Day 23 – Commander of the Lord of Hosts
God is with Us!
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
Conquest of Canaan
The children of Israel have crossed over the Jordan, Moses has died and Joshua is now their leader. The Lord commanded Joshua to circumcise all the men who had been born in the wilderness – set them apart for the service of the Lord. They were circumcised at Gilgal which means ‘reproach has been rolled away’.
Joshua 5:1,6-7 So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel. 6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD—to whom the LORD swore that He would not show them the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, "a land flowing with milk and honey." 7 Then Joshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.
Under Joshua’s leadership the children of Israel celebrated Passover after the crossed the Jordan River. Manna ceased the day after they celebrated the feast. It was time for them to eat of the produce of the Promised Land.
The Promised Land didn’t just automatically come into their hands, the children of Israel – as do we – had to take up their weapons and possess the land that had been promised. BUT, good news, they – nor do we – fight the battle alone!
Commander of the Lord’s Host
Joshua 5:13-15 13 Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?" 14 He said, "No; rather I indeed come now ascaptain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my lord to say to his servant?" 15 Thecaptain of the LORD'S host said to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.
Word of the Lord
Rest in this, I have rolled away reproach off your life. You are free to fully engage in My kingdom exploits. As I was with Joshua, so I am with you, says the Captain of the Hosts. There is much land to occupy; My Kingdom needs to be expanded throughout the earth. I have chosen you as My warriors. Rise up, take your place in My army - Stand in awe of Me! As with Joshua I will give you the battle strategies, each battle is different so seek My instructions before heading out for the day. I will lead as you go along the way says the Lord. It’s time to take the land, take your positions, get in rank and follow the Captain of the Hosts – Lord Sabbaoth into battle!
Open our eyes, Lord!
Open my eyes so that I may see great things from Your law. - Psalms 119:18 (NLV)
What does the Bible say? Read the account of the conquest of the Promised Land
Read: Joshua 5:13 through 6:27
Action: If you have been fearful to enter the army - to battle with the Lord, repent! Ask Father to reveal His heart of love in the midst of the battle. Ask Jesus to bestow on you a supernatural grace to enter into the fray and ask Holy Spirit to empower you to be a solider of the Lord.
Decree: Lord Sabbaoth, the Lord of Angel Armies, is on our side. We will win! – pg. 193 Angel Armies