Trusting God in the Battle: The Key to Victory

1 Chronicles 5:20b
…they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.

It’s time for a battle cry! The text says that God was entreated of them! This literally means that He was “Prevailed on by urgent solicitation; consenting to grant what is desired (the word entreated as defined by Webster’s 1828 dictionary).” In other words, their urgent, earnest prayer of faith obligated God to do something! You may say, “God will be obligated to no man!” However, remember that in this particular text, God was not obligated to mere man, but to His own Divine nature and word! Jesus said in Matt 21:22, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” James 5:16b also says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” God has defined for us in His word the parameters in which He agrees to work; FAITH! When we trust Him, He must move on our behalf, not because He is made a puppet, but because He has made a promise! God will not do anything we ask Him to, but He will do anything we ask Him to do when we ask in pure faith! If it cannot be asked in faith, then it should not be asked at all. That’s why God doesn’t answer ridiculous prayers which contradict faith and His word! Pure faith always goes back to the cross of Calvary. At the cross is where sin is taken care of. At the cross is where we begin our journey of faith in Christ. At the cross is where we submit our will to His. Therefore, in the Christ of the cross we live, and move, and have our being (see Acts 17:28)! When therefore we set our affection on Christ and His will for us, we do not pray earnestly in genuine faith for things that do not exalt Him in our lives. Understand this; pure faith is so simple that even a child can teach us a few lessons! When I teach my children new things, with full faith they acknowledge and accept what I teach them; they trust me fully! It is not until children begin to think of themselves as adults and listen to other influences of this world that they begin to question our teachings. So it is with God’s children. That’s why Jesus said in Luke 18:17, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” So, go ahead and offer a battle cry to the Lord today, trust Him at His word, and then watch what He does!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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