2 Chronicles 14
INTRODUCTION: King Asa shows us how to have victory in our lives, just as he had victory over his enemies in this chapter. He began his reign right, serving the Lord. But he was faced with the greatest crisis in his reign. A one million man Ethiopian invaded his land. How could he have victory against such a host?
While we may never have a million men bearing
down on us it may feel like it! How can we win victory in life over all
its problems? We can learn from King Asa.
I. KING ASAíS RIGHTEOUSNESS - Vs. 1-2
A. He understood at an early age that the pathway to victory in life is paved by righteous living.II. THE REMOVAL (Vss. 3-5)1. 2 Chronicles 14:1-2 "So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years. 2- Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God,"B. We must live righteous lives if we are to expect Godís assistance in overcoming spiritual enemies.
A. Asa removed all idols and false gods in the land.III. HIS REMINDER (Vs. 4)1. 2 Chronicles 14:3-5 "for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images. 4- He commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment. 5- He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom was quiet under him.B. If we are to be victorious in the Lord we must tear down all the idols and stumbling blocks that come between us and victorious Christian living.
A. He reminded those under his leadership to seek the Lord.IV. READINESS (Vss. 6-8)1. Verse 4- "He commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment."B. We need constant reminders from one another of our mission and the need to remain faithful.1. 1 Peter 1:10-12 "Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11- searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12- "To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven; things which angels desire to look into."
A. He prepared himself for battleV. HIS RELIANCE (Vss 9-11)1. 2 Chronicles 14:6-8 "And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the LORD had given him rest. 7- Therefore he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side." So they built and prospered. 8- And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah who carried shields and spears, and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor."B. just as we should prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare1. Ephesians 6:10-18
A. When the enemy came, he relied on GodVI. THE RESULTS (Vss 12-15)1. 2 Chronicles 14:9-11 "Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah. 10- So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11- And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!""B. Old Testament saints understood that they were powerless without Jehovah.1. Moses -"How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them?" (Deuteronomy 32:30).C. Godís people today must rely upon God to give them a spiritual victory.
A. God gave the victoryCONCLUSION: If we trust the Lord we can truly say, just like the prophet of old, "So he answered, ĎDo not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.í" (2 Kings 6:16).1. 2 Chronicles 14:12-15 "So the LORD struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 13- And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar. So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover, for they were broken before the LORD and His army. And they carried away very much spoil. 14- Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the LORD came upon them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them. 15- They also attacked the livestock enclosures, and carried off sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem."B. God promises a victory for all those who remain loyal to Him.1. 2 Timothy 2:12 - If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
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