Jehoshaphat (part three of three)

In this final part of the story of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20), we read an absolutely amazing story of faith. Jehoshaphat receives word that a vast army was going to attack them and he declares a fast. This was the same army which the Israelites were warned not to attack previously. Jehoshaphat prays and God answers through a prophet. Verse 15 (NIV) records, “He said, Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

What a promise!! Verses 22 and 23 record an incredible story, As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.”

Friends, we must learn to trust God even when our surrounding situation tells us otherwise.

Remember that this book “Becoming Ever Mindful” is available in softcover and ebook through westbowpress.com and Amazon.ca

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Jehoshaphat (part two of three)

In keeping with the story of Jehoshaphat (from 2 Chronicles 17-20), we read in chapter 18 that he watches a prophet named Micaiah give a harsh word from God to King Ahab. Jehoshaphat then goes along with a plan that Ahab conjured up to try to attack Ramoth Gilead.

I don’t know if he was lured into this or if he did it to win favor with Ahab or if he knew God’s plan from the beginning, but the last part of verse 31 (NIV) records, “So they turned to attack him, but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him. God drew them away from him.” Ahab does eventually die as was prophesied but Jehoshaphat was protected because he called out to God.

Have you found yourself in a mess today? Whether you made a bad decision or it’s just a bad circumstance, God sees you! He knows what you’re going through. I believe that you can cry out to God, just like Jehoshaphat did, and God will draw away whatever has entangled you. It may not happen the way you want or at the time you want but you have to trust Him to do it. That is the epitome of Becoming Ever Mindful.

Part three will come shortly.

Remember that this book Becoming Ever Mindful is available at westbowpress.com and amazon.ca

Jehoshaphat (part one of three)

Second Chronicles 17-20 records the story of Jehoshaphat. There are a few amazing examples of how God blesses those who remain faithful to Him. We see a man whose first act as the king was to destroy the false gods (Asherah poles and Baals) as to declare that his nation would be one that follows God’s laws. By the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat had Levites and priests go through the towns of Judah teaching the laws of the Bible.

Becoming Ever Mindful begins with establishing what it is you believe and why you’ve established those beliefs.

I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to stop and think about this. As soon as you get a chance, take a few deep breaths to quiet your distractions and think about what God has in store for you today. I strongly urge you to ask what He wants to do THROUGH you before asking what He can do FOR you. 

Part two will come shortly.

Remember that this book Becoming Ever Mindful is available through westbowpress.com and Amazon.ca