Fighting The Battles Of Life With Joshua-like Faith

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(Joshua 10:12-14 CEV- THE LORD was helping the Israelites defeat the Amorites that day. So about noon, Joshua prayed to THE LORD loud enough for the Israelites to hear: “Our LORD, make the sun stop in the sky over Gibeon, and the moon stand still over Aijalon Valley.”. So the sun and the moon stopped and stood still until Israel defeated its enemies. This poem can be found in The Book of Jashar. The sun stood still and didn’t go down for about a whole day. Never before and never since has THE LORD done anything like that for someone who prayed. THE LORD was really fighting for Israel.)

As I read today’s focal passage it made me think about how much greater the quality of our lives could be if we all possessed that same unwavering faith in our HEAVENLY FATHER that Joshua had taken into battle with him that day. What would the reflection of our lives mirror if we never questioned or doubted THE LORD’S PRESENCE and power in our lives— but entered HIS PRESENCE wholeheartedly trusting and believing that what ever we ask of HIM in faith, HE would liberally and graciously provide?

What astonished me about Joshua’s battle prayer is the manner in which he prayed. If you notice, he didn’t just ask THE LORD to still the sun and provide the light that he needed to win the battle. His prayer was more along the lines of a faithful and declarative invocation. Meaning he didn’t ask. He simply spoke it forth in faith and trusted that THE LORD would grant his request. To me, the incredible thing about that was— GOD did exactly that.

“The sun stood still and didn’t go down for about a whole day. Never before and never since has THE LORD done anything like that for someone who prayed. THE LORD was really fighting for Israel.” <— I was truly amazed by this and I contemplated why it is that GOD had never answered a prayer like that before and why it is that HE hasn’t done it since. Could it be that it’s because we lack that Joshua-like faith? Could it be because when we enter GOD’S PRESENCE it’s not with the kind of purposeful and tenacious faith needed to still the sun over our battles of life? Could it be because in our hearts we’ve already given up before the battle has even begun and we only enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE out of desperation and defeat and not with a true heart of faith and expectancy?

Today, I encourage you to let Joshua’s unfaltering faith be a reminder to you that when you enter THE PRESENCE of GOD and lay your concerns before HIM, arise with a heart of expectancy knowing that our GOD is JEHOVAH JIREH and HE will provide for those who believe in HIM. (Mark 9:23 NKJV- JESUS said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”)

Just as THE LORD honored the prayers of Joshua and fought for Israel, know that HE can and will do the same in every single battle that you’re facing in your life. (Exodus 14:14 AMP- THE LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.) Enter GOD’S PRESENCE in faith and believe that HE will answer your prayers because your faith allows HIM to still the sun creating the light you need to conquer your battles and live a life of victory.

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” ~ Saint Augustine

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52 thoughts on “Fighting The Battles Of Life With Joshua-like Faith

  1. If only we approached all our prayers with the faith of Joshua – to believe God really could work miracles in our lives. Too often I’ve lowered my expectations to only what the world can solve and not given God my full trust that His answers are bigger than the world.

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    • Kathryn, I have done the same, Love. But I’m so thankful that meditating on the promises of HIS WORD always reaffirms my faith in HIS sovereign power and what it has the ability to do in my life. May we always stand in faith and know that HE is THE GREAT I AM! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for that strong reminder, and so eloquently expressed! I aspire to that type of Faith, Fortitude & Focus that Joshua possessed. We need great Faith to accomplish great Feats for the Kingdom!

    Always blessed by your inspirations Tai, much love & blessings!
    Sybil

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    • You are so very welcome and thank you so much! I pray that you will always have the unwavering faith of Joshua and that your life would always be a reflection of that for HIS glory! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  3. Homerun! I felt faith welling up on the inside of me as read this blog today! I am reminded of a book by Steven Furtick called Sun Stand Still (focusing on the same passages). It is time for me to pray a few more of those prayers. Thanks for the reminder that I can!!! Wow!

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    • You are so very welcome, Yolanda! So glad to hear that you were blessed by it! I haven’t read that book, but I’m definitely going to check it out. I think we all need to exercise praying with the heart and faith that Joshua had. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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      • Hold tight on buying the book…How about I bless you with mine when I see you in July! 😉 That gives me enough time to read it once more before we part ways. You WILL be richly blessed for sure. MUCHO LOVE FOR YA!

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      • Awww! Thank you! I will wait for sure. Can’t wait for July to get here! Operation “She Speaks” live and in full effect! LOL! … I heart you big time, Love! 😉

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  5. Tai this is so inspiring and your words just challenge me and my faith in such a good way. Always delight in reading your heart-felt posts! To God be the glory! God bless you lovely lady!

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    • Awww! Thank you so much, Ruth! My soul is truly overjoyed by your kind words. I’m so glad that you’ve been blessed by your visit. That is such a blessing to me. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  6. Full and complete victory in the miraculous God! I think you’re right, we take Him for granted, and He’s waiting to do amazing things with whatever faith we have!
    You’ve given us a glorious reminder that He can do ANYTHING when we call on Him 🙂
    So grateful to have visited from over at the #RaRaLinkup! Be blessed, girl!

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    • Thank you so much, Christine! I’m delighted to hear that you were blessed by your visit. I have my heart and mind set that I’m going to live in faith expecting HIS favor in my life and I pray the same for you. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  7. Very encouraged by this reminder that it takes GREAT FAITH to see the things we read that God did for great faith warriors like Joshua in the Old Testament! That’s exactly the kind of faith I pray that I grow to daily. Thank you for this post that I happened to stumble upon via #RaRaLinkUp 🙂

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    • You are so very welcome! So glad to hear that you were encouraged. Like you, I long to possess that kind of faith as well, so I will be praying for us both. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  8. Beautiful Tai. Wow. It is amazing he just spoke it into being essentially – through faith. I am convicted dear one – I need such bigger faith. My doubts can be larger than life, but I have a God that is so much bigger. Thank you for expanding my view of God – as you always tend to do, Tai. Love you. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup sweet friend!

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    • Kelly, I know exactly what you mean. May our doubts always take a backseat to our faith because we serve a GOD that can make all things possible. Love you too, my friend! So blessed by you! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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    • Awww! Thank you so much, Abby!

      I think we all long to have that kind of faith. I believe the more we seek GOD and become more intimate with HIM the more that kind of faith will arise within us. I’ll be praying on that for us both. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  9. I’ve also heard Joel Osteen use Joshua’s faith as an example in knowing you are highly favored. What faith, right? To know that when you ask for the impossible, like the sun not setting, God will give it to you. What boldness! I have to have a faith like that!

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    • Lux, I’m so amazed that we serve a GOD who loves us so dearly that HE would grant us the greatest desires of our hearts if only we would ask and claim them with unshakable faith. I pray that kind of faith for us both! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  10. “Could it be because in our hearts we’ve already given up before the battle has even begun and we only enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE out of desperation and defeat and not with a true heart of faith and expectancy?” Lord help us! Tai you always challenge me to trust God. I am thankful for you friend!

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  11. “Could it be because in our hearts we’ve already given up before the battle has even begun and we only enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE out of desperation and defeat and not with a true heart of faith and expectancy?” How often do we go to God out of desperation as a last resort instead of going straight to Him with a heart that trusts in His faithfulness and love? His arms are open to receive us anytime. He hears and answers our prayers. They may not always be the answers we want, but they are always for our good.

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    • Amen to that, Gayl!!! So thankful to serve a such a phenomenal GOD! And so very grateful that HE always has our best interest at heart. … Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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    • Thank you so very much, Cathy! So glad to hear that your heart was encouraged by it! And, I’m praying and standing in agreement with you on that. May HE give us all of that and much more. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  12. “Could it be because in our hearts we’ve already given up before the battle has even begun and we only enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE out of desperation and defeat and not with a true heart of faith and expectancy?” Oh, how often and easily I have fallen prey to this. Thank you for sharing this timely reminder at Grace & Truth!

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    • You are so very welcome, Kaylene! … I think we’ve all fallen prey to this at times. Thankful that HIS WORD reminds us of the truth! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  13. Good morning Tai – I am featuring this post on the Ruby for Women blog today. So encouraging and inspirational! Thanks for sharing. If you would be interested in posting the Ruby clickable image on your sidebar, I would be happy to send it to you in an email. Just let me know! We appreciate your support for the ministry of Ruby ;o) Nina @ Ruby for Women

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