The difference between winning and losing a battle is whether or not God fights for you.
In the case of Jericho, God fought for Israel and the walls came tumbling down. Only Rahab the prostitute and her family remained because she rescued Israel’s spies. If they would have obeyed and not stolen from the objects they had devoted to God then they would have immediately taken Ai also.
Have you ever taken the time to think about your thinking? Does your mind tend to drift toward negative thinking, or are you more of an optimist? Admittedly, I can be a worst-case scenario kind of gal; armed with the smallest hint of bad news, I’ve already mentally rehearsed some of the terrible things that could possibly happen. Left unchecked, my mind naturally drifts in this direction.
Thankfully, the Bible challenges us to be very intentional and deliberate about our thinking, rather than simply embracing the “drift”. Consider:
Everyone enjoys asking for help right?. What man does not immediately pull over and ask for directions when lost? Putting together the new entertainment center, obviously we all pour carefully over the instructions. For some people this is true. For many it is not. The reality is we don’t always want to ask for help. Asking for help means admitting we need help, that we aren’t always strong enough, or smart enough.
A few weeks ago a representative of Pure Flix reached out to me. Prior to that email, I’d never heard of the streaming platform. I don’t pay for their service and they’re not paying me to write this, but I wanted to share a little about them because I think it might appeal to some people who read Life as Louise.
Let us begin this brief discussion with a fact: Members of different religious sects have killed each other in the past using the justification of moral or religious superiority. It is my contention that this blunt fact pleases Satan far more than any other. Indeed, according to me, Satan wrote the religions for the express purpose of watching zealots slaughter each other (Yes, I just offended pretty much every person on the planet. Sorry. But that is what I believe).