Day 27 – Joshua Journals

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

Day Twenty-seven – Kedesh – Sanctuary

“…the king of Kedesh, one.” Joshua 12:22 NKJV

Sanctuary – a holy place, a set aside place, God’s presence is what makes any place, anything, or anyone holy.

Kedesh, the enemy who seeks to cause fear in the safe place of my prayer time, home, and concerns of my heart.

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him…” Joshua 5:13

Looking up, Joshua beheld the Presence of the LORD. “Joshua fell on his face to the earth.”Verse 14

I can’t help but wonder, as Joshua stood “by Jericho” if he was in prayer as he faced the battle before him. Experiencing the Presence of God, falling to his face in the dirt, he worshiped the LORD right there where he was. Changing the place of battle into a set aside place, a Sanctuary of the Presence of God.

“Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:15 NKJV

Joshua’s story encourages me to make any place, anytime, a place set aside for prayer and worship before the Lord.

“Honor and majesty are before Him;

Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”

Psalm 96:6 NKJV

“The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;

The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.”

Psalm 29:8 NKJV

“Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.” Luke 8:47 NKJV

“Until I entered the sanctuary of God.

Then I saw the whole picture.” Psalm 73:17 The Message

Day 27 – Kedesh – a place set aside – Sanctuary

Blessings and Peace,

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2014

Photo capturing a double heart mosaic found in Jerusalem.

Day 26 – Joshua Journals

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

Day Twenty-six – Megiddo – Place of Troops

“…the king of Megiddo, one.” Joshua 12:21 NKJV

“You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey.” Deuteronomy 1:6-7

Megiddo – the place of the Troops, refers to a company, an army, a raiding party of marauding band of robbers crowded together and pressing together. This group makes inroads into both friendly and enemy territories.  

Turning to complete the journey, how can I successfully be forewarned of the “little kings or enemies” in Joshua’s battles.  The troops of distractions diverting my attention, stealing my supplies, ruffling through my tent, and sifting my camp. Sidetracked by this band of marauders who make inroads into my peace, health, and ability to successfully navigate the day.

Geographically Megiddo is positioned on an overlook at the crossroads of a famous trade route providing a clear vantage point to view any attacking army, or raiding party. Deep grain bins store food and a fresh water supply nourish Joshua’s army and men. 

Position here at Megiddo, I can see clearly by spending time and storing the Word, (the grain) and drinking deeply of the refreshing water, (of the Holy Spirit) I can successfully defeat raiding parties attacking my thoughts, emotions, and life situations pressing against my heart and head. Enabling me to “go up and possess the land (my day)!

“Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you…” Deuteronomy 1:21 NKJV

“Jesus…said to her…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 NKJV

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

May you be blessed in spending time in the Word drinking deeply of the living water of the Holy Spirit.

God bless,

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2014

Photo captured Megiddo – “Its position at the head of the important pass through the Carmel range gave Megiddo control of the Way of the Sea, and the ancient trade route between Egypt and the east.” (The Holy Land, Oxford University Press. NY. 1986)

Day 25 – Joshua Journals

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

Day Twenty-five – Taanach – Castle- Fortress

“…the king of Taanach, one.” Joshua 12:21 NKJV

Taanach – castle

Why is castle mentioned twice in Joshua’s story? Lord, is there a reason why You are bringing me back here again?

Is the second mention of castle a struggle with something generational? Maybe a fear or doubt Joshua went back to in his mind.

In all of Joshua successes, knowing there were still enemies to encounter, is it possible Joshua wrestle with a dark castle surrounding his head of hidden fears and doubts. Joshua’s father’s generation let fear and doubt in the LORD’s faithfulness keep them from reaching and entering the Promise Land. Was Joshua worried he would not have the faith to complete his journey?

For victory over the king of Taanach, Joshua’s would need to go back to where his journey began.

“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.” Joshua 1:6 NKJV

The Promise remained the same. “…which I swore to their fathers.”

“Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.” Deuteronomy 34:9 NKJV

Castles of fear and doubts cast out, Joshua the son of Nun, continued his journey with a victory shout!

“…being confident of the very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 NKJV

May you be blessed by the Father’s mercy and grace to continue your own personal journey. In Jesus’s Name. Amen

God bless,

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2014

Photo captured the Mount of the Beatitudes from the Monastery of the Franciscan Mission Sister of IHM by the Sea of Galilee.

Day 24 – Joshua Journals

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

Day Twenty-four – Aschshaph – Enchantment

“…the king of Aschshaph, one.” Joshua 12:20 NKJV

Take note, the king of Aschshaph, mentioned twice in Joshua’s battles, may be the most dangerous of all.

Encountering many battles throughout the journey, the king of Aschshaph, the king of enchantment, fascination, a curse, and properly “to whisper” can be an elusive enemy to detect. Like a whisper in the ear or a glitter, catching the eye, once caught, can be an invisible snare to overcome.

“Get up!” Joshua’s heart fainted when he saw the defeat before an enemy. The LORD asked Joshua, “Why do you lie thus on your face?” “Get up, sanctify the people…sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because …there is an accursed thing in your midst.” Joshua 7:10-13

Sanctify yourselves – don’t eat or drink what the world is doing or what is in their camp. The glitter of robe, the weight of the silver, and the wedge of gold Achan hid under his tent, the subtle whisper of the enemy of enchantment captivated Achan, bringing his end to the Valley of Sorrows.

Joshua, after dusting himself off and the night to mediate on his bed, may have remembered the encounter the children of Israel had on the plains of Moab across from Jericho. Zippor, the king of the Moabites, sent his son Balak to hire the prophet Balaam to curse Israel. After many attempts, the LORD spoke through Balaam over the camp of Israel,

“Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it…The LORD his God is with him…God brings them out of Egypt…For there is no enchantment against Jacob, nor any divination against Israel!” Numbers 23:20-23

At this place of the king of Achshap, like Joshua, I am thankful to remember, our God is with us, bringing us out of the world and Egypt, blesses us and fights our daily battle of the lies and whispers seeking to destroy our peace and rest.

Jesus dealt with the hiss of this whisper “when the tempter came to Him, and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Jesus answered, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The snake tried to deceive Jesus into questioning His Sonship. Scripture share few lines before, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The deceiver left out the Beloved. Matthew 3:17 & 4:3-4 NKJV

May we always remember every word that proceeds for the mouth of God, we are the beloved in Jesus, Who loved us first; we are His Bride, and the future is our story! 1 John 4:19 – Revelations 21:9

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” In Jesus’s Name, Amen – Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photos by denisebalog©2011 – Photos captured from the bus and in Jappa,(Joppa) Israel.

Brides, and grooms, can be seen at the beautiful, seaside port of Jappa (Joppa) having their pictures taken prewedding ceremony. Like Jacob, the groom wants to see his bride before marrying her, not waking up to Leah in the morning deceived.

Day 23 – Joshua Journals

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

Day Twenty-three – Shimron Meron – Watchful

“…the king of Shimron Meron, one.” Joshua 12:20 NKJV

Shimron – means watchful, to keep, to guard.

Meron – has no clear definition mentioned of its meaning.

As is my habit of study, I went searching to see if there was any mention of the name Meron anywhere in the Bible. Listed as one of the “officials over King David’s property” was the following line.

“Jehdeiah the Meronothite was over the donkeys.” 1 Chronicles 27:30 NKJV

Jehdeiah touched my heart to the core. Jehdeiahwhom Jehovah makes gladwas watchful, guarded, kept, and met the daily needs, of the humble donkeys of the King.

Lord, I don’t see an enemy here at Shimron Meron, all I see is a sweet, unassuming donkey.

The name Meron from the Hebrew word “mara” means rebel, maltreating, bitter, lashing self with wing, as the ostrich in running.

Causing me to consider, did Joshua face the daily battle of whether to be humble and care for his people or allow the enemy of Shimron Meron to defeat him thereby losing his strength in bitter?

“…but Joshua lodged that night among the people.” Joshua 8:9 NKJV

“So Joshua blessed them…And indeed, when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them.” Joshua 22:7 NKJV

Lord, forgive me the times I complain and mutter in my thoughts, lashing myself with flapping lips like an ostrich on the run. I’m sure it doesn’t make Your heart glad to hear my grumbling.

 Strengthen me at this place of Shimron Meron to be watchful in Your ways, as a humble servant caring for the people. Keep a guard over my mouth and keep my feet ever steady, on Your Kingdom path.

“Tell ye the daughter of Zion,

Behold, thy King cometh unto thee,

Meek and sitting upon an (donkey).Matthew 21:5

“Look, your King is coming to you.

He is righteous and victorious,

Yet He is humble, riding on a donkey –

Riding on a donkey’s colt.”

Zechariah 9:9 NLT

May you too find joy and gladness as the Lord continues to lead us on. Thank you for sharing the journey.

God bless,

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2011

Photo captured on the way to Jerusalem coming out of the area of the Dead Sea and Jericho.

Day 22 – Joshua Journals

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

Day Twenty-two – Hazor – Castle

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

The king of Hazor had much land. Secure in his castle in the northern territory.

The northern territory of our thoughts and the home of our emotions. Of all the enemies, the castle, the place I call my home is the one I guard fiercely.  The enemy loves to attack in the place of rest, and the siege begins against my mind activating the daily battle.

“But the LORD said to Joshua, “…You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” Joshua 11:6 NKJV

The burn Joshua used to destroy the king of Hazor’s castle, is a verb, an action word, to burn with intent and to destroy. Spreading from burn is a masculine noun meaning a serpent. The idea is of a burning sensation of a serpent’s bite. Specifically, its likeness was of brass. (Brass in Scripture can speak of judgement).

Perhaps Joshua recalled Moses lifting up the bronze serpent in the desert. Remembering all who looked to it would be healed.

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” John 3:14 NKJV

When the enemy comes against my mind with the intent to destroy, by looking away from burning lies and condemnation, and looking unto Jesus, I am positioned to find peace and rest over the enemy of Hazor.

“Hazor only, that did Joshua burn.” Joshua 11:13 KJV

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed…He put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item…that will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-4 The Message

May we continue to Look Unto Jesus Who for the Joy set before Him endured the Cross for you and me.

God bless,

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2014

Photo captured in the location of Hazor, in the northern part of Israel. Excavation reveals the story of Joshua’s burning and destroying the city. It is believed the city of Hazor occupied over 200 acres of land.

Reference Numbers 21:8 and John 3:13-16

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

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

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.