January 2021

"Spirituals" - Lesson 4

"Spirituals" - Lesson 4

The Word: Episode 1546 Chron 20:31-37

“Hope For Your Future”

January 25, 2021

“Hope For Your Future”

Blessings folk!

We saw yesterday that in the Lord we have a future and hope.

Jer 29:11
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’
declares the LORD,
‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’

Hear the Word of the Lord for His people then.
Hear the Word of the Lord for HIs people now.

Jer 31:17
“There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD,
“And your children will return to their own territory.

The Lord declares it - Hope!
The Lord tells us when - future!

For the people of Israel, their children would return to their own territory.

There was a “near” fulfillment…when they were released from Babylonian captivity.

There was a “far” fulfillment…when Israel came upon the land the past 120+ years and became a nation in 1948.

Remember the Word of The Lamenter…

Lam 3:24
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”


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The Word: Episode 1545 2 Chron 20:24-30

“Give You A Future and a Hope”

January 24, 2021

“Give You A Future and a Hope”

Blessings folk!

Hear the Word of the prophet Jeremiah.

Hope in the Lord.
Hope in Him alone.

It is He Who brings the rain…not the idols of man or the false gods of creation.

Jer 14:22
Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
Or can the heavens grant showers?
Is it not You, O LORD our God?
Therefore we hope in You,
For You are the one who has done all these things.

Then…

Jer 29:11
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’
declares the LORD,
‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

The Lord has plans for each of us…

Eph 2:10
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

We are…
- God’s workmanship
- Created in Christ Jesus for good works
- Walk in the good works that God prepared beforehand - before creation

God has plans for welfare, not calamity.

God has plans of a future and hope for each believer.

Rejoice!
Hope!
Watch!
Wait!

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The Word: Episode 1544 2 Chron 20:24-25

“Israel, Hope!”

January 23, 2021

“Israel, Hope!”

Blessings folk!

It is a very simple and plain truth.

“Hope” is found only in the Lord.

The only hope for a nation is the Lord.

Give heed to what the Psalmist said about his nation Israel…

Psa 130:7
O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.

 Psa 131:3
O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.

 Psa 146:5
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Hope in the Lord…
- lovingkindness
- abundant redemption
- from now through forever
- blessings

Then, the prophet Jeremiah…


 Jer 14:22
Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
Or can the heavens grant showers?
Is it not You, O LORD our God?
Therefore we hope in You,
For You are the one who has done all these things.

He is the One Who does all things.

‘Nough said…

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The Word: Episode 1543 2 Chron 20:23-24

“You Are My Hope”

January 22, 2021

“You Are My Hope”

Blessings folk!

In what do you hope?
The Word has so much to say about hope!!

The Lord is our Hope.
The only True Hope.
Our confidence is in Him.
If you hope or have confidence is in anything else, you will be disappointed.

Psa 71:5
For You are my hope;
O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.

What hope do we have in the Lord?
Salvation!!
We keep His commandments.

Psa 119:166
I hope for Your salvation, O LORD,
And do Your commandments.

What do we do as we hope?
We wait.
Our soul…the seat of the emotions…waits for the Lord.
We hope in His Word.
His Word is faithful.
His Word will be fulfilled!

Psa 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.

So…
Hope in the Lord.
Place your confidence in Him.
Hope for the salvation that is yet to come.
Wait on Him.
Hope in His Word.

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The Word: Episode 1542 2 Chron 20:18-21

“Hope In You…”

January 21, 2021

“Hope In You…”

Blessings folk!

How is your “hope” doing?

As true believers we bear and image the very Presence of the Most High God.
The source of all hope!

Remember,

Psa 33:18
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,

The Lord is looking.
The Lord is searching.
The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him…on those who hope in Him…on those who hope for His lovingkindness.

Psa 38:15
For I hope in You, O LORD;
You will answer, O Lord my God.

We hope in the Lord.
We know He will answer.

Therefore, wait.
Rejoice.
Hope in the Lord.

You will be amazed at what awaits us…

Psa 39:7
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.


Psa 31:24
Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the LORD.


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The Word: Episode 1541 2 Chron 20:14-17

“Hope…”

January 20, 2021

“Hope…”

Blessings folk!

Hope!

In what do you hope?

If we hope in the things of the world…we will be disappointed.

As true believers we know this…

Rom 8:24-25
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;
for who hopes for what he already sees?

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

We are saved by hope - the hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The hope we have in what He had done through His death, burial and resurrection to reconcile us to Father.
We experience this hope now.
Yet, there is much more yet to come.
More that is not seen.

We hope for that not seen.
Not seen in this world and in this time.
Not seen in the world and time yet to come.

So, what do we do?

We persevere.
We persevere in the hope of now.
We persevere in the hope yet to come.
We persevere in the hope of the Lord.

Psa 31:24
Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the LORD.


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Spirituals - Lesson 3

Spirituals - Lesson 3

The Word: Episode 1540 2 Chron 20:12-14

“Broken Ships…”

January 19, 2021

“Broken Ships…”

Blessings folk!

One last word on Jehoshaphat.

Remember, he had made an alliance with Ahaziah the King of Israel.
This displeased the Lord.
It was wickedness.

A cross reference gives us more insight…

1 Ki 22:48-49
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold,
but they did not go for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.

Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat,
“Let my servants go with your servants in the ships.”
But Jehoshaphat was not willing.

Jehoshaphat built the ships to fetch gold from Ophir.

Ahaziah wanted to get in on the deal.

Jehoshaphat must have initially said “yes”, but, when the word of the prophet brought correction, Jehoshaphat broke the alliance…2 Chronicles 20.

I also believe that he then broke the ships.

Are we willing to receive the Word of the Lord?
Are we willing to destroy that which is “getting in the way”?

Seek the Lord.
Listen.
Do as He leads.

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The Word: Episode 1539 2 Chron 20: has 7-11

“Ships…”

January 18, 2021

“Ships…”

Blessings folk!

Let us look a little closer at what the word tells us about Jehoshaphat.

The King had peace, but, this does not mean that he was correct in all he did.

Read…

2 Ch 20:35-37

After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel.
He acted wickedly in so doing.

So he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish,
and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.”
So the ships were broken and could not go to Tarshish.

Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahaziah, king of Israel.

An act of wickedness.

Why would an alliance between the King of Judah and King of Israel be wickedness?

Because the Kings of Israel…all of them…acted wickedly before the Lord and propagated a false religion and false relationship with God.

The “northern kingdom” was false Judaism.

Jehoshaphat “cut a deal” to build some ships for a purpose. (We will see tomorrow the purpose.)

Something stopped the alliance.
What?

The Word of the Lord!
The Word of the Lord through the prophet Eliezer.
The Lord expressed His displeasure with the alliance.
Apparently Jehoshaphat had not consulted the Lord.

What was the outcome?
The Lord destroyed the works of Jehoshaphat related to the ships.
The ships were broken.
They could not perform their function.

How were they destroyed?
Who destroyed them?
We will check a cross-reference tomorrow for clarification.

For now…
Seek the Lord.
Consult the Lord.
Know the mind of the Lord in a matter.
Listen to the Word of the Lord
- Through Scripture
- Through the Spirit
- Through His Body

Fear not.
Be bold.
Be brave.
Stand strong in the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 1538 2 Chron 20:5-6

“High Places”

January 17, 2021

“High Places”

Blessings folk!

Now, the closing part of the Jehoshaphat and Judah story.
A little history.
Read.
Anything jump out at you?

2 Ch 20:31-34

Now Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah.
He was thirty-five years old when he became king,
and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years.
And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not depart from it,
doing right in the sight of the LORD.

The high places, however, were not removed;
the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.

Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first to last, behold, they are written in the annals of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

Jehoshaphat was a good king.
He followed the way of his father Asa.
He did what was right in the sight of the Lord.

Still, what about the people?

The people did not remove the high places.
Jehoshaphat did not make them.

We see this throughout the Old Testament.
The people held to the “high place” - places of idolatry and pagan worship.
They sought to “have their cake and eat it too”.

Why did they do this?

“The people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.”

A King could command, direct, instruct, mandate, etc.
But it would matter not if the individual did not seek the Lord.

The people worshipped, gave praise to God, etc. yet, they still worshipped in the high places.
The western church today does likewise.
We should not.

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Do Not Fear. Do Not Be Dismayed. The Battle is the Lord's

Do Not Fear. Do Not Be Dismayed. The Battle is the Lord's

The Word: Episode 1537 2 Chron 20:1-4

“Dread. Peace"

January 16, 2021

“Dread. Peace"

Blessings folk!

The people returned victorious in the Lord…

2 Ch 20:27-30

Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres and trumpets to the house of the LORD.

And the dread of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.

So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides.

They returned with joy.
It was the Lord who made them rejoice over their enemies.

They worshipped vocally and with instruments at the house of the Lord.

Note what else the Lord did.

The dread of the Lord was on all the kingdoms that heard what He had done.
They knew how the Lord would fight the enemies of Israel.

The outcome?
Peace.

King Jehoshaphat was at peace.
His kingdom was at peace.
God gave him rest on all sides.

Do you want peace?
Do you want rest?

Do as Jehoshaphat and the people did.

Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
Station yourself.
Stand.
See the salvation of the Lord on your behalf!

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The Word: Episode 1536 Luke 19: 11-27

“Blessing”

January 15, 2021

“Blessing”

Blessings folk!

The Lord was victorious!

The people had been obedient to the Word of the Lord.
Remember what the Lord had said.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
Station yourself.
Stand
See the salvation of the Lord.

They did so.

The enemy was now gone.
The booty plundered.

Now, what was the reaction of the people?

2 Ch 20:26
Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah,
for there they blessed the LORD.
Therefore they have named that place “The Valley of Beracah” until today.

After collecting all the plunder, the people gathered together in a valley.
A valley that would be called Beracah thereafter - “blessing”.

They blessed the Lord!

Think on this.

That which brought fear and terror initially was now called “blessing”.

Might not the same be happening in our lives today.

What is it in your life that the Lord wants to turn to blessing?

Give it to Him.

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The Word: Episode 1535 Luke 19:11-13

“Bless the Lord!”

January 14, 2021

“Bless the Lord!”

Blessings folk!

Enemies gathered against the people of the Lord.
The people called upon the Lord, based upon His Word and Promises.
The Lord answered them.
They believed.
They obeyed.

The Lord told them to fear not.
The Lord told them to be not dismayed.
The Lord told them to…
Go
Station yourself
Stand
See the salvation of the Lord.

The Lord told them that that battle was not theirs but His.
The Lord told them that they would not have to fight.

All this came to fruition.

Then the Lord provided for them through the spoil recovered.
There was so much to recover that it took three days.

2 Ch 20:25
When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil,
they found much among them, including goods,
garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry.
And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.


Think on this.
This is an encouraging Word of exhortation for us and the things that are occurring today.

Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
Trust the Lord.

Do what they did on the fourth day…

2 Ch 20:26
Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah,
for there they blessed the LORD.
Therefore they have named that place “The Valley of Beracah” until today.

They blessed the Lord!

So must we!
Bless the Lord!

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The Word: Episode 1534 Luke 19:1-10

“Three Days…”

January 13, 2021

“Three Days…”

Blessings folk!

Do not fear!
The battle is the Lord’s.

Do not be dismayed!
The battle is the Lord’s.

Station yourself.
Stand.
See the salvation of the Lord.

Remember…

Eph 6:11
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

 Eph 6:13
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

 Eph 6:14
Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH,
and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,

The King and the people had stood firm in the Lord.
When they began to worship, the Lord brought forth the battle and was victorious.
Still true today.

There was one more thing.

Through the victory of the Lord came provision…

2 Ch 20:24-25

When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness,
they looked toward the multitude
and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground,
and no one had escaped.

When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil,
they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry.
And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.

Much provision.
Much spoil.
More than could be carried in one trip.
It took them three days to carry off the plunder.

Do we consider that the trial, the battle, the struggle that the Lord is walking us through might be a source of provision?

Hummmm….

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The Word: Episode 1533 Luke 18:35-43

“Corpses Lying on the Ground”

January 12, 2021

“Corpses Lying on the Ground”

Blessings folk!

The Lord routed the enemy.

When the people began praising, the Lord began routing.

2 Ch 20:22
When they began singing and praising,
the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir,
who had come against Judah; so they were routed.


Here is how the routing occurred…

2 Ch 20:23
For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely;
and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir,
they helped to destroy one another.

The three armies, by the hand of the Lord, turned against one another.
They destroyed one another.

While the people of the Lord continued to praise Him.
While the people of the Lord traveled to the place of which the Lord spoke.

Then…

2 Ch 20:24

When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness,
they looked toward the multitude, and behold,
they were corpses lying on the ground,
and no one had escaped.

Truly the battle was the Lord’s.

When Judah arrived to the lookout, all they saw was a multitude of corpses on the ground.
Not a one escaped.

Such is the total victory of the Lord.

He told them…
Fear not
Do not be dismayed
Station yourself
Stand
See the salvation of your Lord.

They now see it.
Do we?

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Spirituals - Lesson 2

Spirituals - Lesson 2

The Word: Episode 1532 Luke 18:31-34

“When They Began Singing and Praising…”

January 11, 2021

“When They Began Singing and Praising…”

Blessings folk!

The people were going out to…
Station
Stand
See.

The King spoke a word of exhortation.

The King had consulted with the people and they decided to put the worshippers at the tip of the spear.
The worshippers would lead the people…even ahead of the army…

2 Ch 20:21
When he had consulted with the people,
he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire,
as they went out before the army and said,
“Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

They were to give thanks to the Lord..
They were to thank the Lord for His everlasting lovingkindness.
As they moved forth to “go down against the enemy” they were to praise knowing that the battle belonged to the Lord.

Now, watch what happened…

2 Ch 20:22
When they began singing and praising,
the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir,
who had come against Judah; so they were routed.

When they began singing and praising.
Not when they reached the destination of the enemy.
When they began singing and praising.

The Lord set ambushes against the enemy.
The enemy was routed and destroyed one another by the hand of the Lord.
The hand of the Lord was initiated when the people worshipped Him.

Think on that.
Worship the Lord, especially in the midst of difficult times!

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The Word: Episode 1531 Luke 18:18-30

“He Consulted With the People”

January 10, 2021

“He Consulted With the People”

Blessings folk!

The people moved forth in obedience to the Lord…
The King gave a word of exhortation…

2 Ch 20:20
They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa;
and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said,
“Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established.
Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”

Now, look at what the king does…three things…

2 Ch 20:21
When he had consulted with the people,
he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire,
as they went out before the army and said,
“Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

The king consulted with the people.
How often leaders do not do this…especially religious leaders.

After consulting, he appointed.

The King appointed the singers to go forth before the army.
He told them to sing unto the Lord.
He told them to praise the Lord in holy attire.

The worshippers were to give thanks to the Lord.

Why?
Because His lovingkindness is everlasting.

This was outside the norm.
Kings normally did not consult with the people.
Armies did not follow anyone.
Worshippers did not lead into battle.

Yet, this is what the Lord desired.
Give thanks to the Lord
Do as He leads.

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The Word: Episode 1530 Luke 18:15-

“Listen to Me!"

January 9, 2021

“Listen to Me!"

Blessings folk!

The King and people heard the Word of the Lord after they inquired of Him.

They believed.
They obeyed.

Watch what happens…

2 Ch 20:20

They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa;
and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said,
“Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established.
Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”

The people arose early in the morning to do what the Lord had told them to do…
Station
Stand
See

They did not put it off.
They did not “sleep in”.

As they prepared to depart the King spoke to them…empowered and encouraged by the Word of the Lord.

He exhorted the people.
“Put your trust in the Lord your God!”
“You will be established!”
“Put your trust in His prophets and succeed!”

This is what leadership should do.
Receive the Word of the Lord.
Believe the Word of the Lord.
Declare the Word of the Lord.
Obey the Word of the Lord.
Be the example of such.

A true leader of the Lord will exhort the people in the Word of the Lord…and will do what we see in the next verse…

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The Word: Episode 1529 Luke 18:9-14

“They Went Out…”

January 8, 2021

“They Went Out…”

Blessings folk!

The King and people had a problem.
An enemy had gathered against them.

What did they do?
What we should do.

They inquired of the Lord.
They cried out to the Lord.

Then they awaited the answer of the Lord.
As we should.

The Lord responded through a “basic Levite in the crowd” - Jahaziel.

The Lord gave His Word of instruction.

What did they do?
They did what the Lord instructed.
As we should…

2 Ch 20:20a

They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa;
and when they went out,…

They went out as the Lord had told them.
As we will see, they went to where the Lord told them.
They did as He said.

How different would things be with us if we simply did as He said?
Why do we not?

Let us begin today.
Inquire.
Wait.
Do as the Lord commands.

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The Word: Episode 1528 Luke 18:1-8

“They Worshipped…Loudly”

January 7, 2021

“They Worshipped…Loudly”

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Now, we continue with the people of the Lord who have an enemy gathering against them.

We are the same.

We have had enemies that have gathered against us.

Now, we have enemies that have infiltrated/gathered within us.

They are now executing their plan.

I am speaking of a multitude of things….
Political
Religious
Personal
Etc.

The Word of the Lord had been spoken to His people through Jahaziel.

Remember the last Word that the Lord spoke to them…

2 Ch 20:17
‘You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf,
O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed;
tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”

You need not fight!
Station yourself!
Stand!
See the salvation of the Lord!
Do not fear!
Do not be dismayed.
The battle is the Lord’s.

How did the king respond?
How did the leadership respond?
How did the people respond?

2 Ch 20:18-19

Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground,
and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD,
worshiping the LORD.

The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites,
stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

The King and people fell with their face to the ground and worshipped the Lord.
The Levites from Kohathites and Korahites (worship leaders!!) stood up.
They praise the Lord God of Israel.
They praised with a very loud voice!

Do likewise.
Await what the Lord has in store…

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The Word: Episode 1517 Luke 17:20-37

“Go. Face Them”

January 6, 2021

“Go. Face Them”

Blessings folk!

A great, encouraging truth of the Lord.
The battle is not ours.
The battle is the Lord’s!

Jahaziel continued to speak the Word of the Lord…

2 Ch 20:15
and he said,
“Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat:
thus says the LORD to you,
‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude,
for the battle is not yours but God’s.

Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
The battle is the Lord’s.

The Lord then tells them what to do…

2 Ch 20:16-17
‘Tomorrow go down against them.
Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz,
and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel.

‘You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves,
stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’
Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”

They, the people, were to go tomorrow.
They were to “go down against them”.
Against the enemy.
The Lord told them exactly where to go.

But, in “going” they would not fight.

What were they to do?
Station themselves.
Stand.
See the salvation of the Lord.

We see the same in Ephesians…to stand firm, stand strong.

We are called to “station ourselves” in the Lord.
We are called to “stand firm”.
We are to stand/rest in the salvation of the Lord.

The Lord then exhorts them again…
Do not fear!
Do not be dismayed.
Tomorrow, go face them.
The Lord is with you.

He is saying the same to us.
Fear not!
Face all things in the truth that the Lord is with us!
Station!
Stand!
See!

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The Word: Episode 1526 Luke 17:26-32

“Do Not Fear/Dismayed…”

January 5, 2021

“Do Not Fear/Dismayed…”

Blessings folk!

The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel…he spoke…

2 Ch 20:14-15

Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph;

and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat:
thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude,
for the battle is not yours but God’s.

Give close heed to the word…

Jahaziel called for the people to listen…
Judah…
Inhabitants of Jerusalem…
The King!

He commanded the King to listen.

Truly this was the Word of the Lord. Happy

What is the first thing that he says?

“Do not fear!”
“Do not be dismayed because of this great multitude”

People!
Do not fear!
Do not be dismayed!

Why?
Because in their case, the battle was not their’s but the Lord’s.

The same for us.

The battle is not ours.
The battle is the Lord’s!

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Spirituals - Lesson 1

Spirituals - Lesson 1

The Word: Episode 1525 Luke 17:20-25

“In the Midst of the Assembly”

January 4, 2021

“In the Midst of the Assembly”

Blessings folk!

The King and the people had prayed.
Remember, an enemy had gathered before them.

They now stood.
Waiting.
Waiting for?
The Lord to respond.

Wonder what they were expecting the Lord to do?
Fire from heaven?
The Lord had done that before.
Ground opening up and swallowing the enemy?
The Lord had done that before.
Hailstones from the heavens defeating the enemy?
God had/would do that.

We are not told what the expected.

We are told that they all waited.

Then, we are told what happened!

2 Ch 20:14
Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah,
the Levite of the sons of Asaph;

The Spirit of the Lord came upon someone - Jahaziel.

Jahaziel - who was a Levite of the sons of Asaph.
Jahaziel - who was standing “in the midst of the assembly” - not on the stage.
Jahaziel - who was waiting with all the rest.
Jahaziel - very defined in lineage…father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather.

The Spirit of the Lord came upon him…and what?

2 Ch 20:15
and he said…

The Lord gave him the Word for the moment.

A man waiting in the midst of the assembly.

Are you willing to be such a vessel today?
Are you willing to receive the Word of the Lord?
Are you willing to speak the Word of the Lord as He gives?

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The Word: Episode 1524 Luke 17:11-10

“Standing Before the Lord”

January 3, 2021

“Standing Before the Lord”

Blessings folk!

We have seen that King Jehoshaphat was praying unto the Lord.
The people were with him.

There was a united enemy gathered against them

The King finished.

What was the response of the people?

2 Ch 20:13

All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children.

They stood before the Lord.
All Judah.
Men.
Infants.
Wives.
Children.

All standing before the Lord…waiting.

Waiting for what?

We are not told, but as we will see in the balance of the passage, they were waiting for the Lord to respond to the King’s prayer.

He did.

Do we wait like this?
Do we really expect the Lord to respond?
Or, do we pray in a fraudulent faith full of religious exercise?

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The Word: Episode 1523 Luke 17:7-10

“We Are Powerless…”

January 2, 2021

“We Are Powerless…”

Blessings folk!

King Jehoshaphat continued praying…

2 Ch 20:10-12

“Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt
(they turned aside from them and did not destroy them),

see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance.

“O our God, will You not judge them?
For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us;
nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

The King tells the Lord who the enemy is that is coming against them - of course the Lord knew.

Then, this interesting statement “whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt”.
This is true.
The Lord told them to not invade them.

Now, they were coming against Israel.

Was the King blaming God?
Well, sorta, but no.
The King was acting as if the people had obeyed the Lord in destroying all the people He commanded. They had not.

The King asks if God will not judge the enemy?

The King then declares the truth before God and the people.

  • They were powerless before this great multitude of enemy
  • They did not know what to do

Then, the great declaration of faith!
Our eyes are on You!

Are our eyes upon the Lord?

We are powerless in the flesh.
We are power-filled in the Spirit.

We do not know what to do in the flesh.
We have all knowledge in the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 1522 Luke 17:5-6

“Great Is Your Faithfulness”

January 1, 2021

“Great Is Your Faithfulness”

Blessings folk!

A little sidebar from our learning about “fear/fear not”

At the beginning of a new calendar year, know/remember this…

Lam 3:21-23
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Our hope is in the Lord and His stedfast love.
His love never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end.
The love and mercy of the Lord is new every morning.
The Lord is ever faithful.
He will not disappoint.

Many of the world…and even some believers…think that “saying good bye to 2020” will initiate a “new, better year”.

I suspect things will continue worsening before they are better.

In what will you rest and live?
The hope of the world?
Or the hope we have in the Most High God?

Fear not!
The love and mercy of the Lord is new every morning!
Great is His faithfulness!

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