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After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!” (II Chronicles 20:21, New Living Translation) Trouble was on the way! The report came to King Jehoshaphat that a great multitude was gathering to come against Judah. His people were facing war, and the king was frightened (II Chronicles 20:1-2). I’m not familiar with the strategies of war, but logic says this is the time to call in the generals for…

“I do not trust in my bow; I do not count on my sword to save me. You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; you disgrace those who hate us.” Psalms 44:6-7 We have been given many tools to fight the battles we will have to face here on earth. We have the Word of God. It is a firm foundation for us, and is absolute truth. We can hurl promises like a spear at the enemy when he tries to trick us with his lies. We have praise and worship. Making the decision to worship…

We don’t like to think about the hard times and situations the Lord allows in our lives. Even more, we don’t like to experience them when they happen. Maybe we think that He has abandoned us in those times. Maybe we doubt that He cares. But sometimes the Lord allows difficulties in our lives to crush us, humble us and rework us, molding us into something new. Just like grapes are crushed for wine — the crushing isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s necessary. In the book of Micah, the prophet speaks to the nation of Israel, telling them they…