Joshua 6:5 Put God In The Front With Worship

Castle

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” Joshua 6:5

Every person has times of battles in his life. There are some that are small battles and others that are major battles. Some will face those battles head on, while many will attempt to run from the battles in fear.

Joshua and all the Israelites had just crossed over the Jordan into the new land of Canaan. They had come upon the city of Jericho, which was to be their first major take over in the new land. It was a large city that was very well fortified.

At the time, the Israelites did not have any large battering rams or bombs to take out the large walls of the city. All they had was a few small weapons and God’s word. God had told Joshua that he would take that city.

To get ready to take the city, Joshua had the priests, holding the ark of the covenant, go in front with some men blowing trumpets. The priests with the ark of the covenant and the trumpeters would lead all the Israelites in a march around the city for seven days.

The ark of the covenant represented God’s presence among the people. They would allow God to go first. Then along side of His presence were the trumpeters blowing the trumpets in worship of God. With God and worship, the Israelites met their enemy and God removed that large wall from before them. The obstacle of the take over was removed.

As a believer, there will be times in your life that you will meet up with large walls that stand in your way or you will meet up with a large enemy that must be removed. God can and will be with you, if you allow Him to be in front. Allow God to lead the way into the battle. Don’t do the battle on your own.

As you move forward in the battle, be willing to blow the trumpet of worship to God. Allow God to fight your battle for you. God is strong enough to take down walls that are before you. Trust that He knows how to do it. Give Him all the worship as you move forward into battle.

I pray today that you will have God’s presence with you at all times; that you will allow God to fight your battles; that you will give God worship as you march forward; and that God will show Himself faithful and strong to you. 

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Joshua 3:14-15a Step Out In Faith

Flooded river

Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. Joshua 3:14-15a

Doing something new or different can be very scary for most people. In reality, the majority of people in this world have many opportunities to do things, but do not because of fear. They fear failure. They fear the dangers involved. They fear it will not work for them. They are told it cannot work. The number of reasons they fear is nearly infinite.

There are some people who overcome that fear and step out and end up doing great things. These few find that the majority of things that people fear, do not always happen. It takes stepping out to overcome.

God had told the Israelites that He was giving them the land of Canaan for their inheritance. That land was on the other side of the Jordan river from where they had come from in Egypt. They had to cross the river, but they had a problem. At this time, the river was at flood stage.

Most people know that at flood stage on a river, one does not go into that river, especially on foot. Yet, God told the priests to step out into the river in faith. As soon as they stepped out in faith in God, the river stopped flowing and the ground dried up. They were able to cross that river.

God did not dry up the river, until the feet of the priests had stepped out into that river. It was after they stepped.

They had to believe God’s word and take that step before God would do the miracle.

There will be times God will call you to do something different. It goes against all the norms of this life. It goes against the ways of this world. The world, and even many in the church, will say it can’t be done, it is dangerous, don’t do it. Yet, you must obey God’s word and trust Him.

As you step out, God can stop the raging waters and dry up the ground before you. Remember that God is always with you and will never leave you. If He called you to step out into the raging river, there is a reason for it, and He will provide the way.

Be willing to step out today in faith to see what God has for you.

I pray today that you will hear where God is leading you; that God will remove the fear of the raging waters before you; that God will give you strength to step out in faith; and that your faith in God will be raised higher.

Revelation 5:9-10 Kingdom and Priests

“And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10

In this part of John’s vision of heaven there is a scroll that is sealed. No one could be found to be worthy to open it, except Jesus. He is the Lamb of God who was slain and is risen.

The reason for being slain was to shed His blood. The purpose for shedding His blood was to purchase individual people from every tribe, language and nation for God. The purpose for this purchase was to make them into a kingdom and to be priests to serve God and reign on the earth.

When God made this earth and placed man on it, He did not do it just to rule over it with an iron fist. God wanted to have a relationship with man and allow man to rule the earth with Him.

Man has chosen to try to rule in his own way. This is where sin had come in and destroyed man. Although man chose the wrong path, it did not change God’s desires for man.

Jesus died on the cross to buy mankind back to be able to do what was originally intended. All believers are now a part of a kingdom that has no boundaries. This kingdom stretches around the world and will last for eternity.

Along with being a part of this kingdom, each person can be a priest. This is the person who stands before God for other people and stands before the people for God. He is the instrument God uses to spread His Word.

Are you allowing God to use you to be one of His priests today? This is not just on Sundays or in church, it is everywhere you go.

Are you letting other people know that they can be a part of His kingdom today? Do not close the doors on other people because they are different. Point everyone to Jesus and what He has done for them. Build His kingdom today.

As you build His kingdom give Him the worship due Him. He is the only one worthy of all praise.

I pray today that God will reveal to you your part in His kingdom; that God will reveal to you how to be His priest; that God will show you how to serve Him; that God will help you reign on this earth over the evil spirits in this world; and that you will build His kingdom.