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.
When I come to the Crossroad the blood will speak
When Pharaoh pursues me after leaving Egypt, I will not fear but stand to see the salvation of the Lord, the blood traps await him. As the Egyptian soldiers drown in the Red sea so shall it be for the Pharaoh- financial, Pharaoh- health; Pharaoh-relation; Pharaoh arrayed against my vision; pharaoh arrayed against my Church; Pharaoh arrayed against my family. The blood will speak! (Ex14)
When goliath comes to challenge the David mantle will come upon me to see him for who he is: uncircumcised Philistine. (1 Sam 17)
God will remind me of the testimonies He had given me in the past, to embolden me to go after Goliath in the name of the Lord.
I shall review the past and brag about my God- able to do exceeding abundantly more than my wildest dream.(1Sam17:36-37; Eph3:20)
I shall use no carnal weapons but my sling and my stone, my endowment; what God has put in me. (2Cor10:4-5)
His grace upon my life is sufficient for me. Through my God I shall do valiantly. I shall not cower but run towards my enemy with my stone and sling. (2Cor12:9)
Then shall I run forward and take Goliath’s sword- that with which he threatened me- and cut off his head. The place where I have been tried most shall be the source of my greatest triumph. (1Sam17:48)
As I use my sling and stone the Holy Spirit will guide the missile to the right target- the bull’s eye and my Goliath will fall in Jesus’ Name. (1Sam17:49)
By the fall of this Goliath light shall be turned on for the Church, my Church. Many will be emboldened to do what they have not done before. Those who quaked in their boots will have springs in their steps because of the victory the Lord will bring. (1Sam17:51-52)
Yes, they banded together in a confederacy and came against Jehoshaphat and Judah. The King fear at first but summon courage and called a time of national fasting and prayer. In his prayer he praise God and acknowledged His sovereignty and reminded God of His friend Abraham. Using various rhetorical questions he wrestled with God until God responded in a prophecy: ‘Do not be afraid because of this great multitude. The battle is not yours but mine.’ (2Chro20:15)
God gave him a strategy: Go out against them. You will not fight. I will fight for you.(2Chro20:16-17) Since they were not going to fight they resorted to sing in the face of the battle, but they were obedient to go against the enemy with their praise:
Praise ye the Lord, His mercies endures forever.
Praise ye the Lord, His mercies endures forever. ( 2Chro20 :21-22)
And as they did the Lord cause the enemy so see themselves as their enemies and started killing each other. They completely wiped themselves out, leaving the theatre of war, the field of war littered with gold silver and so much spoils that it took three days for Judah to gather the booty. God gave Judah unprecedented protection and provision in the face of conspiracy, satanic alliance and opposition.(—:22-25)
That God remains the same. ‘He said I am the Lord I change not.’ Jesus Christ, the same , yesterday, today and forever.’ ( Mal 3: 6, Heb13:8)
Satan lusted after Job and came against him, accusing him before God, but God bragged about Job. Satan told Go have you not placed a hedge of protection over him? Remove it and he will curse you to your face.’ (Job 1:8-10, 21)
God allowed Satan to attack Job and his family, the billionaire became a pauper in one day as he lost all his camel, donkeys, sheep and even his children one after the other. Job worship: ‘The Lord has given, the Lord has taken, Blessed be the name of the Lord!’ (Job1:13-19,21) ‘ I know my redeemer lives. ( Job19:25-26) I will wait until my change comes.(Job14:14) Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him; (-13:15) When he has tried me I will come forth like gold;( -23:10)
Job who was the advocate of the poor, eyes to the blind, feet to the lame was reduced to nothing, avoided by his family and relatives, a byword. He was surrounded by miserable comforters who accused him of sin and made him feel worse. But God sustained Job and gave him a song in the night. (Job35:10)
In the fullness of time as Job prayed for his friends, God turned his captivity and calamity and blessed him twice as much as he was initially blessed. He renewed his youth and he was able to have ten more children. There was no rival to the beauty of his daughter. (Job42:8-10, 11-16)
Those who despised and rejected him came to celebrate with him and even brought gifts. He lived long enough to see his great grand children. What a victory in the face of severe battle!
The God of Job is still on the throne and He is my God. Regardless of what the enemy is doing God will triumph by His Spirit. God has the final say and the final word. I shall not fear what Satan or man will do to me. The Lord is my Helper, Arbiter, Advocate, Sun and Shield, Fortress and Victorious Banner. A great testimony and triumph shall come from my trial and tests. (Heb13:6)
When I come to the crossroad, the blood will speak. When Pharaoh pursues he will be greeted with the Red sea. (Ex14:13-15)
Let Jericho be fortified, barricade, look impenetrable, my victory is in my praise. These walls that stare me in the face, daring me, taunting me, will see the power of the Lord. They will be greeted with a rude awakening as my praise goes forth. The Lord will fight for me and I will hold my peace. They will fall down flat! (Josh6:1-5)
Oh yes, let the Philistines come with all their armada of weaponry because of my anointing and the increase in my territory. The Lord has given me a land of good things. I will press in and make it mine. I will not cover. I will not retreat. I will seek the face of the Lord like David, ’Shall I pursue? Will you deliver them into my hands? Will I recover all?’ (2Sam:17-25)
The Philistines Defeated
8 Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them.
9 Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim.
10 And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”
11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
12 And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.
13 Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley.
14 Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.
15 And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”
16 So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.
17 Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.(2Chro14:8-17)
I shall pursue, I shall over take and recover all, to the glory of God. None of my stolen property shall remain in the hands of the enemy. I will go to the enemy’s camp and take what Satan has stolen from me. I will bind the strongman and take what belongs to me. God is for me, with me and in me. The Holy will guide me, strengthen me, anoint me and give me the strategy. (1Sam30:6,8, 18-19)
This financial Goliath will fall in Jesus’ name. I will hear what the Lord has said in the midst of the famine as He did to Isaac: Stay in the land and I will bless you.’ Isaac did and even sowed and was blessed with a hundredfold return. That shall be my portion, in Jesus’ name. (Gen26:1-6,12)
Victory is mine, the battle is the Lord’s.
Is the enemy laughing that you obeyed God, followed divine direction and I was beaten, battered and broken, bleeding and my hands and feet are in stock. You can barely move and have been thrown into the back of a prison. It’s time to give a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of your lips. Your victory is in your praise!
Are your foes are rejoicing, in great glee?: ‘We got him, we got him!’ But they do not have the final word. God is not a man that He should lie nor the Son of man that He should repent. ( Num23:19) They thought the same when Jesus was crucified. Demon spirits rejoiced. But on the third day, after heaven had got the news that the righteous demands of a just God had been satisfied, Jesus was raised from the dead. He rose up just like He said. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him He rose up triumphant- truly the King of Glory! (Luke24:5-6, John20:16-17) Alleluia!
Through a great test Paul and Silas obtain a great testimony as they sang and praised and prayed to their God in the prison at midnight. The foundations if the prison was rocked and their chains fell off. And so what appeared the foolishness of God for directing him to Philippi was wiser than the wisdom of men. Although Paul suffered, the greatest miracle that can be wrought in any one’s life-salvation-was wrought in the life of the jailor and even in his household. God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not ours. They are far higher than ours. (Acts16:22-24, 25-34; 1Cor1:25)
No battle, no victory. Great battle, Great victory!
So Redeemed -of –the- Lord, Blood Bought, Blood Kept, Blood Spoken for, are you facing a severe trial? Stand to see your salvation. The battle is not yours but God’s. Seek the face of the Lord. Hear His Voice, obtain divine direct, divine strategy and instruction you need to overcome the enemy of your destiny and purpose. (2Chro20, 1Sam30, 1Chro14, 2Sam5 Jos6). Refuse to bow to the adversary. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. (John16:33) The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold, casting down every imagination and high thing that exalts itself against the revealed will of the Lord (2Cor10:4-5). . Jesus said ‘Behold, I give you power all the power of the enemy; .power to trample upon serpents and scorpions.( Luke10:19) Stand your ground. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand in the veil the day. Don the helmet of salvation the breastplate of right-standing with God. . Put on the shoes of the gospel and the belt of truth. Above all take the shield of faith with which to extinguish every flaming arrow of doubt, deceit and unbelief that the enemy throws at you. Take the offensive weapon of the word of God – the sword of the spirit and .and go out against your enemies. Go in the name of the Lord. Use the prophetic word that God gave you and pray it back to the Lord. Be on the offensive; set your face like a flint and go like David did in Ziklag. After three days and three nights victory came. ( Sam30:18-19) That same victory is coming to you because of Calvary; because it is finished; because the blood so peak better things that the blood of bulls and goat. Because they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives even unto death. ( Eph6:10-18, John19:30; Matt11:12; Rev12:11)
I will conclude with this story.
A man had an old donkey which fell into a disused well. He tried to rescue it but met will a lot of frustration so he decided he would not bother, the donkey was old anyway and the well was of no use. He then asked his family and friends to help him to bury the donkey and close the offending well.
So they armed themselves with shovels and stated throwing dirt on the donkey in the well. The donkey screamed hysterically initially, surprised that he was being buried alive, but after a while quieted down.
The owner thought he was dead and looked in. He could not believe what he saw. With each batch of debris and dirt that landed on the donkey, he simply shook it off and took a step up. As the debris cam he simply shook it off and took a step up. He kept doing this until he came out of the well and strutted off majestically and triumphantly.
What is life throwing at you? Who is trying to bury you alive? Who is saying to you ‘It’s all over for you? Now that it is not over until God says so. God is sovereign over your life – not the enemy of your soul. So whatever is being thrown at you right now, shake it off and take a step up are the debt collectors threatening? Shake it off and take a step up. Is it health issue? Shake it off and take a step up. Take a double dose of God’s pills. By His stripes you were healed. And we know that all things work together for those who love God and who are the called according to His purpose. Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Shall tribulation separate us? No! Shall persecution separate us? No! Shall famine or nakedness or peril or sword? No! Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors. Shake it off and take a step up.