Chronological Bible: March 7, Battles won before being fought…

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  • Joshua 12:1-14:5

This section of scripture, listing the kings defeated and the lands distributed, can be used as a battle cry. See how God delivered the Israelites overs their enemies? Well, He can do that for us to.  So we raise a war cry and expect victory.

But the truth of any battle is this:

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one is watching.” (via @AthletesO)

The battle is won or lost in the preparation. The kings were overthrown because the leaders followed God’s lead. And I have a feeling God led them much like He leads us: in the quiet, int eh time with Him. Though He may show up in glorious appearing, He more often shows up in quiet seeking.

“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying,“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” –Luke 22:41-44, NKJV

The battle of the cross was won and lost in prayer with the Father. Jesus’ agony so complete, the sweat of this champion flowed in as blood. The quiet place where a tumultuous soul sought respite provided the strength required for the battle ahead. If Jesus needed this kind of prayer before a battle, who are we to think relying on our wits and experience is any match for the battle ahead?

If you want to be a champion, sweat like Jesus did.

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