PRESSED ON EVERY SIDE
There will always be obstacles that rise up against the believer, causing your faith to be tested. We can experience every perceived adversity from divine delays, to discouraging circumstances and much in between. The Apostle Paul said he was troubled on EVERY SIDE, yet not distressed. (2Co.4:8). I sense that some of you, too are experiencing the feeling of being pressed on EVERY SIDE. Some of you may indeed need a miracle; perhaps financially, in your health, your work environment, or in your marriage.
Sometimes we must face incredible odds. Jehoshaphat knew what it was like to have much coming against him from multiple fronts. In 2 Chronicles 20:1 "It came to pass AFTER THIS also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle." Verse 2 tells us there came a GREAT multitude against Jehoshaphat from beyond the sea on this side of Syria.
The first verse of 2 Chronicles 20 says "AFTER THIS." You must ask, "AFTER WHAT?" In Jehoshaphat's case; After he went forward to establish order in the Kingdom. After he went to bring people back to the Lord God. After he set judges in the land. After he went forward to bring REFORM. (2 Chron. 19: 4-5). I have experienced the same. Establishing divine order comes with a high price tag.
2 Chron. 20: 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. The King was afraid and we may also fear, but we have keys to use to help us win every battle.
THE FIRST KEY: Set Yourself Apart To Seek The Lord. (verse 3)
Learn how to position yourselves before the LORD. This takes much experience, energy, time and love. We must learn by practice, how to quiet our souls. We must wait for God to speak. His perspective and ours are vastly different. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8)
THE SECOND KEY: Fast. (verse 3) See Isaiah 58: 3-12
I would advise anyone not familiar with fasting to do your research and/or consult professional advice. Fasting will cause your light to break forth; your health to spring forth speedily and righteousness to go before you. (Isaiah 58:8)
THE THIRD KEY: Pray (verses 5-12)
Jehoshaphat knew how to ask right questions. Dialoguing is a form of prayer. He asked the LORD, "ARE YOU NOT? (verse 6) "DID YOU NOT? (verse 7). WILL YOU NOT? (verse 12) Jehoshaphat is praying exactly like Solomon in 2 Chron. 6:20, 28-30. Asking right questions takes skill. Praying the word of God will bring answers to those questions.
THE FOURTH KEY: Face God (verse 12)
Jehoshaphat admitted that he did NOT know what to do, but he humbled himself and said, " but our eyes are upon you." He faced God. Don't be afraid to say you don't know what to do. God knows. He wants you to ask for wisdom and he will not chastise you for asking. After asking, believe He will give you wisdom. (James 1:5-8)
THE FIFTH KEY: Stand (verse 17)
After facing God, the answer came through the Levite, Jahaziel, saying, "You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord with you." Hab. 2:1 "I will [in my thinking] stand upon my post of observation. Hab. 2:2 And the Lord answered me…" AMP
THE SIXTH KEY: Be Thankful (verse 21)
As they began to sing and praise the Lord saying "Praise Ye the Lord, For His Mercy Endures Forever," the Lord set ambushments against all of Jehoshaphat's enemies. God moves on behalf of grateful people. Murmuring, complaining, ungratefulness and grumbling will shut the heaven's against you and open you up for a curse. Deut. 28:47 "Because you served not the Lord your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of ALL things." Deut. 28:48"..therefore you shall serve your enemies which the Lord shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in the lack of all things." None of us want this to happen. So, may we become a praising and thankful people and expect revival to come to our land.
Love and honor,