Friday, February 20, 2015

Morning by Morning, February 20 - Seeking God's Strategy for Every Victory

Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. Be King and Lord of my life and every moment of my day.  ...

"Then Amalek came and fought Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, 'Choose men for us and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.' So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalke prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword" (Exoudus 17:8-16).

Joshua fought with the sword while Moses fought with the staff; one in the physical realm and one in the spiritual realm. Both were necessary. On that day, there would be no victory without prayer, and there would be no victory without action.

In the battles for their inheritance, You sometimes You led Your people to simply lift up their prayers and their shofars in spiritual warfare, saying, "This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem" (2 Chronicles 20:12). And other times, You led Your people to actively take up their swords in physical battle of messy, bloody, hand-to-hand combat, saying "Drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their figured stones, destroy all their cast images, and demolish all their high places" (Numbers 33:52).

Always, the battle belongs to the Lord (1 Samuel 17:47). And at the same time, we must always humble ourselves before You in prayer to seek Your strategy for the battle at hand. Whether You lead us to take up our shofars or take up our swords, or both, our part is to seek Your will and act upon it in trusting obedience and faithful diligence. 

You are the staff of God we lift up with our arms in Your authority, and You are the sword of the Spirit we stretch out with our hands in Your power (Ephesians 6:17). You are the "Commander of the Army of the Lord" (Joshua 5:15).

Our hearts can be secure in the confidence of Your victory, all according to Your time and Your way, as we obey Your command to be still and know that You are God (Psalm 46:10). And at the same time, we actively engage the battle according to Your strategy, both spiritually and physically, in worship and in warfare, all at Your command. But we'll never know Your command and Your strategy for each battle unless we are willing to first humble ourselves before You in prayer. As King Jehoshaphat famously declared, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You" (2 Chronicles 20:12). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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

My Friend,  I pray the Lord will reveal His strategy for every victory as you seek Him in prayer and arise in action however He leads you in the battle at hand, in Jesus' 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

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