Zechariah

Zechariah 12

v7 – During the reign of King Solomon, Israel was split in two:
               – Judah – is the southern kingdom
              – Israel – is the northern kingdom
The Southern Kingdom of Judah is attacked first by the enemies of Israel…
The Lord will save – the Lord will save both the northern and southern kingdoms
The Lord fights their battles…..
– Let the Lord fight your battles…
v8-9 – all of our battles can be won
The Lord can fight our battles in 2 ways:
(1) The Lord Himself personally and directly will fight our battles – all of them
v8 – He will defend Jerusalem
v9 – I will destroy all of the nations against Israel
(2) The people of Israel will fight  in the power of the Lord
v8 – feeble – those who are weak will become strong like King David
v8 – Be as God – the nation of Israel will become invincible and fighting against Israel will be like fighting against God
***HOW DO WE ALLOW THE LORD TO FIGHT OUR BATTLES?
(1.)  DECLARE THE LORD IS ON THE THRONE – Isaiah 6:1-3
– This is knowing the Lord is in control
– The Lord alone can handle your battle
– Stay focused on the Lord in the midst of the battle
(2.) THROUGH PRAISE AND WORSHIP – 2 Chronicles 20:1-4, 14-24
3 things about Praise and Worship:
1. PRASIE IS AN ACT OF YOUR WILL
– Praise is not based on our emotions
– You praise Him because He deserves it and it is a choice you are making
Psalm 34:1…Psalm 28:7…Psalm 54:6…Psalm 13:6…Psalm 7:17 & Ex 15:1-2
2. PRAISE DOES NOT CHANGE GOD –  HEBREWS 13:8
– Our praise does not change God – He is always the same…
– He is stable, steady, you can count on Him…dependable
– Our praise changes us
3. PRAISE BASED ON FAITH THANKS GOD FOR WHAT HE WILL DO BEFORE HE DOES IT – Romans 4:17
– We do not have to see to believe
(3.) DEVELOP A SPIRIT OF RELEASE – 1 Peter 5:7
– Release your issues to Jesus
– Trust the Lord – He is handling things…
– Keep moving forward – Exodus 14:13-15
*How do we release things to the Lord?
     a. prayer – this is throwing your requests on the shoulders of Jesus
     b. declare – Jesus is handling this battle
     c. stand – Eph 6:13-14 – u do not have to keep praying…just stand on what you have prayed and believe
(4.) Hang out with some awesome believers – LUKE 22:55-60
– Peter sat down with the wrong people – wrong influences in his life
(5.) REARRANGE YOUR THINKING – Phil 4:8
– Think on the lord and how He is moving and handling things in you life
– Think how great the Lord is
– Pull down wrong thoughts – 2 Cor 10:4-5
– Resist and replace