We all enjoy being part of a graduation ceremony. There is so much of joy, a sense of achievement and fulfilment in every graduates’ face and some of us have been thru it as well. But that is not the end of their lives journey or all achievements, there is so much more to life after that and for some, a new life begins there.
For Israelites, Egypt and wilderness were just a temporary place of living. They were all looking forward to entering Canaan as the Lord had promised. To commemorate their celebration, they stopped at Mount Ebal after they crossed river Jordan as Moses had commanded, to celebrate God’s fulfilment of His promise.
It has been discovered by the archaeologists that the altar built by Joshua still exists today as a testimony of God’s Promise to His faithfulness in bringing the Israelites to Canaan.
Victory over Ai
Josh 8: 18 & 26 (18) Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the javelin that was in his hand toward the city.
(26) But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction.
Being with Moses, absorbing and learning from him, Joshua learnt to be persistent like Moses. Even if is challenging Pharaoh, to let the people go or staying on the mountain top for 40 days to get the 10 commandments, or lifting up his hands with the rod until Joshua gets the victory against the Amalek, the persistence of Moses is astounding. Joshua did not bring his javelin down until the battle was over.
What is the weapon we have in our hand today? It is the javelin of prayer.
Many of us stop praying for something the moment we do not see any answer or once things start to change, we do not wait to see the end. We are too quick to quit. Let us not lose focus, but direct your javelin towards the enemy, not people, and fight the battle by praying.
PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens).
Joshua builds the Altar
Josh 8:30 & 34 – “Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel.
(34) Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.”
Joshua not only built the altar to the Lord, he also read out the law of the Lord at the hearing of the whole assembly, including the women, children and the foreigners who lived among them.
Building Altars of promise and sacrificing the burnt offerings of prayer is a two-way process. During prayer and worship, a divine exchange has to take place.
When we give our victories to Him, He installs His desirable way of living in our hearts.
For every promised victory that the Lord has given us, come into His presence to give Him praise. Also, receive instructions for the next leg of the journey. That’s where the true victory lies or the enemy will quickly fill our minds with pride and arrogance.
Let us stop and examine every altar of fulfilled promise that we have built in our lives. Continue to build more altars as you win every battle with His strength, by His word and with humility.
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