Thursday, April 18, 2013

"The Winning Side" - 03/25/13 - Joshua 10:1-12:6

"The men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua camped at Gilgal, “Don’t let us down now! Come up here quickly! Save us! Help us! All the Amorite kings who live up in the hills have ganged up on us.” (10:6)

Fear comes in when we allow doubt to become injected into our hearts.  Doubt that God is in control, He is bigger.  We need to call out in Him for help, but not because of fear. 

Because of faith in knowing that He is in control. 

He has our back, front, and sides. 

He loves us and wants what is best for us. 

"Joshua told them, “Don’t hold back. Don’t be timid. Be strong! Be confident! This is what God will do to all your enemies when you fight them.” (10:25)

At times when we recognize our enemies, they seem bigger than what they really are.  Bigger than life so to speak because we allow them to overtake, consume us.  We have taken our focus off of Him and there is no way we are able to defeat an enemy on our own.  Self comes in and love goes out.  We become intent on revenge, destruction for our glory and not His.  There may be some enemies He doesn't destroy because He is using us to bring them to Him - because in Him we are strong.  We sometimes forget that major fact. 

He tells us to stand firm when putting on His armor.  Stand firm against the enemy.  Don't take it personal - it's not about us.  We just happen to be God's most treasured creation and satan wants to use us to hurt God.  satan doesn't make it personal for us, we just happen to be what he knows hurts God the most.  He uses us because of his hatred towards God.  God protects us - because of His great love for us.

See how self is like satan? 

Self is out to put oneself above God - like satan. 

This is our real battle. 

This is when we call out to God for reinforcement. 

This is when we put self out of the picture and focus on Him. 

The winning side of Him!

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