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Inspiration

Stand and See the Victory
By Joel Osteen - Jun 26, 2015

The people of Judah were surrounded by three major armies who were quickly closing in on them. In the natural, they didn't have a chance. They were outnumbered 10:1. Jehoshaphat, the king, called everyone together to pray. All the people stood before him – husbands, wives, and little children. You can imagine how worried and concerned they were. Their lives were on the line.

Jehoshaphat looked up to the heavens and said, "God, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." When you're in the valley, it's okay to be honest. "God, I don't see how I could ever get out. I don't see how I could get well, how my family could be restored." That's fine, but don't stop there. Do like he did, "God, I don't see a way, but my eyes are upon You! I know You still have a way. I know nothing is too difficult for You." After he finished praying, a young man spoke up and said, "This is what the Lord says, 'Don't be discouraged by these mighty armies for the battle is not yours, the battle is the Lord's.'"

You may be facing big enemies today, but God is saying the same thing—quit letting it upset you; quit losing your peace. It's not your battle; it's the Lord's battle. God went on to instruct them that the next day they were to walk toward their enemies. He said, "You won't even need to fight. Just take your positions, then stand still and watch the Lord's victory."

King Jehoshaphat did something interesting. He put the musicians, the singers and praisers out in front. With every step, as they walked toward their enemies, they sang, "The Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever!" They were talking about the greatness of their God. They were speaking faith into their future.

When the enemy armies heard all the singing and shouting, they got confused and began to fight among themselves. They ended up killing each other. When the people of Judah arrived, their enemies were already defeated. They didn't have to lift one finger in their own defense just like God promised.

The enemy armies left so many supplies, equipment, valuables and clothing that it took the people of Judah three days to collect it all. On the fourth day, the Scripture says, "They stood in the valley of blessing and thanked God for what He had done!"

Maybe, like the people of Judah, what you're facing looks insurmountable. The enemy may have meant it for your harm, but he doesn't have the final say, God does! God says, "Stand still, and I'm going to show you My goodness. Stay in faith, and I'm going to turn that battlefield into your blessing field!"

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