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Command 48 : Receive God's Power | Day 332

Win Battles With "No Power!"

It was an awesome array of military might: An army of 580,000 mighty men of valor, all well armed and skillful in warfare. However, the army that came against them had a million men and 300 chariots!

King Asa could have simply asked God to give him some additional power to equalize the two-to-one disadvantage his army had. Instead, he did two things that brought him the victory. First, he cried out to the Lord, acknowledging that all his military might was of no significance compared to the power of God.

King Asa said: “LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power ..." (II Chronicles 14:11).

The second thing Asa did was to acknowledge that the battle was not between himself and the enemy, rather it was between the enemy and God. “... Help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee” (II Chronicles 14:11).

The results were spectacular as God's power was unleashed: “So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa ... and Asa and the people that were with him pursued them ... and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil" (II Chronicles 14:12-13).

David recognized these same vital truths when he faced the giant Goliath. He said: “... Thou comest to me with a sword ... but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand ... for the battle is the LORD's ...” (I Samuel 17:45-47).

When we are on the Lord's side, it doesn't matter how big the foes are; God is always stronger and more powerful.

I have met many people who had disabling diseases that the medical community said were incurable. As we talk, I first make sure that they are born-again believers who have dedicated their bodies to God. If they have, then it is actually God's body, not theirs that is in need of restored health.

Then I ask them to determine the ways in which they will benefit God's kingdom if He should decide to heal them. Finally, we cry out together for the Lord's power to triumph in their weaknesses. (See Psalm 50:15.) Many times the Lord has demonstrated His power by miraculously healing the person. With some the results have been immediate, and with others healing has come over a period of time; however, all who have acknowledged their total weakness and have asked God for His mighty power, have experienced the work of God in their souls, giving them a new confidence in God's claim: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).

We all face "impossible foes" in our own lives and as we seek to minister to others. Some challenges are physical and some are spiritual. Too often we think that we must be the ones to overcome them. However, the path to victory is to acknowledge our total weakness before God and our need for His strength. Therefore, let's look to the Lord to give us the victory and rejoice in His mighty power!

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard