Understanding the Wonders of Thanksgiving (Part 1)
Week of May 17, 2021
""And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten." ◄ 2 Chronicles 20:22 (KJV). . ."
Supernatural Turnaround greetings to you and welcome to the third week of May 2021. In the last two weeks, we have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Liberation Mandate birthed on May 2nd, 1981 after an 18-hour encounter. As a commission, God has been good to us so as a token of appreciation to God, the month of May 2021 is dedicated to thanksgiving so please come along with me as we explore a series titled: Understanding the Wonders of Thanksgiving.
In 2 Chronicles 20, the Bible has an account of a coalition of armies that had come against King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah. It was a strong, vast army that brought a sense of terror upon the inhabitants of Judah. Realizing the seriousness of the challenge before him, King Jehoshaphat cried out to God in desperation: “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do. . .” he prayed. (Vs.12).
Jehoshaphat inquired of the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout the land. The people responded in unison and converged at the temple (2 Chronicles 20:3-5). In the face of that overwhelming odd, God sent a message to Jehoshaphat through Prophet Jahaziel thus: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. . . stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. . .” God was going to take over the battle and the Children of Judah were given a weird battle strategy - Thanksgiving and Praise. (2 Chronicles 20:16-17).
The following morning, with his worship team (not the battle-hardened soldiers) placed at the head of the army, Jehoshaphat went out in battle against the coalition of armies. (2 Chronicles 20:21) The enemy may have laughed their sides out when they saw this strange phenomenon but as Judah began to “Give thanks to the Lord, and sing of His praises, the Lord brought disarray and confusion to the enemy’s camp. The enemy armies began to annihilate each other and an amazing victory unfolded (2 Chronicles 20:22-23)!!
A life of thanksgiving is a life of sweatless and tasteful experience. Thanksgiving adds color to our Christian experience and flavor to our Christian nature - it causes everything around us begins to respond positively so as I sign off this week, regardless of what you are going through, I want to encourage you to reflect on God’s unfailing love which endures forever. As you do, I have it on good authority that He will come through for you, often in unexpected ways because His love never fails!
Remain EVER Blessed!!
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