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A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, January 27, 2014

“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, ‘Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will crossover this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” - Joshua 1:10-11

I am very pleased and honored to announce that today’s article was written by my Honey Bee, my kingdom partner, Zalihta Pegeese. It is truly a privilege to host Zalihta’s article here in the Daily Word. Join me today and tomorrow for her revelation-rich message about marching in God's army, which will help you get in place and position for this lock-step strategy. Now on to the Word, as brought forth by Zalihta!

God is no respecter of persons. He will use those who are willing to be used by Him, but being willing and being ready are too different things. As you have read in the scripture above, God said first to prepare. Our hearts need to be prepared for a battle. If your heart is not in it, then you will be taken out before you even get started. Whether it is a real war, or your personal battles, your heart has to be ready for what you will face.

I was meditating on this one morning, and God led me to the time I was in boot camp for the Navy. All the preparation and training we went through was to get us ready for battle. Now I thank God I did not have to actually go to war, but we never know when we are going to have to face a battle, so that is why boot camp is necessary. I call it “gut check” time. Where is your heart when you face challenges? Will you give up, or will you press through it and see it for what it is: training for a higher purpose.

In this case, the higher purpose is to protect your country, family, friends, and your freedom. The training was not to harm us nor destroy us in any way, although it may seem that way sometimes; but its purpose is actually the opposite. Just like the Israelites did not realize that their time in the wilderness was actually preparation for war.

“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” - Hebrews 12:11

When someone is chastened, they are often being corrected. When one goes to boot camp, they are in some way being chastened because they are being corrected from acting and living one way, to acting and living an obedient way. That is what happens when we are living for God. We cannot live for God unchanged as sinners. God has to chasten us, correct us, so that we live righteously and victoriously. It is by those means that obedient children, and great men and women are made.

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2: 3-4 NKJ)

A fruitful spiritual life is inevitably accompanied by intense spiritual “warfare” and opposition. Most Christians only want the love and blessings from God, but don’t expect or want to see the God preparing and leading His people to war for lost souls. Are you ready for that? If not, then your heart is not prepared. You have not gone through the chastening and training by God that will produce much good fruit, righteousness, and perseverance.

Once your heart is prepared for battle, then there is a crossing over, as stated in Joshua 1:11. “Crossover” is defined as “a point or place of crossing from one side to the other” (Oxford Dictionary). “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT).

Also, “then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.’ He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJ).

Are we now ready for the battle you ask? Find out tomorrow in the conclusion of this message. In the meantime, allow the Lord your God, your Jehova Sabaoth (The Lord of hosts), to prepare your heart as only He can. Because when the Lord is for us, no one can stand against us! (Romans 8:31).

Join me tomorrow at our usual, but most unusual and highly-anointed place, where humanity meets Divinity, as we revel in the conclusion of this God-inspired Word brought forth through Zalihta.

Father, thank you for leading us into battle, and preparing us for victory, which is found only in and through your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Right now, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, we rebuke, bind, and cast out any fear that would hinder our allowing you to do the necessary work in our hearts to prepare us for this privilege and honor to serve in your army. We call forth Your Holy Spirit to breathe on us, and to perform the necessary spiritual surgery to make us wholly prepared. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are prepared and positioned in You. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Settle the matter today, once and for all, to allow God to prepare and position you in Jesus Christ for the battle against the enemy. Choose to see your God as your Jehova Sabaoth, your Lord of hosts—the Lord over the battle. And continue to fight the good fight of staying prepared so that you can stay in position; for God, your Perfect Formation, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.