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Trusting

Hello, God has given me something in 1 Chronicles 5:20 which says,

“They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.”

God on their side: They won the battle. But they could not boast or say that they won because of all the valiant soldiers that fought. They could only boast in one thing (person, being), God. He was on their side, He fought the battle for them, it was God’s battle. God saved them from their enemies. God delivered them. He won the battle for them.

Gospel: Jesus also won the battle for us. He took on our enemy, sin, and He died on the cross for us, He put to death our sinful nature. He humbled Himself down to not only being a mere human being, not only to have people false witness about Him, not only to being beaten beyond recognition, not only to making us the righteousness of God, not only to dying for us, not only to taking our place, not only to sending the Holy-Spirit for us, but so much more. He gave His own life for us. God loved and loves us so much that He gave His only son for us (John 3:16-17).

Us: Jesus saved us from our sin, so we are free from our chains, but others are still bound by the chains of sin. We can share the good news of how Jesus died for all of us with them, and if God opens their eyes and hearts then they will accept it. God uses people as instruments of grace to share the gospel.

Closing prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for us, Thank You Jesus for giving Your life. I pray that I would love You more, and be kinder to those around me. I pray for the underground church, that they would remain strong in You, and worship You no matter where they are. I pray that they would rejoice when they suffer like the disciples. (Acts 5:42) I pray that we would rejoice even when we suffer too.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Verses and passages:

Loved, John 3:16-17,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Leaving rejoicing, Acts 5:41,

“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”

Beginning verse, 1 Chronicles 5:20,

“They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.”

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