Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
July 10, 2011                        "All you need is a Rhema WORD!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
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Text: 2 Chron 20:1-18  (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

A beautiful little girl wandered out one cold day into the countryside of Canada. The family finally realized she was lost and started a search. Then they called the people of the community together. Each went his own way. It became dark and the cold of the Canadian winter settled down. After some time someone suggested the searchers join hands and cover the grass fields. But it was too late. They found the girl curled up, frozen in the cold. Then the shout went up, "If only we had joined hands before!" The spiritual meaning of this story is clear.


2 Chronicles 20:1   It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2 Chronicles 20:2   Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

2 Chronicles 20:3   And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2 Chronicles 20:4   And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

2 Chronicles 20:5   And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

2 Chronicles 20:6   And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

2 Chronicles 20:7   Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

2 Chronicles 20:8   And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

2 Chronicles 20:9   If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

2 Chronicles 20:10   And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

2 Chronicles 20:11   Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

2 Chronicles 20:12   O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

2 Chronicles 20:13   And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

2 Chronicles 20:14   Then 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, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

2 Chronicles 20:15   And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.

2 Chronicles 20:16   To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

2 Chronicles 20:17   Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

2 Chronicles 20:18   And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

 

Let's pray. Father,

 

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

The children of Moab and the children of Ammon and with them other beside The ammonites came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

We could assign names to these enemies that apply to us personally.

We could say: Financial Trouble, or Health problems, and Family problems and attacks on our character, and attacks on The ministry,.. And here's The worst part of it all.
(They all came at once)
Have you ever Felt Like 'you were in The middle of a war zone and The enemy Was surrounding you?
You turned to the east and There was the enemy, you turned To the west and there Was a different enemy you turned to the North and There Was no relief you Turned To the south and it looked hopeless.

I know tonight by the Spirit of the Lord: That somebody here tonight is in that very same situation.
You Love God, you're doing your best to serve God, You're doing your best to live right
you're reading your bible, you're praying, you're coming to church, You're paying your tithes, you're Sowing.
However, you're in the Fight of your life, and You don't see any sign of it letting up.
You engage one enemy and think maybe your making some progress, Then all of a sudden you look and The enemy has reinforced and Comes On even Stronger.

Then here comes those people who feel Like It's Their Job and their ministry to tell you how bad it is. and how mean The enemy is and all They do is magnify what the devil 's doing And the bible says.. Jeshosha-phat Feared

Not only does Faith comes by hearing, and Fear also comes by hearing

The greatest weapon Satan has is Fear (Because Fear will open the door to sickness and disease. depression, oppression. Worry anxiety, stress, confusion).
Fear will steal your Joy. and your peace Fear will bring you into bondage mentally emotionally and spiritually.
Job said: Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

Fear is a child of the devil

IJn 4:18 says: Fear hath torment
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of Fear, but of power and of love and of a sound Mind.

I don't care who you are, or how spiritual you are, or how anointed you are, at some point in your Life you are going To have To Face off with Fear

People are paralyzed by fear, held in bondage and captivity by fear: Even Christians can find themselves a prisoner to fear.
Today fear has many faces: Many today are living in fear of a bad economy, fear of terrorists, fear of losing their income, fear of losing their homes, fear of losing their social security, fear of earthquakes, and Tsunami's and fear of radiation poisoning.

Then there's fear of sickness and disease: Some people live all their lives in fear of getting some deadly disease.
Some live in fear of failure, afraid to try anything new because they might fall or fail.
Fear of criticism, fear of persecution.

The only way to move Forward is to Conquer The spirit of Fear.
Let God arise and His enemies be scattered!


The First Thing Jehoshaphat did when he was attacked by the spirit of Fear was he turned to the Lord.

2 Chro. 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared.

He Feared but he made The right Choice, he turned To God.
He set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a Fast Throughout all Judah

I want To say something right Here:
God Gave To The church everything We need to overcome in this life and Advance The kingdom Of God - Our weapons are not Weak they are mighty, They are powerful, they are effective.

The Bible says: 2 Cor 10:3-5
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

But it does not matter how powerful your Weapons are. If you do not pick them up They are useless as far as you are concerned.

There are many battles raging today. There is the battle over the Deity of Christ, the Exclusiveness of Salvation in Jesus alone, the Reality of H-E-L-L, Traditional Family Values and the Survival of Our Nation. The battles we are engaged in means that all hands must be on deck. The devil's crowd is always faithful to show up for the battle, and most of his victories are won by default. The Lord's team fails to even show up for the fight.


We lose many battles as Christians, not because the enemy is greater, not because he is smarter or has better weapons.
But simply because we do not take Full advantage of what we have been given.

The First Thing Jehosh a-phat does is Launch the Weapons of prayer and fasting

Fasting multiplies The power of prayer (It magnifies the effect of prayer)

If you are serious about needing a breakthrough in your life, then get serious about fasting

Is a 58:6 Tells us The power of The fast:, it will loose The bonds of wickedness, undo The heavy burdens and Let The oppressed go Free, And it will empower you To Break every yoke.

Jehoshaphat did something that a lot of us are too proud to do.
He cried out To the Lord

There is something powerful in a cry:
Notice I'm not referring to prayer here, when you need God immediately, and desperately you don't have time for those long fancy King James prayers.

That cry is an acknowledgement (we need help)
That cry is a recognition that human effort Is not enough

Jehoshaphat's cry creates an avenue for the Power of God

Psalms 7: II-13

Because They rebelled against his words, and contemned the counsel of The Most high. Therefore he brought down their heart with Labor, They Fell down and there was none to help
Then they cried unto the lord in their troubles, and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and brake their bands in sunder.

Because they cried out for help

One of the greatest enemies to the power of God is PRIDE,  Pride will kill you

Never be too proud to cry out To God for Help.

What seems to be Weakness is actually the most powerful thing you can do.
Somebody needs to lift your hands right Now and cry out To God.
confess your Weakness and your in-abilities!
Tell Him How much you need his help

In verses 14-15 The spirit of the lord Comes upon Jahaziel and He Begins to prophesy.

"thus saith The Lord:"

I'm going to tell you right Now a thus saith the Lord changes everything

I don't care what The banker says or the doctor or The lawyer says:
I want to know what is the Lord saying?

It doesn't matter what people are saying or what The economy is saying or what The government is saying

I want to know: what is The Lord saying?
Is there a word from the Lord?


One word From God changes everything
One word from God will make you unsinkable
One word from God will make you unbeatable
One word from God will make you unshakeable
One word From God will turn Famine into plenty
Sickness onto health
Weakness into strength
Drought into Flood
Nothing into Too much
One word from God will open closed doors
One word from God will set the captives Free

Mt 8:8 a centurion came to Jesus on The behalf of his servant who was sick, Jesus Said: I will come and heal Him,
But The Centurion said: you don't Have to Come (all I NEED is A word)

Just Send the word (speak the Word only and my servant shall be Healed).

Tell your Neighbor ( All you need is a Word).

Vs. 20 Jehoshaphat says; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established believe his prophets so shall ye prosper,

Thank God for prophets

Thank God for men and Women Who walk close enough To God That They can hear His Voice and speak his Divine will

All Through the bible it was the prophets That brought direction and guidance and correction to the Kings and The children of Israel.

What did the prophet say?

He gave them a ridiculous Instruction (He said Go out against Them and set yourselves, stand still and see The salvation of the lord).


Every natural evidence and impulse was to run away from this great army, and to hide in the rocks and caves, but the instruction of God is: (Meet them head on)
Go out against them.
Take the Fight to them!

Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the lord and the beauty of His holiness.

When they began to sing and praise the Lord
The Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir which were come out against Judah and they were smitten

Vs 23. They turned on each other)

God confused them, and they began to kill each other

Praise confuses the devil: ( If you want to drive the devil crazy, when he throws something heavy at you, instead of whining and complaining, just go to praising God like you lost your mind).

Praise breaks up the enemies Lines of communication

When the children of God began to praise God: it brought total confusion into the ranks of the enemies, their rank and file, and their strategy and their order was completely destroyed and they started killing each other.

Some of you have never understood the power of praise: Praise is a weapon

Praise will go to the foundation of your problem, Praise will open doors, praise will break yokes, praise will confuse the enemy.

Why is Praise such a powerful weapon?
Because: God inhabits the praises of his people, and when we praise God he moves into our praise, and when God moves into our praise our problems don't stand a chance.

Vs 25. When they looked they saw Their enemies dead on the ground
(None escaped)

God knows how to take care of your enemies.

I know you're a wonder, and you might be able to handle one or two or even three of your enemies but you can't handle everyone of them.
There are some of them that are in hiding, and you don't know where they are or who they are.
But if you'll let God fight your battles he'll take care of everyone of them.

Right there is enough to shout about for the next three days: God is going to take care of my enemies; I don't have to worry about them.
I don't have to fight my own battles
I can stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
I can hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battles

Let me say it like this: Vengeance is mine saith the Lord and I will repay

Let me say it another way: God will get the last word, if you will keep your mouth shut.

Somebody ought to lift your hands and praise God right now, that he is taking care of your enemies and that not one of them will escape.

But it doesn't end there.

God doesn't just want to get the enemy off your back, God wants to bless you and he wants to prosper you.
In fact the thing that is highest on your list of priorities of things you need God to do is actually the lowest on his list.

He not only destroyed their enemies, he brought them into overflow.

They found among Them, (among their enemies) abundance both riches and precious Jewels More Than they could carry off.

I want to stop right here and tell you something: God is getting ready to bless you in some unusual ways.
In fact God is going to use your enemies to bless you, some of the mean spiteful, vengeful people that have been trying to destroy you are going to turn around and bless you.
From the same place that the enemy was launching his attacks against you, blessings are going to come to you
.

They were three days in the gathering of the spoil.
Each day they gathered the jewels but there was too much to carry, it was a too much blessing, in the place where the enemy planned to destroy them.

And it all happened because they had a word from God.
All you need is A word

I want you to lift your hands and begin to praise him right now (fill this atmosphere with praise) God said he's taking care of your enemies.

While your praising God your enemies are going into mass confusion
While your praising God your enemies are turning on each other
While your praising God, God is fighting for you
While your praising God you are positioning yourself for prosperity
There's a break through in your praise
There's a poverty breaking, hell shaking anointing in your praise

If God be for you who can be against you.
You've got a word from God.
All you need is a Word.