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Enemy At The Gates

  • This our bread we took hot for our supplies out of our houses on the day we went out to go to you; but now, behold, it is dry, and has become moldy. These wine skins, which we filled, were new; and behold, they are torn. These our garments and our shoes have become old because of the very long journey.' The men sampled their provisions, and didn't ask counsel from Yahweh's mouth. Joshua 9:12 WEB

    One day some strangers came into the Israelite camp and said that they were from a faraway land. They had intentionally dressed in ragged clothing, and they carried old supplies like stale bread and cracked wine skins in order to deceive them. They wanted to make a deal with the Israelites who were gradually taking the Promised Land.

    The Israelite leaders went through their supplies, saw the old bread, the cracked wine skins and they were convinced that the strangers were from a distant land. They were so confident that they had this correct that they did not bother to pray and ask God about it. They unknowingly made a deal with the enemy, and agreed to let them stay. Soon it was revealed that these men were from a nearby village, one of the next on their list.

    The Israelite leaders had let their own (lack of) wisdom lead them into a trap, and God had let them do it without saying a word because they did not bother to ask Him. The examples provided for us in the Bible tell us that the Lord will not always intrude on our lives, but that He will let us live our life just as we want, with, or without Him being involved in it at all. His wisdom and guidance is there for us when we ask Him for it.

    So include the Lord in the decisions of your life everyday. Invite Him to be a part of it, and He will. Always inquire of God before making binding decisions. The Lord would have gladly answered Joshua if they had only taken the time to ask Him.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your wisdom, which I know is far greater than mine. Please help me remember to stop and pray a moment before I agree to sign something, for You can see what is going on behind the scenes and in people's hearts, when I cannot. Lead me down the right path today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jun 22
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! This is one of the most important messages lately. Thank You for Your guidance Lord!

Jun 22
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God give me wisdom and guidance. Keep my strength up and deepen my faith. Thank you for our blessings. Praise God. Amen

Jun 22
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Please God help us make the right decisions in our lives and live our lives for your glory. Amen 

Jun 22
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Eileen Figueroa
Eileen Figueroa

Amen ♥️

Jun 22
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen!! Ask and ye shall receive. Thank you Lord for answering My prayers!!  Amen. 

Jun 22
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Jun 22
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Shawn Schield
Shawn Schield

Another great message

Jun 22
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord! Remind me to pray about my daily decisions before I act on them.

Jun 22
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Lead me always in Your will Father, Amen!

Jun 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 22
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father thank You for Your wisdom, help me to have Your counsel in every situation I encounter. You are the greatest counselor and I need You always, in Jesus name I pray Amen. Glory be to Your Holy Name forever. 

Great message and excellent reminder, God bless you Pastor. 

Jun 22
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Oh Lord please lead me and I will follow, please fill me and direct me by Thy Holy Spirit and give me discernment, I ask and pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!!!

Jun 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

Jun 23
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen, thank you Jesus.

Jun 24