The Power of Faith

Grace and peace be unto you.

“…Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still,
    and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies”
(Joshua 10:12-13).

When we focus on the unpleasant happenings in the world, we lose sight of the powerful God who reigns and the power that we have through him. Nonetheless, when we study the Bible, we are reminded that, “God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).  

The story is told that Joshua and his men were fighting the five kings of the Amorites and it was getting dark. Hence, he commanded the sun and moon to stand still and they obeyed. Consequently, he received adequate light. A brief background to Joshua’s command is that God gave him permission to fight the kings and told him that he would be victorious. He believed God and confidently did his assignment. When we do God’s will and believe his word, we achieve the impossible.   

Joshua needed light, a valuable resource to fulfill his assignment and by faith he received it from the sun and moon. God has provided all the resources we need to carry out our assignments but sometimes we need supernatural insight to see them. Who knew that Joshua could get light throughout the “night” by telling the moon and sun to stand still? Ask God to open your spiritual eyes and you will see all the available resources. Additionally, ask him to give you the wisdom to access them by faith.

The movements of the sun and moon are governed by God. Therefore, when Joshua commanded them to stand still, he was asking God to pause their movements. Interestingly, God gave him his desire.  When we do God’s will, he gives us everything we ask. Scripture says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).  

Heavenly Father, help us to do your will and access the needed resources by faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.   

Do Not Trust Your Eyes and Ears

Grace and peace be unto you.

Have you ever made a decision without adequate information? What was the outcome? Scripture says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). One of Satan’s methods is to present information that seems accurate on the surface, nonetheless layers of deceit are hidden beneath. God knows that the information is inaccurate and waits for us to seek his advice.  

The story is told that news of Joshua’s exploits spread throughout the region and the Gibeonites were afraid when they heard what Joshua did to Jericho and Ai. Therefore, they dressed in shabby clothes, worn out sandals, and carried dry and moldy bread, and visited Joshua.

They told him and the Israelites that they were from a distant land and heard what God did in Egypt, Jericho, and Ai. They asked Joshua to make a treaty with them. Joshua did not consult God and made a treaty to let them live. Three days after they made the treaty, the Israelites found out that the Gibeonites were their neighbors; living near them (Joshua 9:1-16).

Our eyes and ears receive limited information, and so we do not have the real picture of any given situation. Hence, the information is not reliable. It is prudent to collect additional information. God sees the real picture and is in the ideal position to advise us. Furthermore, he is always available. He was present when the Gibeonites lied to the Israelites but stayed silent. He watched Joshua made the treaty and uttered not a word. God does not intrude in our decisions; he patiently waits for an invitation.

Your past bad decisions cannot be undone but you will make decisions today and in the future. God is asking you not to depend on what you see and hear but consult him before you make them. Scripture says, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).   

Heavenly Father, help us to seek your face before making decisions, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God’s Strategy Will Succeed

Grace and peace be unto you.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8).

Are you assiduously trying to find a method or idea that will yield success? You are not alone, millions of people are doing the same thing. The good news is that God, your creator has the strategy that will work for you and is willing to share it. He has the vantage point of being All-Knowing (1 John 3:20). God knows the past, present, and future. Therefore, he knows the strategy that will bring you success.

The story is told that God instructed Joshua to take his whole army and attack the city of Ai because he had given it into his hands. He further added that they should set an ambush behind the city. Joshua divided his army into two groups. One group set an ambush behind Ai, while the other group advanced towards the city.

When the King of Ai saw the group that had advanced, he and all his men went out to fight them. He did not know about the group that had set up ambush. The group retreated and the men pursued them. Then, the group that was in the ambush attacked the city and set it on fire. The group that was retreating turned around and started fighting the men, and the group that was in the ambush joined the fight. The Israelites won the battle (Joshua 8:1-22).   

God has a plan for your life and your success is attached to it. Are you living your life according to God’s plan? Scripture says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). Ask God to reveal his divine assignments so you can obey and be successful. Maybe you know your divine assignments but need winning strategies, even so, God will help you.  

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). Heavenly Father, thank you for your generosity. Grant us the wisdom to identify our divine assignments and strategies to ensure success. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

10 Bible Verses About Peace

Grace and peace be unto you.

1. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33).

2. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

3. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9). 

4. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3).

5. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18).

6. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27).

7. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15).

8. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8).

9. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14).

10. Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165).

Destroy The Devoted Items

Are you engaging in activities that bring you pleasure but displease the Lord? He desires that our activities honor him, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).   

The story is told that Achan stole some items from Jericho that should have been destroyed. Consequently, the Israelites lost a battle. Joshua was unaware of Achan’s actions and sought the face of the Lord. The Lord informed him that Israel had stolen and lied. They took some of the devoted items and put them with their possessions, hence they were defeated by their enemies. He further added that they could not defeat their enemies until the items were destroyed. (Joshua 7:1-10).

You may have noticed that you are being defeated by your enemies. Your enemies are yourself, the world, and Satan. God promised that no weapon formed against you will prosper and you will refute every tongue that accuses you (Isaiah 54:17). Therefore, if you are not having victory over your enemies, perhaps you have “devoted items” that should be destroyed. For example, unhealthy desires. Scripture says, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).    

Joshua’s victory was contingent on obedience to God. Similarly, your victory is dependent on obedience to God. He is asking you to repent and turn from your evil ways. When you do, you will be victorious over your enemies.

Heavenly Father, thanks for your grace and mercy. Help us to destroy the devoted items. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God Wants His Presence To Be Evident In Your Life.   

Grace and peace be unto you.

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land. (Joshua 6:27).

God promised that he would be with Joshua. His presence was evident through the miracles he performed and Joshua’s victories. Consequently, people talk about God’s work in Joshua’s life and he became famous. Fame was not Joshua’s goal but it is inevitable when we consistently obey God (John 6:2).

God promised to be with us always and he has kept his promise. But, is his presence evident in our lives? Do people talk about our Christian virtues or God’s power working through us? Scripture says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37). When we do, we study and obey his word regularly. Hence, we do good works, repent, pray without ceasing, and praise him continually.  

Total obedience to God results in the manifestation of his power. For example, he told Peter to go to Cornelius’s house. Peter obeyed and shared the message of salvation. As a result, Cornelius and his household were saved, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues. God desires that you fully submit every aspect of your life to him and obey his commands. By so doing, his presence will be evident in your life.   

Heavenly Father, help us to love you wholeheartedly so your presence is evident in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Help Someone Achieve Their Goal

Grace and peace be unto you.

Who helped you realize your dreams? The English poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.” God created us to live in communities and not in isolation because we need each other to develop into healthy functioning citizens. Scripture says, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” (Philippians 2:4).

The story is told that Moses gave the Reubenites, Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh their land which was east of Jordan. Nonetheless, Joshua instructed the fighting men from these tribes to leave their wives and children in their land, and join the Israelite army to help their fellow men, until they take possession of their land. After which, they may return and occupy theirs (Joshua 1:12-15).

Although the three tribes received their blessings before the others, their fighting men could not rest until all the tribes received theirs. God inspired many people to help you achieve your goals, and you are satisfied with your progress and enjoying life. Nonetheless, he wants you to help others achieve their dreams (Hebrews 13:16). He has given you the desire and resources. We are all winners when we help each other.

Heavenly Father, thanks for sending people in our lives to help us achieve our dreams. Open our minds and hearts so we understand that we should help others achieve theirs. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

Be Strong And Courageous

Grace and peace be unto you.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9).

God’s instructions to Joshua were not a passing comment and he understood quite well. Joshua knew that God is All-Powerful, loving, and faithful. He witnessed these attributes during Moses’ leadership. For example, God parted the Red Sea and provided food for the Israelites when they were in the wilderness.  

Furthermore, Joshua’s job was to defeat the Canaanites (his enemies) and gain control of their land. To achieve this goal, he needed encouragement and resources. God gave him the assurance that he would give him everything he needed to be victorious, when he told him that he would be with him. Hence, Joshua knew that no one could defeat him while God was with him.  

You may not be fighting armies but you are in a constant battle with other forces. Scripture says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore, God is telling you today to be strong and courageous for he is with you. The God who always provides, protects, and cannot be defeated.  

Heavenly Father, thank you that you are with us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God Will Exalt You  

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.” (Joshua 3:7).

Are you tired of waiting for the promotion or recognition? Your promotion and recognition will come from God and not man, therefore do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

Moses led the Israelites for 40 years and they knew that God was with him. He died and God chose Joshua as his successor. The Israelites welcomed Joshua but waited to see if God would perform miracles through him. Hence, God gave Joshua instructions for the Israelites to cross the River Jordan when it was at flood stage. Joshua followed God’s instructions and everyone crossed safely (Joshua 3). They also recognized that God was with Joshua. God exalted Joshua in the eyes of the Israelites.  

God chose you to serve in a particular area or ministry. You have been serving faithfully for many years without promotion or recognition. You have become discouraged even as you watch less qualified persons being promoted. Joshua was focused on completing his assignment when God told him that he would be exalted. Furthermore, his assignment was used to exalt him. Perhaps you could consider shifting your focus from the promotion to your assignments, and do them to the best of your ability. God may use one of them to exalt you.    

God sees your disappointment and is asking you to remember who is your ultimate boss. Do not be perturbed by earthly promotions and recognitions. When God exalts you, everyone will marvel including you. Then, you will have renewed respect for him. Continue working to please him. As surely as the sun rises and sets, he will exalt you.   

Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Value Everyone; Look Down On No One

Grace and peace be unto you.

Do you know who God will use to bless you? God created all of us and we are valued in his sight. Hence, he uses anyone he pleases to bless us. Our blessings may be delivered by a drug addict, a homeless person, or a street dancer. If we are not humble and discerning, we will miss them (James 2:1-4).

The story is told that Joshua sent two spies to spy out the land of Jericho. The spies went to Jericho and stayed at the house of a prostitute, Rahab. The king of Jericho was informed that the Israelites came to spy out the land, and so he sent two men to Rahab’s house for them. However, Rahab hid the spies and told the men that they had left. Then, she told the spies that everyone was in fear of them because they heard about what God had done on their behalf. After which, she helped them to escape (Joshua 2). 

Rahab’s profession did not prevent God from using her to help deliver Jericho to the Israelites. She was valued despite her profession. Similarly, you are valued because you are a child of God. Your profession, wealth, or status does not increase or decrease your value in God’s eyes. He desires that we see each other from his perspective, Scripture says, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10).

Heavenly Father, thank you that we are valued because we are your children. Help us to embrace this perspective. In Jesus’ name, amen.