October 11, 2016

Preparing My Heart for a Miracle

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’”
2 Chronicles 20:17 (NIV)

The people and the king of Judah illustrate how we can position ourselves for a miracle. More than simply showing up for the battle physically, they put their hearts in position to receive the miracle that day. From their example and experience, we can learn three heart steps that will take us directly to the X that marks the spot for a miracle. Humility, honor and faith are the major components that make up our part in receiving God’s miracles in our lives.

The first step to prepare my heart for a miracle is a step onto the path of humility. That’s because our pride blocks God’s power in our lives. We can’t be full of Christ when we’re full of ourselves. Many times, God has had to knock the pride out of my life so He could bring me to the place where I admitted I needed a miracle. The place of humility could more appropriately be called the place of desperation, the place where there was nowhere else to look but up, the place where we’re at the end of our rope. God takes hold when we finally let go. This is the place where the king of Judah found himself. In fact, he and all the people of Judah humbled themselves before God in prayer as they cried out to God,

“… We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV2011)

After you’re emptied of pride and have stepped onto the path of humility, realizing how desperately you need a miracle, the next step is to give honor to God. Honor is a key in unlocking the miracles of God in our lives. To honor God means that I first recognize who He is and give Him His rightful place in my life – the place of priority. Once again, the king of Judah illustrates this so well.

“He prayed, ‘O LORD, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham? Your people settled here and built this Temple to honor your name.’ They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’” 2 Chronicles 20:6-9 (NLT)

The king positioned himself to receive an underserved miracle by declaring who God rightfully was. His declaration of honor, giving God His rightful and weighty title, showed that this king understood who the Source of miracles really was. It wasn’t in his ability or power but in God alone!

Humility and honor led the king to the place where he took the final step that put his heart in line for the miracle. The step of faith. The passage goes on to say,

“Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, ‘Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.’ 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!’ At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.” 2 Chronicles 20:20-24 (NLT)

When the king was told what God would do, he did his part and took the step of faith, believing that God would do His part. He led the army of Judah to the battlefield despite the odds against him, trusting in God’s promise to deliver him. That’s when he witnessed the miracle!

In what ways can you position yourself through humility, honor and faith for the miracle you need most?