October 21, 2013

Just a little perspective for a Monday

The other day I was reading my daily devotional and for some reason I felt God ask me to put it down and read in the book of Joshua. So I turned there in my Bible and started reading; then I felt God prompt me again. This time He wanted me to get a notebook. I loved what he taught me in the next half an hour and thought I would share it with you. 

I always hear people giving encouragement to live your week by on Mondays, but I am going to share some perspective instead for your week? OK?

Well, you're still reading and there hasn't even been a picture yet, so I have to figure you're in it for the long haul. 

So I was reading in Joshua 6. This is when Joshua, by command of God, had the Israelite army walk around the wall of Jericho once for 6 days, and 7 times on the 7th day. The promise was that after they walked around the wall 7 times in silence they would shout and "Jericho {:would be:}into (their) hand(s), its king, and the mighty men of valor." 

Remember, Jericho was the promise land that their ancestors had left Egypt for, over 40 years ago. This was huge, but there are so many things about this story that we can learn from. So I'll share a few that God laid on my heart.

1) God promised the Israelites Jericho , but there was a massive, fortifying wall between them and the promise. 

It probably hardly felt like victory. Thanks for the leading me to the promise land only to find a massive wall in front of it God. The teachable moment in that is that even though there was a huge obstacle in front of them, they chose to see the promise not the wall. There are promises God has given to you through His Word and probably even spoken to your heart personally, but there is hardly ever a promise without a wall. What are you more focused on the wall or the promise?

2) The people in Jericho knew the Israelites were there. 

In this scripture it says the Israelite priest were blowing their horns. So the people may have been inside the walls of Jericho, but they still knew there were people outside of the walls who were coming for them. 

Does the enemy and the plans he has against you know you are there? Or, are you content with letting him come in and steel your promise, or misguide your thinking? 

Blow your horn and tell your enemy you're going in for the promise. so wall or not the promise is yours. Take the authority that has been given to you in Christ and stop rolling over and playing dead for the enemy.

3) The Isrealites let out a shout before they received their promise

Before the wall ever crumbled the army let out a shout. What are you shouting on the other side of victory? The Bible tells us our words create and our words destroy. Start speaking victory regardless of what you see. My pastor always says "the entry way into victory seldom looks like you're winning."

4) The Israelites were commanded to be silent. 

Let's be honest. These guys were warriors. What would we think if our military was over fighting in a battle and the commander commanded them to march around the enemy camp one time for 6 days, and 7 times on the 7th day. He wouldn't have a job for very long. This command had to seem outrageous and crazy, but the brilliance in it is that they had to do it in silence. It is one thing to turn over in your brain the question of "what in the world is God asking me to do?" It is a completely different thing when you start asking a bunch of other people the same question. Because what often happens when we share the crazy God request God laid on our hearts with others who aren't like minded with us is they start feeding the "crazy" side instead of the faith side. So rather than have his army talk about how ridiculous this was and feed of each others inability to understand the command of God he forced them to be silent. So we need to be warriors who are willing to be silent, follow the crazy God command, and look for the promise. 
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  1. I love this post today! Thank you so much! I just got home from a Navigator (my campus ministry) retreat where I was realizing that God was pulling me to focus on Him and His promises, and not the storm in front of me. It was great to see a similar message reinforced when I read through blogs today.

    Thank you so much!

  2. loved how you explored this passage of the Bible:) Made me smile today!


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