Archive | June, 2013

THE QUALITY OF JOSHUA’S ARMY

3 Jun

THE QUALITY OF JOSHUA’S ARMY

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)

When Joshua and his army who were to enter the Promised Land that God promised to them before they left Egypt, God promised that He would make his enemies not be able to stand in their presence. God would be with them throughout the battle until they took over what God had promised – the Promised Land – a land flowing with milk and honey, a life of abundant blessing. What happened next in the battles that followed to take over the land, is written in Joshua 21:45: “Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

Victory in spiritual warfare also includes the soldiers who fight and their personal character, so that whatever the Lord has promised to His people will be taken. Spiritual warfare includes taking over and destroying the strongholds of the enemy. As such, the soldiers must possess the life, character and mentality of a victor. Jesus’ promise to us today is complete restoration, entering the next level, miracles, harvest of one million souls, enlarging to the left and the right, having great impact for the Kingdom of God.

Joshua was the leader God trusted to replace Moses, to lead the Israelites to snatch, defeat, take ownership of and live in the Promised Land. If we look carefully, the army that Joshua led to take over the Promised Land, was not born in Egypt but in the wilderness. Remember that the battles they fought were great battles against the Canaanites, who were big, giants, cannibals and difficult to defeat. The army coming against them had to be of some quality and standard, like the life of their leader, Joshua.

There are a few criteria in Joshua that allowed God to trust him to replace Moses:

1. Life of obedience

Obedience is an attitude that the victorious soldier must absolutely possess. Exodus 17:10 says: “So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek…”

This verse clearly states the characteristic of obedience, doing what Moses said; the context of which was the Israelites had just left Egypt and had to face a battle. Moses commanded Joshua to lead the army to fight against Amalek, while he himself went to the top of the hill to rise up his hands to God in prayer. Joshua obeyed with all his heart. As we enter the spiritual battle, this attitude must be in us; most importantly, the attitude of obedience to God.

Faced with the choice to obey without question or to question everything, Joshua chose to obey whatever Moses said. In the Indonesian dictionary, the word “obey” means to “always submit and obey”. The word “submit” is important in spiritual warfare because submission is a powerful weapon to defeat our enemy, as written in James 4:7: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil …” The word “submit to God” brings with it the meaning of “with a whole heart”. Living in obedience to the Word of God is absolutely essential in the life of a soldier who is to win in spiritual warfare.

Hebrews 13:17 says: “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, …”

Obedience to our leaders is also an important part of winning in spiritual warfare. We must exercise self-discipline and submission to the vision that God has given to our leaders. Every soldier must submit and obey God through His Word, and also to the leaders to whom God has given the mandate to take over what the Lord has promised to us.

2. Not involved in generational sin

Living in holiness, purity and piety are important elements in overcoming in spiritual warfare. Sin spreads very quickly and affects various circles, ages, educational and social strata of society, whether in the city or in the rural areas. The type and quality of sin that is increasingly evil comes from murder, mutilation, rape, corruption, drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual harassment and evil deeds in the workplace and business. Soldiers who will win in spiritual warfare must not be involved in any of the sins that are in the world today.

Joshua was one who did not commit the sins of his generation. Exodus 32:17-18: “And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, ‘There is a noise of war in the camp.’ But he said: ‘It is not the noise of the shout of victory, nor the noise of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing I hear.’” In the end, they found that the sound was from the Israelites worshipping the golden calf.

In this incident, God commanded Moses to go up to Mount Sinai for 40 days to receive the two stone tablets containing the 10 Commandments. As a faithful servant, Joshua accompanied Moses and waited at the foot of the mountain until Moses descended from Mount Sinai. It is clear from this passage that Joshua did not involve himself in the sin of idolatry. Luke 4:13 says: “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” This verse reminds us to always be on guard against every deception of the enemy in our lives. 1 Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober, be vigilant …”

The word “sober” (in Greek: nepho) means “healthy thoughts” when facing every deception of the enemy. As such, we must be full of the Word of God, meditate on His Word, speak His Word and live the Word, so that our lives will be successful.

3. Love the Presence of God

One prominent characteristic of men and women in the Bible is a life of intimacy with God. They were consistent in developing their relationship with God. David made it a habit to praise and worship God seven times a day. Daniel already had a habit of praying, praising and worshipping God three times a day. Isaiah woke early every morning to meet with his Master. In Exodus 33:7 and 11, it says: “Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the cap, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp.”

Moses was commanded to build the Tabernacle of Meeting and the Tabernacle of Moses in three parts: the Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the ovenant, which is the Presence of God, just like the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night in the midst of the children of Israel.

Exodus 33:11: “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.” Joshua enjoyed being in the Tabernacle of Meeting, the Tabernacle where God dwells. In the midst of business, he made this a priority in his life. A soldier who wins in spiritual warfare is familiar with the Presence of God, living a life of intimacy.

Intimacy allows the anointing to keep on flowing in our lives. Do not ever lose the hunger and thirst for God’s Presence. Spending more time sitting at the feet of Jesus will increase the sensitivity of our spirit. Sensitivity is needed to receive the right guidance, rhema and strategy from God to win in spiritual warfare. When in God’s Presence, pray as Moses did, “Lord, we will not move if You do not go before us.”

4. Be firm in faith

The army victorious in spiritual warfare must possess firm faith based on the truth of the Word of God. Joshua and Caleb possess faith that was tested and proven. In Numbers 13:27-32, 12 spies were sent by Moses to spy out and bring back a report on the condition of the land of Canaan. After 40 days, they returned to report what they had seen in the land, carrying with them some of the fruit of the land, to show Moses. The spies were divided into two groups as to whether to go to battle and fight or to return to Egypt. Caleb and Joshua had faith based on the promise of God. They saw God’s ability to defeat the giants in Canaan. They requested Moses to go forward to take over the land of Canaan. However, the 10 insisted not to fight but return to Egypt. The army facing the powers of darkness in a great spiritual battle, are soldiers who have firm faith based on the promises of God while facing a big and powerful enemy.

Our faith is based on our God who is able to bring to pass all that He has said. Our part is to move in order to destroy the strongholds of the enemy because God is with us.

5. Filled with the Holy Spirit

Numbers 27:18: “And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.” Joshua was one filled with the Holy Spirit. Our priority in life is to submit and subject ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is very useful in warfare to take the promises of God, which is the Promised Land, just as it is commanded in Ephesians 5:18: “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” When Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in life and ministry, He overcame and destroyed all the tricks and deception of the devil.

These five criteria in Joshua’s life help us to prepare ourselves to face the spiritual battle to take the promises of God. The promise to Joshua is also for us. God will fight on our behalf, God is with us, He will not forsake us. Fight until we see what God has promised for us: complete restoration, entering the next level, creative miracle and the harvest of a million souls in our families, cell groups, churches, and wherever we serve and minister. (AEN)

Joshua 21:45

“Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

 

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GOD IS LOVE

2 Jun

GOD IS LOVE

Today’s Word: Jonah 3

Today’s Bible Reading:

Morning: John 13:1-20

Night: 2 Chronicle 17-18

Today’s Inspiration
The fact from a man is that he was created by God from a meaningless dust and just a breath away so man will pass quickly. But God’s steadfast love is forever and ever for those who fear the Lord. Therefore, even though we repeatedly fall into sin, but God’s mercy and forgiveness are still given to us as long as we have forgiveness and repentance attitudes.

In the book of Jonah, it is told that God would destroy Nineveh because of sins that really grieved God, but when Jonah repented and was willing to deliver the word of God to the people of Nineveh so that they might ask forgiveness to God, then God gives His mercy, “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened,” (Jonah 3:10).

Our God is Love. God’s love is eternal, unchanging forever. By the character of Love, so He is God who is full with mercy. The world we live is full of sins made interesting by the devil so we are easily slipping into sin. But listen to the truth of God’s word today; when we fall into sin, do not dodging and looking for scapegoats but immediately take action of repentance so the mercy of the Lord will be awarded to forgive all of our sins, The Lord won’t recall it again.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Immediately repent, if you have sinned, God who is full of compassion will erase your sins.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

God is Love. He loves you and He does not want His children to perish.

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FAITH JOURNEY

1 Jun

FAITH JOURNEY

Today’s Word: Exodus 13:17-22

Today’s Bible Reading:

Morning: John 12:27-50

Night: 2 Chronicle 15-16

Today’s Inspiration
The land of Egypt is a symbol of life in the bondage of sin. A life in slavery is a life without hope. Although man works day and night of sweat and toil, but can not enjoy its results. In slavery there is only a prolonged suffering, sadness and tears.

While the Promised Land is the land abundant of milk and honey, in this place people will receive the goodness of God, so that what is carry out on this land, God will make it work on multiple times. On the Promised Land there is only freedom, joy and the abundance of God’s blessings and the springs of living water.

The journey of the people of Israel to the Promised Land is the most dangerous phase because the road to the Promised Land was not known by this people before. The book of Genesis noted most of the time about the journey of the people Israel to the Promised Land in the wilderness. You can probably imagine that if a person goes without a clear direction that natural factors or weather can destroy the mentality even take many lives. This was understandable because God, He Himself led the chosen nation by a pillar of fire and a pillar of cloud to show the way and direction, while the Israelites had faithfully walked behind to follow. This was the most important period for the nation of Israel that walked behind. When the focus of this nation began to divide and no longer on God then it was when sin starting to enter into their heart so that they began to see problems after problems that could lead to grumble, turned back and rebelled against God. But if they stay focused and obedient to the guidance of God then the glory cloud of God would surround them to give life in an abundance of God’s grace that protected and fulfilled all that were needed.

Our life journeys as believers are the same as the journey of the people Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land. Sometimes we have to go through the road that we never know; maybe the road is in a dry wilderness. However, know that God had led the Israelites to enter successfully into the Promised Land is also the same God who is walking before us to guide us. So, don’t be afraid and change the focus, direct your sight on God faithfully so we are spared from the lies of Satan.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Don’t change the focus!.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Direct your sight and eyes of faith by focusing on God then we will enjoy the journey of faith that will lead us to victory.

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