"Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:6-8
In Calgary, when the weather changes most people experience migraine headaches due to the change in weather pressure which has been scientifically proven.
Yesterday, when I got home from work, I had my dinner and got ready for bed. I decided to read my bible before sleeping.
I read Galatians 1 and mediated on vs 3 and 4 "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:"
I had been feeling unwell the night before and the whole day. I took a pain killer in the night to help me sleep well. I did sleep sound for a while and suddenly, I woke up in the midnight with a bad pain in my head. Immediately, I began to pray in the Spirit and quote the verse I had mediated on before I slept.
I began to say "Christ has forgiven my sins and rescued me from the power of this present evil world. Therefore, no evil can harm me" As I continued with the scripture, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Psalm 121:6 "The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night." I began to say that verse out and said "therefore, the weather has no right to affect me negatively!"
He also reminded of the words in Isa 54:17 "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD."
Hear what the Lord says about the Holy Spirit "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." Jh 14:26
When we read and mediate on the Word of God, that's the Lord speaking to us. And the Holy Spirit will remind us when we need help.
I went to my kitchen, spent some time with the Word and went back to bed. I was initially tempted to take the pain killer again but I refused. Choosing to believe the Word of God.
I took some warm water, opened my window a little bit more and closed my eyes and after a while I fell asleep.
I woke up the next morning, feeling on top of the world, and when that evil one tried to inflict me with slight headache, I refused his package in the name of the Lord. I went through the day without a single pain in my head or body! The Word of God is able to quicken the smallest cell in our body.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Heb 4:12
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Ps 107:20
God has done us well by giving us His word. It's up to us to decide if we are going to accept the gift of His word.
Only God knows what that wicked one had planned for me in the night! Thank God for the gift of His Word and the Holy Spirit.
The Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous because he was going to face battles and the only way he (Joshua) was going to be prosperous/ win his battles in life was to mediate on the Word of God day and night.
As children of God, we have been given God's word as a weapon against the enemy in this evil world but if we do not feed and mediate on the word of God then we have only given that wicked one a chance to do as he pleases with our lives.
Hear what Apostle says in Eph 6:17 "take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When Satan came to tempt Jesus, the Lord's weapon against the devil was the word of God! If God needed the written word to defeat Satan in His time in this world, how much you and I?
We must realize that we are in a battle ground and we have a wicked adversary!
"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." Rev 13:5-7
As long as you are a child of God, Satan is going to make war with you. Get ready!
Lord, I ask that I may hunger for your word and as I read and mediate, I ask that the Holy Spirit will teach me and grant me understanding in Jesus name. Amen.