The Lord is shifting and changing things in our lives, in His Church, and in the world. He has given each a destiny, a path of prosperity which brings about our true identity. One thing we must always remember satan, the devil will always seek to stop us from fully coming into our true identity, our path of prosperity.
Therefore we must be willing to deal with the enemies that oppose us...God said He would take vengeance of our enemies but we must first recognize them.
This week we are looking at several demonic forces that seek to stop us from moving into our Promise land.
We are studying Joshua chapter ten, especially the five kings that rose up against Joshua and the people of Israel.
Joshua 10:1-5Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai and had utterly destroyed it—as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king—and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty….gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it.
Adoni-Zedek led the coalition that went up against Joshua, the meaning of the names and places in this chapter are significant and reveal to us tactics the enemy uses against us to stop our moving into our destiny.
The Lord routed the enemy at Makkedah vs. 10
Makkedah means “place of shepherds.” These five kings (rulers) desire to establish a place of rule over God’s people. Their desire is to become the “shepherds” over the Lord’s flock through their spiritual influence. They desire to replace the spiritual influence of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and this is how they plan to do it:
Makkedah is used in the sense of herding, meaning to drive by force to a designated place. So these kings intend to control and move God’s people by force and spiritual pressure to a place away from the true Shepherd where they can be slaughtered. [Quote from Five Kings by Bill Burns]
Today, we will look at the first king – demonic force:
Adoni-Zedek means has two meanings ‘my lord is righteous’ and ‘lord of justice’ both of these demonic forces aim to take the place of Jesus Christ the true master of righteousness and justice.
- Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem – his name means “my lord is righteous.” A Lord is one who rules or is master over, so he wants to rule over our position of righteousness. He is king of Jerusalem which means “possession of peace” or “teaching of peace.” Jesus has taught us to live in peace, to maintain a position of peace. If we lose our peace we are not trusting in the Lord, and we can’t operate in faith. This king [spirit] is after our peace and will try to instill worry and fear. Do not allow your circumstances (places of testing) steal your peace. Trust in the Lord. Be anxious for nothing. [Bill Burns]
- Adoni-Zedek, [lord of justice] king of Jerusalem (this is before the Israelites took possession), represents a spirit of oppression that leads to injustice, fear, poverty, confusion and defeat. This spirit is after your peace and tries to instill worry and fear. The oppression can cause head pain and constriction in the chest. [Jane Hamon 2007]
Questions to ponder:
1. Have you lost your peace? Write down the things that are stealing your peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the when and how you lost your peace – what situation(s) in your life are robbing your peace? Read John 14:27 Call upon the Lord Jesus, our peace to replace worry and anxiety with His peace.
2. Is confusion surrounding you? Are you having trouble discerning the voice of God? Did you know that envying and strife brings confusion? If you have envy or are in strife with people, repent. Ask Holy Spirit to heal wounds in your heart that may have resulted from envy or strife. Read I Corinthians 14:33 & James 3:16
3. Are you being plagued by oppression? If so, ask Holy Spirit to reveal the source, write it down. Deal with whatever issue is causing the oppression [repent for your part], take authority and command oppression to leave. Read Psalms 9:9
4. Is fear nipping at your heels? Fear brings torment…ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the source of your fears. Write down what He reveals. Repent for fear. Renounce fear and its source. Declare God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
5. Do you feel defeated, like there’s no hope or a way out of your situation(s)?
- Defeat: to cause something to fail or to fall short of realization
If situations in your life haven’t turn out the way you imaged, or believed they should it doesn’t mean you are a failure. Our past failures should not dictate our future. The Lord has great and precious promises for you and He is ready to put your back on the path of victory. Cry out to the Lord! Ask Abba Father to pour His love into you and ask Holy Spirit to refresh and strengthen you for the journey ahead. Read Psalms 61:2 and Psalms 142
Declare these scriptures over your life, your home, your family, your business, church, and ministry.
Psalms 61:3For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.
Romans 8:35, 37-39Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans15:13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1Corinthians 15:57-58But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
Victoriously Walking My Path Of Prosperity,