It is a battle cry to God. The enemy was approaching at full force and they needed God more than ever. I know the feeling. You probably know the feeling, too. It’s at those very moments when the enemy is chiseling away at you and you suddenly feel there’s just no other choice but to retreat that we need to hunker down, look to God, and cry out for help. But there’s more to it than that. As the new school year begins for students, we too, must begin our own schooling and be students of God. Welcome to, "How to Defeat the Enemy 101."
Jehoshaphat told all of
to fast. “All the men of Judah , with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord” (vv. 13). If we are struggling with a battle, we need to call our family together and face it together. Yesterday I told Jared, “Don’t worry about it. This is my problem and I’ll try to fix it.” But Judah Jared retorted, “Sweetie…are we married?” implying that we were in this together, regardless of whose problem it was or wasn’t.
Jehoshaphat also bowed down, as did all the people, in worship before the Lord (vv. 18), and as they sang and gave praises to God, He destroyed their enemy for them (vv. 22-23). God told them, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but mine” (vv. 15).
I am under a lot of attack right now, but God is reminding me that although it feels as if it is against me, the battle is against Him, and He will fight it and win it in order for me to have the victory!
These are battles of principalities. These are battles against God Himself. When you are attacked, the enemy is attacking God. He can’t go to the Direct Source, so he preys on His children: you and me. But we’re in this together. So let’s stand together before God and praise Him today. Sing loud. Give Him praise. And watch the enemy be destroyed!
NOTE TO SELF: In deep troubles, fast, cry out to God, stand before the Lord as one and praise Him, and He will defeat the enemy for you.