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Experience With the Lord

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

Deuteronomy 20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
Deuteronomy 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Judges 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

This passage really jumped out at me.  Well, actually both of these passages jumped out at me.  I get really encouraged when I look at the passage in Joshua 24.  The children of Israel have finished going through the Promised Land and fighting the battles that the Lord brought their way.  I want to point out a few ideas that “jump off the page” at me:

1. The Lord brought them to battles.

2. They saw the Lord fight for them many times.  That’s right, you did not read the previous statement wrong; neither did I make a mistake (this time).  The Lord will fight for you!!! Hallelujah !!!!!  When you are in God’s Will, you will encounter battles.  But fear not, He…the Almighty, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Creator of the Universe, the One Who Owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the First and the Last will fight for you!  That’s right, He will fight your battles for you while you are in the fight.  It is an amazing thing to see the Lord fight your enemies and bring down those who are against you!  Those who try to avoid the battles miss out on the blessings and the fellowship that happens when you are “arm in arm” with the Saviour.  Sometimes, people do not recognize peace and therefor cause a lot of negative drama in their life.  When someone is in the battle with the Lord, they are looking for peace and quiet, they are just wanting to get away from the noise of battle.  Those who are not in the battle get bored and then find some trouble.  Fellowship with God takes on a new meaning when you fight together.  Conversations change when you experience hardship and trouble.  Relationships take on a whole new meaning when you go through battles.  Appreciation for God and Faith in what He says will drastically increase when you see the God of the Universe conquer what you can not do on your own. You talk differently to Him when you get alone to pray.  

So how about it?  Have you been in the battle with the Lord? Do you want to see how mighty He really is?  Those who miss out on the fight, fail to see God’s might.  How much experience do you have with the Lord?

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment