Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HANDS UP! You're Surrounded!

"The battle is not yours, it's 
the Lord's." (2 Chron. 20:15)
Growing up during the infancy of television, many of my favorite shows were detectives.  Do you remember Dragnet, Peter Gunn, and Perry Mason?

Inevitably, somewhere just before nabbing the bad guys the cops would yell: Come out with your hands up...you're surrounded!  You knew then that it wouldn't be long before the criminals would be locked up and society would again be safe from their antics!

However, I'd like you to think of this phrase in a different context.  From the perspective of an Old Testament story that has become for me a go-to passage when I'm feeling overwhelmed! Times when Satanic attacks are coming fast and furious!

In Second Chronicles 20:12, Judah's King Jehoshaphat feels the impact from foolish alliances he has made.  He's caught in a battle surrounded by his enemies. Once a faithful follower of God, he rejected the Almighty's care and guidance and now he doesn't know what to do! (Maybe you can relate!)

Here's a question to consider dear sisters:  What do you do, when you don't know what to do?   The answer is simple...

 Turn to God... Cry Out to God... Put your Faith in God!

That's what King Jehoshaphat did!  After a sincere and heartfelt time of repentance, he merely surrendered his will to God's.  He acknowledged the futility of his own selfish desire, and impotent schemes to deal with his enemies and simply put his hands up and acquiesced to God's authority!  We must do the same!

Go ahead!  Read the rest of the story and find out how God gave Jehoshaphat victory.  It wasn't by putting the most fierce warriors on the front lines to fight! It was by sending out the Praisers (2 Chronicles 20:21-23).  What will you do when Satan tries to take your marriage, kill your children, bankrupt your finances, poison your health, or steal your mind with anxiety and worry? When everywhere you look there's a new challenge staring you in the face!  Let me say to you the same words that the prophet Jahaziel said to Jehoshaphat:

"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. 
 For the battle is not yours, but God's" (2 Chronicles 20:15) 

Put Your Hands Up!  First in Surrender to the Lord God to have His way in your life!

Put Your Hands Up!  Second in Prayer submitting to His instructions no matter how foolish!

Put Your Hands Up!   Third in Faith, knowing what He's already done He can do again!

Put Your Hands Up!  Third in Praise because He's good no matter what the outcome!

As a lyric from the song  Surrounded, Fight My Battle by the group Upper Room states: 

It may look like I'm surrounded but I'm surrounded by You.
It may look like I'm surrounded but I know the truth, I know
the truth..Praise is how I fight my battles!


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