God Is Here To Make You Rejoice Over Your Enemies

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies” 2 Chronicles 20:27 Has the thought of your Lord made you to rejoice in Christ yet today? What, or Who, makes the difference in our lives between defeat and victory? Our Lord Jesus Christ, that’s Who. What makes the difference within us between despair and joy? The presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Christ in you” the apostle Paul wrote, is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Because Jesus Christ is in us, therefore victory is in us, for Christ has won the victory- over sin, death, and

The Lord Had Made Them To Rejoice Over Their Enemies

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies” 2 Chronicles 20:27 We have seen how God directed Jehoshaphat, concerning the great army that had come against him, saying, “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf” (2 Chron. 20:17). Scripture goes on to say that, “when they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” (2 Chron 20:22). So, when the people of Judah and Jerusalem returned in victory to Jerusalem, I lov

Our Specific Appointment In Praise

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” 2 Chronicles 20:21 Look at how greatly our God perpetually blesses us! He has appointed us (whosoever will may come!) to sing to our Lord and to praise Him, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” So, let us enter, as God’s “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), into His presence and say, “We give thanks to You Lord, for Your lovingkindness is everlasting.” Amen! Now what do you suppose would happen to a congregation that would willin

Not Disappointed, But Appointed To Praise

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” 2 Chronicles 20:21 My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, instead of becoming disappointed with life, I urge you to become appointed to praise and singing. Your spiritual appointment is a gift from God, to keep you strong in Him, and is here to neutralize and eradicate any and all disappointment that would otherwise take you down. Let the word in your heart be, “Praise God, I am appointed to sing and praise, as a priest in my God’s presence.” Yes, believe

Our Divinely Powerful Weapon Of Praise

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: "‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed" 2 Chronicles 20:17&22 Let me relate this wonderful portion of Scripture, which we have been looking at for the past three days, to something the apostle Paul wrote about. As I share these words with you from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, think about how God uses our praise to route the enemy. Paul wrote, "Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh

Praise Sets The Ambush

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” 2 Chronicles 20:17&22 What a blessing it is for you and I to know that when we minister to our Lord, as His kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:5-6), that not only do we honor and glorify our God, and experience the joy of His presence, but we also allow God to ambush the enemy for us! When you praise in His presence, this sets up a release of God’s power “on your behalf.” There’s a relationship between our being with our Lord first an

Four Simple Steps To Victory

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” 2 Chronicles 20:17&22 Praise God! Here are four simple building blocks, or steps, leading to victory for you and I, as priests unto our God, when it comes to facing the tribulations of this world. #1 - “You need not fight in this battle.” #2 - “Station yourselves.” #3 - “Stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.” #4 - Begin “singing and praising.” Oh let us all attend to these blessed words. May we all always go to our

“Station Yourselves” - Praising Instead Of Fighting

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” 2 Chronicles 20:17&22 Jehoshaphat became king after his father, Asa, had died. The land of Judah was invaded by “a great multitude” (2 Chron. 20:2) and Scripture says, “Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord” (2 Chron. 20:3). Jehoshaphat said to the Lord, “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chron. 20:12). It was then

He “Let” Me Find Him

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 I praise my God that He not only called me to “seek Him” but that He also “let” me find Him! Oh Hallelujah, our Lord is so good, so gracious, so filled with loving kindness. Yes, He “let me” find Him so I that would be “with Him” so He could show me that He is both “with” me and in me. “The Lord is with you.” O let us always be “with Him,” with our loving Lord and indwelling Savior. Let us be “with Him” in our inner room, as we are “ministering to

If You Seek Him, He Will Let You Find Him

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 God’s door is always open for all of His children to seek Him and to find Him and, in so doing, to be “with Him,” and realize He is always with us. God wants you to seek Him and He guarantees “He will let you find Him.” This is God’s expressed desire for all of us, to “seek Him,” in the inner court within us, where we will surely “find Him.” As ministers to the Lord, part of God’s “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), which all of us born again Christi

The Lord Is With Us When We Are With Him

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.’” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 Hallelujah! As ministers to the Lord in this day, having received and entered into our part in God’s “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), we know for sure the actual truth that “the Lord is with us when we are with him.” When we enter our inner room, the inner court within us, the temple of the Holy Spirit within, we are entering specifically to be with our Lord and, therefore, we are blessed with the specific presence of God. Religious people I hav

A Teaching Priest

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.’” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 Azariah, the prophet, spoke these words to king Asa, admonishing the people of Israel to be true to the Lord. Azariah was encouraging people to be faithful to “the true God,” to actively listen to “a teaching priest,” and to obey the “law.” Why a teaching priest? Why not mention only to be true to God and to the law? You see, without a teaching priest, people will easily lapse into conceptualizing faithfulness and obedience as a matter of fact, o

Embracing Your Priesthood

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the sons of Aaron are ministering to the Lord as priests” 2 Chronicles 13:10 These were the words that king Abijah spoke to rebellious Jeroboam when he came to make war. Jeroboam had forsaken the Lord, cancelled the priesthood, and had appointed his own priests and prophets who were completely corrupt. Abijah’s declaration was that he had not forsaken the Lord, and this was proven when he stated “the sons of Aaron are ministering to the Lord as priests.” This, to Abijah, was THE sign of faithful obedience and devotion to God, “ministering to the Lord as priests.” This was the pre-

And Ministering Before The Priests

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests” 2 Chronicles 8:14 When you and I participate in our “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2) in His presence, we are to (of course) praise our Lord, and we are so blessed in every way to do so. This portion of Scripture, regarding Solomon’s appointment of the priests, offers us yet another insight concerning our “ministering as a priest” (Romans 15:16). Yes, let us occupy our priesthood to God pro-actively because, in truth, the en

Praising In His Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests” 2 Chronicles 8:14 After Solomon had dedicated the temple he had built to the Lord, he followed in his father’s footsteps concerning the appointment of priests in the temple. Specifically mentioned were “the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests.” Praise was to come before everything and was to be over everything inside the temple. Nothing was to done in the temple apart from praise. Nothing was to be done from the mere standpoint

We Are His House - He Is Our Home

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually” 2 Chronicles 7:16 Just as God spoke these words to Solomon, let God speak these words to you; “I have chosen and consecrated this house.” In Jesus Christ we have become God’s house, a place for our Lord to dwell, especially “chosen and consecrated” by our God, through His grace, for our Lord’s presence. “For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them’” (2 Corinthians 6:16). Bless the name of our Lord God that He has come to dwell in us! Meet with God today and minister to Him joyfully in Hi

My Name, My Eyes, And My Heart Are With You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually” 2 Chronicles 7:16 These are the words God spoke to Solomon after he had dedicated the temple he had built to the Lord. These are the words that have become true for us Christians as well, through the loving grace New Covenant blood of our sacrificial, atoning, and resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ. “The kindness of God” has led us “to repentance” (Romans 2:4), as the apostle Paul declared, through Jesus Christ, and now “we are the temple of the Living God” (2 Corinthians 6:16). So, just as in Solomon’s temple, the name of th

Dedicate Your Temple To The Lord

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now therefore arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might; let your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation and let Your Godly ones rejoice in what is good” 2 Chronicles 6:41 As Solomon closed his prayer of dedication over the temple he had built to God, as a place for the Lord to dwell and be worshiped, Solomon exhorted the priests to be “clothed with salvation” and to “rejoice in what is good.” It is good when you and I, as New Covenant priests unto our God, enter our inner room to be with our Lord, so we may be “clothed with salvation” in His presence and “rejoice in what is good” before Him. For the Lord God is

Will God Indeed Dwell With Mankind On The Earth?

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built” 2 Chronicles 6:18 King Solomon, David’s son, built a temple for the Lord God. In His prayer of humble dedication, of this temple to God, Solomon admitted that certainly no house could contain the Lord, for not even the heavens can contain our God. Yet Solomon’s desire, clearly, was that God would “indeed dwell with mankind on the earth.” Hallelujah! Because of Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior, you and I have the reality of this prayer of Solomon’s - living right within us! Jesus Christ, our I

Filling Your House With The Cloud Of God’s Goodness

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “In unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they praised the Lord saying, ‘He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,’ then the house, the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud” 2 Chronicles 5:13 We are so blessed to know our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Our Good Shepherd is good all of the time. So let us, “with one voice,” throughout our day, be “in unison” with our good God, by confessing His goodness and His everlasting lovingkindness, and let us live in the cloud of His good and loving presence. Amen. You and I can easily decide to be on

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