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THE VALLEY OF BLESSING

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INTRODUCTION

week 1 - THE PASSION OF WORSHIP

WEEK 2 - WORSHIP IS...;

WEEK 3 - SHOUT OF VICTORY

WEEK 4 - THE VALLEY OF BLESSING

Walking in the power of God

This is not a message about asking God to give us more stuff but it is about challenging us to give more to God.
Walking in the power of God means trusting God to do what He knows (not what I know) is best for me.
In today's theology of prosperity, too many people run to churches that preach that God must do this if we do that. He must give me a new car if I pray 42 times, He must send me my husband if I anoint the other side of my bed for 30 days.
The danger of this way of thinking is that if my praise can produce my blessing, it suggests that God is impotent against the power of my praise.
If God is subject to me and my praise then it makes Him sovereignless and impotent and subject to whatever I dictate through my praise.
So we run to churches who don't preach about a sovereign God but only about a God who serves as a slave to the master of my thoughts. A God who seems to only sit in glory waiting to have His ego stroked with praise and wait for His next set of praise orders from men and women.
Can I help us today? God is not sitting in glory waiting to have His ego stroked by you and I. I don't want a God who is impotent against my praise. I want a God who is powerful enough to tell me NO when I say yes.
God is not sitting in glory waiting to have His ego stroked by you and I. I don't want a God who is impotent against my praise. I want a God who is powerful enough to tell me NO when I say yes.
A God who will do what is best for me when I don't have enough sense to know it for myself.
God is not after keeping you happy. He is not in glory trying to make you happy; HE IS TRYING TO MAKE YOU HOLY.
He is not trying to always DELIGHT YOU BUT HE IS TRYING TO DEVELOP YOU
Because you don't grow in the HAPPY places, you grow when you struggle, when you cry when your in the middle of a valley.
THE REALITY IS THAT WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD MEANS TRUSTING GOD TO DO ONE OF TWO THINGS: TO TAKE US OVER OUR VALLEYS OR TO GIVE US STRENGTH TO GO THROUGH OUR VALLEYS.

VALLEYS

INTRODUCTION
The concept of valleys is very important to God. Throughout the Bible God mentions 7 great valleys; each of which have deeper spiritual significance for you and I.
Talking about each of these valleys is beyond the scope of today's message but you know 2 of the more famous ones: David's valley of the shadow of death in
and Ezekiel's valley of Dry Bones in
Valley Definition-
1. a depression between two high places
2. a low place between two high points
3. spiritually a valley represents a low point in our lives.
But the important thing to remember is that God is also in the valley.
In the valley of decision, God is there. In the valley of suffering, He is there. In the valley of battle, He is there.
In the valley of decision, God is there. In the valley of suffering, He is there. In the valley of battle, He is there.
CONTEXT
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Chronicles presents history differently from Samuel/Kings. The differences, the distinctive features of Chronicles, have to do with the Chronicler’s theology—truths about God and the people of God which are his special concern. He assumes throughout that his readers know the facts already, and his object is to interpret them.
One of the most obvious of these features is his concentration on the royal line of David, and therefore on the kingdom centred on Jerusalem

I. JEHOSHAPHAT THE FAULTED KING (19:1–3; 20:35–37): Jehoshaphat displeases the Lord by some of his actions.

A. The military alliance (19:1–3): Upon Jehoshaphat’s return from Ramoth-gilead, the prophet Jehu rebukes him for helping “those who hate the Lord” (i.e., King Ahab of Israel).
B. The merchant ships (20:35–37): Near the end of his life, Jehosh-aphat makes an alliance with wicked King Ahaziah of Israel. They build a fleet of merchant ships, but the ships are destroyed before they ever set sail.

II. JEHOSHAPHAT THE FRUITFUL KING (19:4–11; 20:31–34): Jehoshaphat pleases the Lord by most of his actions.

A. His appointments (19:4–11): Jehoshaphat appoints godly judges throughout the land, admonishing them to deal justly with all people.
B. His actions (20:31–34): Jehoshaphat does what is right in the Lord’s eyes.

III. JEHOSHAPHAT THE FRIGHTENED KING (20:1–12)

A. The source of his fear (20:1–2): Jehoshaphat learns that a vast enemy army is approaching from beyond the Dead Sea.

B. The solution to his fear (20:3–12)

1. The king proclaims a public fast (20:3) .
2. The king prays a public prayer (20:4–12).
a. The location of the prayer (20:4–5): Jehoshaphat assembles the people in front of the new courtyard at the Temple in Jerusalem.
b. The language of the prayer (20:6–12)
(1) The review (20:6–9): Jehoshaphat reviews how the Lord has faithfully protected his people in the past.
(2) The request (20:10–12): Jehoshaphat asks the Lord to protect his people again.
POINT - GOD REQUIRES TOTAL TRUST - In closing his prayer, Jehoshaphat begged the LORD for deliverance (v. 12). He asked the LORD to judge the invaders. Then he confessed his and his people’s weakness and ignorance. They had no power to face such an enormous army, and they did not know what to do to defend themselves. Jehoshaphat then expressed a total trust and reliance upon the LORD, stating that their eyes were looking to Him and Him alone for deliverance
Section Summary:
Jehoshaphat was alarmed, fearful
He Sought the Lord
He proclaimed a day of fasting

IV. JEHOSHAPHAT THE FAVORED KING (20:13–30): The Lord hears Jehoshaphat’s prayer and prepares his people for victory.

A. The prophecy (20:13–17): The Spirit of the Lord comes upon a Levite named Jahaziel, and he prophesies that the Lord will win a great victory for Judah.

B. The praise (20:18–19): Jehoshaphat leads the people in worship.

Hearing this wonderful promise from God’s Spirit, Jehoshaphat and the people fell to their knees and worshipped God (v. 18). Some Levites then stood up and praised the LORD in a loud voice.
Note how active their faith was: they were praising the LORD for the victory even before the battle had begun. They believed the promise of God

C. The power of the Lord (20:20–30)

1. The choir (20:20–22): Jehoshaphat appoints singers to lead the attack by singing praises to God!

After challenging the armed forces, Jehoshaphat appointed some singers to walk ahead of the army (v. 21). These singers leading the Judean army out to battle were to praise the LORD for His holy splendor. They were to give thanks to the LORD, in particular for His love that endures forever. At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, an incredible event took place (vv. 22–23). The LORD miraculously delivered His people. Stirring strife among the invaders, the LORD aroused some of them to ambush the others. The Ammonites and Moabites turned against the other coalition army of the Meunites, and then they turned against one another.
POINT - THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACTIVE FAITH AND PASSIVE FAITH = PRAISING BEFORE THE BATTLE OR PRAISING AFTER THE BATTLE.

2. The conquest (20:23–25): The enemy is defeated, providing much plunder for the people of Judah.

3. The conclusion (20:26–30): After three days of collecting plunder, the people assemble in the Valley of Blessing and give thanks to the Lord. Then they march into Jerusalem to singing and music.

CONCLUSION:

JEHOSHAPHAT TRUSTED GOD FOR JUST SAVING THEIR LIVES. BUT BECAUSE GOD LOVED HIM, NOT ONLY DID HE BLESS THEM WITH THEIR LIVES BUT HE BLESSED THEM WITH THE RICHES OF THE ENEMY!
WE DON’T TELL GOD / WE TRUST GOD
WE TRUST GOD
WE DON’T ORDER GOD / WE OBEY GOD
WE OBEY GOD
AND WHEN YOU LEARN TO TRUST GOD HE WILL BLESS YOU IN WAYS YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE
VALLEYS in our lives:
God is in the valley with us
Why was David so confident about walking through the valley of the shadow of death?
Because he knew he didn't have to fear no evil
He knew that God was with him
He knew that God's rod and staff would comfort him
NOW LETS MAKE IT ABOUT US
Psalm 23:5–6 NKJV
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
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