Sunday Morning 3/27/2011

Posted by Sherry

ENCOUNTERING A CRISIS

2 Chronicles 20:1-29

CBC 3/27/11 SM

CRISIS -is any event that is, or expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community or whole society.

3 CHARACTERISTCS:

  1. unexpected
  2. creates uncertainty
  3. is seen as a threat to important goals
  • “Natural” / Tsunami - Japan
  • “Environmental” / Nuclear leak - Japan
  • “Economic” / Recession - America
  • “Poverty” / Unemployment - America
  • “International” / Military Attack - Libya
  • “Personal” / medical, financial, career - U & me

1 After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites[a] declared war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom[b] is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea.[c] They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)

3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help.

5 Jehoshaphat stood before the community of Judah and Jerusalem in front of the new courtyard at the Temple of the Lord. 6 He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!

THE ACCUTNESS OF THE PROBLEM v2

  • A Huge Army v1
    • confederacy of Heathen nations
  • A Hidden Army v2
    • Engedi - the wood of the palm trees
  • A Hostile Army v11
    • come to throw us out of land U gave us
  • Apply To Our “Spiritual” Crisis
    • confederacy of Satan’s hosts
    • entrenched & hidden throughout our society
    • to throw God & followers out of our land

THE AWARENESS OF THE PEOPLE v3

  • Aware a great enemy was approaching
  • Aware of their absolute Inadequacy v12 (powerless)
  • Aware of God’s Capability v12 (looking to U 4 help)

QUOTE: “When we have nothing left but God, then we become aware that God is enough!”

THE ACCURACY OF THE PRAYER v3

  • It was “Focused”
  • It was “Specific”

E.M. Bounds - “Prayer is a wonderful power placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results.”

  • Focused on HEAVEN v6
    • ...U R ruler of all kingdoms of the earth
  • Focused on HISTORY v7-9
    • exploits of God in the past
    • furnished Jehosaphat w/ confidence to trust
  • Announcement of the PROPHET v 14,15,17
    • God always has His man in place
    • Moses ready to lead out of captivity
    • Joseph ready to sustain a nation
  • Advancement of the PROCESSION v20,21
    • notice the SONG
    • usually sing “after” victorious battle
    • they sang going in b/c of confidence
    • notice the SCENE
    • utter devastation (enemy turned on each other)
  • Abundance of the PLUNDER v25
    • more than they could carry away
    • 3 days to collect it all

CONCL:

7 Things God says to Us in the Battle

  1. Do not fear v15
  2. Do not be dismayed v15
  3. The battle isn’t yours v15
  4. Position yourself v17
  5. Remain in your position v17
  6. Watch God work v17
  7. Face the enemy with confidence v17

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