Jehoshaphat was the 4th king of the separated kingdom of Judah around 850 to 875 B.C. He was a zealous follower of the commandments of God. In his 3rd year he sent out certain princes, priests, and Levites, to go through all the cities of Judah, teaching the people out of the Book of the Law. Because he sought the Lord, riches and honors increased around him. "Jehoshophat sought the Lord with all his heart" (2 Chr. 22:9).
Moab, Ammon, and the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat.
Jehoshaphat was afraid; and rightly so, for the army approaching him was indeed a mighty one, beyond what he would be able to handle. He was in trouble
II Chronicles 20:1-2
What was this problem for Jehoshaphat Back ground of Jehoshaphat Godly King Line of David (need to research) Why do problems come up in the life of a Christian.
To show Gods severing Power in our lives, (toothpaste analogy)
II Chronicles 20 : 5-12
What is Prayer? Prayer is the act of making a reverent petition to God
The Lords Payer (Matthew 6:9), The Garden of Gethsemane
If Jesus had to Pray how much more do we need to pray
I II Promise: IIChronicles20:14-16
What is a Promise (Indication of something favorable to come; expectation?)
The God that I serve is a GOD of Promises and he keeps
God made a covenant with the Israelites
Genesis 12-2 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
The Bible gives many promises that Jesus made.
(Matt. 11:28). Come to Me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest
(Matt.28:29). "And lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the earth”
(Mark 13:31). Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my Words shall never pass away”
II Chronicles 20: 17
Faith- Pistis- what can be believed? A state of Certainty with regards to belief, trust, believe to a complete trust,
Trustworthiness-, state of complete dependability, complete confidence and belief that something is true
Acts 7: 55 Stephen great sermon Acts (Stephen Sees Jesus standing at the right)
Hebrews 11:1 Now Faith is the substance of s hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
Great Faith must be tested greatly
II Chronicles 20:21
Praise is giving God glory, for who he is and not just what he has done.
God inhabits the praises of his people.
Psalms 22:3 says “that God inhabits the praises of his people”
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations."
Revelation 5:11-12 “ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands. Saying with a loud voice worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.
V Power II Chronicles 20:22
Acts 16 22-28- Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer
to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly therewas a great earthquake, so that the foundations ofthe prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed”
II Chronicles 22
Put the Praise of God before your problem and the Lord will fight your battles for you.
V25 he will give you what you need to get through the storm
Jehoshaphat faced an overwhelming problem but he trusted in his God.
Power can be summed up in one verse
John 3:16: For God so Loved the world, that he gave is only begotten Son that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life.
If we cant praise him for that than why are we here.
Hymn of invitation.