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

Calling the Heart

“What season lies ahead in December?

Calling the heart to remember?

Christmas and bells,

Sights and the smells;

All memories of gladness put together.

But centered on You,

I desire the view

Of a “Season” of ponder and praise.

For in life holds

More than silver and gold, and

The story of Love

Of the Babe from above

Bringing

Joy, Peace and Heaven forever!”

“Do not be afraid, for behold,

I bring good tiding of great joy

Which will be to all people.”

Luke 2:10 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photographs by denisebalog©2016

The Gate of Faith

“Why are you afraid?”

Failure and fear

Knock the door near.

Faith at the gate

Believes,

“They” can just dang wait!

 

Take my fear

Far

Away from here;

Replace this space with

Your Power and Grace.”

 

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:19 NKJV

 

Question posed from the Bible Study -Day 4

Feeding on the good food, fellowship and the Word at Monday nights Bible study.

“The Quest” by Beth Moore – ISBN 978-1-4627-6660-4 – Item #005796350

Lifeway Church Resources, Nashville, TN

  

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Morning Tide

“Clear stars

Fill the predawn skies.

Soon disappearing into

The morning tide.

Flood of light set

Posed to come;

Proclaiming in brilliance

‘Peace on earth’

His new day has begun!”

 

“You make the outgoings of the

Morning and the evening rejoice!”

Psalm 65:8 NKJV

 

“This is the day that

LORD has made;

We will rejoice and

Be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured be denisebalog©2016

Kingdom Bride

“Whenever I get a hint of “blue”,

My thoughts turn towards upward

To what You’re goanna do.

Excitement rises up from deep inside,

And “the blues” are vanquished from

Your Kingdom Bride.”

“…for He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

 

“And as the Bridegroom rejoices

Over the bride,

So shall your God

Rejoice over you.”

Isaiah 62:5 (NKJV)

 

“The LORD your God

Is in your midst…

He will rejoice over you with gladness,

He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17(NKJV)

 

Poem be denisebalog©2017

 

 

In Stillness

“There’s no comfort in this world.

No place to lay one’s head.

Foxes surround the vineyard;

Confusion stirs up dread.

But Peace resides in stillness,

Waiting to speak to me.

Open up the Word

‘Be still’ and ‘Follow Me.’”

 

“O my Dove, in the cleft of the Rock,

In the secret places of the cliff.

Let me see Your Face,

Let me hear Your Voice,

For Your Voice is sweet,

And Your Face is Lovely.”

Song of Solomon 2:14 (NKJV)

 

“Be still, and know

I AM God.” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2011 – Sea of Galilee 

Place of Time

“Thank you for this Peace of time.

Not my will, but Yours divine.

Guide my hands and bless my bowl;

Open my eyes as Your treasures unfold.

Cause my heart to step in Thine,

For I long to hear Your voice in this place of time.”

 

“…and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12 (NKJV)

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2017

Be Still in Time

Lord,

You know my flesh and read my mind.

Help me to fall into Your arms,

Instead of the grip of time.”

 

“Be still, and know that I AM God.” Psalm 46:10 NKJV

 

“LORD, You have searched me and known me…

You understand my thought afar off…

And are acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:1-3 NKJV

 

“But one thing is needed, and Mary

Has chosen that good part,

Which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©

Peace of the Son

“Yesterday was hard.

I was looking back with my heart.

But a new day’s begun;

Keeping my eyes on

The Son.”

 

“Peace, I leave with you,

My Peace I give to you;

Not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your heart be troubled.” John 14:27 (NKJV)

 

“…and the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

Will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo by denisebalog©2017

He Prays for Us – Capernaum Part Ten

“And when He had sent the multitudes away,

He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23 NKJV

 Mount Arbel is believed to be the location where Jesus would have gone to pray for it is walking distance from the Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee, and its vantage point of more than 1000 feet over-looking the Lake.

“Now when evening came,

The boat was in the middle of the sea;

And He was alone on the land.” Mark 6:47 NKJV

 

“Then He saw them straining at rowing,

For the wind was against them.” Mark 6:48 NKJV

 

“Now about the fourth watch of the night,

He came to them…” Mark 6:49 NKJV

 

Right when we think no one cares, all hope is lost,

“He came to them, walking on the sea…” Mark 6:49 NKJV

 

Jesus prays for us.

Sees us in our “rowing” state of mind;

And when the “winds” are blowing hard against us,

Jesus – right on time.

“…since He always lives to make intercession for (us).” Hebrews 7:25 NKJV

 

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