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When we pursue the will of God, we can expect to be opposed by the will of the flesh. We can also expect the will of God to win in all things.
2 Chronicles 20:23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
When we face the opposition of human wisdom we must do as Judah did in the days of Jehoshaphat.We must humble ourselves before God. We must seek His will to be done and the influence of His kingdom to come. We must stand to praise God and not bow to the power or pressure of earthly, sensual, or demonic inspirations. As did Judah, we must trust that who we are in Christ is enough and we must thrust our hands towards heaven to trust God above all things. Our weapons of warfare are not fleshly, but mighty in Christ and God’s mercy will prove to endure!
James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Wisdom is the means by which we move from today into the footsteps that move forward in the path of destiny. That path leads to the destiny of God’s will and not the will of self. It leads to the destination of God’s purpose and not the success of some human agenda. When we get our identity out of what we do rather than who we are in Christ, we can become envious of what we see others doing. This opens the door of our hearts to earthly wisdom. When we do this, we become confused and we do evil things. It is not that one intends to do evil things, it is the fruit of deception. Human agendas and the will of self will cause our focus to be self-defending, self-fulfilling, and selfish in our thinking. This is earthly wisdom and not the wisdom of God. Earthly wisdom in not pure, not peaceable, not gentle, not willing to yield, it is not merciful, does not produce good fruit, shows partiality, and it is full of hypocrisy. It is not concerned with right relationships or with making peace. It is concerned with fulfilling personal agendas and is destructive in its character, nature, way and power.
When we stand in the wisdom of God, the wisdom of God will prove to lead us into the path of true destiny. What the enemy intends for evil in our lives will prove to work for good. In the battle of Jehoshaphat, the victory included new treasures that came to them because of God’s wisdom. What the enemy thought they possessed became the possessions of God’s people.
2 Chronicles 20:25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.
When we trust God and allow Him to fight our battles, we will plunder the spoil of the enemy. Valuable things will be added to our lives by the mercy of God. The enemy will be lifeless and precious things will be added to our lives.
2 Chronicles 20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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