Transformation Tuesday

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The fear of God came upon all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the LORD had ought against the enemies of Israel. And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.” (2 Chronicles 20:29-30)

God doesn’t like it when enemies oppress His people. We see all through scripture where God not only takes vengeance on those who rise up against His people, but even ministers of the word, constantly remind God’s people that vengeance belongs to the Lord.

We get it: Somebody hurt a friend of yours or a family member and you have to get even…perhaps you need to clear your name after someone wrongly dragged you through the mud. You want to fight for your rights, put up your dukes, and fend for yourself... we get it. However, God always gave instructions for battle and it was at His command and by His hand that many battles were and are won to this day.

In the midst of our many upsets we can gain peace and rest by the way we respond. So the question we want to ask you today is, are you getting rest on every side?

When you react to your battles you're not relying on God to give you rest within them.

When you take matters into your own hands, you extend your conflicts, provoke the enemy, and forsake the Way-Maker. We see that Jehoshaphat was at peace because he knew that God had ought against the enemies of Israel, and that HE ---> GOD, would handle them.

God has a plan for your enemies too; you need only to be still (Psalm 46:10, 1 Samuel 17:47, 2 Chronicles 20:15).

Your reactions to life’s upsets tell the story of your relationship with Jesus. You can see the degree of that relationship by the way you respond when things get hard. Your life may be in a continual uproar, but you don’t have to reciprocate the calamity.

You don't have to attend every fight you're invited to.

Assess Yourself:

1. How do I respond in the midst of my battles?
2. What do I think is God's will for me in this situation?
3. Am I getting the rest of God on every [or any] side?


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