‘…So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.’ Joshua 10:24 NIV
Upon entering the Promised Land and encountering five well-entrenched kings, God told Israel, ‘…Do not be…dismayed…’ (v25 NKJV) The word ‘dismayed’ implies being ‘torn down by fear’ and ‘falling apart’. Today Satan wants to tear you down by robbing you of your peace, your joy and your confidence. He will keep pouring on the pressure in the hope that you will fall apart. That’s why God told Joshua to bring each king out of the cave and deal with him decisively by standing on his neck and then hanging him on a tree. Satan often works through our five senses but God has given us a sixth sense: faith. The Bible says, ‘We walk by faith, not by sight.’ (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV) Faith says, ‘In spite of what I see, in spite of what I hear, in spite of what I feel, in spite of what I taste, in spite of what I smell, I believe everything’s going to be all right because God is with me.’ Your senses, which are susceptible to all that’s going on around you, can be faith-killers. And unless you put them under your foot they will steal your dream, your confidence and everything else God has promised you. Emotions are problem-driven, but faith is purpose-driven. If you allow your emotions to rule your life you will be up one minute and down the next. You say, ‘But I thought life is supposed to be an up and down experience.’ No, God’s plan for you is to get down on your knees to pray, then get up in faith and do what He’s told you to do.
SoulFood: Acts 3:11-5:42, Mark 6:1-13, Ps 2, Pr 10:30-32
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012