Posted by: StrongStakes | January 31, 2009

Principles for Surviving Perilous Times

King Jehoshaphat’s response to the impending invasion of the Moabites and Ammonites, in 2 Chronicles 20, could also be titled, “Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat.” His actions yield at least four principles for surviving perilous times, which certainly have bearing on the times in which we live.  What follows are the main points, along with supporting scripture passages, for your further study.

1.  Seek God (vv. 3-4)

  • 2 Chronicles 17:3-6    18:4    19:3
  • 1 Chronicles 28:9    2 Chronicles 15:2, 4, 12-15
  • 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

2.  Pray Intelligently (vv. 6-12)

  • v. 6 – Remind God of His covenant:  Exodus 33:1
  • v. 6 – Remind God of His sovereignty:  Psalm 47:2, 8
  • v. 6 – Remind God of His power:  Psalm 115:1-3
  • v. 7 – Remind God of His promises:  Genesis 15:8    Exodus 23:20; 33:2    Joshua 23:9; 24:12    Psalm 44:2-3    Psalm 79
  • v. 9 – Remind God of His Word:  Solomon’s dedicatory prayer in 1 Kings 8:22-53    2 Chronicles 6:14-42
  • v. 10 – Remind God of “His-story”:  Numbers 20:14-21    Deuteronomy 2:2-9
  • v. 11 – Remind God of His ownership:  Ezekiel 34:30-31
  • v. 12 – Fix eyes on God:  Psalm 123:1-2    Psalm 141:8    Hebrews 12:2

3. Prepare for Victory (vv. 13-17)

  • v. 13 – Mobilize by families
  • vv. 15, 17 – Fear not
  • v. 17 – Who is in charge?  1 Samuel 17:47
  • v. 17 – “Take up your positions … stand firm … see the deliverance … face the enemy”    Exodus 14:13-14

4.  Trust Wholeheartedly (vv. 18-22)

  • v. 18 – Worship
  • v. 19 – Praise
  • v. 20 – A call to faith, to believe, to exercise firm trust
  • vv. 21-22 – Sing:  Psalm 136

Results (vv. 22-30)

  • vv. 22-24 – Victory    cf., Judges 7:22
  • v. 25 – Provisions beyond imagination
  • vv. 26-28 – Joy & Praise
  • vv. 29-30 – Fear of God and Peace

Conclusion: Psalm 107:27-31

~ tr


Responses

  1. Great message Tim, one I need to revisit from time to time to keep a proper perspective.

    You were a natural and I am sure God has a great plan for you as you continue to seek h
    His guidance.

    See you Monday night

    Bob J.


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