Monday, April 29, 2013

Morning by Morning, April 29 - Courage to Overcome

Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are my Creator and I am Your created. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come express Your creation through my words and life today.  ...

"Joshua said, 'By this you shall know that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites:  the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is going to pass before you into the Jordan. So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap' "(Joshua 3:10-13).

Your faithfulness to Your word gives us courage to overcome. You told Your people You would cause the waters of the Jordan to stand still as they stepped into the waters to cross over the river into the promised land of their inheritance. And so You did (v. 14-17). You said it would be a sign to them that their enemies would be defeated by the awesome power of the living God. And so it was.

All that happened to them is a witness and example to us (1 Corinthians 10:11). Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil that seek to blind our minds to the truth of who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemies are not the Canaanites and Hittites. Our enemies are our own flesh, our own mindsets, and the power we give to the enemy of our souls to steal, kill, destroy through sin and death, through fear, shame, rejection, selfishness, sickness and everything less than the fullness of life You've promised for our inheritance (John 10:10).

So when they saw the waters stand still their hearts were stirred up. And when we see Your faithfulness to Your word, we are strengthened by Your Spirit with courage to overcome. You remind us "we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). You remind us we "can do all things through (Christ) who strengthens (us)" (Philippians 4:13). Then everywhere we set the soles of our feet as we follow You with the ark of Your Presence in our hearts is the land of our inheritance in the places of dominion You've entrusted to us in the advance of Your Kingdom (Joshua 1:3). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

My Friend, may you be empowered with courage to overcome as you see the faithfulness of God's word and see Him advance His Kingdom through Your life. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

Please join us in person or by Live-Stream for our monthly Evening of Healing with Max Lucado and Tommy Hays at Oak Hills Church, Crownridge campus at 7PM CST Wednesday May 1st ( Our Rapha God Ministries prayer team will be joining the OHC prayer team and elders for personal prayer ministry for all who desire spiritual, emotional, and physical healing in the name of Jesus.

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
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San Antonio, Texas 78257