“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 NKJV
Strong and Courageous
31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles
Day One – Jericho – A Fragrant Place
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.
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 Thirteen – Libnah – Whiteness
“…the king of Libnah one.” Joshua 12:15 NKJV
Libnah means – whiteness, a desert place
“Now the children of Israel moved on…” Numbers 21:10
Legend has it when God brought Moses to the top of Mt. Nebo, located in the Southern desert, he was able to see all the way to the white cap top of Mount Herman in the north.
I wondered as Joshua traveled through the desert, when he looked to the north, did he catch a glimmer of the white snow on top of Mount Herman encouraging him to continue his journey forward?
Last night stepping into my closet, the laundry basket overflowed again with the day’s laundry, I questioned myself how does one family use all these clothes? As I sorted between the darks and lights, I was thinking on the word “whiteness” for today. Asking the Lord, “whiteness”, what does that mean to me? Why did Joshua need to have victory over whiteness?”
I heard the soft voice say, “Why not whiteness, you spend your whole day sorting through darkness and the light.”
Like Joshua, I too have to decide daily, do I believe in, trust in, and look to the Truth, the purity, the whiteness of God’s Word and promises, or are my eyes clouded by what I see in my daily world preventing me from moving forward, walking by sight and not faith.
Lord, thank You for Your understanding of the battle word of whiteness. May I forever remember Jesus is the True Light who guides my way. May I never forget the price He paid, for “He was clothed with the robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Rev. 19:13 NKJV
Your Word empowers me to be victorious over the king of Libnah by remembering I am “…clothed in fine linen, white and clean…” because He paid for it with His Love. Revelations 19:14 NKJV
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess…because He loves you.” Deuteronomy 7:1-7 NKJV
Mount Herman is located on Israel’s farthest northern border. Jesus and his disciples would have walked from Caesarea Philippi here for what many believe is the location of the Mount of Transfiguration. I love how Scriptures gives us this little detail of the walking distance, “Now after six days Jesus…led them up on a high mountain…His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” Matthew 17:1–2 NKJV
Mount Herman fascinates and stirs my heart. While sailing the Jesus Boat on the Sea of Galilee, a sparkle of sunlight caught my eye causing me to look up. There in the distance, I could see what appeared to be snow. Peering through the haze over the water, my eyes could make out what looked like a snow top mountain. Yes, it was Mount Herman, and each time we have returned its majestic whiteness never disappoints this pilgrim’s eye and heart. I can’t help thinking, Joshua and King David might have felt the same way too.
Thank you, fellow sojourners.. May you find safety and good health as we travel together following Jesus who loved us from the beginning.
From the Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo captured of Mount Herman denisebalog©2018
“Lift up your eyes and look at the fields,
For they are already white for harvest!”
Photo captured by denisebalogc2020
Early morning frost on our field in Oklahoma.
Reservations cancelled and scheduled for another time and season.
In the midst of this storm we ride out together there is hope in our future.
“Today I thought Your plan involved a wedding in Virginia.
Family gathered, hugs and kisses, future commitment.
Instead You’ve revealed Yourself so clear.
“Draw into My Presence”
For I Am Your shelter, joy, and wedding feast,
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
My soul shall be joyful in my God.
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So, the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth
Before all the nations.”
Isaiah 61:10-11 NKJV
Poem by dbalog©2020
Photos by dbalog©2020
Heavy rain throughout the night.
Sunlight peeks the dawn’s first light.
Despite the masses fear and dread,
Just as You said.
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
Genesis 8:22 NKJV
Poem and Photos by denisebalog©2020
For those who are interested…Nikon D810, 24-70mm, 2.8, ISO 160, just a dash of brightening in Lightroom.
“Comfort those who mourn.
Compassion on the ill.
Mercy according to Your Loving kindness,
Until Your plans fulfilled.”
“He indeed was forordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1Peter1:20 NKJV
Poem by dbalogc2020
Photo captured looking towards Mount Nebo while traveling in Israel 2018.c dbalog
“Your works LORD,
Your works Divine.
Clouds proclaim Your Glory!
Love poems across the sky!”
“Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mentioned that His name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.”
Isaiah 12:4-5 NKJV
Poem by denisebalogc2019
Photo captured by dbalogc2017
What do I need to begin the new year fresh and new?
Nourishment that won’t cause me to feel over-fed, stuffed or blue?
May you begin the New Year feeding on the One Who is the finest bread of nourishment for our body, souls and spirits.
“And Jesus said to the, “I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 NKJV
Pictures captured in Israel 2018 in the market of the Mauristan. Located on the square south of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter Jerusalem.
Thank you for visiting my site. My hearts heals when I’m able to write, write, write.
God bless you in the coming New Year!
Poem by denisebalog©2019
Pictures by dbdancingfreephotography©2018
“By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a Light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2 NKJV
Photo captured by dbalog©2011 Sea of Galilee...by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan.
“I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water…” Isaiah 41:18 NKJV
Photo by dbalogc2019