Day 21 – Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Twenty-One – Madon – Dry place of contention

“…the king of Madon, one.” Joshua 12:19 NKJV

The sur name of the king of Madon, is Jobab which means dry. Madon is one of the four kings of opposition gathered to battle against Joshua. These kings coming in from all four directions, desired to stop Joshua and his destiny.

Lord, I don’t want to go into a new day fighting a dry place of contention. Did Joshua face contention or opposition, and struggle in his day too?

“So Joshua rose early in the morning,” and brought Israel by families, “man by man.” Joshua 7:17 & 18 NKJV

On man, Achan was found with spoils from Jericho, hidden in the midst of his tent.” When asked why he had done this, Achan answered Joshua, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God…” verse 20

Through no fault of his own, Joshua was faced with contention and opposition. A hidden enemy who desired to interrupt God’s good plans for Joshua’s future and life.

“Sin crouches at your door. And its desire is to rule over you.” Genesis 4:7

Lord, how do I gain victory over the hidden enemies who desire to capture my destiny and life?

Achan set his heart and mind on things of the flesh, the things he could see and touch. He brought strife and contention because he choose not to trust in God’s provisions and care. Joshua, faced with the strife, would have to choose for himself who he would trust before continuing his journey. Man’s own provision he could see, or God’s provision that leads.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 NKJV

Lord, at the place of Madon, contention and opposition, how can I be empowered over something I can’t see? Softly, I heard a question asked of me. “What did the Apostle Paul caution his beloved Timothy to do?

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in doing so, have wandered from the truth. Grace be with you.” 1 Timothy 6:20 NIV

Joshua and the people threw stones at Achan and his family of opposition, at the Valley of Achor, (trouble). Joshua guarded what had been entrusted to him and turned away from opposition and strife by removing it from their lives and camp. In trusting God’s words, Joshua was empowered to move into his future, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up…” Joshua 8:1

Thank You Father, for You alone guard my life.

Your word gives us victory against the endless strife.

Keep Your hand upon us,

In the valley of troubles that surely come,

For in You we choose our victory

Through the finished work of Your precious Son.

May you be blessed as we travel through the Valley of Achor knowing all of God’s good plans are set before us, arise, and go up! In Jesus Name, Amen!

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poem by denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2018

Photo capturing the magnificent view of the Dead Sea from stone fortress of Masada. Masada more than 1,300 feet in height is the place where Jewish zealots made their last stand against Rome. Choosing death, 960 men, women and children ended their lives by their own hands rather than fall into the hands of the Roman Empire.  70 to 73 AD

Day 20 – Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous -31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Twenty – Lasharon – Of the plain

“…the king of Lasharon, one.” Joshua 12:18 NKJV

Lasharon or the plain of Sharon is from the Hebrew root word – yashar’ – to be straight, even, right, seems good, pleasant, to be pleasing.

How many times I’ve wandered off the straight path because “it seemed good” to me.

Joshua, Chapter Nine retells the story of the Gibeonites who went to Joshua and “pretended” to be pleasant friends. They dressed in “old and patched sandals on their feet, and old garments on themselves.” Asking Joshua and the elders to make a covenant of protection with them. A “forever” commitment.

“Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD.” verse 14.

It seemed good to Joshua and the leaders. It was plain, seemed right, after all, they could see with their eyes the people appeared to be pleasing. It could be said, Joshua and his leaders Ate it up!

“But they did not ask counsel of the LORD.”

Ultimately, Joshua had to live with his decision to protect the Gibeonites forever. A lifelong decision based on what he his eyes had seen, his ears heard, and the provisions of his own strength. Poor Joshua, battle after battle, from Strength to Strength, and he “did not ask counsel of the LORD.” How many times I’ve done the very same thing!

What became of the Gibeonites who came from “…their cities (of) Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim.” Verse 17?

Joshua, upset they had deceived him, declared they would be “woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.” Verse 23.

The Gibeonites were assigned as woodcutters, for they knew how to cut wood; Kirjath Jearim – city of the woods. They would carry water, for they were familiar with carrying water in their city of Beeroth – wells. And serve “…the altar of the LORD” for the Gibeonites were accustomed to climbing hills – Gibeon. Verse 27

Gibeon – pertaining to a hill.

Chephirah – covered by walls.

Beeroth – wells.

Kirjath Jearim – city of woods.

God used the natural abilities, the things the Gibeonites were accustomed of doing, and the places they had lived and come from, their life stories, and turned it around for His Glory.

In the plain of Lasharon, the victory in Joshua’s lesson, is the peace of knowing, even when I make a wrong decision or do what seems good to me, my Faithful, Covenant Keeping God can turn it around for His purpose and Majesty!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV

Thank you for joining me.

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poem by denisebalog©2020

Photos captured in © 2011 & 2014   On a plain by the town of Nazareth covered with red “lilies of the field” also known as an Anemone.

“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” Song of Solomon 2:1 NKJV

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…now if God so clothes the grass of the field…will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28 NKJV

Day 19 – Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Nineteen – Aphek – Strength

“…the king of Aphek, one.” Joshua 12:18 NKJV

“…they struck them with the edge of the sword.”Joshua 10:39. Wondering, what kind of strength it took to wield a sword? Not in the physical sense, but a spiritual strength.

In questioning the Lord, Joshua’s story began to unfold.

There are several meanings to the word Strength in the Hebrew language.

Caleb, one of the twelve who “..spy out the land”, told Joshua “…I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war…” Joshua 14:11 NKJV 

Caleb used the Hebrew word “koach” to describe his strength as firm and full of vigor. David also used “koach” to express his lack of strength when penning four of the Psalms.

Causing me to ask again, but what kind strength did Joshua employ?

“So, the LORD saved Israel that day … and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore…Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song …He has triumphed gloriously! …The LORD is my strength and song…” Exodus 14:30 to 15:1 & 2

The strength Moses sang about is the Hebrew word “owz” which means force, security, majesty, praise, might, power, strength, prevail and yes, Be strong! Joshua and Cable were among the people praising and singing to the LORD! “The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”

Joshua relied, not his own strength to be victorious, but he prevailed in the Strength of the LORD!

“The LORD is my strength and song!

He is my God, and I praise Him!”  

Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!

We will sing and praise Your power.” Exodus 15:2 NKJV

Personal Journal Notes:

Often the battle I face each day is the battle against my own strength.

Easily annoyed at the routine things, my strength is used, extended on meaningless battles. No need to fight a foe or some great enemy, I defeat myself along my way.

Turning, changing my position, I begin to speak (wield the two-edged sword of the word of God) lifting up praises to the Lord. Singing of His faithfulness over my life, family, my day. The atmosphere shifts and instead of defense and defeat, I move into the position victory by His Strength and Power!

I wonder if this is why Jesus sang Psalm 118 when He and His disciples left the Upper Room to cross over to the Mount of Olives on the night He began His walk to Calvary? Did He find God’s Strength in the words to complete the mystery?

“The LORD is my strength and my song…

The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the LORD…

You are my God, and I will praise You…”

Psalm 118:14-28 NKJV

Thank you for taking the time to join me on the journey. It’s a privilege to walk alongside you. May you find His strength and peace, prepared for another day in His power! In Jesus Name. Amen

Denise

From the Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo – ©2014 Captured of the roof of The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. The location of the Church is in the proximity of the traditional site in the garden where Jesus fell to His knees and prayed to the Father, “…not My will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NKJV

Day 18 – Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Eighteen – Hepher – Pit

“…the king of Hepher, one.” Joshua 12:17 NKJV

Joshua would have heard Moses say, “Be strong and of good courage” three times before he was appointed the new leader of the people.

“Then He inaugurated Joshua, the son of Nun, and said, “Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you.” Deuteronomy 31:23 NKJV

The same words were spoken four times by the LORD, before Joshua began his assignment of going into the land and conquering Jericho.

Seven times Joshua heard these words of encouragement. Seven in Scripture speaks of completion. Did the seven-time reinforcement of the words provide Joshua with insight to his good success in defeating the king of Hepher – the pit?

The “strong” in Joshua’s “Be strong”, is the Hebrew word chazaq which means – to fasten upon, seize, to bind, to conquer, and strengthen oneself.

Perhaps on hearing these words seven times “Be strong!” from both His teacher Moses and the LORD, Joshua understood his destiny was complete. By “fastening” himself to God’s plans and binding this truth to his heart, Joshua was then enabled to “Be strong” and defeat the king of Hepher, the enemy of falling into the Pit.

Lord, I too can face the enemy of the Pit in my daily battles. Help me fasten myself to Your Word and good promises to my heart, for my destiny is complete in You. I can either fall into the pit of unbelief or take the “pit” and plant the seed of Your Faithfulness growing to be strong and prosperous!

Thank You Father for Your Presence ever near.

Encouraging me in my weakness,

Casting out all fear.

Strengthening me as you teach me by Your hand.

For by the Power of Your Word

I am more than able to conquer the land..

“Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. The also brough some of the pomegranates and figs.” Numbers 13:23 NKJV

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Poem by denisebalog©2020

Photo captured of a fig tree in Israel by denisebalog©2014.

Day 17 – Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Seventeen – Tappuah – Apple

“…the king of Tappuah, one.” Joshua 12:17 NKJV

What possible enemy can be at a place called Tappuah or Apple?

The Hebrew word “apple” refers to a sweet fragrance, as from a tree, or the center of an eye – the pupil.

Tappuah is from the Hebrew word naphach. One of the meanings of Tappuah is to “give up” and to “lose hope in life”.

Simply put, Tappuah is the enemy of hope.

I wonder if Joshua every felt the daily battle was too much, and some days he felt hopeless wanting to give up?  All energy gone fighting the enemy of Tappauh.

“He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;

He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10 NKJV

I can’t help thinking, as Joshua and the people traveled, they must have been encouraged seeing fruit trees, and “…the pomegranates and figs” in the land. The sweet fragrance in the air been must have refreshing and gave them hope to continue their journey.

I can now see the way to victory! When I find myself in the place of giving up with no hope, breathe deeply, refocus, and see as God sees me, as the apple of His eye! His sweet fragrance refreshes and renews my hope!

Thank You Father for seeing me.

Keeping me safe in Your hand.

For when I lose my focus, I’m an easy target of man.

Extend Your sweet fragrance upon me in the middle of my fight.

For I know Your eye is ever towards Hope,

And You make all things right.

May you always remember how God sees you, as the apple of His eye!

Denise

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”Psalm 17:8 NKJV

(Isn’t He the sweetest! David’s Psalm Seventeen is right in step with Joshua’s Day Seventeen. Lord, thank You for keeping us in the center of Your Love today!)

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poem by denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2011

Photo capturing almond trees in their first bloom of the season. I can remember seeing the petals floating through the air, and hearing our guide explain, those who see the first blossom of the year receive an extra blessing. We were like maidens in bridal procession enjoying the favor of the center of His eye. A hillside in Sephoris, a town located an eye’s distance from Nazareth, Israel 2011

Day 16 – Joshua Journals

Day Sixteen – Bethel – house of God

“…the king of Bethel, one.” Joshua 12:16 NKJV

The Hebrew definition of Beth is a house, especially a family a dwelling place, and yes, according to the definition, a dungeon. Ouch, that one hurt. “El” of Bethel means – strength, might and power.

I wondered as Joshua and the people prepared to move out of camp, did he need to be reminded to encourage and pray for his people? Joshua’s story shares, Joshua would often call them together to encourage and remind them the LORD was with them and fought for them.

“And Joshua called for all Israel…You have seen all that the LORD your God has done…for the LORD your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:2&3 NKJV

Lord is the “battle of Bethel”, in the remembering to pray for my family, my dwelling place? Reminding them, You are the One who goes with us, lest we forget and become like a “dungeon” of darkness and open to prey. For I am seeing as Joshua’s story unfolds, it’s here in this place called Bethel, we received Your strength, power and victory each day!

“Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV

Thank You Father, You are our dwelling place.

The One we hold tight too.

You keep our feet from slipping,

As we keep our eyes on You.

Thank You for fighting our battles,

For we have no good apart from You!  

“But you shall hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.” Joshua 23:8 NKJV

“For the LORD, your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:3 NKJV

Thank you fellow journeyers, I appreciate your time in reading this study. As I’ve searched through travel journals reading bits and pieces of memories, I’m reminded, even when I was tired and the days seemed long, it was the Lord God who guided the way, and in Him we found our joy  and strength for the day. God bless.

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poems by denisebalog©2020

Photo captured before we began our day’s journey from the shores of Galilee, in Israel 2018.

Day 15 – Joshua Journals

Day Fifteen – Makkedah – the place of the shepherds.

“…the king of Makkedah, one.” Joshua 12:16 NKJV

Joshua and the people are shepherds, herdsman, caregivers walking alongside their often-tender folds in the desert.

Lord, is the lesson of Makkedah found in Joshua spending time with you in “friendship” in Adullam? Did the rest, go slow, and wait, in the place of the shepherds, enable Joshua and his people to proceed in peace and find success in their gait?

I wondered if Joshua and the people, by stopping in Makkedah, found friendships and families renewed. Able to move together in peace, and not dreading the possibilities of battles that may lay up ahead. Step by step from Makkedah, the place of the shepherd, they continued their journey in the kindness of Your wait.

“And all the people returned to the camp, to Joshua at Makkedah – the place of the shepherds, in peace. No one moved his tongue against any of the children in Israel.” Joshua 10:21 NKJV

Lord, this is probably one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. I’m so prone to run up ahead like leading a herd. Please continue to draw me into Your fold. Showing me the lesson of friendship and wait are found only in You, at my Shepherd’s gate.

“Tell me, O You whom I love,

Where You feed your flock,

Where You make it rest at noon…

If you do not know, O fairest among women,

Follow in the footsteps of the flock,

And feed your little goats beside the Shepherd’s tents.”

Song of Solomon 1:7-8 NKJV

Thank you fellow seekers as I’ve shared my heart with you. I pray you have been blessed and refreshed in the place of wait. May we continue together in peace as we follow the path to the place of the Shepherd.

Denise  

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo captured on a hillside outside Jerusalem. denisebalog©2018

Day 14 – The Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous -31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Fourteen – Adullam – Justice for the people – righteousness

There is no mention of Joshua coming against Adullam in Joshua’s journey except one.

“…the king of Adullam one.” Joshua 12:15 NKJV

Strategically placed between yesterday’ king of Libnah (whiteness) and tomorrow’s unknown, we find Joshua’s story quiet, possibly a secret place of his own.

I wonder, if Joshua weary from the responsibility of leading the people through miles of dry land, stops at Adullam seeking respite and wisdom “justice for the people” to guide them on.

The beckoning darkness from the desert sun may have been very inviting to his tired body.

According to Jewish history, the idea of “justice for the people or righteousness” was so important in the Old Testament times, that the community who housed the Dead Sea scrolls called their most important leader the “Teacher of Righteousness”. It’s not hard to imagine, Joshua as leader of the people, drawn for intimate time with the One he knew who spoke to Moses as a friend. The One who brought Joshua good success at Jericho, the One who made the day stand still, the One who anointed him for the journey.  

Lord, may I be as Joshua. Stopping from the daily battles and journey, to seek intimate time with You. Your friendship is my hiding place, my Adullam. It is here I find rest and victory for my spirit and soul.

“He makes darkness His secret place,

His canopy around Him was dark waters.” Psalm 18:11

Thank you, my friends, for taking the time to seek the One who gives rest in Adullam. I pray you are refreshed knowing even in the silence of our own stories, the secret places, the Lord of Righteousness fights for you and calls you friend.  

“He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2014

Photos captured in the Dead of the Sea area. Joshua and the people would have seen similar caves as they journeyed north through Southern territory of Israel.

Adullam is geographically further west and inland south of Bethlehem. The water flowing through the limestone, refreshing a traveler’s soul, is known to begin in Bethlehem.  The cave pictured, although it not specifically the cave of Adullam, is typical of the caves found in the wilderness and also known in the Bible as a “stronghold”.

King David’s stories in the cave of Adullam can be found in 1 Samuel 22:1 and 2 Samuel 23:13

Day 12 – The Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Twelve – Arad – To Sequester Itself, Fugitive, Wild Ass

“…the king of Arad one.” Joshua 12:14 NKJV

Is there a lesson I can learn from the king of Arad’s name?

As a young man traveling by Moses side, Joshua would have encountered the king of Arad as the Israelites made their way through their enemy’s territories.

“The king of Arad…who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim. Thenhe fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners. Numbers 21:1 NKJV

Arad means to sequester itself, fugitive and wild ass.

Wondering how often in my day I act like a fugitive or wild ass allowing myself to be sequestered and taken prisoner by the king of Arad.

“Do not be like the horse or like the mule,

Which have no understand,

Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle…” Psalm 31:8 NKJV

Joshua and the people, on the road to Atharim, which means offense, asked the LORD to defeat their enemy.  Asking for His power, and not relying on theirs, they were enabled to “utterly destroy” the king of Arad and have good success!

“I will instruct you

 And teach you

In the way you should go…”

Psalm 31:8 NKJV

“Thank You Father, You Word reminds me to look to You,

Encouraging me each day as You guide me through.

Teaching me how to be victorious in this very hour,

For I desire to be sequester in Your Presence and power

Lifting up all my cares and weakness to You,

 For You are my Strength and the battle belongs to You!”

Thank you, fellow pilgrims, for traveling with me these past twelve days. I pray you have been blessed and I invite you continue the journey as Joshua leads the way.

Denise

Photo captured is in Southern Israel. This region would also be known as The Negev where David and his men would have fled to hide from his enemy King Saul. The city Arad Moses and the people traveled through, was located further south and west of Negev flourishing in the third millennium. 

PS: To our western mindsets, when the Bible speaks of “the wilderness” we often think of trees and dense forest. This desert picture is what is known as “the wilderness” in Israel. A dry, arid place with little to no water.

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poem by denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2014 

Day 11 – The Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Eleven – Hormah – A Devoting – a place laid to waste

“…the king of Hormah one.” Joshua 12:14 NKJV

Hormah – a devoting place laid to waste.

“But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop.” Numbers 14:44 NKJV

When the people heard the LORD was angry for their rejecting Joshua and Caleb’s words of the good land set before them, they determined to “go up” on their own. Moses warned them not to go because God was not among them or their plans. Not heeding the words, they decided to go it alone and found their plans laid to waste.

“They soon forgot His works;

They did not wait for His counsel.”

Psalm 106:13 NKJV

Joshua’s good success in conquering the king of Hormah, the wasted place, is found in his remembering the lesson he had learned through past experiences. He remembered what happened to the people 40 years ago when they looked to their own strength and timing.  

Heeding the good plans of the LORD, Joshua waited on the LORD’s timing and not his own plans to achieve victory in the place once laid to waste.

“Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

On You I wait all the day.”

Psalm 25:5 NKJV

Photo captured in Upper Galilee, the northern limits of Jesus’ travels. Banias or as we see it through New Testament eyes, Caesarea Philippi. Banias was dedicated to Pan, a Greek god the god of nature, pastures, flocks, and shepherds.

Jesus would ask His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” here in this place laid to waste. As fisherman from the fertile shores of Galilee, one can only imagine their questioning why Jesus would lead them so far from home to “pagan place of devotion” a “wasted place”.

If only they knew the Mount of Transfiguration was only a few days away!

Joshua would have journeyed here to the northern part of the land of Israel. He and his men would have seen this place. In antiquity, a spring in the large cave was one of the principal sources of water to the Jordan flowing into the Sea of Galilee.

Thank you for joining me as we travel the truths of Hormah – a place laid to waste. I’m delighted to have you on this road as we ponder and look to His Saving Grace.

Denise

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Photo captured by denisebalog©2014

Day 10 – The Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous -31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

Day Ten – Geder – Wall

“…the king of Geder, one.” Joshua 12:13 NKJV

One of the toughest enemies to fight – a wall.

Geder – to wall in or around, fence up, hedge or enclose.

Pondering a note penned in my journal, “Do I put up a wall around myself preventing me from hearing the answer to my prayers or preventing me from seeing the blessing?”

What were the thoughts in Joshua’s head

When he saw his enemy of block and dread?

Did he plan a way to scale its wall,

Or calculate the height, and depth of fall.

Did Joshua lay awake at night,

Considering the cost, and possible fight.

Or was his heart listening for You instead,

Sleeping in peace upon his bed.

Victory came on bended knee,

 As he turned his eyes to look and see.

For the One who comes at break of day,

Is found in prayer and moved by praise!

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him ….and Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped.”

And said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”  Joshua 5:13-14 NKJV

Joshua’s position of worship and listening, before he entered Jericho, speaks to my spirit, opening my eyes see the way to scale the walls. In prayer and praise the king of Geder will fall!

“And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat.” Joshua 6:20

 “For by You I can run against a troop,

 For by my God I can leap over a wall!” Psalm 18:29 NKJV

Thank you my friends for joining the travels. May you hear the answers to your own personal prayers and find victory in the blessing to see.  

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poems by denisebalog©2020

Photo captured in the Upper Galilee mountain area. Joshua would have journeyed here to the northern part of the land of Israel. He and his army would have encountered enemy kingdoms surrounded by fortified strong walls and ultimately achieve victory. denisebalog©2011

Day 9 – Joshua Journals

Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles

“…the king of Debir, one.” Joshua 12:13 NKJV

Waking to the steady stream of thoughts. Random reflections and possible imageries carry my emotions to the edge of rim. Debir, the king who desires to hold me captive for the day, draws my heart closer to his hopeless recess pit.

Can the answer for success over the pit recesses be found in Joshua’s story?

Scriptures shares when Joshua and the eleven returned from scouting out the new territory, only Joshua and Caleb saw the good land, encouraging the people to go up. The other ten men gave “Israel a bad report.”

Discouraging the people with their words, the spies saw themselves “like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:33

Joshua and Caleb, grieved, “tore their clothes” (a sign of great despair) “and they spoke…”

“The land we passed throughis an exceedingly good land.” Numbers 14:7 NKJV

Joshua spoke of the good land. He didn’t see himself as a “grasshopper” but as God’s chosen people!

Defeat the king of the recess pit! Speak forth the goodness and promises of God, and surely, we will have victory over the enemy of our dark recesses!

Thank You Father, You keep my feet sure,

Encouraging my heart and ready for more.

Speak to me of Your good plans of life,

Remove my fears with Your promises of Light.

Speak Your Peace into our storms,

For we are saved by Your love and Your mighty strong arm!

In Jesus Name, Amen

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock…He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:2-3 NKJV

“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”  Ephesians 5:19 NKJV

Thank you for joining the journey.

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo captured by the way of the valley of the shadow of death on the road to Jerusalem. Elijah, who had slayed 400 false prophets, fled here in fear of Jezebel. David would have also passed this way as he led his sheep to graze in green pastures.  denisebalog©2011