Sunday, December 4, 2011
I've got 14 minutes before I have to get off and I'm doing three other things online so this is definitely going to be brief!
I realized after I logged on that I haven't been on here for almost two months....I think I've failed as a blogger. Oh well, it's not like it was going to be a career anyway right?....yeah. Things have been crazy and I've been struggling with fears, doubts, and decisions lately. So much pressure coming in from all sides to do anything and everything other than wait for God's specific call to arms for me. I have to admit I had a hard time paying attention to the sermon this morning due to my lack of rest but God kept me attentive enough to get the main point. That's not actually the one I wanted to talk about though. I was listening to a preacher on the radio this morning as I prepared for church and his words really struck a chord with me. In the 10th chapter of Joshua, Israel is fighting a battle with multiple other kingdoms who banded together because they feared what God's army would accomplish if they fought them. When the battle goes against those five kings, they run and hide in a cave where Joshua, after God tells him where they are, traps them in with large stones while he finishes the fighting. After he is done wiping the dirt up with the soldiers of their armies, Joshua returns to the cave and brings out the five kings. What happened is better than the finish of a movie fight
scene any day. "And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.25And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight".
They literally stepped all over them!!!! That's just so demeaning and shows so much dominance. But what really hit me about this was the part where he says God will do the same to anyone who tries to fight against them. See he wasn't just applying that to those generals and leaders, God had him say that as a message to me! There is no obstacle, no foe, no sin, no ploy of the devil which I cannot, not only defeat, but put into complete submission to God's power in my life. Where is victory without an opponent??? Those things in life that seem to be getting us down are actually the things that can provide us with our greatest triumphs! This was a very uplifting re-revalation for me.
I could go on all day about this and the stuff I got out of my pastor's sermon but I've already taken 11 minutes longer than I had allotted myself so thanks for reading my "brief" post and I'll try to be back on sooner than another month and a half!