Friday, September 28, 2007

God's Word to whom it may concern...

Joshua 5:13 +

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"

"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?"

The commander of the Lord's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy. " And Joshua did so.

Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days...

(Joshua obeyed)

But Joshua had commended the people, "Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" ...

On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in teh same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spare, because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble upon it..."

(And so it was done just as God had promised)...

So the Lord was with Joshua and his fame spread throughout the land.

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Sometimes in a battle, to be silent is wisdom (as it says in the proverbs). Sometimes God requires that we take a stand...for Him, for what is pure, true, holy, righteous. It's ared to tell when to do what, but now God is telling me to rise up! I'm scared. Not so much for me or what God requires of me, but I'm scared for those on whom God's judgement rests. As we pray for revival on our personal level, God is drawing us to call out for revival on a much begger level. If I have to die to be a catalyst for this then so be it. I'm yours God. Use me as you see fit!

1 comments:

Meredith Peel said...

There's something God about this...
Last week on Wednesday morning, I was led to read this same passage of Joshua. I've been in the New Testament, having done a lot of Old Testament reading last year, and I wasn't sure why I felt called to read this passage, but I just opened up to it and read. I still am unsure why I was led to read it, but I am glad it spoke to you and inclined to think that it wasn't a coincidence that we were both led to the same Word at the same time in our lives. Love you much! See you in a day or two...