Day 3 – Joshua Journals

Day Three – Jerusalem – Founded in Peace

“…the king of Jerusalem, one;”Joshua 12:10 NKJV

Founded in Peace – Shalom Peace, health, and wellness of mind is the very foundation of the word Jerusalem. Yr’uw shalaim.

Hearing of Joshua’s successes in Jericho and ultimately in Ai, Joshua is face to face with a deadly opponent – Adoni Zedak. King of Jerusalem or otherwise known as the enemy of my peace.

Stirring up four other neighboring enemies or kings, together they are preparing to make war with Joshua and his people. Devious in their plan, instead of attacking Joshua directly the band of enemies war against the Gibeonities, the people Joshua vowed to protect.

Their plan reminds me of when those I love or the areas close to my heart come under attack. I’ll attempted to move heaven and earth to restore their peace.

“Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal.” Joshua 10:9 NKJV

Joshua with two victories under his leadership, had learned the lesson to his victory. “Joshua spoke to the LORD…” Joshua 10:12 NKJV

When the enemy comes against my house and loved ones, may I resist taking the fight into my own hands, but speak to the LORD first!

For He is the very foundation of my peace, health, and wellness of mind.  

“So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and did not hasten to go down the for about a whole day.” Joshua 10:14 NKJV

“And the LORD delivered up the Amorites…and there has been no day like that, before it or after, that the LORD heeded the voice of man; for the LORD fought for Israel.”Joshua 10:12-14 NKJV

From The Joshua Journals by denisebalog©2020

Photo captured of Jerusalem by denisebalog©2018

Ruin to Bloom!

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

Day Two – Ai – A Heap of Ruins

What enemy or battle do I need to be on the lookout for today Lord?

“…the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one.” Joshua 12:9 NKJV

The king of Ai – a heap of ruins. 

“Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven (nothingness) on the east side of Bethel (the house of God).” Joshua 7:1-5

Ai is one of the two major enemies Joshua faces in his battle for the land. Two major enemies I battle daily are my own thoughts and emotions. Either one can turn any day into a loss before I even get my first cup of coffee.

So how do I find success over Ai located beside Beth Aven the place of nothingness?

Coming from the fragrant place of Jericho’s victory yesterday, Joshua listen to the men he sent ahead to Ai to spy out the land. Heeding to the advice of others and not seeking God’s direction first, Joshua was unprepared for the battle with Ai.  Joshua’s men fled before the enemy in fear and defeat.

Seeking God’s direction first and not what my eyes see or what the world says, God’s Word reminds me I am positioned not at Ai, but the east side of Bethel in (the house of God).

Reassured of His faithfulness, strengthen by His good promises, my mind and emotions are prepared for the day. Equipped and empowered to triumph over the lies of Ai the enemy of nothingness and ruin!

“Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will be still be praising You…

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You.” Psalm 84:4-5 NKJV

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, For He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

From The Joshua Journals by denisebalog©2020

Yellow rose bush dwelling by the side of Church window in Israel. denisebalog©2014

Release the Fragrance!

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

Day One – Jericho – A Fragrant Place

“…the king of Jericho, one;” Joshua 12:9 NKJV

The meaning of Jericho is a Fragrant Place

What can I learn from Joshua and the fragrance of Jericho?

“Now Jericho was securely shut up…” Joshua 6:1 NKJV

The day is set before me; completely new, unseen, and unknown.

“And the LORD said to Joshua: “See!” I have given Jericho into your hand…” Joshua 6:2 NKJV

I can choose to go my own way or like Joshua, I can believe the LORD has already given me the day.

“You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go around the city one. This you shall do six days.” Joshua 6:3 NKJV

Why would Joshua be instructed to march around the city six times before his victory if the LORD had already promised the city was his?

I can’t help but believe the time spent circling the promises of God, allowing His truths to settle into our hearts is the victory and fragrance over the shut-up Jericho places in our lives.

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

May His sweet fragrance infuse you in strength and courage as you take new land set before you today. Always remembering our loving Father never leaves nor forsakes us in Jesus Mighty Name! Amen.

From the Joshua Journals by denisebalog©2020

Photos captured in Jericho, the City of Palms, Israel 2014 by denisebalog©2014

The Joshua Journals – Introduction

“…empowered to live victorious…”

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

Can there be lessons learned from Joshua’s battles and victories found in the Book of Joshua? Joshua battled and claimed victory in the lands and territories of thirty-one different kingdoms.

Struggling with the battles and direction in my days, I couldn’t help wondering if there were insights on how to successfully look for and be forewarned of the little kings or enemies.  Those unexpected distractions diverting my attention and depleting my strength fighting battles throughout my day. How could I be more like Joshua and walk in the land God had promised and assured Joshua belong to him.

“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:3 NKJV

In the following days, I invite you to share in fresh daily insights and reflections of the past two years of traversing the battles and more importantly the victories found in Joshua.

I thank you for joining me and pray you are empowered to live victorious daily in Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles.

Denise

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NKJV

From The Joshua Journals by denisebalog©2020

Photo by denisebalog©2020