// Read: Judges 1:1-7 //

After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”

The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”

The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.

When Judah attacked, the Lord gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.


The second principle is the Principle of Judah, Praise; letting praise go first. Many people are always possessed of their request at the expense of praising God. You should know how to praise God for what He has done, what He is doing and what He is going to do. Enter into His gate with thanksgiving and the Lord will carry the battle to the gate of your enemy. Your victory is sure when you engage your enemy in high praises of the Lord Jehovah. 

PRAYER: Spend time to praise God for who He is and the victory that He will grant you in life.

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