Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thirsty Thursdays: If God be for you who can be against you...

Have you ever felt like you were fighting an uphill battle? Or encountered a situation in which you felt overwhelmed or outmatched? What were some of your thoughts or feelings? Were you afraid, nervous, did you just try to avoid it altogether? As a believer we do not need to be afraid or feel outmatched or inadequate. There is no task to great, no situation too much for us to handle with God on our side.  Joshua chapter 10 gives an example of how no matter what your circumstance or what you may be facing; with God all things are possible.

Word about Joshua and his recent conquest got around and when Adoni-Zedek (King of Jerusalem) heard, he was afraid and plotted along with 4 other kings to attack Gibeon (a neighboring city to where Joshua was and also allies). “4. Come up unto me and help me, that we may smite Gibeon; for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel”.  So all five kings gathered their armies and went to attack. As if one army wasn’t enough trouble, they combined 5 to wage war. When the people of Gibeon heard about the pending attack naturally they were frightened and immediately asked Joshua for help and to come save them. They felt as if there was no way they could defeat 5 armies.

Joshua being a man of God, a strong believer who understood what God has done for him, the situations God has seen him through and knew that God would never leave him, brought along his army to help out. “8 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee….42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel”.

Although he faced not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 armies at once, Joshua had no fear for God was with him.  Although you may face a situation in which you feel is insurmountable do not be afraid for God is with you. God parted the red sea for the Israelites to flee Egypt, with God David slayed Goliath, God caused the Jordan to stop flowing so the Israelites could pass on dry ground. Time and time again God provided for his people, he made a way out of no way. Nothing is impossible with Christ Jesus who strengthens us. The word impossible itself says “Im Possible”. "...If God be for us, who can be against us." Romans 8:31. "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" Joshua 1:9. Be strong and courageous, confident in the ability God has given you and the knowledge that he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Whatever it is you may be facing whether it be sin, addiction, depression, financial difficulty, family issues, health issues, issues at work or school or some other situation, do not feel dismayed, God is with you and will uplift you with his righteous right hand. You are more than ABLE, you are more than ADEQUATE, you are more than a CONQUEROR, you can OVERCOME IT ALL, you are BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED

Stay Thirsty My Friends

Thirsty Thursdays: Ron

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