Believe – Aman
07 Jan 2014 Leader’s Meeting – Kong Hee
14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came 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, in the midst of the assembly. 2 Chronicles 20:14 – Here was a very seasoned prophet; his lineage shows it.
Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir Defeated
2 Chronicles 20:15-23:
15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”
22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
“And when they had made an end” – they came to a determined conclusion.
The central verse is v20. Suddenly everything is going to end. God would do something suddenly.
For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.” Romans 9:28
When God wants to end something, it ends suddenly. You could be a sinner into an abundant life all in an instant. You say a prayer; you are saved. Jesus will come back suddenly in the twinkling of an eye. If we can believe these, then we must learn as Christians to expect the unexpected.
Position yourself to expect the unexpected. We have to prepare for sudden breakthrough! God specializes in the unexpected.
Sometimes you can be so battle-weary, we’re tired of serving, praying and trusting. So much so that we stop listening to the voice of God. God is going to show you His power in His unusual ways.
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
V20 – Believe – Aman (hebrew)
Aman is a picture of a father nurturing a child that is frail. Can you believe me? To be established is to be secure. When our backs are against the wall, and then God is saying this: I’m allowing you to go through these challenges so that you can be advanced and grow.
Prosper – Advance to the next level!
2 Cor 4: Paul was encouraging the people not to lose heart
1 Cor 1: Paul told them not to mess around
2 Cor 1: He was being accused of his apostleship
God allows us to go through challenges to stretch our potential/capacity, to purify our faith, to strengthen us.
2 Corinthians 4
V1: Do not lose heart or get discouraged!
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 Cor 4:1
V2: Stand firm! We stand before God, He is with us.
2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
v3-4: Others may not understand the way we do ministry, or why we do it, but we need to continuing shining the light in the midst of darkness.
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
V5-6: Don’t quit if you are rejected, stand before the Lord! Be still, steadfast, not easily moved.
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
V7: We will always face tremendous sufferings and trials in the world. We may be cast down, but we are unconquered!
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Cor 4:7
V8-9: Describes the sufferings that people go through.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
Hardpressed: No where to go to
Perplexed: At a loss
Persecuted: Hunted down!
Strucked down: Pinned down
But remember we are not abandoned by God!
v10-12: As you suffer, you can become stronger, purer, more spiritual and more godly! What you are going through now is your ticket to heaven to draw close to God. Revival will come!
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
V13: Keep on believing, confessing; the universe was formed by the Word of God!
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,
V14-15: Everything you’re going through now has a purpose. It is to help you grow up to a higher level that glorifies God. You will leave behind a legacy of what it means to stand firm for God!
14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
V16: You will become stronger day after day.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
V17-18: This is what the Holy Spirit wants us to learn.. Not to live by natural eyes. But by spiritual eyes. Live by rhema/revelation, things which are not seen.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
When Christ calls on you, will you follow Him? Let’s be 100% for jesus
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil 1:21