WAR! When you charge into battle you want to engage with the best weapons available. So naturally, when it comes to spiritual battles we must rely on God’s weapons. We are familiar with the weapons found in Ephesians 6, but are those the only weapons we have? I would propose that there are some lesser known weapons that we can rely on as well! These uncommon weapons are far more effective than our own human effort ever could be.
These weapons are found in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. This passage begins with three different nations declaring war on Judah. The King Jehoshaphat was understandably concerned. No, terrified.
2 Chronicles 20:3-4 (NLT) Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help.
Here we find a terrified king who relies upon a powerful weapon we don’t always think of as a weapon, community. He called his people together and he called them to join him in seeking the Lord. Too many times when we face challenges we try to take them on alone instead of reaching out to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who can stand with us.
I know he was the King so he might have a little bit more authority than you feel you have, but I love that he didn’t just ask them to pray, he called them to fast. There will be times when we as a community need to fast together. There may be a time when you need to call your family together and say, “We need to fast.” Or maybe even a select group of friends. Fasting is always effective, but how much more effective is it when we join together with a group of like-minded individuals, believing for victory?
The next weapon we see him using is his spiritual heritage. He stands before his people and reminds them of all the amazing things God has done. How God brought them out of Egypt and how God has always been faithful to his people.
2 Chronicles 20:7-9 (NLT) O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham? 8 Your people settled here and built this Temple to honor your name. 9 They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NLT) O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”
They were standing in the very temple that Solomon built, the same one God promised they could come into and pray and He would provide rescue. They remembered His promises and they proclaimed them. They weren’t just reminding God of His promises, but they were reminding themselves. They were remembering that God is bigger than the situations they faced.
We must rely on our spiritual heritage, remember our past and what God has done for us and our families. Maybe you are struggling to think of victories God has provided. Don’t forget we also have a powerful national heritage. From the foundation of our great country, it was determined to build it on the principles of God’s word. More than anything we too can turn the scripture and remember what God has done for His people. Recognizing our role as His sons and daughters we can claim every promise in His Word as our own!
Tomorrow we will look at two more powerful weapons we have in our arsenal, but as we close out today I want to encourage you in these two things. First, look to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Recognize the community you have in your church. Maybe you’re not close to anyone in your church, and you feel disconnected. I’m sorry that you feel that way, but make every effort to build stronger relationships in the body of Christ. We NEED that community to help us stand firm in the things of the Lord.
Second, study His Word and write down the promises you find. Claim them for yourself. Claim them for your family. Claim them for your friends. Stand secure in His Word and have faith that He is on your side.
Rely on these uncommon weapons and find that the victory truly has already been won!