"On that day God defeated Jabin king of Canaan in the sight of Israel. Israel became stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan until finally they destroyed him." Judges 4:23, 24
Praise the Lord my awesome Sistas,
I pray you are basking in the glory of His amazing presence. Yesterday as I was reading my bible I read the story of Deborah. I am fascinated by her story. It blows my mind how God used two of Israel's most powerful women to win one of Israels most fierce battles. You know sistas, before any battle is completely won there may be some skirmishes along the way that God will allow us to lose before we become 100 % triumphant. And yes Sistas, sometimes it is because of our own personal rebellion against a loving God. But the one thing that we must realize is that the situation is redeemable.
As I was reading one particular phrase kept coming to mind. Check this out. In Deborah chapter 4 beginning with verse 1 and 2 the story reads, "After Ehud died, the Israelites again did what the Lord said was wrong. So he (the Lord) let Jabin, a king of Canaan who ruled in the city of Hazor, defeat Israel." Judges 4:1, 2 Notice the scripture says that God letJabin defeat the Israelites in that battle. Let is defined as not preventing something: to allow something to happen or somebody to do something; to give someone permission to do something. Sistas, there are times when the Lord will tell us not to do something and just like the Israelites did again and again; we do the very thing that the Lord said was wrong. And sometimes He lets; allows things to come our way so that we will have to rely on Him for deliverance.
Eventhough Jehovah Nissi, One who is mighty in battle, did not come to their rescue that day, He still had a miraculous deliverance in mind. That's why we ought to love Him so much. He not only is the God of a second chance, He is the God of a third, fourth, and fifth chance. If we read til the end of the chapter, we see that it reads, ""On that day God defeated Jabin king of Canaan in the sight of Israel. Israel became stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan until finally they destroyed him." Judges 4:23, 24 You see sistas in spite of our mess, when we get it right, in the end we still come out triumphant.
Sistas, this has to remind us of how so utterly defeated Jesus must have looked as He lay dead upon that cross and then out the grave of despair victory overpowered the plans of the enemy and Jesus was triumphant. Scripture says, "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." Colossians 2:15
According to John Gill's exposition of Colossians 2:15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers simply means that that the "principalities of hell, the infernal powers of darkness, the devil that had the power of death, the accuser of the brethren, who often objected their debts, with all his works and posse: these Christ has divested of their armour, wherein they trusted to have ruined men, as sin, the law, and death; he has ransomed his people from him that was stronger than they, and taken the prey out of the hands of the mighty; he has bruised the serpent's head, demolished his works, destroyed him himself, and all his powers, and defeated all their counsels and designs against his elect:"
He continues by saying, "Some render the word (apekdusamenov) , "having put off", or "unclothed": and which some of the ancient writers apply to the flesh of Christ, and understand it of his putting off the flesh by death, whereby he he gave the death blow to Satan and his powers, Hebrews 12:14, to which sense agrees the Syriac version, which renders the words, (hrgp xlvbw) , "and by the putting off of his body, he exposed to shame principalities and powers": but it may be better interpreted of unclothing, or stripping principalities and powers of their armour, with which they were clothed; as is usually done to enemies, when they fall into the hands of their conquerors: unless rather this is to be understood of Christ's taking away the power and authority of the Jewish ecclesiastical rulers and governors, by abolishing the ceremonial law, and the ordinances of it; declaring himself to be the alone King and Lawgiver in his house, and requiring subjection to his institutions and appointments, which sense agrees with the context: "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." Okay Sistas, how amazingly powerful is that. Can you imagine all principalities being brought down to nothing because He literally stripped them of their amour? They literally fell to the hands of Jesus, their conqueror. Awesome!!!!!!
Sistas, all of this was said to say that there will be times when it looks as though we are defeated. There may be times when we may lose a battle or two, but that is not the time to turn tail and run or bury our heads in despair because God has something so profoundly powerful in mind. I like the scripture in Judges 4 where is says, "Israel became stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan until finally they destroyed him." Girlz, our temporary set backs are meant to build us up and allow us to become stronger and stronger as we move towards our final victory in Him to destroy the plans of the enemy. Sistas, defeat always turns into victory. Praise Him!!!!
Our Daily Bread/Prayer Time
"Israel became stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan until finally they destroyed him." Judges 4:23, 24
"And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." Colossians 2:15
We praise you this morning for the victory already won at Calvary. Thank You for making a public spectacle of the enemy and triumphing over them by the cross. Lord, help our dear Sistas to realize because you were victorious at Calvary she is victorious in all things. Help her to praise you daily knowing that no matter how defeated a situation may look it will always turn into victory. Help her to look at all things through the awesome eyes of faith so she may walk in the victory that you have afforded her today and everyday. We pray all these things in your matchless name Jesus, Amen.
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