Joshua 6:5 Put God In The Front With Worship

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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.

Deuteronomy 9:23 Being Rebellious

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And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust or obey him. Deuteronomy 9:23

The thought of rebellion brings up the thoughts of teenagers, motorcycle gangs, people dressed in weird ways, and those are always fighting against someone. It is seldom thought of as just people refusing to do something that they are supposed to do.

Simply put, rebellion, is going against the rules that are set in place. While most people do not think of themselves as rebellious, being rebellious is a very common trait among humans. Driving down the road shows that over half of the people are rebellious. These are good, high society people who are rebellious. Very few people follow the rules of the land by going the speed limit. It is a rebellion against the government.

Moses tells that the Israelites had rebelled against God in the taking of the land as He told them to do. They refused to obey or trust Him and lived in rebellion against God.

Most believers do not think of themselves as rebellious, especially against God, yet many are. How many believers actually believe God’s word to them and act accordingly?

God’s word tells every believer that he should be a witness, yet, many believers never tell someone about Jesus. God tells believers that path He wants them to take, yet, they turn down a different path. These actions are done out of fear. They do not trust God’s word or the people, so they do not do what God asks them to do. They are being rebellious.

Any person who does not trust and obey God, is being rebellious. He is fighting against what God desires. Yet, God only desires the best for each and every person who follows Him.

Think about your life. Like most you probably don’t think about yourself as a rebellious person. However ask yourself how many times have you refused to do what God as asked of you, or showed hatred toward someone instead of love, or refused to be a witness to those around you, or you feared the situation, rather than trust God?

Do not allow yourself to be rebellious, but trust and obey God. God loves you and only wants the best for you, so trust and obey Him, rather than be a rebellious person.

I pray today that you will know what God wants of you; that you will trust God’s word for your life; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that you will never rebel against God and His word.

Deuteronomy 1:32 Still Not Trusting God

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In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, Deuteronomy 1:32

At times there are people who will refuse to believe something, regardless of the proof right before their very eyes. All the facts are laid out before them, yet, they will not believe the truth. They want to hold onto what they believe, no matter what anyone says or does.

One reason many do not want to believe something, is that it means that they are wrong, and no one wants to be wrong. Being wrong means one must change.

Another major reason people do not want to believe something, is that, often, it means that they are not in control, but someone else is. Most people want to be in complete control of everything in their life.

The Israelites had been traveling throughout the wilderness. While traveling they saw many miracles of God’s provision and direction in their lives. Yet, despite all of the great miracles, they refused to trust God. They would rebel against God about everything.  God had been showing Himself faithful in leading them, but they would complain about everything, and not trust God.

People have not changed over the years. Believers go to church every week, they read the Bible daily, and have seen God’s provision and guidance in their lives, yet they refuse to trust God. They often choose to not remember the things God has done in their lives, forgetting His faithfulness. When a situation comes up in their lives, they get fearful.

Individuals are quick to run to others for help and guidance, instead of trusting God in the situation. They seek those in the world, because God did not act the way they think He should. Some will even completely walk away from following God, rather than trust Him.

Take the time to remember all the things God has already done in your life. Notice how faithful God has been to you in providing for all of your needs, giving you strength, giving you hope, and guiding your steps in this life.

As you remember these things, do not lose hope when bad situations occur. Know that God will always remain faithful to you. God will always guide you correctly and meet all of your needs in His way and time.

Never allow yourself to be accused of not trusting God as the Israelites were. Keep trusting God.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will trust God in everything, with everything; that you will listen to God’s guidance for you; and that you will never be accused of not trusting God.

Numbers 11:1 Always Seeing The Negative

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Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Numbers 11:1

There are some people, that no matter what is going on, they like to complain. Things are never good enough for them. They are always looking at the negative side of things.

Workers will complain that their boss is horrible and is too rough on them, so one will leave that job for another job. At the new job, the same complaints will rise up again. It does not matter if something was improved or not, there are still more to complain about. People want a perfectly smooth sailing life, through every situation.

The Israelites had been crying out to God for mercy while they were in Egypt under slavery. They felt the burden of slavery, though they had a place to stay and three meals a day.

They were excited when God miraculously brought them out of Egypt. However, within a short time, while traveling in the wilderness, they found more to complain about. Even though they were being fed three meals a day, without having to work for it, they wanted to go back to Egypt and complained. God’s anger was aroused and He struck them.

There are many today who are the same way. They will always find things to complain about. Some believers are very guilty of this same thing. They always find things to complain about in the church, the sermon was too long/short, another person did not do something right, the chairs are too hard, the worship too long/short, or some other complaint.

They also complain about their work, family, the weather, and the list goes on.

Things could always be better, but as a believer, you must trust that God is already giving you what He thinks is the best for you. Instead of complaining, thank God for what you do have. Things can also always be worse.

Take time to give thanks for the blessings in your life. Take your eyes off of what you don’t have or how bad things are and focus on what is going right, such as, you have food, clothing, salvation, God on your side, and you are still living.

Don’t arouse God’s anger with complaining and seeing only the negative. God is blessing you, even today.

I pray today that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will give God praise for what you have; that you will trust God with what you are going through; and that you will never complain to God about anything.

Exodus 20:17 Do Not Covet

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

One of the most common sins, is greed, or wanting what someone else has. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan coveted what God had and so worked to deceive Adam and Even. Who, then, coveted what God had and disobeyed God in order to attempt to get it.

The economy of many nations revolves around coveting things. Advertisements are made to make it look like everyone has an item and everyone who does not have that item must get it, because it is the best thing on the earth. People are made to look like they don’t have it all if they don’t have what their neighbor has.

People desire to look just like their neighbor, so that they do not look so bad. If they are not driving the same style or better car, or have the same size house or bigger, then they are not worth anything.

They also want to look just like other people. They desire to have the same body look as some famous person. They are coveting what God has given or allowed someone else to have.

Coveting creates unhealthy desire and discontent for what one does not have. It creates disappointment in God, because He has not blessed the person with some item. It removes trust in God for what He has already given. It creates enmity with the neighbor, because of the desire to have something one cannot have.

There have been many believers who have fallen into this trap of coveting something. Even in the ministry, leaders covet the ministry or size of ministry someone else has.

Take a close look at your own life and see if you may be coveting what someone else has. You may not be acting upon the desire, but in your heart you are jealous of the other person and covet what he has.

Turn to God and trust what He thinks is best for you. Be joyful with what He has given you already. Don’t covet what your neighbor has been blessed with.

How content are you with what God has blessed you with?

I pray today that you will realize what God has already given you; that you will be content with what God has blessed you with; that God will help you not covet other people’s things; and that you will rejoice with others in what God has blessed them with.

Exodus 15:2 Strength And Defense

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“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

Finding strength is something that a lot of people are searching for. They want the strength to make it through a difficult time. Many will look to things or methods to build up their physical strength. Energy drinks are commonly drank to help keep a person running for extreme amounts of time. Others will find strength in the encouragement given by friends and family, or in the hope of some promotion or recognition. While these may boost the strength for a moment, they are temporary and often will fail in the end.

Along with searching for strength, people will look for a defense. They want to be defended for their actions. The want to be protected because of their actions. People want to feel as though all of their actions were correct and be protected from the enemy by their own power.

As the Israelites were traveling out of Egypt, they were trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the Red Sea. God in His power and strength parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground. After the crossing, He put the waters back and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.

Once they crossed the people started praising God and recognizing that He was their strength and defense. God was the one who had saved them. It was not by their own powers or abilities.

There are many in the church who are looking for strength and a defense. Often they are like the world and seeking people or things to help them. They choose not to look to God who is the only one who can truly be their strength and defense.

You may be stuck between the enemy and a sea. It looks like an impossible situation. Look to God for the strength to keep moving forward. God brought you to that spot and He will bring you out of or through that situation. He has the strength that you need to overcome the enemy and situation.

Jesus is there to defend you against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He stands before God interceding for  you daily.

Give God praise for being you strength and defense. He will provide the salvation you need. You or no one or anything else can do it for you.

I pray today that you will know the strength of God; that you will see God’s defense for you; that you will trust in God’s abilities to save you; and that you will give God all the praise for what He does for you.