THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 13:1-18
In 2 Chronicles 13, we find Abijah, King of Jerusalem, is at war with King Jeroboam. And Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and brought this exhortation. Verse 5 says, “Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?” verses 8-11 state, “And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hand of the sons of David; and you are a great multitude, and with you are the gold calves which Jeroboam made for you as gods. Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of other lands, so that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may be a priest of things that are not gods? But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the priests who minister to the Lord are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites attend to their duties. And they burn to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense; they also set the showbread in order on the pure gold table, and the lampstand of gold with its lamps to burn every evening; for we keep the command of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken Him.” Finally in verse 12 he says, “Now look, God Himself is with us as our head, and His priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O children of Israel, do not fight against the Lord God of your fathers, for you shall not prosper!” Abijah warned Jeroboam, “You have rejected God and refused His council. Therefore if you go to war, God will war against you.” And that is precisely what happened. Verses 17-18 record that Jeroboam lost 500,000 choice men of Israel. They died, but they did not have to. Abijah warned them and God honored his warning. Jesus commanded us to warn people who reject the Gospel. Jesus commanded us to warn people who rebel against God and reject Him. This may well be the toughest time the church has ever faced. And yet, it may well bring the greatest anointing we have ever seen. Are we willing to pay the price to say what God wants said? There is not much time to prepare and there is not much time to act. The time is nearly here. It is time to pray that God will put our enemies under our feet and give us our harvest field.