March 8

Joshua 9-12, Psalm 67

It has been said that the military experts at West Point won’t study Israel’s wars because their outcomes are too impossible. These impossible outcomes are true for the modern nation of Israel. On the evening of May 14, 1948 when Israel just became a nation, they prevailed against an immediate attack by Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia (under command of Egypt). Another impossible victory was in the Six Day War in 1973, when Israel prevailed against Syria, Jordan and Egypt. While in Israel with CCOB, our tour guide spoke of the obvious miracles of God which occurred in this war. Outside of God, there was no way for the nation of Israel to have won.

In Joshua 10:8, we read, “And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.” In Joshua 10:42, we read, “All these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel.” We noticed that the only time that Joshua failed (in Ai in Chapter 7, and in his decision with the Gibeonites in chapter 9) was when he chose not to bring the matter before the Lord in prayer before making a decision. As we go through Scripture we see that for those who step out in faith, the numbers of their opponents nor the types of weapons are irrelevant. When Gideon in Judges 7 went against the entire armies of the Midianites and Amalekites with only 300 men armed with only pitchers and trumpets, God through Gideon completely destroyed the enemy troops.

When sharing with others, I’ve heard many state that they would believe if they could witness a miracle (though that didn’t work for the Pharisees at the time of Jesus). I’ve also heard many believers say that their faith would be stronger if they would see God acting in a more powerful way in their lives. Conquering the Promised Land for the Israelites is like conquering the strongholds in our lives that prevent us from living the fullness of the Spirit-filled life that God desires for us. But the Spirit filled life is not a passive one. We must continually stay centered on God’s Word and in prayer. We must also not remain a spectator, but step out in faith and witness what God is willing to do with your seemingly insurmountable strongholds.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato