There are things meant to be under your rule

Which you presently do not see there

As you journey into the month of AUGUST 

There shall be a distinct turnaround

That you will see Christ

In the place of those pending victories

And that He, as the Captain of your salvation

Will bruise under your feet shortly

The head of satan and his contending forces


Isaac Boluwatise


And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. Josh 3:5-6

We all have promises that we go after, and we do if we press on to know the Lord. Hos 6:2; 1 Cor. 8.2. the more we press, the more we discover the promises/plans He has for us. Pursuit of God can be seen as the pursuit of His promises for His word is the same as He. The more the pursuit, the more the materialisation of the blessings in spiritual places in your material realm. God wants this to be. The more you have his seed for the earth, the more you will enjoy the rain of His grace.

The way this ongoing experience happens is in your response to the promises discovered. The response is usually a change of mind-set and an improvement in your walk. Rom 12:2.

The climate changes in from time to time and so we must recognise the demand on us per time. We are not the coming out generation, but the going in generation. The generation that takes over the land, promises that have been pending for long. To enter into these promises, there is the necessity of crossing the hurdles that those before were unable to cross. The typology of the experience of Israel according to 1 Cor. 10:1ff and Rom 15:4 is a great lesson for us.

Jordan was a significant hurdle in the way of these people. You will agree that this is not in any way an enemy coming against them. This was just naturally there from the past (in the order of natural order from your history into the future or matters general to everyone) and they must be crossed if they will ever get deeply into the promise. Everyone would in one way or the other have such hurdles. The good news is that the grace of God however is so abundant that there will be a way through them. Robert Frost made an interesting statement. He said, the best way out is always through. God amazingly took them through this predicament as He would do with everyone, no matter the predicament. 1 Cor. 10:13 affirms that with (in association with) the situation, God makes a way of escape.

Before considering the practicality of the crossing of the hurdle, it is good to remember that there was a crossing of another before now – the red sea. Looking at the differences and the distinctive of the two crossings respectively will also help us.

When they were to cross the red sea, they were full of murmurings and complaints. They were in a situation that overwhelmed or had power over them. It was necessary for Moses to calm them down and give them special encouragement (Ex 14:13-14) not to fear; but to stand still; so as to see what the Lord will do. The interest of God for them was that they will see the Egyptians no more forever. Their agitation was rooted in not being assured of that. Obviously, there was no response from them to the plan of God to take them all the way. Moses only calmed them down as faith is not built in a crisis situation.

The crossing of the red sea was all between Moses and God. God had settled the matter and Moses could believe that. God told him to instruct them to go forward while he (Moses) would carry out the work of faith by stretching the rod over the sea. This looks stupid just like “fill the water pots with water”; “go your way, your son is healed”; “go to the pool of Siloam and wash” etc. Miracles happens consequent to the obedience/agreement of faith.

They crossed the sea because the miracle had taken place, and that because Moses responded in faith to God. To cross the Jordan will be totally different from this. The Joshua generation were a people of the word. They relate with promises and instructions to see the will of God done in their lives.


“I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea … and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, …. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Josh. 2:9-11

It is good to know of the ultimate future; it is important also to be able to trace your way there. Now that you know where you are going, know to also trace the way from where you are …. One of the way to do that is to embark on an espionage mission just the way Abraham journeyed as a sojourner across the land of Canaan. Doing this is both dangerous and advantageous. The advantages outweigh if you see in a positive perspective.

When you are set to explore the prospects ahead, make sure you:

Do it WITH A FIRM PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT GOD IS ABLE TO DO. Ps 149:4 says that the pleasure of God in His people will cause Him to beautify them, when humble or submissive, with salvation. This indicates that though there will be challenges, there will be a way out by God’s saving grace.

Do it WITH THE AGREEMENT OF LIKEMINDED PERSONS who are either with you on the mission or who partner with you by healthily supporting or listening to you. You don’t need the crowd around you; you don’t need the hang-arounds. You need partners. Partners are either in agreement with you or collaborating with you for success. Look carefully at the context of Joshua 2 and you will see the difference between the mission in Num. 13 and the one here. The significant difference is that of number; not that of location; and not that of distance. It is the difference of attitude. While they were 12 at Kadesh-Barnea, they were divided in their attitude and perspective. The team of two that Joshua sent was together. If the attitude in Num. 13 is involved in Josh 2, the spies might fail by getting caught.

Do it by ensuring that the testimonies from the past go ahead of you to weaken every contradictory evidences or possibilities (the negative possibilities) – Ps 149:5-9. Most of us want the testimonies to ring forth on their own, but practically you will have to noise out loud whatever God has done for you. When you know to sing forth God’s praise, you are arming yourself with a lethal weapon to take the promises ahead. Stop whining or crying; start to praise and testify. Let the heavens, earth, and hell hear from you. Count your blessings and name them one by one.

The inside information for you today and every time you spy out the future is that THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU THE LAND. Josh 2:9. Go and spend time thinking ahead in the light of the promise. Those around your allotment shall be terrified and fainthearted. Your own tool for fight shall be the promise and the testimonies of what God has done in your life in the past.

If the enemy is still rearing up its ugly head, engage testimonies of praise and fight with the word. Praise and the spoken word are tools for warfare. The honour of the saints is to know to use these to execute vengeance, punishments and judgement on the enemies of righteousness while insisting that the land is yours.


Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, … to search out the country.” Josh 2:1-2

Vision belongs to those who are interested in the future. When there is a desire and a long for things beyond here and now, the Holy Spirit blesses with vision according to the will of God. Vision is very important because the future belongs only to those who see ahead. Nobody has the future without having a vision. Pro 20:19; 1Cor 2:9-10. While receiving a vision is good, it is necessary to get clarity of vision. Everyone needs to have a clearer idea of things, the promises and prospects ahead consequent to the revelations by the Holy Spirit.

If anything shall come to pass in your life, there must be a knowing and a progression on that knowledge continuum until the promises come to pass. A clearer vision does not come unless the desire gets more intense. Clarity of vision causes you to know that the land is already yours. It is good to know of the ultimate future; it is important also to be able to trace your way there. Now that you know where you are going, know to also trace the way from where you are.

‘From where you are’ is the pattern from the beginning. God blessed Adam from where he was. Gen 1:28; Abraham will inherit the land by first seeing it from where he was – Gen 13:14-17; If there is a disconnect between where you are and where you are going, the journey is in trouble. See from where you are. Connect the dots. One of the way to do that is to embark on an espionage mission just the way Abraham journeyed as a sojourner across the land of Canaan.

AN ESPIONAGE MISSION is the act of checking out or spying out covertly the territory you are interested in ahead of time. This spying is done on a territory outside your current or friendly zone. You may be interested to that the territory promised you is outside your friendly zone.

YOU NEED TO SPY THE LAND/PROMISE OUT to familiarise yourself with that territory as your ego is more comfortable here than there. This spiritual exercise will help you to bridge the existing gap. It is the obligation of God the Spirit to grant you the revelation; it is however your own responsibility to own or take possession of the revelation. Deut 29:29

EMBARKING ON AN ESPIONAGE MISSION is both dangerous and advantageous, since it is carried out in a territory outside the comfort zone of your ego. Do you know why most people do not explore ahead their promise and prospects? They do because they are afraid of impossibilities and worry. When you spy out the future you will see the advantages of the enemy; the strength and the fortresses. These are dangerous, resisting and discouraging to you; these are contradictory to the promise. The enemy uses them to attack your head/mind. If he conquers there, there will be failure such as portrayed in Num. 13 and 14.

There are, on the hand, loads of benefits to thinking ahead. You will see the prospects of the promise. These prospects are advantageous to your journey. Look very well and you will see the loopholes and the vulnerabilities/weaknesses of the enemy; look well and you will see the evidences of how possible the promise is.  (to be continued)


Sons of peace will respond positively and actively to the peace God sends their way.

Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, … So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there… Then the woman took the two men and hid them…. Josh 2:1,4.

From last week, it was pointed out that sons of peace or those worthy of the peace upon God’s messengers (Matt 10:11-15) are those whose means will be used to furnish provisions to those who God has sent on specific assignments. Rahab for the spies – Josh 2:1ff; and Lydia for Paul and his team at Philippi – Acts 16:12-15

Sons of peace will qualify themselves for the peace by their positive responses. Looking at the record concerning Rahab the harlot, there are FOUR ways by which the sons of peace will respond to qualify.

We already considered that THEY WILL FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SOMETHING UNCOMMON – Josh 2:3-7. A thing uncommon is often what could be easily overlooked, avoided, despised, glossed over; which particular hold the seed for the future (details in last week edition).

THEY RECOGNISE AND ATTEND TO THINGS WHICH AROUSE THEIR FAITH: Faith deals with the unseen, not the unknown. Sacrificial commitment is only found where faith is real. What do you believe? Rahab believed in the God of Israel. She heard of what He had done. She knew the land was already given to the Israelites. She therefore protected the spies because she both feared and trusted the God of Israel. The spies were the connectors she needed; she expected their protection. By faith a harlot got into the genealogy of Jesus. Works of faith are in correspondence to the commitment in the heart. Faith is known by works. Jam 2:19. You can look forward to a reward because the works of faith are never in vain.

THEY WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FUTURE NOT JUST WITH WORDS BUT ALSO WITH THEIR OBEDIENCE. Talk is cheap they say. Actions weigh much more – Matt 21:28-32. Your prayers to God will work; your works in obedience will, much more. Obedience to God should be in little things – Jn 2:1ff; they are often likely to be missed. The demand may not come in loud voice; not in quiet voice; maybe in no voice. They obey towards a harvest: when there is an expectation there is seriousness; the commitment is proportional to expectation; where there is no expectation, people cast of restraint – Pro 29:18.

THEY WILL STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THEIR COMMITMENT: Why do people attempt the uncommon, connect with the future in obedience attend to what they believe and still do not receive. Assumptions have been the bane of many. That you are in God’s care doesn’t mean you should take the risks He has not commanded. The promise of the spies was not all that was required for Rahab to experience peace. She needed to stay within the bounds: make mention of the spies’ mission to no one; stay indoors; mark her windows with the scarlet cord she used to drop the spies off the wall; and keep all her people indoors. If you have expectations for the future as a son of peace who receive those on God’s mission, the bounds will be made known to you. Those who receive the apostles in Jesus’ days on earth were to house them, feed them and if for any reason they showed the apostles the door, the peace carried by the apostles shall return to them. Anything outside the bounds of the commitment will make Rahab’s misfortune to be her own responsibility. Rahab’s blood on her heard

LET YOUR LIFE RESPOND TO GOD’S MERCY: Response to God’s mercy sent your way will cause you to do things consistent with the supply. What you do today is a seed for tomorrow – Rev 22:12. As little foxes spoil the vine, 2 SS 2:11, so do little oversights eat up the future. Today is for adjustments and prayerful decisions and expectations. Trust God to help you to optimise your opportunities; That your faith in God will reflect in your works; That instead of just drifting, you will live with expectation and operate within the bounds of your commitment to God.


Sons of peace will respond positively to the peace that God sends their way through His servants.

Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, … So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there… Then the woman took the two men and hid them…. Josh 2:1,4


The place of those ‘worthy of the peace’ carried by someone on a mission is undeniable, especially in Christian ministry, for none can stand or do it alone.; None has it all mapped out. God has arranged for things to work out in the path of His assignments by furnishing help through the sons of peace. Cases in reference are Matt 10:1-15 and Josh 2:1ff

God has blessings to give out on earth. These blessings are the requirements for life’s journey. For these man looks up to God since he cannot of his own strength accomplish some of them. Matt 7:7. These blessings range from current needs to the future needs. Most of what heaven will do on earth will be commanded on earth, unless they are things that are obviously beyond the system here.

Money will not drop from heaven. Cars are not manufactured in heaven. Houses have not dropped from the heavens. For heaven’s mission to be carried out on earth, the material resources will be commanded on earth – Jn 6:1-12; matt 21:1-3; 26:17-19. The problem is that most people do not know that in divine arrangement one man’s seed is another’s harvest. If there is failure to give out that seed the desired harvest in the future may never come. 2 Cor. 8:9

Sons of peace or those worthy of the peace upon God’s messengers are those whose means will be used to furnish provisions to those who God has sent on specific assignments. Rahab for the spies – Josh 2:1ff; and Lydia for Paul and his team at Philippi – Acts 16:12-15

Sons of peace respond positively to the provision of peace that God sends their way through His servants. Looking at the record concerning Rahab the harlot, there are FOUR ways by which the sons of peace will respond to the provision.

THEY WILL FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SOMETHING UNCOMMON – Josh 2:3-7. A thing uncommon is often what could be easily overlooked, avoided, despised, glossed over. Whereas such things have in them the seed needed for the future. The servants of Jesus were practically unknown; they were however sent to those they did not have any arrangement with. To make the matter worse, they were to take no provision along. Heaven chose this option because they were carriers of peace that someone definitely needed. The reception granted them will make those who receive them to be worthy of the peace they did carry. The emissaries of Israel were mere men made significant by the assignment given them. On their espionage they were secret representative of Israel and by extension, servants of God’s interest. None knew then in Jericho. In fact, being known will be dangerous for them. There was however something with them that will give someone doomed to death and destruction a future. Who will be worthy of that blessing? Don’t think that all that you will attend to will come with a tag on it that will cause everyone to ordinarily know that they are meant for you. Life is by faith and not by sight. The faith of God within you will be the connecting point between certain blessings and you. Wrong discrimination might be dangerous. It is not necessarily the big stuffs that connects with the future, it might be the few loaves of bread and few fishes. It might be the boat of peter on the sea of galilee; it might even be the expensive alabaster box. For RAHAB It was the capacity and the decision to protect those whom God has marked because they were on His mission, a greater mission. When you protect something greater than you, you are tapping into a greater grace or peace; you are making provision for your future in your obedience. (TO BE CONTINUED).


So they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses. Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.” Josh 1:16-18

Continuing from last week, we see further  that in Joshua’s company:

3. Everyone was willing to accept his authority. How can someone tell you what to do and you shall be obligated to? That can only be because you have been able to TRUST the person under God to provide you with leadership and direction fully recognising the place of authority in God’s system. It was this recognition of authority that caused Jesus to be impressed with the centurion in Matt 8:5-12. He understood authority (a crucial factor in the kingdom of God); He submitted under authority and knows to exercise authority (YOU CANNOT CONFIDENTLY OPERATE OR EXERCISE AUTHORITY WHEN YOUR OWN OBEDIENCE IS WANTING); He expects (and he can legitimately) THE BLESSING OF AUTHORITY WHICH ONLY FALLS TO THOSE WHO DULY RESPECT IT; He therefore had the potential (even as an outsider) to partake in the coming kingdom while the real heirs of the kingdom were gazing like outsiders and shall be thrown out according to the words of Christ. Why would they be thrown out? They will be thrown out for their rebellion, the opposite of submission.

4. Everyone believed the best of Joshua and supported him, especially in prayer that God will be with him. It is a responsibility to believe the best of the leader that God has caused you to recognise. BELIEVING THE BEST OF HIM IS SYNONYMOUS TO EXPECTING THE BEST THROUGH HIM. The extent of the devotion and the responsiveness of the followers is the extent of their privileges from a leader. The exceptionally committed ones were those in Christ’s innermost circle during His earthly ministry. It takes believing the best of a leader before you can listen to him in all things. Instructing and leading in all things as a leader in within the bounds of the charge received by God. God does not delegate a leader to usurp people’s personal responsibility. It is important to also support a leader. The support is not for him but for the good of the group, especially in prayer that God will be with him.

5. The took a stand against division and rebellion within the camp. Division can be seen from two angles, the functional and the dysfunctional. While a functional division is a functional part of a group that runs with a mission that is subordinate (sub-mission) to the group, dysfunctional division is the rebellious, seditious, conflicting part of a group. Every group that will win against all odds must ensure that a stand is taken against such insurgence; If not that will be a quickest way to defeat. Why was the devil sent out of heaven? His rebellion and the need to forestall further defilement. It is better to be out of a team/group than to constitute defilement on their feast of love and unity.

  1. They encouraged him the leader in all sincerity. Good followers serve as channels, not source, of joy, strength and of courage to the leader. The body language, words and willingness of the people constituted encouragement to Joshua. This we must do with our all. Heb. 13:17

The essence of the group is for winning; it is for geometric effects. Even where God is in charge, he has never left His people without a leader. When they did not have a king after the culture of the nations, he gave them judges who were their captains. The reason for a captain in the army is for winning. If we operate with this spirit, our campaigns will be successful to our corporate and individual good and to the praise of God. This context just showed that the kingdom of God is a functional structure and not dysfunctional mass.


If a team will win, the people must be mindful of God’s interest and purpose corporate to them

So they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses. Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.” Josh 1:16-18

The setting out of the ministry of Joshua was the dawn of a new era. Yesterday is gone and today is very important. While we take cue from wonderful precedents from the past and maintain the ancient landmark which our fathers have set, we must know that today is the best time to be and the only opportunity that we can use. We must celebrate every day that He has given us as the day that the Lord has made.The essence of a group is to win together. When this same principle is applied to the church, it is much more than to win as other groups or human association. The church as a kingdom outstation on earth is to accomplish what falls within the sphere of God’s desire. The church has a clear job description: it is spelt out in the great commission – Matt 28:19-20; Mar 16:15-18; Jn 20:21; Acts 1:8. This has to be carried out in line with the revelation of God’s mind (so that we do not end up to have ran in vain. 1Cor. 9:24-27) and with a kingdom orientation so that we do not end up with a replication of human scheme.

God commissioned Joshua to lead the pack. His words to Him was His words to the people. There was an essential part of the preparation or the readiness of the people to take the land set before them that we cannot gloss over. It was their team spirit and attitude. This lesson is apt for us and for our time, so that through the consolation and encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

If a team will win, the people must be kingdom-minded. Kingdom- mindedness speaks of a team whose consideration is for God’s interests and purpose; it speaks of selflessness and a looking away from personal interests to concentrate on corporate purpose and goals. This was the attribute found in the Joshua generation team and which constitutes a great lesson for us today. According to the text:

Everyone was together. They spoke with one voice and operated with team spirit. The essence of a group is togetherness for we need to take hold together with others if we would make things to happen – Mk 3:24; Luk 11:17. The church as the outstation of the kingdom on earth must maintain a team spirit. Rom 15:5-6; Eph. 4:3-6; Jn 17:6. This team spirit does not mean we have lost out individual uniqueness or genius; it rather helps us to agree even in our disagreement. Phil 4:2; Eph 5:27. While for the Israelites it was a natural national togetherness, it is most of the time not so today since church is not a natural family. We are a coming together of different kinds and manners of people. Little wonder that unless the right culture is imbibed, the church can easily become the breeding ground for division and multiplicity of opinions.

Everyone recognised the God given leadership of Joshua. Everyone (though to function together with others) has the responsibility to recognise for himself a God given leadership. Matt 4:18-22. According to the precedent from Christ, a leader will be led to co-opt some while some others will be led to join themselves to the leader. Jesus was uncompromising in relating with potential disciples, Luk 9:57-62. In either case the decision still remains with each person to decide whether to align or not to align with the leader. Leadership in the kingdom though delegated or appointed by God is not by imposition, but by acceptance, for nothing shall be done without your mind – Phile 1:14. (to be continued).


Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

The joy of Easter is the remembrance of what Christ did for us. According to 1 Cor. 15:1ff, Jesus died and resurrected for us according to the scriptures; and is alive forever for us.

His death and resurrection hold much value for us: He died for our sins and suffered for the consequences of our sins. Death being a common phenomenon holds no significance in the works of Christ, if it stands alone, for we would have no gospel. It is in His resurrection that His death makes sense. He did not perish like others; He came out to bring everyone out of doom.

He is now exalted to the heavens; positioned at the right hand of the FATHER and living as High Priest and Advocate for all who come to the father by Him. His present life is beneficial to us as He saves “… to the uttermost, those who come to the father through Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them.” He alone can make a full end of all our issues and challenges as we come to Him.

Two things are portrayed here: 1). He saves, making a full end; while 2). We come to Him.

His resurrection gives victory to His cross experience, otherwise it would have been the sign of victory for the devil. He arose in glory (better than when He was buried); to justify us; to be exalted; and to be the Lord and saviour. Our sins have not only been taken care of, we have also being justified. These are two different things. Forgiveness is pardon and removal of punishment; Justification is right standing; right of access and removal of guilt and condemnation.

The place of our coming to Him is important for the process of being continually saved. This coming is not meant to be just as the approach of the needy seeking for help or as the approach of a worshipper basically venerating a deity. He wants much more than this from us. He wants us to come CONSTANTLY to Him as those who come in for fellowship. This is the act of setting Him always before us, as David testified in Ps 16:8.

To set here means to level with Him; to equalise with Him; to agree with or be like Him – these only happen through union. You don’t level with someone greater unless you have come into fellowship or union with the person. This is why not just anyone can worship him – Jn 4:24ff. It takes being born of the spirit to worship the Lord as required in the New Testament; and that worship happens as a fruit of our being partakers of His divine nature – 2 Pet 1:3-4. Our worship would not be meaningful or will not put Him in His place of honour unless it practically meets up with His expectation of us. It is time we optimised our union with Christ, to share with Him what He shares with the Father.

It is when we practise this deepened relationship or fellowship with the Lord, keeping Him in His place of honour that we can practically experience the continual salvation which He offers.

This salvation is experienced as:

SECURITY – We can be secured as David pointed out – ‘I shall not be moved (slip, shake, fall)’;

JOY – We can cheer up and be excited for the joy of the Lord is our strength and the key to drawing His provided resources – Neh 8:10; Isa 12:3;

REST IN HOPE – It is the person who has entered in practice into oneness with the Lord that can settle down securely and continue in hope. He is so securely bound to what lies ahead that no temporarily disturbing stuff can ruffle his spirit;

DELIVERANCE FROM SHEOL: Sheol is both literal and figurative as a place of no return; of captivity, of bondage, of loss; of extreme degradation in sin. The righteous will not actually be abandoned to it. He can come out inasmuch as God did not allow Christ to see corruption. God’s people can go through circumstances; His interest and ability however is that they will not see it just as Christ went through the grave without seeing corruption. This is the key for coming out of trouble: He empowers us to see beyond the plight, so that it will leave no effect on us.

It is your time to stay alive, fresh, strong, renewed, revived, and sustained; a time to be in His presence and to experience the pleasures of His right hand.

Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

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