Some people are constantly in the middle of conflict. They spend every single day fighting, but the truth is we are all in a battle every single day. The struggle with the spiritual battle is that we must fight with spiritual weapons and sometimes the best weapons aren’t the ones we automatically think of. I call these the uncommon weapons.
Yesterday we looked at the first two, Community and our spiritual heritage. These weapons remind us that we are not in the battle alone, nor are we the first to fight such battles. God has been faithful to bring victory in the past and He will be faithful to provide victory for today.
The third uncommon weapon is a weapon that should not be considered uncommon, yet seems to be considered less and less normal all the time. The gifts of the Spirit. I believe God wants to demonstrate His power among us and many times He uses the gifts of the Spirit to do that. God wants to give prophecy. He wants to give words of knowledge and gifts of healing. Not so we can boast in His power, but so that He can accomplish His purpose through us and bring people to Jesus.
Continuing the story of Jehoshaphat as he stands before Judah under threat of attack from 3 different nations we find one of the gifts of the spirit activated, not upon the king or a prophet, but just one of the men.
2 Chronicles 20:13-17 (NLT) As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, 14 the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.
15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”
What an encouragement this prophecy is! This is a good reminder for us every day. The battles the Lord leads us into will be won, not because of our greatness or our battle plan, but because of His greatness and His battle plan! He will fight, but we have to be humble enough to lay down our weapons, step back and let Him lead rather than charging into the battle.
2 Chronicles 20:18 (NLT) Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.
The final weapon we will look at is the weapon of worship! They bowed down low, surrendering to the Lord. There is power in giving glory to God. We give Him honor when we obey Him and living a lifestyle of worship will literally turn our lives into weapons. What I love about this is that worship literally became their battle plan!
2 Chronicles 20:21 (NLT) 20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!”
22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.
The thought of sending singers into the frontline of battles seems completely crazy, but the Lord was with them. The song they sang was a song of gratitude. They gave thanks to the Lord before the battle had even begun. They gave God the glory before the victory! God doesn’t want glory because He is an egomaniac, rather it is best for us that He gets the glory because it tells the world that He is our God!
I would wager if they had fought in their own strength that other nations would have looked at Judah and said, “We could take them.” However, the Lord fought their battle…
2 Chronicles 20:29-30 (NLT) When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. 30 So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.
I pray today that we would rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, remembering this battle is God’s battle, not ours to fight. Throughout the whole battle let us worship and give glory to God! God’s weapons are sometimes uncommon, but they are far more effective than any human attack.
When we let God fight for us, we know He will win.