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The Art of War

  • Our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do: but out eyes are on you. All Judah stood before Yahweh, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 2 Chronicles 20:12 WEB

    While under the reign of Jehoshaphat, Judah began to have a small revival and returned to the Lord for a season. Then the Ammonites and Moabites, who came from Lot's incest with his daughters (Genesis 19:36), invaded Judah with a great army. Jehoshaphat was scared, began to seek the Lord and declared a fast throughout Judah.

    As everyone gathered before the Lord at the temple, the Spirit of God came on Jahaziel and he declared: 'This battle is the Lord's.' The Lord told them to not be afraid nor dismayed, that they should go out against them tomorrow for He would be with them (20:17). The following morning, the people marched out to face the giant army as God had told them to. Jehoshaphat encouraged the people with:

    'Hear me, Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in Yahweh your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophets, so shall you prosper' (2 Chronicles 20:20).

    Then Jehoshaphat set the praise team in front of the army, and they began to sing praise songs to the Lord: "Give thanks to the Lord for His loving kindness endures forever.' When they began to sing, the enemy armies turned on each other and began to fight amongst themselves. They completely wiped each other out and by the time that Judah got to the battle, there were only dead bodies and treasure to be found. No one had escaped.

    When Judah arrived, they found an abundance of riches and precious jewels, more than they could even carry. It took three days to loot all the spoil because it was so much. What a breakthrough! On the fourth day the people held a gathering in the valley and blessed the Lord, for He had caused them to rejoice over their enemies (2 Chronicles 20:26).

    Here is a summary of what happened:

    1) There was a small revival stirring in Judah.

    2) Their enemies were then stirred up against them and invaded.

    3) Judah sought the Lord with prayer, praise, and fasting.

    4) The Lord told them not to fear, but go face their enemy and they obeyed.

    5) The Lord made their battle His, and destroyed the enemy armies.

    6) Judah looted an abundance of treasure, much more than any army should be carrying with them.

    7) They gave thanks to God for the amazing breakthrough.

    When you begin to seek God in a deeper way, opposition will certainly come against you. Do not turn back in fear, for this is when you need to press into God even more as they did, until He makes the battle His own. Give Him no rest. God did not take His people around the problem. He had them face it and took them straight through it. God still commanded them to go out to the battle, though it was His. While they were marching out and began to sing praises, He fought the battle for them. If they had cowered in fear in the their walled city, it is very doubtful that God would have done anything. That is why fear is so destructive. It stops you from taking that tiny step of faith, the one that would be so life-changing for you.

    We are working hand in hand with God. A problem comes, we seek the Lord. This is the the art of our warfare. Often He will give us something to do, we obey Him, He fights for us, and we overcome. When we do, there is a immense blessing and increase bestowed on our life and we respond by being thankful. Think of it as faith in action. Welcome to walking with God.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You lead me into all that You have for me. Give me a clear vision and lead me into triumph. Bring the breakthrough Lord in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please lord Amen. 

April 11, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

April 11, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You lead me into all that You have for me. Give me a clear vision and lead me into triumph. Bring the breakthrough Lord in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Father I know you are always with us and I thank you for that! Thank you for fighting our battles for us and for always providing the way when all seems lost! Father I must confess... I am tired and battle weary... Even though you go before me and come behind me... I feel the strain! Lift me Lord and refresh my spirit again! Remind how you are always with me and the battle is yours not mine! Fill my heart and my over-active mind with your peace, joy and faith unmeasured that you have the way out and are taking care of our every need. I want to be your hands and feet... yet I let fear and doubt rule in my mind too often and I HATE it! PLEASE Father!! Remove the bonds of fear and doubt! Help me to feel your peace in my heart and keep it there. Help me take the steps needed to release these feelings and be filled with you once again. In Jesus name Amen <3 Thank you pastor for these inspired words. God bless

April 11, 2017
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Chris Decker
Chris Decker

Dear God thank you for this word please allow this word to get deep inside me and not allow the fear I fear to control me.God I know sometimes you allow us to face battles in our life becuase your trying to show us you have a bigger plan your acutually trying for us us to see than the actually battle we are in.God I can't to this on my own so please help me to choose faith over fear.

April 11, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

This is so Aweinspiring. The saving Grace of GOD, that he loves us so much. That he fights our battles for us. All Praise to GOD.

April 11, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

April 11, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

I love this...it really hit home for me! thank you for such an inspiring word. How often do we or others we know, sit and wait on the Lord...forgetting that we have a part to do too! The Bible is full of Do this and then this will happen,,,,,we Have a Part!

April 11, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen <3 

April 11, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I  read this exact chapter this morning before I read your devotional Pastor Dion! God is speaking directly to me I believe. I do need a breakthrough in a few areas ...especially with fear. I have faith and trust He will bring me through the battles safely. All praise and glory to God, amen!!

April 11, 2017
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertsonedited: April 11, 2017

This really spoke to me!  I've been working on my level of faith lately & this really struck home!  Fear has had a hold of me for so many years and I know that it doesn't have a place in the Kingdom!  Thank you for always seeming to know what we need, when we need it!

April 11, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Welcome to walking with God!..Amen♡

April 11, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I thank God that He gives me peace to know that He will fight all of my battles. I know that I can't have your peace in my heart at the same time I have fear, help me to believe that You can do what You say You can do!

April 11, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I pray that you lead me into all that you have for me. Give me a Clear Vision And Lead Me into Triumph. Bring the Breakthrough Lord in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

April 11, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Good story...dwelling on God saving us.  I am in an emotional tearing of heart & soul.  I decided to let go of someone when they moved.  A powerless situation.  Not my heart's desire.  But the facts were in and they were gone.  They returned and emotionally.  Feel like a mouse a cat is playing with.  They messaged my husband and thought I might not want to talk to them.  Sooo confusing.  Tears well up.  I tried to message being up about whatever.  Nothing came back.  I believe there's an agenda.  They had something in mind they hoped on and I did not fill their want.  I care because I do with no strings but it is looking very much as this.  My husband thinks so also.  Can't explain this I said for it will not be understood.  So I look at God and cry help.  Please be the mediator in this my heart is caught in.  Since vitals seemingly to connect nothing has happened.  I hate being the bad guy in someone's eyes.  I have not changed..I love!  The rest is in the "I don't understand bin".

April 11, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You lead me into all that You have for me. Give me a clear vision and lead me into triumph. Bring the breakthrough Lord in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

I need to start to step out if I have fear turn it into faith turn it over to God. Amen. <3

 

Thank you for the devotion Pastor Dion. :-)

April 12, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen 

April 12, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I pray that You lead me into all that You have for me. Give me a clear vision and lead me into triumph. Bring the breakthrough Lord in my life, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

April 12, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen♡

April 14, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen Dear Heavenly Father please give me a clear vision and lead me to the triumph you have for my life.   Bring a break through in my finances and my family.  Thanks you for Lord for deliverances. Thanks Pastor Todd for this lovely devotional message. 

April 17, 2017