April 18, 2021

Positioned for Victory

SCRIPTURE READING

‘After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites[a] came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom,[b] from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi).Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him…All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord…Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel.You will not have to fight this battle. Take…your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
– II Chronicles 20:1-3 and 14-17 (NRSV)

INTRODUCTION TO THE LESSON

Our knowledge of Christ within as well as our intentional practice of solitude over the 40 Days of the Lenten season has uniquely positioned us for victory in every endeavour. Like Jesus, we are positioned to shed human limitations and rise VICTORIOUSLY into God’s extravagant and unlimited possibilities that are our birthright.

 

MAJOR POINTS

  1. Victory is first won in the silence of your own being first’ Dr. H. Emile Cady.
  2. Every victory is preceded by these 3 steps:
    1. Expect victory instead of disaster or defeat.
      1. Fast from fear.
      2. Create the space where your victory can ‘land.’
    2. Pray and be ready to move your feet.
      1. Your prayers ‘make plain’ your victory possibility.
      2. Move as the Spirit of God directs.
    3. Give thanks.
      1. The darker your ‘midnight’ the greater your praise and thanksgiving must be.
      2. Stand firm on the Truth and await your victorious results.

QUOTE TO PONDER

“How can we see God’s victory in our lives? After looking to Spirit First, we can follow whatever guidance we receive…Whatever God tells us to do, let us do it with thanksgiving, praising [God] and knowing that all things are working out for good.”

Winifred W. Hausman

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