Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:21
Saints of God, how blessed we are that we have victory in Jesus. Satan’s strategy is not just to wound the people of God and deprive us of our joy, but his ultimate goal is to rob our Lord of His glory. Satan does this by getting the people of God to cease praising Him. He attacks us through worldly and temporal things. He attacks us with one thing or after another. He does this to get our minds off God and fill our hearts with anxieties instead of praise.
In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat and all the inhabitants of the land which God had given the Israelites were threatened by their enemies. But the man of God reminded them of the promises of God and all the He already had done for them. He reminded them of how He delivered them from their enemies before. The people were at a crossroads, confused and did not know what to do. So the cried unto the lord saying, “Lord we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” When we remember the promises of God, our hearts will not be filled with anxieties when we are in a crisis. WE can begin our prayer with praises, and before we know it, we will be shouting. Our faith is strengthened through prayer. Whatever we attempt in this life, we first should pray to our heavenly Father, and then we will be able to recognize that our God is sovereign. Whatever He is doing He is “working it out for our good” (Rom. 8:28).
Just as the people of Israel, we too must praise our Lord before the battle is over. After the battle, the people went up to the temple to give thanks. Anywhere we praise our Lord is our “Shouting Place.” Our Lord had declared, “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. (Heb. 10:25). There is no reason to pause of hold our praise hostage until we reach the sanctuary. We readily should surrender our problems unto our Lord and immediately begin our praise to Him, and the shout automatically will flow out. Remember, the battle is not yours but the Lord’s, and He alone is fully capable of handling the problem.
This “Shouting Place” is within our hearts! Don’t lose hope; just “stand still” (2 Chron. 20:17) and stir up your praise. Reflect, remember, rejoice, then go ahead and shout before you see the victory! Just look from where the Lord has brought you. I am reminded of the words of the hymn: “It’s in my heart, this melody of love divine... I am His and He is mine.” Remember? SHOUT NOW!
Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).
— Sister Catherine Raphael
THINK ABOUT ALL THE TEACHERS who have impacted your life. Have you ever considered that the Bible exceeds them all? It not only teaches who God is and how to be saved but also tells us how the Lord wants us to live as Christians.
This indispensable resource offers encouragement and practical guidance for whatever we face. For instance, God’s Word tells how to handle temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), teaches the value of adversity (James 1:2-4), and explains how to live righteously (Eph. 4:17-32). In addition, it assures us nothing can separate us from Christ’s love (Rom. 8:38-39). All that we need for life and godliness can be found in its pages.
So, instead of calling a friend, searching the internet, or reading a self-help book when direction is needed, we should first go to God’s Word. And then we should ask ourselves, Am I listening to its teaching?
But the Bible isn’t just for instruction; it’s also for correction and confrontation, so we should be open to that kind of teaching as well. That means an even more challenging question is, Am I heeding the Bible’s reproof?
Scripture is a great resource only is our hearts are receptive to its wisdom, and we must have the humility to accept any kind of teaching it offers. Only then can we be fully trained in righteousness by the Scriptures.
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries
This Month's Scripture
Imagine what it would be like to step inside your church sanctuary on Sunday morning and witness the vision that Isaiah saw. He writes, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings . . . One called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke” (Isaiah 6:1-4).
This had to be a glorious sight! But it also was one that conflicted Isaiah’s heart because he knew that he was guilty of sin. Immediately, a godly sense of fear swept over him, and he cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). When we become aware of God’s holy presence, we won’t be able to stop ourselves from worshiping Him and seeking His cleansing for our sins.
However, if we become so entangled with sin and the pleasures of this world, we will fail to sense the need to worship God. In fact, our spirits will be dead to any true praise. Instead, we will yawn and check our watches to see if the preacher is preaching longer than he should.
Isaiah realized there was a problem in his life—it was one that needed to be addressed immediately, so he could do what God had called him to do. Many times, we miss God’s best for our lives because we become too busy for worship. When we take time to worship God for who He is—righteous, loving, and infinite in power—our hearts will be lifted, and our lives will be changed. We will cry out, “Holy are You Lord and worthy to be praised!”
One Minute Please
True worship begins with a heart that is totally turned toward God.