Rely on the Lord


1) 2 Chronicles 13:1-17 [incidence]

a) Abijah was the king of Judah .

b) He put his trust on the Lord.

c) Jeroboam was the king of Israel .

d) Jeroboam neglected the Lord and made a golden calf and made the Israelites to worship the idol.

e) Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

f) Abijah had only 40,000 mighty soldiers.

g) But Jeroboam had 80,000 mighty soldiers.

h) During the war, all of a sudden, the troops of Jeroboam were found in front and back of the troops of Abijah and they began to attack them from both the sides.

i) The troops of Abijah cried to the lord. And the priests blew the trumpets.

j) Lord defeated Jeroboam and his army and gave them into the hands of Abijah and Judah.

f) Five hundred thousand of picked men of Israel fell slain.

g) 2 Chronicles 13:18 [says]

“Thus the Israelites were subdued at that time, and the people of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the LORD, the God of their ancestors.”

2) Psalm 68:20 [says]

“Our God is a God of salvation.”

a) Psalm 59:10 [says]

“My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies .”

NB: who is my real enemy? Satan. He is the root cause of all sorts of diseases and pain etc.

3) Matthew 4:24 [says]

“So his fame spread throughout all Syria , and they brought to him all the sick , those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs , epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them.”

NB: Jesus destroyed the power and authority of Satan and gave them relief.

a) Mark 6:56 [says]

“And wherever he went into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak ; and all who touched it were healed. ”

4) Acts 4:12 [says]

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

5) NB: Not only Jesus, but the disciples also cast out the demons and cure the diseases as he gave them the power .

a) Let us read Luke 9:1 & 6

“Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases.”

“They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.”

6) Psalm 106:1 [says]

“Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures foreve r.”

7) NB: That is why St Paul says like this in…….

1 Corinthians 16:22

“Let anyone be accursed who has no love for the Lord.”

8) NB: Lord punishes those who neglect the Lord .

In 2 Chronicles 33:1-13 [incidence]

a) Manasseh was the king of Judah .

b) He did what was evil in the sight of the lord.

c) He built altars for all the host of heaven (false gods) in the two courts of the house of the Lord.

d) 2 Chronicles 33:6 [says]

“He made his son pass through fire in the valley of the son of Hin'nom, practiced soothsaying and augury and sorcery , and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger .”

e) 2 Chronicles 33:11 [says]

“Therefore the Lord brought against them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh captive in manacles (hooks) , bound him with fetters, and brought him to Babylon .”

[ NB1: However he came to know that the Lord is God and repented for his wrong doings. The Lord heard his plea and brought him back to Jerusalem . ]

NB 2: Let us not go behind soothsaying , augury and sorcery . It is disgust to the Lord. It is disobedient to the Lord.

9) In Proverbs 1:24 [Lord says]

“Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,”

NB: Let us rely only on the Lord.

10) Psalm 130:7-8 [say]

“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love , and with him is great power to redeem . It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.”

11) Psalm 127:5 [says]

“Happy is the man who has his quiver (basket that bears arrows on ones back) full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate (court) .”