The Battle Is The Lord's
Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This program is called 15 Minutes with Jesus. Today we are going to talk about The Battle Is The Lord's. Let's turn to 2 Ch 17, we'll be talking about King Jehoshaphat, verses 1-6, Then Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel. And he placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had taken. Now the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance. And his heart took delight in the ways of the LORD; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah. 2Ch 19:4-7, So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the LORD God of their fathers. Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, "Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes." 2Ch 20:1-30, It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, "A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar" (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: "O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 'If disaster comes upon us-sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine-we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.' And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir-whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them- here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. 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. 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. 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. 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." 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. 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. 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." 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." 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. 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. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day. Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies. So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the LORD. And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around. I would like to read verses 5-7 , Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: "O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? In your hand is there not power and might so that no one is able to withstand you.
I want to encourage all my brothers and my sisters who might be dismayed at the various events that are taking place in our land, in the United States of America right now. I want to encourage you to look up to your God! Look up to our God! For His hand is mighty! His right hand is victorious! No one can stay His hand or say to Him, what are you doing? I want to remind us that Jesus Christ is Lord over all the Earth! Do not be dismayed by the things that are happening; when you see evil triumphing, do not be dismayed! For our God is on His throne! His eyes are over all the Earth. He is in charge of the kingdom of men; He rules in the kingdom of men. I want to encourage you: LOOK UP! For our salvation draws near. We are eagerly looking for our Savior Jesus Christ to return. Before He returns there will be much evil. Evil is going to continue to increase. Isa 50:4-10, "The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord GOD has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. "For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. As you can see, this is a prophecy in Isaiah about Jesus. I want to say right now, Jesus Christ was not rebellious. He didn't turn away from the will of His Father. He overcame in the Garden of Gethsemane to drink that cup, and He went to the cross for us; Him who knew no sin became sin on our behalf. He gave His back to those that struck Him. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we were healed. He gave His cheeks to those who plucked out the beard, and He did not hide His face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God was with Him, His Father was with Him, except when He became sin on the cross, and He died for our sins; a brutal death on the cross. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day His father returned to raise Him from the dead by the power of the Holy Ghost! And if you will, repent of your sins, and return to this Savior; His name is Jesus, the only name given among men by which we can be saved! Jesus Christ died for you! He loves you! Whoever you are reading this, Jesus loves you! It's not a cliché! It's the truth! He loves you so much that He gave Himself on the cross for you to die for your sins! If you will repent of your sins and turn to Him with all your heart He will forgive you and cleanse you, and He will raise you up and you will stand on your feet and be a man, be a woman, and serve the Living God! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! He's our Savior! He's coming back people! God wants you to look up; He wants you to look up unto His Son Jesus! Look unto Him: the author and the finisher of your faith! Do not be dismayed! Do not be discouraged by what you see happening! Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus! Isa 60:1-5, Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; This is what we see right now. People, we are living in the fulfillment of these scriptures! But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. "Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy...
Praise God, praise God, your will be done Father. Praise God! We just worship you. We give you thanks. We just worship you right now, and we say like the people of Israel in the days of King Jehoshaphat: Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever! Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever! You who are reading, can you say it with me out loud: Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever!
Interpretation of Tongues:
I am God Almighty. You who are listening to my servant Rob speaking to you, it is me who is speaking to you now; the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. I want you to know that what he said is the truth. I love you. I love you. I formed you all in your mothers' wombs. I've called you to my Son Jesus. You who trust in my Son; I want you to be encouraged. I love you. I am with you. No matter what happens in the Earth, do not be dismayed! Look up unto me; your Savior, your God! Remember me! Remember the sacrifice of my Son and His triumph over the wicked, over all evil, over all sin and unrighteousness, and remember what is written in my Word; that I'm going to send Him very soon, and He is coming in the clouds with all my Glory, and all the heavenly angels, and all the heavenly hosts will rejoice at His coming, and I will gather you unto myself, and you will be with me, and with my Son forever says the Lord! Be of good cheer, no matter how bad it looks to you, do not be dismayed! Look unto me! Trust me says the Lord, for I love you with an everlasting love!