Do you wonder how to have God’s victory in our lives?
Yes, God has given us victory in Jesus Christ over sin and the law, and He fights for us in our battles against the enemies of our souls. It is one thing to know that God gives us victory, but another thing to actually experience this victory in our battles.
How can we best position ourselves to experience God’s victory in our lives, and what are the steps we need to take?
We can learn a lot of valuable lessons from the story of King Jehoshaphat and his victory over Moab and Ammon in 2 Chronicles, chapter 20.
How to Have God’s Victory in Our Lives
In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, we meet King Jehoshaphat, who faces a vast army coming against him. The King takes several steps to involve God in the situation before, during, and after the battle, which lead to a great victory over his enemies.
Let’s explore together today these steps of seeking the Lord and worshipping Him that can help us practically experience God’s victory in our battles.
Here are 4 steps that help us have God’s victory in our lives.
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#1 Seeking Help from the Lord in Prayer
The first step is simply to come to the Lord and seek His help in prayer.
Jehoshaphat proclaims a fast for all Judah and then leads the people in prayer. In this prayer, he confesses their helplessness and total dependence on God. He also acknowledges who God is, His power, and rule over all nations. Also, he points out the special covenant relation the Israelites have with God, who hears them and acts as their Savior and Deliverer when they cry to Him in their distress.
“But now here are men from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:10-12)
When we admit to God our helplessness and lack of knowledge and power and acknowledge Him as our source of help and victory, we position ourselves in the right posture to receive from Him.When we admit to God our helplessness and lack of knowledge and power and acknowledge Him as our source of help and victory, we position ourselves in the right posture to receive from Him. #victory #Biblestudy #prayer Click To Tweet
#2 Getting Ready by Believing God’s Promises
God answers immediately Jehoshaphat’s prayer and gives the people of Judah wonderful encouragement and promise. He encourages them not to be afraid and to trust that God is with them, for the battle is not theirs, but God’s. God’s Word urges them to take up their positions and stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give them.
God speaks this encouragement to us today too:
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” (2 Chronicles 20:17)
It is up to us to take God for His word and to position ourselves firmly in His promise for victory and deliverance. We do this by faith, standing on God’s special promise of victory in our battles. We express our faith by thanking God and praising Him for His provision. (2 Chronicles 20:18-19)It is up to us to take God for His word and, by faith, to position ourselves firmly in His promise of victory and deliverance. #faith #trustGod #victory Click To Tweet
#3 Praising God During Our Battles
The next step leading us to experience God’s victory in our lives is to praise God and give Him thanks while we are facing our enemies. When we struggle with certain things over which God wants to give us a victory, like addiction, sin, anxiety, fear, discouragement, rejection, and lies, one of the best weapons we have at our disposal is praising and worshipping God.
Choosing to praise God expresses our faith and trust in Him as the One fighting the battle and the One giving us victory. It helps us focus on Him and prepares the road for His deliverance.
“After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” (2 Chronicles 20:21-22)
#4 Praising God and Giving Him Thanks for the Victory
What do we do when God has already given us victory?
King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah give us a great example of how to treat the miraculous victory God has given them over their enemies. They devote a whole day to praising the Lord in a special place, called the Valley of Berakah. Berakah is a Hebrew word, meaning praise or blessing. They gather there to thank the Lord, worship Him, and bless His holy name.
“On the fourth day, they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah to this day.” (2 Chronicles 20:26)
We need regularly to go to the valley of Berakah, the Valley of Praise and Blessing, where we acknowledge all the great things God does and has done for us, and spend time in worship. This is the only adequate response to experiencing God’s victory in our lives. Besides, worshipping God and giving Him thanks strengthens our faith and prepares us for the next battles to come.We need regularly to go to the valley of Berakah, the Valley of Praise and Blessing, where we acknowledge all the great things God does and has done for us, and spend time in worship. #thanksgiving #praise #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
More Instruction and Guidance from God’s Word
Do you need more instructions and guidance from God’s Word to help you navigate your spiritual battles and experience God’s victory in your life?
Check out BibleGateway.com! This is a great place to read and study Scripture with over 200 versions and 70 languages that you can freely read, research, and reference anywhere.
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