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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 1, 2020
The Battle Not Ours

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

2 Chronicles 20:1-37 KJV
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.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court
6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

Where is our faith? God told Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, a levite to tell Jehoshaphat the battle was not his but the Lord's. Now in the modern world that makes little sense. Faith makes no sense in regards to what we can physically and mentally understand. Many things God does in scripture amazes and delights even the non believer, because the Lord wins the battle for his people in ways not common to the enemy. Tribe of Judah was faced with a deep concern of three countries who were enemies were coming against them. They went to Jerusalem into the temple and began to pray and fast. God spoke to the prophet and told him to tell the king the battle was not his. In ohter words you do not have to fight.

Somethimes we need to understand the battle is not ours, That the battle belongs to the Lord. The promise land was given to the children of Israel to be their homeland. That includes both Northern and Southern kingdom of Israel. We are only dealing with Judah and the King of the south. Ammon, Moabites and another tribe were coming against judah but the battle was not Judah to fight. With the news the battle was not theirs, the tribe of Judah began to praise God in hiss sanctuary. They go forth the next day they go singing marching toward the battle that arose between the three tribes that were against Judah. All three tribes fought against each other and killed each other off, leaving spoils of the battle to Judah who only marched and praised the Lord. This was a large spoil of war, it took three days to gather it up.

When God tells us the war is not ours believe him. Believe God has the power to allow the enemy to either destroy himself or God is able to destroy him. As Christians are we waging a battle. Franklin Graham is going to Washington to have prayer for our nation, and along side them is another group with similiar purpose. Here the thing prayer is positive when it comes to God. It is also a test of our nation to pray along side those in attendance in Washington whether we can be there or not. The battle of the enemy is not ours, it is the Lord's, our job is only to seek and ask God what is our job in his battle. Jehoshaphat job was to lead Judah singing the victory song, knowing the power and strength of our God to confound the enemy to fight and wage war on themselves.

God's power to wipe away the diseas of this national pandemic is already God's. Man had over seven months to get a vaccine, and it still not ready yet. More die everyday and many get sick, but how many have turn to God for the answer. It should be Lord help me to pray, Lord help me to heed your word, and your instruction. God is able to change the effects of this virus, but we will need to trust in God to do the impossible. The world needs to know the power of prayer in the world today. Will we pray for the healing of our land. Will we pray for deliverance to come from God. Do we as believers have enough faith to believe in the possibility of God healing hand. That the type of faith we need to go to Washington. To know the power of God is greater then our own. To know God can deliver. The battle not ours but the battle effects us, because it effects our people and the promises that God has given our nation. Is our nation ready to fall on their knees and ask God to do the work in our land that even our doctors have yet to be able to stop. Can our nation go singing to Washington saying the battle not ours, but it effects us Lord. We will look to your Son for healing and protection, knowing the battle is still waging on.

Dear Heavenly Father, you know the needs in our nation and this battle of a virus we ourselves can not defeat, despite the hope of vaccine and other things there is still nothing approved by our governemnt, but you Lord have a proven cure, and that faith in Christ Jesus, if we will hold to his mercy and grace. May you be our solution to our national problem. May your power reign in our land, and not science. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Deuteronomy 31:6-8 KJV
6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.


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