Welcome to 2017 Beyond Your Sword-3

Psalms 44:3 “For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.”
…From yesterday…
Joshua 5:14 “So He said, “No, but [as] Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”” (NKJV)
In the above scenario, the children of Israel were at war and Joshua as the commander went out on a reconnaissance mission.
He went to check out the enemies’ territory which they wanted to conquer.
On coming close to Jericho their next target in the Promised Land, he met a “man” with drawn up sword. I guess Joshua probably drew his own sword too, as he cautiously approached the stranger. He wanted to know on whose side the stranger was. But was taken aback by the answer he got.
The stranger was not a man; he was an angel, and not just one of the angels, he was the “Commander of the Army of the LORD”, who just arrived from heaven to aid Israel!
Prior to that time, I guess Joshua too must have secretly nursed it in his mind that he knew how to fight too, but I am sure that encounter changed his mindset forever.
Now, this is where I am going with all these preambles. Friend, you know it is easy for you to secretly admire yourself and your skills. I agree with you that you are smart and knowledgeable. Perhaps people doff their hats for you.
But, beloved, beyond your smartness, good morals, wisdom and academic qualifications is Jehovah God! If it has been left to your sword alone you would have been in serious trouble. The enemy would have roasted you as barbecue for Christmas!
Thank God for your skills, but then understand that without HIM you can do nothing and you are nothing!
To be continued…
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