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City Church of Chattanooga
Sermon Series: Do You Need A Miracle?
Message Two: YOU NEED A MIRACLE WHEN THE
ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU?
Pastor Mike Chapman
How do you face incredible odds? How do you react
when the odds are against you? If you feel like life is
ganging up on you, today’s message is for you.
It is from 2 Chronicles 20, and it begins like this…After
this, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and some of the
Meunites came to make war with Jehoshaphat. Some men
came and told Jehoshaphat, ‘A vast army is coming against
you. Alarmed… (vv. 1-3)
1. TUNE INTO GOD.
Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord ,
and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of
Judah came together to seek help from the Lord. (V. 3-4)
Stop and look up.
Fasting is a disciple of spiritual focus.
Then King Jehoshaphat went and stood before them and
prayed aloud. (v. 5)
Remind yourself of who God is.
Are you not the King of Heaven? You rule over the
kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your
hand, and no one can withstand you. (v. 6)
Remind yourself of what God has done in the past.
Did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before
the people of Israel and give it forever to the
descendants of Abraham, your friend. (v. 7)
Ask God to do it again.
Will you not judge these armies? (v. 12)
3. ADMIT YOUR NEED.
We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking
us. (v. 12)
4. FOCUS ON GOD, NOT YOUR PROBLEM.
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you! (v.
God spoke through one of the priests (Jahaziel)
Listen. This is what the Lord says, ‘Do not be afraid or
discouraged by this vast army. The battle is not yours,
but it is God’s I(v. 15)
You don’t hold up God. He holds up you.
Some of you may be ready to give up. GREAT! That is
what God has been waiting for.
5.RELAX IN FAITH.
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your
positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will
give you. (v. 17)
God has never lost a battle!
“Stand firm” is a mental attitude of quiet confidence.
We stand firm on two things: (1) Who God is.
(2) What he has said.
Listen to me…Have faith in the Lord your god and you will
be upheld. Have faith in his prophets, and you will be
successful. (v. 20)
6.PRAISE GOD IN ADVANCE,
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to
praise Him…as they went out at the head of the army. (v.
A unique battle plan was put into place. The choir led the
army singing “Give thanks to the Lord for his Love
Praise is verbalized faith.
The results: The miracle came (v. 22)…The valley of
defeat becomes the valley of blessing (vv. 25-28)…The
world took notice and the fear of the Lord comes on them
Series: Do You Need a Miracle? - City Church of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
Denomination: Church of God
Author(s): Dr. Mike Chapman
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