New Hope Community Church
How blessed we are to have Tony Lomenzo sharing God’s Word with us! Tony is serving as a pastoral intern at New Hope, preparing to be a pastor/church planter and is helping us explore the possibility of starting a new church in Stony Creek. Ask the Lord to prepare your heart as God’s servant shares His Word with us from 2 Chronicles 20."How to Find Victory in Times of Trouble" 2 Chronicles 20Tony LomenzoWe are not alone in our battlesThe Lord is waiting for us to come to Him for victoryI. It starts with knowing our limitations. 1. We need to recognize that there is a problem. 2. How do we respond to warnings of potential problems in our lives.II. Seek God when trouble hits. 1. Jehoshaphat seeks the Lord first. 2. They fasted and prayed in an effort to put away all other distractions. 3. It was a purposeful time of hearing from God. 4. They begin to gain confidence through prayer. Jehoshaphat's prayer- a. vs. 6 remembering how powerful God is. b. vs. 7 he reflects on how God has worked in the past c. vs. 9 trusting in God in whatever circumstance we are in d. vs. 12 watch God work e. vs. 13 whole families praying togetherIII. We must trust in the Lord for the outcome! 1. God's first response is "do not fear" 2. God shares that the battle is His 3. God may call you to fight. 4. Salvation is God's battleIV. We can have confidence that is found in the Lord. 1. We see what was once a scared king and group of people praising the Lord before the battle begins 2. They gave thanks to God for what He was going to do 3. They thanked God with singing 4. Can you thank God ahead of time?Conclusion: You may not be as far away from true confidence as you think.