WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18
Scripture: Deuteronomy 3:1-7
This passage says, “Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan; and Og king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. And the Lord said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.’ So the Lord our God also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan, with all his people, and we attacked him until he had no survivors remaining. And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these cities were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a great many rural towns. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children of every city. But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as booty for ourselves.” Here we are told exactly how Israel functioned and operated to be victorious. That is our pattern. Israel prayed and they did what God said do. Unless God said, ‘do it’ they didn’t do it. Unless God said, ‘go’ they did not go. This is a pattern that is born out of obedience and out of prayer. This is a pattern that will make us victorious in fulfilling God’s purposes. The key is the connection with God, and our willingness to do what He says do and pray what He says pray, not shying away from the judgments that God ordains and letting God destroy the enemy. We need to trust that He will answer the prayers that are birthed from His own heart and purposes. All we need to do is look at the book of Revelation to see that God is a judicial God and He takes the destruction of those rooted in evil very seriously. God’s inclination to deal with evil is born out of His desire to bring freedom and salvation to the blinded and the oppressed. It is about a greater salvation and a greater harvest. We need to understand this and listen for the Holy Spirit push and call it forth!