“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
As Joshua stood on the verge of the Promised Land, the most important thing he needed to know was that God was with Him and God was for him.
Perhaps today, you need to be reminded of this very thing: ‘God is WITH you, and God is FOR you.’
Be a Lover of God’s Presence Like Joshua was
From his youth, Joshua was Moses’ attendant. As the right hand man of Israel’s leader, Joshua spent a lot of time near the manifest Presence of God. (See Ex 24:13-14, Ex 33:11)
Joshua jealously prized the precious anointing of the Spirit that was on Moses’ life (Num 11:24-29).
During all of these decades of wilderness living, Joshua lived in the vicinity of the Presence of God, but it was Moses alone, who had the face to face relationship with Him.
Finally, as Joshua faces Jericho, the greatest test of his generalship, he has his own face to face encounter with God.
‘Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence…’ (Joshua 5:13-15)
What a powerful moment! The culmination of a lifetime of honouring God’s Presence. Not an angel, because an angel would not have received worship—but an encounter with God Himself. 
Faced with your greatest challenge, you can look around you and know: ‘The place where you stand is holy’ (Joshua 5:15)
God’s Presence is the Ultimate Weapon of Warfare
‘The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.’ (Joshua 6:9—Jericho)
God has given to you mighty weapons of warfare—including the Name of Jesus, the Bible, the ‘rhema’ word of His prophetic intention for a situation, and praise.
However, the most powerful weapon in your Heavenly arsenal, is the Presence of God Himself, within and upon you.
We see the centrality of God’s manifest Presence in the Ark of God, carried by the Levites into the Promised Land.
- It was the manifest Presence of God, dwelling upon the Ark, that stopped the Jordan River so that the Israelites could cross. (Joshua 3:14-17)
- It was the Ark that circled Jericho, between Israel’s army and the rest of the people. (Joshua 6:6-7)
What was the difference between Joshua’s army, and that of Jericho, and all the giants that were in the land? God’s very Presence was with them.
They were hosting the Presence of God.
God’s Presence is with you!
The battle of Jericho was won because of Joshua’s intimate relationship with God. The battle was won, because God’s manifest Presence was engaged in the warfare.
When God’s Presence is with you, no enemy can stop you. Nothing and no one can hinder you from entering into God’s promises for your life.
- The key to your breakthrough is not a method, it is your relationship with God.
- The key to winning the battle you face, is not your own strength, it is the power of God’s Presence upon you. It is the Holy Spirit within you.
As has often been said, ‘Don’t say, “God, here is my problem.” Say, “Problem, here is my God!”
The Power of God’s Presence in the Battle
Praise and worship celebrates and honours God’s Presence in the midst of conflict. This is one reason why worship and praise is powerful in times of spiritual warfare.
‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ (Psalm 23:5)
God is with you in the midst of the battle! He is pouring out a fresh anointing.
This is why the enemy will attack us specifically in the area of having confidence in God’s Presence. He wants us to doubt. He wants to separate us from God’s Presence through a lie of shame or unworthiness. However, know above all things, the blood of Jesus covers your sin and removes all shame. (Heb 10:19-22)
When your confidence is in the Presence of God, His Presence is what you are responding to, not the circumstance.
- You are watching to see what He is doing, sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
- You are waging spiritual warfare from an attitude of rest.
- You do not have to strive, because His Presence is taking care of the situation. You are proactive in obedience to what God is saying.
Be like Esther, who brought the enemy of God’s people right into the presence of the King. That’s where he was defeated. (Esther 7:8)
Be like Joshua, whose intimate conversation with God and value of God’s Presence won the battle. (Joshua 6-7)
Be like Jesus, empowered and anointed by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:1-14)
No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Instead, you shall rise, victorious, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to enter into God’s promises for your life.
 In the Old Testament, various encounters with the Angel of the Lord were what is known as a theophany, God appearing in human form to visit directly with His people, and possibly a pre-Incarnate appearance of Jesus Himself.
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On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church
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