Joshua 1:6 – Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
It had been 40 years since Joshua and Caleb had spied out the land with the other ten men from Israel. Joshua and Caleb had been the only two who stood their ground when they gave the report to the people. They knew that they could do it with God’s help. He would be with them. But the people cried out that they couldn’t do it.
Now Joshua was older, more mature, and in charge. Moses was dead and Joshua would have to lead the children of Israel into Canaan and face the walls of Jericho. Do you think that he was feeling his age now? Do you think he had doubts or fears? Do you think he questioned if the people were ready? Do you think maybe he wondered if he was ready to lead?
The Bible doesn’t say he faced these questions. The walls of Jericho were high and wide. It is said that the walls were impenetrable. God doesn’t know something that is too big for him but we of human frailty know!
I know that we often face walls that seem impenetrable. Sometimes the walls are ones we have built ourselves. Sometimes they are walls that have been built by others or by the circumstances of life. But we all have big walls that need to fall down.
In my spiritual walk with Jesus I see some walls that seem pretty impressive. How can the walls of fear, doubt, temptation, addiction, selfishness, pride, and sin come falling down?
Well, if you remember the story, Joshua and the people did not bring down the walls of Jericho. God did it. All they had to do was follow his directions. They were to march around those monstrously impressive walls one time each day for six days. On the seventh day they were to walk around the wall seven times. And on the seventh time they were to blow trumpet and shout. And the walls of Jericho fell flat.
So as we prepare for God to tear down the walls let us stand faithfully and follow his instructions.
As we prepare for revival we need to be praying each day. Here are some suggestions for you spiritual walk around the wall each day. Pray this as you go:
Day 1: Our revival speaker and musicians
Day 2: Our church leaders
Day 3: Our church
Day 4: Our community
Day 5: Our country
Day 6: Our Youth
Day 7: Our sick, shut-in, elderly
Keep walking and praying. The walls will fall down.
Prayer Thought: Dear God, Today, I stand before the walls and I see just how big they are. But I know that I have a God that is even bigger than the biggest wall. And you are the one who can bring them all down. Help me to trust in you and not be overwhelmed by obstacles that stand in my way. I want to serve you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
So often I have found myself trying to do it all by myself because I am self-sufficient and don't need to rely on anyone. Besides, no one does it like I do or as good as I do and so it is better to do it myself.
When you put it down on paper or listen to yourself say it the words are rather egotistical and harsh. But it is really what most of us are thinking when we take to a task.
In His book, Basics, by Francis Chan, he tells us, "This type of individuality is common among Westerners. We’re raised with the mind-set that we create our own identities and shape our own destinies. We’re taught to pull ourselves up by our bootstrap. If you believe it , you can achieve it – even if the whole world tries to stand in our way.”
But this is not the case when we begin to look at what fellowship is all about. Christ has joined us together as one body. He has made us citizen's of God's Kingdom and members of his own household. As Christ pulls us together he builds us into this magnificent building for the purpose of worshiping and serving God together.
There is no ego in church work. Our identity is in Christ. Our purpose is in Christ. Our mission is in Christ.
So here is the real question: How can I learn to put God first and begin to work together for the furtherance of His kingdom? Think about it.
Prayer Thought: Dear God in heaven, Help me to get my own ego out of the way and work together with my brothers and sisters to advance the gospel of Christ and expand your kingdom on earth. Let us work together in unity and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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