The word Beracah comes from Valley of Beracah (2 Chron. 20:26). 2 Chronicle 20 tells the story of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, who, when threatened by impending war, owned his fear for himself and his nation and turned his attention to seek the Lord. Moreover, he proclaimed a fast throughout his country. It was during this fast that he heard a word that said, "Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's...Station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf." Girded with this truth only, the nation of Judah went out with singing and rejoicing to meet the armies, and the Lord set ambushes and routed their enemies.
 
Without having to strike one blow, the nation of Judah was victorious. "And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments, and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much. Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore they have named that place 'The Valley of Beracah' until today.
 
Our Beracah groups, which are subsets of our total membership, meet once a week around a meal to report the great spoils collected as a result of trusting God's word and acting on it. These are called Victory Reports. Those of us who faithfully participate in Beracah have discovered that these groups are highly effective in bringing us to a place where we, "wouldn't take nothin' for our journey now." They are not sharing or support groups, but rather groups based on fellowship around the truth and the victory reports that inevitably ensue as a result of embracing the dictum to, "Put your trust in the Lord your God, and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed."
 

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