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Thursday, May 09, 2013
Morning by Morning, May 9 - Positioned for Battle
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Your name is the name above every name. And I speak out Your name over every moment of my day. ...
"At that time the Lord said to Joshua, 'Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites a second time.' ... When the circumcising of all the nation was done, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. The Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I have rolled away from the disgrace of Egypt.' And that place is called Gilgal to this day" (Joshua 5:2-9).
You brought Israel out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and across the Jordan into the land of their inheritance. They were "armed for war" and positioned "for battle" (v. 4:13). Their enemies' 'hearts melted" before them at the signs and wonders of their God until "there was no longer any spirit in them (v. 5:1).
But before they were ready to engage their enemies before them, they needed You to engage their enemies within them. Their ancestral generations were bound by the bondage and slavery of "the disgrace of Egypt" (v. 5:9). Then their forefathers refused to embrace the word of the Lord for their lives to enter into the freedom and blessings of their promised land, "flowing with milk and honey" (v. 5:6). So "the warriors" of the past generation died in their wilderness without ever entering in to possess the land and receive the blessings of their inheritance in God. "So it was their children, whom (God) raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised" (v. 5:7).
So before the first battle for their destiny in the new land and the new season You set before them, they needed to wait in the camp until they were circumcised in their flesh and healed in their hearts (v. 5:8). Before they could win the battles on the outside, they had to first win the battles on the inside.
So it is with us. We need forgiveness and freedom from every disgrace of our past and every part of our generational inheritance that was less than Your will and our destiny (1 Peter 1:18). We need to allow You to strip away our flesh and prepare our hearts to be tender before You and sensitive to the leading of Your Spirit. "Real circumcision is a matter of the heart-it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God" (Romans 2:29). Then we'll be positioned for battle, armed for war, and ready to advance into the fullness of our inheritance in Christ. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray you will be positioned for battle, freed from the flesh and healed in your heart, to advance into the fullness of your inheritance in Christ. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
We'll be completing our Level 2 School of Ministry being hosted at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio tonight and then beginning our Level 1 School over two weekends in June. Please let us know if you'd like to come join us. DVD's and CD'sare available on the web site from prior Messiah Ministries' Schools if you're not able to join us, along with my book, Free to Be Like Jesus -- Transforming Power of Healing & Deliverance -- and other resources for equipping in prayer, healing ministry, and spiritual warfare