Steadily Heading Towards the Victory

Reading in Joshua 5, the news of God’s actions as explained in Joshua 4 affected the surrounding people. The kings saw how God was with Joshua and they stayed away. They were fearful and no longer had the courage to face the Israelites (v. 1).

In this passage, God commands the renewal of circumcision and Joshua followed His commands even when it seems to go against what would be smart since the men going into battle with the Canaanites would need time to heal.

The passage is also about other types of renewal. The renewal of the Passover, renewal of diet, and renewal of the Lord’s presence. In other words, this passage to me is about waiting on the Lord and taking action at the right time. Sometimes the best thing to do may be nothing. We all need a time for renewal with the Lord on a daily basis. We can do this by studying His Word and sharing it with others.

After this renewal time, we are ready for each challenge and can steadily head towards the victory over the enemy. In any battle we face in life be it anxieties, troubles, or worries; look at them squarely in the eye, and say, “God is bigger; therefore I will not be defeated” 

One exercise to build up our confidence is to recite scripture in our mind when in a pressure situations. Scripture like Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” and other memorized scriptures can be very useful when faced with pressure moments in life.

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Lord this day, we are prepared to take action in Your timing. Help us to constantly set some time aside so we can reflect on what is going on and asking for guidance. We can expect some amazing days ahead because You will bless with more victories than all the grains of sand on earth. Amen.

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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