Larry & Carolyn Brown (Pastor's)
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Mission: The mission of New Life In Christ Ministries, Inc., and New Life In Christ Christian Center is: To share the gospel message of Jesus Christ to all so that they can come to KNOW Christ as their Lord and Savior. To teach and equip the Body of Christ (the Church) to GROW in their knowledge and understanding of God, His Word and in their relationship with Christ. To provide opportunities to SERVE God through involvement in prayer, worship, fellowship, study of God’s Word and missions. To GO and Make disciples through evangelism and ministries in our communities and throughout the world with the God’s Plan of Salvation.
God Will Take Care Of You! 2 Chronicles 20:14-17
1. Take your position
2. Stand Still
3. And see the salvation of the Lord
You won't have to fight!
"THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS; BUT GOD"
In 2 Chronicles 20, we find the extraordinary story of Jehoshaphat who, when faced with an impossible situation (an army of overwhelming size), discovered a unique and seemingly counter-intuitive solution. In verses 2-4, (read) we find this account:
Jehoshaphat's first reaction was one of alarm, but he immediately "resolved to inquire of the Lord."
What happens next is significant. So I want to walk through the following events briefly:
Jehoshaphat's prayer is found in 2 Chronicles 20:6-12 ( read)
As I read Jehoshaphat's prayer, I noticed that it contained three parts:
1. A focus on the Lord (verses 6-9)
2. A plea for help (verses 10-11)
3. A refocus on the Lord (verse 12)
The Lord then speaks through Jahaziel the prophet, and brings this direction to the people of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20:15-17:
What is remarkable about this prophecy is that it contains two clear instructions:
1. You will not need to fight this battle (because God will fight for you)
2. March down against them and take up your positions
These two instructions might appear, at first glance, to be contradictory. If they didn't need to fight this battle, why take up battle positions? If the battle is the Lord's, and not theirs, why face the enemy in the first place?
But this is a beautiful picture of how faith works. Faith is about trusting God, but it also about taking an active step in response to that trust.
The next morning, Jehoshaphat rehearses the words of the Lord again before the people, and then verse 21 :
"After 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.'"
"Notice", God didn't actually instruct Jehoshaphat to put singers at the front of His army; all He had said was:
• "...the battle is not yours, but God's."
• "Tomorrow march down against them."
• "You will not have to fight this battle."
• "Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you."
• "Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you."
Yet such was the faith of the people that they decided that the way they would enact these instructions was through a spirit of worship. Once again, this was simple faith in action. Like Jehoshaphat's initial prayer, this strategy was designed to shift the focus from the need to God. Through worship, they shifted their attention from the enemy to the Lord.
2 Chronicles 20:22-23 then records the result of this worship strategy:
"As 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. The men of Ammon and Moab 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.
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