There are many battles in life, besetting sin that captivates our soul, and strongholds that will not budge. We struggle and wrestle with things that we can’t seem to find victory over. Perhaps, we are going about it all wrong. Perhaps, we need an encounter with Jehovah Tsebaioth. In his book, “Knowing God by His Name:Names of God that Bring Hope and Healing,” David Wilkerson talks about Jehovah Tsebaioth which translated means, “Captain of the Lord’s host.”
As Joshua faced the battle of Jericho, he met Jehovah Tsebaioth, “Captain of the Lord’s heavenly army” and was informed that the battle was not his (Joshua’s) but God’s.
I will quote Wilkerson. “Here is the key to all victory. You have crossed the Jordan, you have been circumcised in your heart(my addition), you have been blood-secured – yet you still face an overwhelming battle. This warfare is totally beyond your strength and ability. So the Lord comes to you with a powerful assurance: ‘You have to see that this battle is not yours, but Mine. I am committed to do all the fighting for you.’”
Is this a revelation for anyone? When we are out of ideas, out of plans, imagine Jesus saying, ‘Of course you have no plan.’ “There is no plan for man in this kind of warfare. The battle is all Mine. You are powerless on your own to deal with a stronghold, just as Israel was helpless against Jericho. Only the Lord’s unseen army can conquer this stronghold. On your own you could strategize for years without ever coming up with an effective plan. You would end up thinking, There is no way I can ever defeat this enemy. Time after time, battle after battle, it has proven too strong for me. I know I will only fail again if I keep trying to go up against it. I don’t even have the strength to try anymore. I guess I’ll always be at the mercy and power of this enemy.
“No, never! The Lord is telling you, ‘I am going to fight this battle for you….You need only to move forward at My word. Soon you will see Me bring down this stronghold before your eyes.’
“When Christ appeared to Joshua, He was communicating, ‘Joshua, the enemy has fortified Jericho with unseen principalities and powers of darkness. It is going to take an unseen host from glory to cast him down. So I come to you now as Jehovah Tsebaioth – Captain of the Lord of hosts. I have at my command a huge, mighty army with troops, chariots and horses you know nothing about. This is not your battle – it is the Lord’s. The host of heavenly beings who act on My command are going to tear these walls down. They are going to wipe out Jericho from the face of the earth forever. Your job in this battle is just to keep moving on. Simply walk in obedience to My word. My unseen host will deal with bringing down this stronghold.’”
Psalm 124:6-8, “Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”
“Many Christians today become overwhelmed as they try to confront their strongholds. When they see their Jericho’s towering before them, they panic. As they contemplate doing battle against this enemy, they begin to wither. Soon the enemy has beaten them back into the wilderness. He has convinced them they have to remain helpless until they die. Then Jehovah Tsebaioth appears to them with these words of reassurance: ‘You do not have to fear this enemy. Just come under the blood. I will cover you with all manner of divine protection. Keep walking and talking with me. All the while I will be doing battle for you. I have a whole host at my disposal to do war against your Jericho. You have to know that the forces of Jehovah Tsebaioth are always at work on your behalf.”
Remember, the Israelites walked around Jericho a whole week without any visible evidence that God was at work. But on the seventh day, as they blew their trumpets, the walls crashed down. It was the heavenly host, led by Jehovah Tsebaioth whose supernatural might thunderously collapsed the wall. The people simply moved forward in faith and obedience.
No stronghold is too powerful to defy the Lord and His army. The battle is the Lord’s. The victory is ours. Call on Jehovah Tsebaioth to fight for you.
Hear the word of the Lord: II Chronicles 20:17 “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”
(Read how God prepared Joshua in chapter 1 of Joshua. In chapter 6, the wall comes down.)
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