Wednesday, 2 October 2013

YOUR VICTORY IS IN YOUR PRAISE

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 20:1-23
Many people did not see any reason why they should give praise to God when all is not well with them. They believe that God is meant to be praised when everything is going on well with them.
Once they encounter problem or an unpleasant situation, they allow the devil to “steal” their praise from them. They become so cold and passive towards God, but immediately there is positive change in their situation, they jump up and start praising and exalting God again. The scripture says we should praise and thank God in all situations, this includes when things are not going the way we want it to go.
Therefore in that difficult situation, God expects you to give Him your highest praise. The only time you can stop praising God is when you are dead.
Some nations came together to wage war against Jehoshaphat and his people, the Moabites, Ammonites, with some Meunites came to wage war against Judah, imagine three nations against one nation. If not for God they wouldn't have to go through much stress before they could have destroyed Judah. Despite the problem that Jehoshaphat was faced with, when the spirit of the lord came upon one of them and told them that the battle is the lord’s and not theirs, Jehoshaphat resolved to praising God. He did not prepare his people to take bow and arrow or any weapon of war, but the preparation he made was to appoint men to sing to the lord and praise Him (v 21). He turned his problem away from his problem and focus on God. It takes the grace of God for somebody that is deep in the middle of problem to be able to appreciate God and praise Him, because as human beings, it is very easy for us to be weighed down with any problem we are passing through.


“As they began to sing and praise, the lord set ambush against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount seir who were invading Judah and they were defeated (v 22).
Jehoshaphat did not tell his Army to fight; they were busy praising God while the nations were destroying themselves. Without raising a hand God gave Jehoshaphat a glorious victory.

Your victory is in your praise, your breakthrough is in your praise, your deliverance is in your praise, your long awaiting miracle is in your praise, and your healing is in your praise. Don’t allow the devil to “cease” your testimony, in any situation; keep praising God and never stop praising Him.

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