“Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.”
II Chronicles 20:16-19 NKJV
This is the day. There is high likelihood that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, or at least radically redefined by the Supreme Court of the Untied States. For some this is the greatest of victories, and for others it is an unbearable and unforgivable defeat. In the aftermath there has been a promise of a “summer of rage”, where all those deemed to be on the side of life shall feel the “wrath and Jane. “
I awoke with a bit of foreboding this morning, with one thought: the carnage begins. I suspect it will start out small, and indeed already has, as pregnancy centers around the country have been vandalized and set afire. There have also been attacks on churches.
All of this is one more sign of the encroaching darkness, as we behold the maturing of the Harlot from the book of Revelation.
“The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”
Revelation 17:4-6 NKJV
It would be very easy to become dismayed, to become fearful, when considering all that those who call upon the name of the Lord will face. I rejoice that we are not alone. The Bible is full of examples, of people have face the oncoming rage of the enemy, but relied on God for deliverance.
Reading more about Jehoshaphat this morning, gave me one more example of the great truth, that the battle belongs to the Lord. When Jehoshaphat was faced with the prospect of certain attack, he called upon the Lord.
“It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.”
II Chronicles 20:1-3 NKJV
We stand spiritual, on the precipice of a great battle, for those who place personal will over the will of God, are planning to do violence against all who dare stand against the system of the Harlot. Like Jehoshaphat, we who are followers of Jesus, must not fear, but stand in reliance upon the Lord who saved us.
We know that our God is sovereign, all the things the enemy can bring are no match for Him, and all that He allows is according to His plan and fitting His perfect will. Let remember that even the most dire things brought by the evil one, can work out for our good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Romans 8:28-30 NKJV
Nothing we may encounter in the coming days will hinder the completion of the work the Lord. He is faithful to carry it out.
Brothers and sisters, let us seek the Lord in these times, let us be reminded in His word, and let us be faithful to share the Gospel. In the midst of the battle, let us praise.
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.””
II Chronicles 20:21 NKJV
I found it remarkable that that is preparation for the battle, the singers were chosen to go before the army. In the standard worship service, it is common in the American church and around the world, for worship to precede the sharing of the word of God.
We do not go to battle the swords of iron, but with the sword of the Lord, as we don the full armor of God. Before we go into battle, we worship, proclaiming and praising the beauty of His holiness. The Lord inhabits our worship, and He goes before us.
I make it a habit of starting each day with worship, bible reading and prayer. I receive the presence of Lord as His Holy Spirit takes all these things and prepares me for battle. Each day in this withering body is a battle. When I worship, I am inviting Him into the battle.
Let us begin today to prepare our hearts for the battle ahead, and let us be confident that the Lord will go before us. Let us don the armor, being ready.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV
HE WILL HOLD ME FAST
When I fear my faith will fail
Christ will hold me fast
When the tempter would prevail
He will hold me fast
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path
For my love is often cold
He must hold me fast
He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast
-Matthew Sherman Merker
Come soon, Lord Jesus!