STILL STANDING 09.09.18
You do not have to fight this battle. Take Up Your Positions, stand still,
and see the salvation of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV/HCSB
2 Chronicles 20:3-15, 17 NIV Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD. 5Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new court, 6and he said,
“O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.7“Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8“They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, 9‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ 10“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),11see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance. 12“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.”13All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children.
14Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. 15He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 17You do not have to fight this battle. Take Up Your Positions, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.
God Wants You Standing Still During The Battle Because He Wants You Still Standing After The Battle.
Standing Still Is Not… “Standing There” or “Doing Nothing.”
It’s Standing Firm While Being Still.
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S GOD’S WILL FOR ME TO STAND STILL?
After Trying Everything.
Before Trying Anything.
When There’s Something God Wants You To See.
“stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” v. 17
God Wants Me Standing Still During _____________ Because He Wants Me Still Standing After ______________.
What Lie In Your Heart Needs To Be Reversed?
What Do You Keep Fighting That Leaves You Flat On Your Back?
When You’ve Got Nothing To Prove.
“Go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you. 18Then Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord to worship Him. 19Then the Levites from the sons of the Kohathites and the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel shouting with a loud voice.” v. 17 – 19
HOW TO STAND STILL SO YOU CAN STILL STAND?
Face Them But Do Not Fight Them.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you.” v. 17
Worship It Out Before You Work It Out. v. 20-29
Worship Is Work And Worship Works.
Worship Like Somebody Who’s Been Rescued.
“At the end of a prize-fight, you look at the guy who’s dancing around and that’s who won.” – Aaron Sorkin, Writer / Producer
20As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
22As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.
25So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.
26On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah to this day. 27Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies. 28They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the Lord with harps and lyres and trumpets. 29The fear of God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.