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Daily Courage - January 2


from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

"...are you for us or for our enemies?" "Neither", he replied. ... Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence and asked him: "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"   (Joshua 5:13,14)


Shortly before the first big confrontation with Jericho, Joshua had a very strange encounter himself.

He had only just been called to be the leader of his people, and now he has been asked to surrender his leadership to the commander of the army of the Lord.

Joshua's spiritual maturity is proven by the fact that he would rather be second-in-command in God's army, than first-in-command of his own.

When asked if the man was for or against the Israelites, his only reply was, "neither." What the messenger of the Lord was really saying was "I have not come to take sides. I have come to take over."

Whoever is willing to surrender the leadership to God will experience that no wall is too high for God, no river too deep, no problem too great.

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? 

Got any mountains you can't tunnel through?

God specializes in things thought impossible; He does the things others cannot do.

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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)

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