Posted by: peebles | September 16, 2013

Joshua 5:9 (KJV) ~ And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

Here is a powerful word from God today, “He has rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.” The Israelites, God’s people, had come up out of Egypt, yet in their hearts they still had the shame of living in Egypt and serving Pharaoh. For forty years in the desert Moses led them and now, they have crossed into the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua. Yet, during their time in the desert, they had rebelled against the God who loved them. So here they stand on the threshold of one of their greatest victories; this was the place where forty years prior ten spies brought back a report that those who lived in Jericho were giants.

In our text for today, God had to address their attitude of mind. He had to address their past failures which they had held onto and, for some, had affected their courage to be strong and courageous. God had to address their self-image and confidence because, they had this dark cloud which cast a shadow over many of them, and it whispered a cruel lie of the enemy telling them that God disapproved of them. Here at Gilgal, God spoke to them and said, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.” In other words, God is saying to them, “Now go forward, knowing my favor and blessing. Be strong in the LORD your God; be courageous and bold for I am with you.”

Is it possible that even today some people still think God disapproves of them because of their time in Egypt? Because of their wanderings into rebellion? Because of the past circumstances in their lives where they were not to blame yet, they blame themselves and, in effect, they hold themselves back with thoughts of personal failure?

God has never looked at you with a frown, nor has He ever looked at you with a sad face of disapproval. Some people believe the word from the enemy before they even take one step forward; words such as, “There are giants in the land, or this is too hard to do, or even, you can’t win.”

No matter how you look at a $100 dollar bill it is still a $100 dollar bill. It may have a little dirt on it from time to time, and a few wrinkles here or there, yet it is still a $100 dollar bill. Your worth before God is priceless. Yes, you may have a few spots of dirt, which can be washed away. You may have a few wrinkles because of being battered and bruised, of being squashed and enduring the heat of a battle, yet your worth in God’s sight is priceless. His perspective of you, His thoughts of you, His way of looking at you has never changed. To God you are His treasured possession; you are absolutely priceless in His sight.

Know the power of this verse of Scripture from our text for today in Joshua 5:9 (KJV), “And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.”

He has rolled away the past, your days of Egypt, your troubled mindsets of fear and doubt, and as you stand this day on the threshold of a new battle, know this: God is on your side. Go forward, knowing His favour and blessing. Be strong in the LORD your God, be courageous and bold for He is with you. Slay those giants of lies from the enemy, break down the walls of Jericho which stand before you, and rise up in the power and might of the LORD to move in and possess the Promised Land.

My friend, certain mindsets can hold you back from bringing down the walls of Jericho, and from truly moving into and onto greater victories. It is time to forgive yourself and move on. God has rolled back the reproach of Egypt; He has taken it away. Let His strength fill your heart, and let His courage cause you be as bold a Lion. In His eyes you are forgiven, in His eyes you were born a champion in Christ Jesus, and a champion in Him you will always be.

God bless you my friend, Matthew


Responses

  1. What a beautiful word of exhortation this is! We are indeed instructed by God to remember not the former things; neither consider the things of old. God desire to do a new thing in our lives! And as we yield our will to Him, He works in us, both to will and to do, of His good pleasure. God Bless You Brother Matthew:)


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