Bringing down the walls of your Jericho
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
Joshua had an encounter with the pre-incarnate Christ in the Old Testament near Jericho (see Joshua 5). His first words to Him were, “Are You for us, or for our adversaries?” (v.13).
The Lord answered, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” (v. 14). He didn’t come to take sides; He came to take over.
Jericho was a formidable city standing between the children of Israel and their promised land. It looked like there was no way Israel could take Jericho.
The devil has placed a special Jericho in each life, looming before us as an impossible barrier between us and what God wants for us, our dreams, and the best ambition of our hearts. Jericho says, “You would have made it, but I’m here to stop you.”
Your Jericho may be an unhealthy body, an unhappy marriage, an unholy life, past defeats. You can do one of two things: turn around, go back, and die in the wilderness of unbelief. Or face that fortress by faith and conquer it.
Your Jericho will fall if you follow God’s formula and let the captain of the host of Heaven take over. Opposition will crumble and enemies will be vanquished.
The victory of Jericho was a victory of faith. Nothing less will achieve victory. The lesson in all the book of Joshua can be found in one sentence: Victory is not achieved by fighting; it is received by faith. You will never know victory until you lay your sword at His feet, bow yourself before His Mighty Throne, and worship Him. “Thanks be unto God who causes us always to triumph in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:14.
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