Sermon – “The Battle is Not Yours” – Garner Ted Armstrong Sermon, Sept. 23, 2000

2 Chronicles 20:14-18

“14Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; 15And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 17Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. 18And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.”

Just as God took on the battle as His own for Judah and Jehoshaphat so He can and will take on our battles, great and small, if we ask Him, if we have faith and if it is His will. God will not allow His plans to fail. Individuals may lose heart and fall away but God’s plan and purpose will stand – with us or without us.

Hebrews 13:5-6
“5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Christ promised His church and brethren that He would never leave them nor forsake them.

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