This is what Bible reading will do for you. It is constantly opening your eyes to fresh revelation. You read something you have read so many times you feel as if you could recite it, then you read it again and end up saying, “WOW, how did I never see this before?” This is why Bible reading should never grow stale for you. Before you read, seek His face, and ask Him to give you fresh discernment as you read. You will not be disappointed, and you will be left with a hunger to read over and over and over.
2 Chronicles 20 is a powerful chapter in light of what we are dealing with today. It is the story of Jehoshaphat and how he overcame. Where there appeared to be no hope, God gave him not only great hope but victory as well. Chapter 20 is probably one of the most familiar and loved chapters in 2 Chronicles for it goes into great deal of how the Lord grants victory to those who trust in Him. Jehoshaphat was facing great adversaries. In the face of these threats, he humbled himself before the Lord and he came away with one of the greatest victories he ever experienced.
The promise of the Lord is to not be afraid or dismayed because the battle does not belong to us. It is God’s battle. However, the account reveals three key components which a believer must exercise if you want God to put you in the place where He can deliver you.
The first of these is fasting. It says in Matthew 17: 20-21 “ … I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting”. Fasting draws you closer to God.
If you remember what I shared awhile back about dew, then this makes complete sense. We cannot always see dew, but it is forever present. It does not come from above or below, but it is always in our midst. In order to actually witness the presence of dew, the elements have to be set exactly right, and then we see it. It is the same with fasting. God is always with us though we do not always sense His presence. Fasting is one of the three things that help us set the stage for His presence to be manifested.
The second thing we need in order for God to lead us to victory is prayer. Bringing our needs to the foot of the cross is essential during any aspect of life. We should pray daily and first thing. It is key to drawing near to God. Our prayers do not need to be eloquent or full of words we do not even understand. They just need to be from the heart. Seeking His face is a must if we ever want to walk in His will. Prayer is conversation with God, not in our minds, but verbally. Believe it or not, this is very difficult for me. Because I talk to God continually throughout the day in my head, it is a strain for me to verbalize what I am feeling. I pray and seek His strength to help me overcome, and He is doing just that. Happy times … sad times … fearful times … glad times … sick times … times of loss … all times are times to pray.
Lastly, and the 3rd thing we need is praise. Andrew Wommack says it best:
“Living a life of praise is not only the most enjoyable way to live, but it’s also one of the most powerful ways to change your life. Praise isn’t like the caboose that just follows what happens, but it’s more like the engine of a train that makes things happen. Your faith isn’t complete without praise. Colossians 2:7 says that you abound in faith with thanksgiving. No thanksgiving equals not abounding in faith.
Praise affects you, it affects the devil, and it affects God. It touches everything and every part of your life. Likewise, a lack of praise affects you in a negative way, turns the devil loose in your life, and doesn’t bless God. You have to get this area of your life right.
Nearly everyone agrees that praise is good, but very few feel any responsibility to praise God when they don’t feel like it. I don’t know anyone who wakes up in the morning and plans on being depressed. They would like to be happy and praise God, but they don’t feel they have any control over this. They think that praise is just a response to what happens and that if everything goes right, they will automatically do it. That is definitely not the case. … We live in a negative world, a fallen world where it seems that the ungodly are getting more and more prominent. So much of what we hear is just negative, and we have to make a deliberate effort to be positive and counter the culture we live in. Praise is a great tool to help us achieve that.
If someone were to pass out, the first thing we’d do is check their pulse to see if their heart is still beating. In the same sense, checking our praise lives is how we check our spiritual pulse. If we don’t live lives that are constantly giving thanksgiving and praise unto God, we are not spiritually healthy. Some people may take offense at that, thinking I just don’t know their situations. But Paul said in Philippians 4:4— Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Paul didn’t just say it once; he said it twice. He didn’t want anyone thinking he had made a mistake or that there were exceptions to what he said. We are always supposed to be rejoicing in the Lord. It’s a command, not a suggestion to do it if we feel like it.
Paul lived what he preached. When he was beaten and thrown in the deepest darkest part of the dungeon, he and Silas broke out in praise at midnight (Acts 16:22-26). They didn’t just do this as spiritual warfare. They weren’t praising God through gritted teeth, just to get out of their problem. When they were set free, they didn’t leave. They were actually praising God because they loved Him and were worshiping out of a pure heart. It so affected the other prisoners that none of them left either. Praise caused a revival.
We may not feel joyful, but Scripture tells us in Galatians 5:22 that the fruit of the Spirit is joy. If we have the Holy Spirit, we have joy. We may not feel that joy, but we can choose to lift our hands and speak forth praise to God by faith. Learning to praise God even when everything is going badly will change our hearts, make us much more effective, and cause our faith to abound. … Philippians 4:6 says— Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Do you know what the Greek word for “nothing” in that verse means? It means nothing! It means there are no exceptions. Sure, you might have problems, but you don’t have to worry about them. You don’t have to be careful about them. You can go to the Lord in prayer with thanksgiving and make your requests known to Him. … Even in the Old Testament, believers were told to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Ps. 100:4). … We face a lot of tough circumstances in this life, and the world expects us to behave a certain way when problems come. But God told us to respond a different way—to not let our hearts be troubled. We get to choose (Deut. 30:19). We have the option of following Jesus’ words and acting on the Word of God.
I have personally felt the benefit of rejoicing in the Lord. I have seen it destroy the devil. He cannot stand it. I really believe that God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). God is so pleased when we look beyond the natural and see things in the light of faith. That blesses God.
Praise is not the inevitable byproduct that comes when everything is going right in our lives; it is the driving force. Praise will get our focus where it needs to be—on God. If we start praising God in the middle of our problems, our problems will shrink so much that we’ll hardly remember to bring them to God! We’ll be so busy praising Him and thanking Him for His blessings that our problems will be an afterthought.”
Therefore, in order to overcome and move those mountains in your life, (1) Fast; (2) Pray; and, (3) Praise. As believers, these 3 things are essential if we are ever to be victorious and able to walk in faith during fearful times.