DANCING IN THE STORM

From the Shepherd's Desk by Charles Magaiza

As they fled before Israel, while they were descending [the pass] to Beth-horon, the Lord cast great stones from the heavens on them as far as Azekah, killing them. More died because of the hailstones than the Israelites slew with the sword. (Joshua 10:11 AMP)

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As they fled before Israel, while they were descending [the pass] to Beth-horon, the Lord cast great stones from the heavens on them as far as Azekah, killing them. More died because of the hailstones than the Israelites slew with the sword. (Joshua 10:11 AMP)

One writer once said “not all storms are bad for you. Some storms come to help you.” As Joshua entered the promised land with the children of Israel, they knew that it was not going to be easy. It would be war after war as there were kings waiting to be removed so they could occupy the land! From the outside eye, they were outnumbered but they had an advantage their enemies could not discern- God!

At one time the kings of the area entered a pact and attacked the allies of Israel. God’s word to Joshua was simple, “Don’t fear them, I have given them into your hands.” Fear is the opposite of faith, it can numb one and prevent them from collecting the promises that God has laid bare before them.

In obedience, Joshua and his men of war arose. There are times when numbers do not matter but who you stand with! The multitudes fought against Israel but with God’s help victory was imminent. When the enemy realized his error in judgement, they started fleeing! They looked at numbers, counted chariots and horses but all those do not matter before God!

It is beautiful when God literally joins your battle. Your enemies might have a head start but God is always years ahead of their strategies. A storm built up and hailstones began to fall, not small ones but big! They had a target on them! The enemies of God’s people. Those who were killed by the hailstones were more than the ones that the soldiers killed. As they pursued all they could see were their enemies dead on the ground. What would be your response? Dance in the storm!

You might be facing giants, your situation might be looking impossible! Things might seem insurmountable and your resources insufficient. Through faith you can let God join this battle. When you begin to walk by faith and not by sight, He will join in and do a more than what you are capable of! He will take the sting out of that storm and your response will be to dance in praise of Him.

I pray for you today that your fears disappear and that faith takes over. You will see God in the land of the living as you begin to walk by faith and not by sight.

Declare this,

I will not be afraid of any situation that wants to displace me from my promised land. With God I know I stand like ten thousand armies. I pronounce victory in the midst of storms, and yes storms are working in my favour!

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I MEDITATED ON THE WORD

From the Shepherd's Desk by Charles Magaiza

Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors. (Psalms 119:23-24)

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In this world we do pass through many difficult circumstances. One of the main tough trials we deal with are; negative words, especially those spoken against you by seemingly powerful people. Words have the power to penetrate straight into ones heart, if not dealt with effectively.

The Psalmist found himself in this situation where powerful people sat and spoke against him. How did he deal with it? The question always is, ‘what is your response?’ He did not allow the negative words to penetrate his being as that results in all sorts of problems, anxiety, depression and fear to name a fear! He instead went to the word of God! You cancel words with the Word! Negative words bow to the positive words. When Christ met with the tempter, He kept answering by saying ‘it is written!’

The word of God has an answer to all your situations! Instead of endorsing the words of the ‘princes’, choose to agree with God’s Word and meditate on it! Think it, speak it and cancel what the enemy is trying to place on you via negative words! Find comfort and counsel in the testimonies of God. He parted the Red Sea, He will part your difficult situation and you will walk on dry ground. He fed millions of Israelites in the desert with meat, something seemingly impossible in the eyes of man!

Don’t give the devil a blank Cheque into your life, to endorse the words that are being spoken against you, on the contrary collect your victory and build your faith by meditating on his Word and testimonies!

I pray, that you will develop the strength to ignore the negative words and meditate on the Lord’s Word and testimonies. Victory is imminent.

Declare this,

I rise from depression and anxiety through the word of God. I refuse to allow the words of the enemy into my inner man, rather I meditate on God’s Word and his testimonies. Victory is mine, in Jesus’ name!

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