How Do You Plan To Honor God?

“And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord…” (Josh. 6:18-19).

When you enter into your Promised Land, how do you plan to honor God? We must remember that He is the One Who has fought the battle on our behalf. God is the One Who has secured a great victory against our enemies. It is not because we deserved to win. Neither is it because we have done something so significant that it would ever measure up to all that God has ever done for us. Therefore, we must render unto God the honor that belongs to Him rightfully from the first of all that we possess upon entry into the land of promise.

If God has blessed you with additional time to live when the doctors had given you a timeframe to die, honor God with your remaining years. If God has blessed you with a promotion on your job, honor God with the position and the subsequent increase in salary. If God has restored your marriage and family, honor God in your marriage and family. If God has open up an opportunity for you to be a person of influence, honor God with that platform before others. Whatever it is that God has done on your behalf, honor Him with the victory that He has given to you in the presence of your enemies because He did not allow you to suffer defeat.

Honor God with the first fruits of all your substance…in whatever form it may take. It all belongs to Him rightfully!

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The Role Of Worship In Warfare

“And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him…” (Josh. 6:2-5).

Unlike any military conquest, the battle of Jericho would take on a different approach. The Lord provides Joshua with a strategy that, in modern times, would seem ridiculous. However, after having witnessed multiple miracles, including:

1) the parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River, 2) the ten plagues in Egypt, and 3) the miraculous maintenance of Israel’s basic human needs during the wilderness period (to name a few), it would not be difficult to believe that God would be able to bring this victory to pass.

This approach is more symbolic of a ritual than warfare. It is more akin to worship than it is to battle.

How many times have you been faced with a situation and heard the Voice of the Lord say, “Just worship...”? Worship sets up an atmosphere that invites God’s Divine Presence to come and inhabit this designated space. When we honor God with our worship, He begins to move Heaven and earth to meet us at the point of our need. He responds by putting our enemy to flight and raises an impenetrable hedge of protection around us. He leads us forward into victory…all because we trusted Him and His strategy for “taking the city” (Josh. 6:2,16).

If we believe this is possible in our contemporary culture, then imagine what it must have been like in the days of Joshua…

Give Your Very Best Today

As we prepare our hearts for corporate worship and fellowship with the family of God, let us remember why we are coming together in the first place. God first…God second…God third….and so on…

Our coming together can never be so much about ourselves than it must be about God Himself. Although we set aside time everyday throughout each week, we set aside this day as day in which we intentionally focus on Him and His place within both our lives and in all of creation.

Let us remain focused upon His Kingdom agenda today…let us make it all about Him…Give God your very best today as you worship Him today…and I promise you to do the very same as well…