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Learn to obey. Sometimes our praise has to continue in the midst of battles. Our praise will eventually get us our victory.

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Judges 20:18–28 NIV84
18 The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, “Who of us shall go first to fight against the Benjamites?” The Lord replied, “Judah shall go first.” 19 The next morning the Israelites got up and pitched camp near Gibeah. 20 The men of Israel went out to fight the Benjamites and took up battle positions against them at Gibeah. 21 The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day. 22 But the men of Israel encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day. 23 The Israelites went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and they inquired of the Lord. They said, “Shall we go up again to battle against the Benjamites, our brothers?” The Lord answered, “Go up against them.” 24 Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day. 25 This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of them armed with swords. 26 Then the Israelites, all the people, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord. 27 And the Israelites inquired of the Lord. (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there, 28 with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, ministering before it.) They asked, “Shall we go up again to battle with Benjamin our brother, or not?” The Lord responded, “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.”

1. When the enemy is ahead of you, Go above him

Don’t try to fight the enemy with your own strength
The battle is the Lord’s
Listen to the Lord

2. When the fight is at hand - Praise Him

Your praise will get you the breakthrough
Send Judah first
Left your praise lead you

3. Prayers that didn’t work

They prayed but did not follow through
They went and got in battle positions
Twice they lost battles
No mention of Judah
Losing a battle is not the end

4. The prayer that worked

They fasted
They presented burnt offerings
They presented fellowship offerings
They prayed
The levites ministered

5. We win battles in secret

Authentic living matters
Fasting in secret brings public victories
Secret sacrifices bring public breakthroughs
Prayer without action is wishful thinking
Don’t be afraid to humble yourself in worship (2 Chronicles 7:14)
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV84
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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