Joshua 5:13-15

Are You For Us or Against Us?


Joshua 5:13-15 now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho that he lifted up his eyes and looked and behold a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand and Joshua went to him and said to him are you for us or for our adversaries he said no rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD and Joshua fell on his face to the earth and bowed down, and said to him what has my lord to say to his servant? the captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua remove your sandals from your feet for the place where you are standing is holy and Joshua did so. wow can you imagine the paradigm shift Joshua was getting ready to go into battle against enemies they’re enemies, they could be dangerous and he meets a man he asks the obvious question are you for us or for them it’s interesting instead of saying either one the guy says no that’s the first words out of his mouth no what do you mean no are you for us or for them no and then here comes the paradigm shft he says I’m not for you or for them I am Captain of the host of the LORD and my question is are you for us or not it was a total reversal where Joshua realized Oh wait a minute I’m not here trying to fight my battle and inviting God to help me God is here to accomplish something and He is inviting me to join His army and He bowed down which is a sign of submission and the Angel said remove your shoes why is that? the only one in those days who didn’t wear shoes was a servant and what the angel of the LORD was saying to Joshua was I want you to be a servant not a commander not a master your job is to receive your instructions from above to receive your instructions from God if we follow this story it was an absolutely crazy battle plan that God gave him you’re not going to go in there with swords, you’re not going to take a battering ram and knock through the gates you’re not going to shoot arrows with fire over the wall you’re not going to use any conventional weapons you’re just going to march around the city 7 times in silence and then you’re going to blow horns and shout and the walls are going to fall down and you’re just going to go in and capture everybody and take the city or kill everybody actually in this case and take the city and God will go before you and do this but a crazy plan no battle involved no battle plan, just marching around the city this is a plan that comes from God here is the point of this story is this everyday I believe we have an opportunity to find out what God is doing and say God could I join you in what you want to do in business today in my employment today in my family today while I’m driving home or driving to work or whatever it is that I’m involved in today Father I want to find out what you’re doing and I want your plan so that I can join you I want to be your servant so many times we reverse that unwittingly without even thinking it and we get our plan and then we ask God to bless us and invite God to join what we’re doing the message here is the LORD is coming like this angel to you today and you’re saying God are you going to bless me are you going to be for my plan or are you for the plans of my enemies and the LORD says no neither one I have my plan my question is would you like to join me in my plan today and that is the point of what we’re reading here today this word is God has a plan for your life today God has things he wants to accomplish in you and through you I can guarantee you it has to do with pouring out His life and His power upon you pouring His life through you and blessing other people around you God will do that and if you’ll trust Him to mightily use you to bless other people God will meet every single need that you have God will take care of you so the question today is will you remove your sandals will you bow before the LORD will you be His servant in your business today will you be His servant in your family today in everywhere you go today in traffic whatever your day holds will you follow God’s plan and seek Him today and that’s our prayer Father would you let me be your servant today I remove my shoes today as it were spiritually and I bow before you Father implement your plan in my life today in the mighty name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Jesus the Messiah Amen


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