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It may be a war of words rather than weapons, but America is as divided as it’s been since the Civil War.

By Shane Idleman, The Stream, October 17, 2021

Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California and the creator of the WCF Radio Network. His program, Regaining Lost Ground, points us back to God and reminds us that although times change, truth does not. His books, blogs, and sermons can all be found at


The situation in 2 Chronicles 15:5 seems eerily similar to our situation today: “In those times there was no peace … but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.” Years later, Israel faced another insurmountable situation: “We have no power against a great multitude that is coming against us nor do we know what to do” (20:12).

Can anyone relate? Fortunately, God doesn’t leave us without a battle plan. Although we don’t always know what the outcome will be, He calls us to be courageous. Here are just a few examples from 2 Chronicles.

Prepare Your Heart

One key principle we learn from King Jehoshaphat is that he prepared his heart to seek God (2 Chron. 19:3). Build courage by strengthening yourself in the Lord … by spending time reading and obeying His Word, as well as praying, fasting, and worshiping. We play like we practice. Or said another way, we fight like we prepare. Courage is the outflow of inner disciplines — little discipline, little courage.  …

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