Do not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and arise; go up to Ai...Joshua 8 v.1
In this strange, tough but glorious season I am hearing " Fight again where you took a defeat. You will win this time. " It is not over. Get up - as the Lord said to Joshua when he went into intense intercession after the armies' great defeat at Ai:"Rise up, why is that you have fallen on you face? (Joshua 7v.10) and GO out and fight again.
But first, sin had to be dealt with. The sin of Achan, one of Israel's soldiers who took war spoils that God had instructed them to destroy, cost the Lord's people the Victory over their enemies. Achan's sin had to be confessed and corrected. Whether the sin that caused defeat was yours or that of those you are associated with, get things right with God for the new beginning the Blood has paid for.
It is also interesting to note that Joshua's idea of how to defeat Ai the first time (don't let all the people go up; only about 2 or 3000 need go up to Ai Chap.7 v.3) was very different from God's idea for the second, victorious hit (take all the people of war with you and arise go up to Ai). I believe this time God is going to give you His right way to pursue, overtake and recover all!
Many Christians have been taken tough hits recently, but the war is not over until we win. Whether the struggle has been with your health, your marriage or a habit dogging you - Arise, do it again and win! Victory is in the air for believers who can lift up their heads and shake off the dust of discouragement. Arise! Take all the Word/Armor of God with you and go up to Ai!
Join me tomorrow Saturday April 14th for POWER TO THE PEOPLE- The Power of ths Holy Ghost Released in YOU! I'm excited to see His POWER flowing from you! 10:00am to 12noon at HBU's Mabee Theater, 7502 Fondren, 77074!
Blessings on your weekend of rising up!