I'd like to say a huuuuuge welcome to those of you who found me via Time-Warp Wife this week. I'm so shocked at y'alls support!
esterday's sermon was SO encouraging. We had a guest elder fill the pulpit and we looked at Joshua 10:24-25.
The context of these verses is that Joshua went to defeat the army of five kings who had banded together against the Lord. Joshua's men marched all night to arrive at the battlefield, which was at the top of a scraggly mountain with steep inclines and sharp rocks. While they were traveling, God told Joshua (10:8), "Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you." Reading on, basically, God sent a huge storm to the area before the Israelites got there, scaring much of the army away. They started to kill the opposing army who was fleeing as fast as they could down the rocky side of the mountain. Then, the Lord sent huuuge hailstones and the army was totally wiped out. Joshua 10:16-27 describes how the kings had hidden in a cave and Joshua used them as, essentially, an object lesson for the Israelites (we all know how much they needed to be reminded that the Lord was taking care of them).
"So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and put their feet on their necks. Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”"
What a lesson for all of us. In our culture of tolerance, no-absolutes, acceptance, etc, we often forget that the Lord has enemies and it will not go well for those who go against Him. God is God, we are men. He is right; we are only right if He gives us the grace to be so. The battle is the Lord's and He has already won! This has been so encouraging to me as I've glanced at the news headlines and gotten a sinking feeling in my stomach. It is the gates of Hell that are being totally squashed by King Jesus- but we often live like it's the other way around. 2nd Chronicles 7:14 gives us a plan of attack: "If my people [that's us], who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." We serve the King. I need to act like it.
Yesterday's outfit was just a simple button-up and a-line skirt. I dressed it up for church with a classy belt and huge earrings. I chose gray as a complementary neutral color with the greenish gray skirt and white shirt.
Tank: Forever21 ($1.80)
Silver heels: Payless ($10)
Earrings: Walmart ($3)
Hat: Sears ($3)
Belt: Charity shop ($1)