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Prepare For Attack – Part 4
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” Joshua 5:14
Some issues are so crucial that until you have resolved them you cannot move forward or enjoy God’s blessing in your life. Joshua faced such an issue when he stood before the towering walls of Jericho, the strongest city in the Promised Land and the first that had to be conquered. We read: ‘…When Joshua was by Jericho…he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man…with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua…said unto him, “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, “What saith my lord unto his servant?” And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” And Joshua did so’ (Joshua 5:13-15).
So, what is your Jericho? What’s the one big battle you must win in order to fulfill what God has planned for your life? Some battles can only be won on your knees. Before His victory at the cross, Christ, Who is our example, spent His hardest night in Gethsemane praying, ‘…Not my will, but Thine, be done’ (Luke 22:42). Are you intimidated by the size of the challenge? Do you think you don’t have what it takes? Does it feel like you have been going round in circles and getting nowhere? Take time out. Get alone with God, and stay in His presence until He gives you His plan. Then say yes to it, and He will empower you to accomplish what He purposes.
Heavenly Father, when the task seems impossible and I do not know how I am going to do it, help me remember that it is You who makes all things possible and that You are there to see me through what You have planned. In Jesus’ Name, Amen