Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Morning by Morning, May 29 - The Sword of the Spirit and Hail from Heaven

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Consume me with Your holy Fire. Set me ablaze with a passion for You-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  ...

"As (the armies of the five kings of the Amorites) fled before Israel, while they were going down the slope of Beth-horon, the Lord threw down huge stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; where were more who died because of the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword" (Joshua 10:11).

Joshua's battle was a physical battle against flesh and blood, but our battle is a spiritual battle against all that would keep us from knowing our identity and our destiny in Christ as children of God, living into the fullness of the promises of God. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12, KJV).

In the battle against the Amorites, Joshua and the armies of Israel pursued their enemies with swords in their hands but also with prayers in their hearts. While they were warring on earth, You were warring from heaven. They slew their enemies with swords while You slew their enemies with hail.

In our spiritual battles against the kings and their kingdoms ruling the strongholds that hinder us from embracing the fullness of our inheritance, we make our choices and speak our words; we pray our prayers and assert our authority (Ephesians 6:18). We wield "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). First we submit ourselves to God in our heart and our heads, then we can resist our enemy, and then he must flee (James 4:7). We reject the lies of our enemy and embrace the truth of our God (John 8:32).  "We take every thought captive to obey Christ" as we take up "the weapons of our warfare" to align ourselves with Your "divine power to destroy strongholds"(2 Corinthians 10:3-5). 

We live out in our spiritual journey these prophetic pictures and spiritual lessons from the battles of Joshua as we follow Yeshua. As we pursue the enemy of our souls down the slope of our thoughts and out of our heads back to hell where he belongs with the word of God on our lips and the will of God in our hearts, You rain down hail from heaven on his head to crush him under our feet. This is part of the land of our inheritance as the children of God. As Your Word has promised:  "The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you" (Romans 16:20). Praise God! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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

My Friend,  may you see the God of your salvation rain down hail from heaven on the head of the enemy of your soul and establish you in the land of your inheritance in Jesus' mighty name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend! 

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257