📷 Photography: Let Go And Let God! The Battle Is The Lord’s! - EXPERIENCE VICTORY

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After doing his part while trusting in God, the LORD allowed Joshua to experience breakthrough and the impossible happened--the wall fell in a crumbly heap! The power to destroy the wall came from above not through the soldiers, nor the priests not even from Joshua. Joshua’s experience of victory over Jericho was simply the fulfillment of God’s promise. God will always win, He just wants us to do our part and have faith His process.

This however, seemed to have been quickly forgotten by Joshua. In Joshua 7:2-5, Joshua did not inquire of the Lord before going against the much-smaller city of Ai.
Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.
When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water.

- Joshua 7:2-5
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God did not allow them to win this small battle to remind Joshua that the battle is the Lord’s. Had Joshua inquired of the Lord first, he would have known that there was hidden sin among the Israelites which displeased the Lord. As a result, Israel could no longer defeat their enemies unless they destroyed sin among them and consecrated themselves to God as He will not tolerate sin.
The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.
“Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.

- Joshua 7:10-13
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This is a spiritual lesson for us today as well—even secret sins are known to the Lord and will have negative consequences for us. As Joshua trusted the LORD again God delivers powerful enemies into his hands as God once again fought for Israel.

At the end of Joshua’s journey, he experienced total victory over his enemies and the fulfillment of all God promised to Israel.
So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.
- Joshua 11:23
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“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Even in our greatest battle in life, what we learn from Joshua’s story is still true. We can finish well, win every battle as we do our part and put our faith in God—the battle is the Lord’s!

Are you in a difficult or seemingly impossible “battle”? How are you fighting it?

In Joshua 1:6-9, God lays out His strategy for victory. How well are you obeying God’s instructions for winning your battles? How can you improve?

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Photos are mine and taken by me using my iphone4
Taken at City of Pines, Baguio City, Philippines

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amen naman po.