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

Morning Dew Breezes

“It shall be in that day,

‘The tongue’ shall ‘sing’!

Open up the flood gates

For the dry lands shall burst forth in spring!

 

Flowers shall bloom,

Plans arise!

Purpose will take root, and

Prosper before your eyes!

 

Sing, oh daughters of Jerusalem,

“Do not stir up love until it pleases…”

Open your mouth wide

For singing begins on morning dew breezes.”

 

“I charge you,

O daughters of Jerusalem,

By the gazelles or the does of the field,

Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.”

Song of Solomon 2:7 NKJV

 

“Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

O daughters of Jerusalem!”

Zephaniah 3:14 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo by denisebalog©2017