2018 Fasting Guide – Day Twelve
Most Christians think of worship as something we do when we come together on Sunday morning. We've learned that worship helps us endure trials and empowers us for witnessing. However, did you know that worship aids us in spiritual warfare as well? The worship and praise of Almighty God gives us victory over the enemy! We may be facing something challenging right now. But so were Jehoshaphat and the people of Israel. Their enemies were ganging up against them.
2 Chronicles 20:1-3 NKJV
Jehoshaphat knew that he and ALL the people needed to get ALL IN with who God was and what He could do, because in their own strength they could not win this battle, but WITH GOD they could! They just needed to find out the necessary strategy! This is my favorite depiction of this scene: Jahaziel, a Levite (priest) stood before all of them and he began to deliver the Word of the Lord to them:
2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV
That is awesome! The Levite continued with direction from God.
2 Chronicles 20:16 NKJV
God was letting them in on the strategy of the enemy, and in His strategy to defeat the enemy.
2 Chronicles 20:17 NKJV
God said, “Position yourself.” That position wasn’t to gear up with all the normal warfare gear. No! The Lord had a plan, and when this was spoken by the Spirit of God through Jahaziel, there was an atmosphere of faith released and it caused something to occur that they didn’t plan. It was just a “happening.”
2 Chronicles 20:18-19 NKJV
The high praises of God broke out from grateful hearts because they knew their God was on their side and that is what gave them the confidence to go forth. And they just kept praising and honoring Him!
2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV
Now this is a familiar scripture to us, but do you realize what is really going on here? He is declaring the weapons that are necessary. Believe—trust as we learned yesterday—and position yourself with praise! Then, GET ALL IN with PRAISE! The spiritual weapon needed!
2 Chronicles 20:21 NKJV
This wasn’t just releasing worship; it was releasing the “WARSHIP!” Look what happened:
2 Chronicles 20:22-23 NKJV
The enemy destroyed the enemies! Isn’t that great?
2 Chronicles 20:24 NKJV
Not one of their enemies survived the onslaught of WARSHIP! LOL! AND not only did God defeat the enemy totally, but He had them leave all their stuff for His people to gather up for themselves!
2 Chronicles 20:25 NKJV
There was so much stuff laying around it took 3 days to get it all, and it was more than they could even carry. Let’s believe for that during this time of fasting and WARSHIP!
2 Chronicles 20:26-27 NKJV
They started with praise, and they continued to praise, and they brought others into their praise to continue the victory!
2 Chronicles 20:28 NKJV
I believe “warship” will cause a movement—here and everywhere the Body of Christ is gathered in praising His Holy name and concentrating on Him. Take special time to worship today and release the “warship” and then when we are together in the house of the Lord, don’t hold back! Let those praises ring and defeat the enemy!