Let us move and face it head on at His word because He has a plan we do not know. Just because the battle is His does not mean you will be absent from the battlefield. To continue. Blessings Ev

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