📖: Joshua 5:1-10
The Israelites were slaves in Egypt and while they lived there, they were maltreated. They felt inferior to the Egyptians and after 430 years, through Moses, God brought the Israelites out of Egypt,
Joshua 5:9 says “Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day”.
When we talk about ‘Reproach’, it means disgrace, shame, discredit, or blame incurred: to bring reproach on oneself. Before the Israelites could enter the ‘Promised Land’, God had to remove the reproach from the Israelites to make them worthy. Some examples of people that suffered reproach in the Bible, just to mention a few are Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-11), Rachel (Genesis 30:23), Elizabeth (Luke 1:24-25).
In the same way before we can achieve our preordained destiny, God has to roll away our reproach “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), due to our past mistakes, wrong choices, and errors. Reproach can come from anywhere; it can come from oneself, enemies, household wickedness (1 Samuel 1:1-7, unfriendly friends (Psalm 5512-14), and sometimes God allows us to pass through reproach. Proverbs 16:9 says “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”.
As Christians, before God can roll away our reproach, we must stop dwelling in our past failures, mistakes, and stop listening to those negative voices that labeled us. The same people that said negative words against us will turnaround and “They will say “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” (Psalm 22:8). Rather we must cast all our anxiety on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). It is better to “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun” (Psalm 37:5-6).
As Christians, we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We were saved from the penalty of sin when God bought us faith in Christ; we are presently being saved from the power of sin as the Holy Spirit sanctifies us. Jesus paid in full and sets us free from reproach. Jesus is saying to us in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. When we surrender our live to Jesus Christ, He will roll away our reproach and we will achieve our potentials. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17). Stay connected! Stay focused! Have a blessed day. Shalom!!!
🙏 Every garment of reproach in my life, catch fire and be roasted to ashes, in Jesus’ name.
🙏 O Lord, take away my reproach, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 Father Lord, arise in Your mercy and take away all contempt and reproach in my life, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 I bind and cast out every power of discouragement and fear, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 Holy Ghost, angels of God, arise and pursue my divine helpers to me now wherever they are in Jesus’ name.
🙏 I plug myself to the socket of divine favor by the power in the Blood of Jesus.
🙏 Let every good prophetic utterance over my life begin to come to pass now in Jesus name.
🙏 Season of opportunities and fulfillment open for me in Jesus name.
🙏 Doors of favor open for me now, in Jesus name.