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Part 3: Joshua

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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An anointed and loving word for men and women in the military and all other roles that defend and protect the US, Martha expresses the Father's heart for those who serve, and His desire to be known personally by each one.


Reading: Joshua 1

Though you train for strength, you must battle from weakness. This is the lost secret of the great warriors of scripture.  Moses, too weak to hold up his arms of authority, relied on others to support him.  David, who went to war only on the voice of God’s will and promise.

Assured of God’s presence and victory, before the battle. Jehoshaphat began with blank terror before kings arrayed against him.  Yet by prayer and worship he ended with divine intervention and miraculous victory against three warring nations (1 Chronicles 20).

Your story is written either on God’s page of dependent humility or in the record of human devastation, spawned of stupid pride.  Joshua faced a land full of mighty men. That place was his gift from God but was occupied with known enemies, proven adversaries.  And he was to lead his people into war as grasshoppers against giants.

Joshua had bold confidence to follow Moses into Canaan but when he was made the national leader by God’s preference, he was reduced to such trembling that Moses had to commission him four times to be “strong and courageous.”  Joshua had the faith for the final conquest, but needed faith for the tedious battles it took to gain the victory.

Faith always takes root in the soil of human insufficiency. And of all human experiences, war is the most horrendous to face and the most costly to win.  In no arena of mankind is death so real nor God so needed…as when looking straight into the inscrutable face of a looming war.

The greatest weapon is ancient and the surest safety is written: weakness and dependence provoke the heart of God which longs to defend the defenseless.

The Word of God melded into our being and hidden in our marrow is the stored strength of the Spirit.  It was Joshua’s source and his mental occupation, and for battle, the words of God became the very faith of his victory.

Dependence is a “weapon,” strange and frightening to the human spirit but to those who accept its reality, weakness becomes the very opportunity of Divine power entering your terrible situation.  The Word of God – as the source of God Himself – is the specific of His Might and Character.  Out of that Divine Nature, contained in words the Spirit ignites, comes a beacon of His personal message, a fountain of His imparting strength, and the very indwelling of His certainty.

In Hebrews 11, the few on this lasting record of God’s bragging are memorialized for the faith that pleases Him.  And their secret is openly shared, freely offered: it was frailty and weakness turned into supernatural strength.

And what shall I say further? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by the (help of) faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice obtained promised blessings, closed the mouth of lions, Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts.
Hebrew 11:32-34 Amplified

Copyright © 2003 Martha Kilpatrick, Military Might

Other Articles in Military Might Series

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: God in the Camp
Part 3: Joshua (Currently Viewing)
Part 4: Gideon
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