All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42
Battles are fought all the time by people everywhere in the world. Some battles are small with just person to person, while others are larger. The levels of the battles can go from individual battles to whole nations or even continents. These battles can also be just words of fighting to thousands of people getting killed.
In each of these battles there is always someone or a group who is leading the fighting. They are giving the directions and guidance as to how to fight and win the battle.
Joshua had been leading the people into the various battles to take over the land of Canaan as God had promised to the Israelites. God had given the direction to go in and destroy every city and everyone in those cities.
As the Israelites were fighting, they were also winning all of the battles. At one point five different kings came up together against the Israelites. In a single campaign, Joshua was able to defeat each of those kings. However, he did not take the credit for winning the battles. He knew that they had won the battles because God had fought for them.
Without God on their side, they would not have won the battles.
Every day believers are also in various battles. They are battling against sin in their own lives, they are battling for the souls of family members, friends, neighbors, and enemies. While the battles may seem personal and the believer is the leader of the battle, it is not the person who wins the battle, it is God.
God is the one who goes with the believer into battle. It is God who gives the strength to win and overcome the enemy.
In your life you will go through some battles. Some will be physical, while the majority will be spiritual. Allow God to guide you in these battles. Allow God to be the one to win the battle with and for you.
Then understand as a battle is won, it was not you had won the battle on your own, but it was God who won the battle. It is God who gives you strength and ability to overcome the enemy.
God is on your side, in that He wants only the best for you–to be like Jesus. This is why He will fight for you. Trust God to win the battles in your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s strength in your life; that you will give God credit for winning battles; that you will allow God to guide you in the battles in your life; and that you will see God’s victory in your life.
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” Matthew 21:5
Jesus was getting near the end of His ministry. He had been telling the disciples that He would be killed. Now He comes riding into the city, sitting on donkey’s foal. This was to fulfill a prophecy made by Zechariah.
Kings, leaders, presidents and others in high authority are known for arriving with a lot of pomp and circumstance. There is always a lot of fanfare going on to bring in someone of high leadership.
When the President of the United States arrives at a building where he is going to speak, he arrives with a great fanfare and group of people. There are multiple vehicles in front and behind him. When he walks out into a room, there is always some music playing, people rise up for him, and He is announced.
The same goes for famous celebrities. There is a lot of pictures being taken. They arrive in a large limousine. There is flashing of jewelry and expensive clothing. It is a show of pride and luxury, with no sign of humility.
In many countries, when their leader arrives, there is also a great show of their military power. Soldiers, weapons, and military equipment go before the leader to show who is in control and has the power.
Jesus did not do any of this. He came in riding on a baby donkey. In the biblical times, a king would arrive on a horse showing great power. Jesus did not show any of that, even though He had more power than all the kings on the earth combined. He created the earth and all who are in it.
The purpose of His riding in that way, was to show love and compassion. He is a king who can understand where people are, so He comes in humility. Most people do not have the grand horse to ride on, but just have the donkey.
Even today, Jesus comes to you in love and compassion. He does have the power, but will not show a force of threat to get you to follow Him. Jesus wants you to want to follow Him. He understands where you are and is there for you. He is not untouchable.
Do not fear your king. He is gentle.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your king; that you will know Jesus is gentle and loving; that you will seek to find Jesus in your life; and that you will show His love and humility in your life.
In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below. Isaiah 24:21
In the previous chapters of Isaiah, he prophecies about the destruction or punishment of various nations around and including Israel. Some of the nations were to be totally destroyed, while others were left in existence, but under great destruction.
Now he prophecies of a time, that has yet to come, in which God will destroy the entire earth and all who do not follow Him will be punished. On this day, God will not only punish those on the earth, but also those in the heavens above–the demonic spiritual realm.
The humans listed for the punishment are the kings. These are the leaders of each of the nations. Some may think, “good, I’m not included in that punishment. It is only the leaders, and I am not a leader.”
Think about it. How can a leader be punished? By hurting his nation or his people. When the economy is hurting, the leader is hurting. When the people are being taken into captivity, the leader is hurting because he has no one to lead. When great disasters are occurring in his nation, he is hurting because it is costing his nation.
In the process of punishing a king, the people can feel the effect.
Along with that, every person is a leader to some amount or more. If you are married with children, you are a leader of your children and family. If you are a boss at a work place, you are a leader. If you have a younger brother or sister, you are a leader to them.
As a believer, you are to be a leader to new believers. God has called all believers to make disciples of all people in the world. That means you must lead them in what it means to follow Jesus–being a leader.
Do not live your life in a way in which God will have to punish you some day when Jesus returns. Lead the way in living for Jesus.
As you live for God, and spread the gospel message, the people of this world will be changed. This change will take place from the bottom level worker, all the way up to the king of the nation.
I pray today that you will live for God; that you will make disciples of all people; that you will lead others to Jesus; that God will not have to bring punishment upon you; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides.
Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 2 Kings 11:17
Jehoiada was a priest who followed God faithfully. He had just had Joash anointed as king. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada led the people in destroying the temples of Baal. He also had the people make a covenant with God and with the new king that they would be the Lord’s people.
People make covenants with other people all the time. Today they are rarely to never called covenants, but are called agreements or contracts. Contracts are signed to purchase something on credit; to produce a product for someone; to work with a certain company; to pay for a given service; and many other things in life. These are the written covenants or contracts.
There are also many unwritten contracts that people have. These are usually less formal. Some are: staying off of the neighbor’s property; keeping the noise level down in the evening near the neighbor; treating neighbor’s with respect; not throwing trash all over the place; and many other unwritten contracts or agreements.
One unwritten contract that every person has is to who they will follow and serve. Every person on this earth is serving someone. At a minimum, every person is serving either God or Satan. It is not an option. Jesus said you will either love one or the other, but you cannot love both.
There comes a point after you were born when you began to live a life of sin. At that point you had made a contract with the devil to live for him and serve him. Until that contract is broken or cancelled, you belong to Satan.
When you choose to believe in what Jesus did on the cross for you and accept His forgiveness and to make Him your Lord and Savior, you make a covenant or contract with God. You have chosen to live for Jesus and Him alone. You have made an agreement to live according to His standards.
Choosing to follow Jesus, breaks the contract with Satan and you are then obligated to follow and serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Who is your contract with today?
Who have you chosen to serve today?
I pray today that you will choose to live for God; that you will trust and believe in Jesus; that you will no longer live for Satan; that you will sign a contract to serve God alone; and that you will be one of God’s people.