Faith Thoughts

Victorious Words

II Chronicles 32:1-8

All too often, a believer becomes the product of his negative confessions. When confronted with the opposition of a trial, he begins to operate in sight evaluation instead of responding by faith initiation. Thus, his vocabulary is characterized by words of disappointment and defeat. His confessions begin to magnify the impossible, as he becomes near-sighted to the faithful promises of God. Soon, this expression of negativity results in a lack of godly ambition and divine motivation.

When one's expectations are from God (2), he often expresses words of victory despite an array of opposition. This is exemplified in II Chronicles 32:1-8 where the Assyrian army is ready to unfold an attack against King Hezekiah, who boldly spoke forth "comfortable words" unto the people. These words, in the Hebrew meaning, were words that "strengthened, refreshed and revived." They were words of victory that encouraged the people to stand fast and prepare for battle. This divine confession kindled a fire of faith, for the people "rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah" (2 Chronicles 32:8). That day, the Lord destroyed Assyria, and saved Hezekiah along with inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Today, our positive words of faith, in many cases, afford God the opportunity to conquer overwhelming opposition in our lives. Therefore, we will find that the measure we confess victorious words from heaven will be the measure we possess victories on earth.

After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him. So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water? Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance. And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying, Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. - 2 Chronicles 32:1-8

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. - Psalm 62:5

December 18, 2018

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