All these kings responded by mobilizing their warriors and uniting to fight against Israel. Their combined armies, along with a vast array of horses and chariots, covered the landscape like the sand on the seashore. They established their camp around the water near Merom to fight against Israel.

Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them. By this time tomorrow they will all be dead. Cripple their horses and burn their chariots." ~~Joshua 5:4-6 (NLT)


By spending time with God, Joshua had come to a place of recognizing His voice. By conferring with the Commander of the Army, Joshua was clear as to the battle plan God had laid out. Because Joshua had trusted Him in the past, he was able to trust Him again now.  He hadn't heard the Scripture "perfect love expels all fear" (1 John 4:18 NLT) but he certainly understood it.


Where are Your Burn Marks?

Thousands of years from now, if the world is still turning and your "remains" are discovered as part of an ancient culture, what will the excavators and onlookers find there?  The mark of the Holy Spirit or the oozing leftovers of fear, worry, and complacency? 

Do you spend enough time with your Heavenly Father in prayer that you easily recognize His voice?  Do you go to Him before you step out onto enemy territory? Have you trusted Him enough in the past that trusting Him today and in the future comes like second nature?

These are the marks of the Holy Spirit.  These are the remains of a warrior.

And this is part of what I learned when I fell into the Bible.


Eva Marie Everson is the author of "Shadow of Dreams" & "Summon the Shadows" and an award-winning national speaker. She can be contacted at