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Do Not Fear Or Be Dismayed

March 9, 2015

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Do Not Fear  Or  Be Dismayed

We all have  different kinds  of battles  in our lives  —  sometimes what we need  to face  is so horrifyingly greater  than our ability  to cope  that we literally fear  for  our lives.     The dangers  are altogether  too real  and closing in fast.     In some instances,  many lives are  in danger  all at once  —  and there is nothing  we can do.     God is our only hope.

That’s how it was  for Jehoshaphat  in 2 Chronicles 20.     A great multitude  of enemies  came to fight  — Moabites,    Ammonites,  and Meunites  out of Syria.     There was absolutely no way  for Jehoshaphat  to defend Judah.     In great fear,  Jehoshaphat  turned  to the LORD  in ardent prayer.     He reminded the LORD  of His almighty power  in ruling over all things.     He also reminded  the LORD  of His help  in the past  —  and His promises  to help  in the future.

As all  of Judah  was gathered  with Jehoshaphat  in prayer,  the Spirit  of the LORD  came upon Jahaziel,  a Levite.     He prophesied  in 2 Chronicles 20:15,

Do not fear  or be dismayed  because  of this great multitude,  for the battle  is not yours  but God’s.

Then in verse 17,  he said,

You need not fight  in this battle;  station yourselves,  stand  and see  the salvation  of the LORD  on your behalf,  O Judah  and Jerusalem.     Do not fear  or be dismayed;  tomorrow go out  to face them,  for the LORD  is with you.

Trusting God,  the people went out  singing,  giving thanks  and praising God.     That is when God caused  all those enemies  to begin fighting  one another  to the death.     Not one  was left.      Then  the people  of Judah  spent three days  gathering all the spoil.

God has also promised  to be with us.     That is why  we need  to be facing life  with singing,  giving thanks,  and praising.     All that happens  is in God’s care  —  even when it involves sorrow  and pain.

Trusting God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  we are in Your hands.     Thank You  for being with us  through thick  and thin.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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