Family Connection August 22, 2017


Take a look at II Chronicles 20 and revisit how we are to war through worship. The key verse for me is verse 12:b: For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
Worship moves me from Me-centered to God-centered.
When we are feeling pressure, when the enemy is coming against us, when we are alarmed as verse 3 says that Jehoshaphat was, we often ask, “What am I going to do?” We often look for an earthly solution, run to earthly alliances or come up with earthly strategies. We look for places to run. We look for places to hide. Not Jehoshaphat. He moved away from himself, his army, his authority, his experience, his resources, and he put his eyes on God. He moved away from self-reliance and became God-reliant in the worship atmosphere of fasting and prayer. And as they did, God spoke through one of the men of Judah.
Worship amplifies God’s voice.
If you are a believer and if you know the Word, you know God can help you. You know God has an inexhaustible arsenal and ultimate power and authority, but when you hear that a great force is coming against you, that people are ganging up on you, that trouble is headed toward you, God’s voice can easily be drowned out by the approaching army. That is when you need to start to worship God because as you do, His voice becomes louder than the voice of your enemy.
Worship assists my faith and obedience.
Listen, after encountering God in worship, they knew if He was sending them, they could go. If He was sending them into battle, He would ensure their victory. If you are lacking faith and obedience, increase your focus on worship. Don’t come to watch. Come to worship. Open your mouth and praise the Lord every day! It will help you gain courage to live the life of faith.
Worship anchors me in victory!
Listen, God could hold your enemies back. He could keep them from advancing toward you. But He wants us to know something greater, something more powerful, something more personal. He will not only go into battle for us, but He will go into battle with us! Oh, somebody needs to hear this morning. God wants to show you another level of protection and help as you are faithful to worship Him. It’s one thing for God to keep trouble away from us, but it is entirely different for Him to keep us in trouble! He can and will do it! A whole new relationship with God forms when we are kept in trouble, preserved in trial, and refined in times of testing. Only God can make the battle a blessing! Only God can take us deeper in relationship with Him by helping us confront our enemy!
Worship enables me to access God’s blessing.

25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value–more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the LORD. This is why it is called the Valley of Beracah to this day.
The Valley of Beracah means, “The Valley of Blessings.”
They didn’t just get a little blessing. They got a blessing that took three days to collect. Wouldn’t that be a fun three-day experience?
The enemy sought to break them, but God chose to make them into warriors through worship.

If we are going to live a victorious and blessed life, we are going to have to become God-centered. We are going to need to hear God’s voice. We will need to move out in faith and march or stand or do whatever God instructs us to do. It all happens as we learn to worship the Lord first and foremost. If you want the victory this morning, if you want the blessings, you need to grow as a worshipper who knows how to war God’s way.

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Pastor Melissa Pratt
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Pastor Thom Pratt
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Pastor Jed Worline
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Pastor Brenda Kraft
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