Turn Worship into a Habit: Self-Development Lessons – Joshua 5:13-14

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The Fall of Jericho

13 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?’

14 ‘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, and asked him, ‘What message does my Lord have for his servant?’

– Joshua 5:13-14 NIV

Joshua 5:13-14 is the beginning of the fall of Jericho. From this verse, you will learn when it is the beginning of the fall of your opposition. 

In Joshua 5:13, Joshua looked for help in times of trouble.

The angel of the Lord was neither for nor against the Israelites. He simply was. 

Does that sound familiar? It should! This was what God called Himself.

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘You shall say this to the Israelites, “I AM has sent me to you.”’”

– Exodus 3:14 AMP

This was the first instance of God “properly” introduced Himself. 

On the surface, it sounds kind of dumb. What is that supposed to mean? God, what do you mean by “I Am”? “I Am” what??

Throughout the Bible, we learn stories that teach us what God means by “I Am.”

In David’s story in the books of Samuel, we learn that God is the source of deliverance and justice

And In Jonah’s story (in the book of, well, Jonah), we learn that God is the source of destiny

And in the story of Moses in the Torah, we learn that God is the source of faith.

(Torah refers to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.)

I could go on, but God has too many traits. 

Back to Joshua 5:13, the angel was for the Lord. 

Here come the most important lessons of Joshua 5:13-14: When you know that something is on God’s side, it’s time to celebrate.

Some people say worship doesn’t do anything. Nonsense!

Worship is the currency of faith!

We need worship to please God. 

Follow me carefully here:

God doesn’t favor us because of how much we worship, God helps us because of the faith we grow from worship.

In other words, worship is for ourselves. It puts us in our place and humbles us.

Let me sidetrack a little here.

The most important value in the Bible stems from humanity: Love. 

Humility teaches us that we are not better than anyone else, which helps us love better. 

Here is why: Those who are genuinely humble help others the way they would like to be treated. 

They don’t believe they’re bigger than anybody else. They help because it is the right thing to do. 

That’s why they love!

By going a large round, I hope you realize something – living out Godly values puts us in God’s favor, and love is the most important one of all. That’s why it’s so important to worship!

So, before things are going south, you should be worshipping God like it’s a habit.  

Then when life gets tough, be assured that things are going in God’s favor. 

Call to Action

Do this every day:

Set aside ten minutes every day and worship. Sing songs that you love about God. It can be a new song, it can be an old song.

If you don’t like singing, read the Bible out loud. 

It doesn’t matter what you do, I want you to dedicate to God. Worship Him with your intentions, not your actions!

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