Joshua 6:15-20 New International Version (NIV)
15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.
How many of us now that God Yahweh makes things happen? How many of us know that HE can make hindrances, stumbling blocks, difficulties, barriers, snags, impediments, and restrictions be removed. If we ask God HE will help us get through the barriers and the roadblocks the devil puts in our way to stop us.
Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
GOD will give us instruction on how to defeat the devil in his plot to stop you. Just look at our opening scripture. Specific instructions were given to the children of Israel on how to take the city of Jericho. Joshua, the leader of the children of Israel, did not deter from the Lord’s instructions. He believed the LORD and did what he was told. If we are to be successful working for the Lord, we have to learn to listen to HIS instructions and do things HIS way, not ours. It may look like were doing it all wrong but we have to be convinced this is the way the Lord said to do this. Satan will come and try to put doubt in our mind. But we don’t listen to the devil, only to the Lord. HE is the Commander in Chief.
It took a little time to do this. Many times we want something instantly and immediately but it doesn’t always work out that way. We must have confidence in our God and the instructions He give us. GOD will never lead us astray or off course. GOD wants us to succeed. GOD wants us to make it. Don’t be so concerned about how it looks in front of other people. It may look strange to them but God’s people are peculiar people.
1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light
The world and the church are separate. The world is concerned with the here and now, carnal things, lust of the flesh, pride of life, and lust of the eyes.
1 John 2:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
God is concerned about your life here but He is more concerned about when you leave this world. The church doesn’t put it’s confidence in the plans of a man but believes and has faith in the Word of God.
This is the way we need to be church. The children of Israel were listening to Joshua but they knew that Joshua was receiving instruction from the Lord. People how many of these kind of leaders do we have today. These are the kind of Pastoral Leaders we need today. People who hear from GOD and complete His instruction willingly and obediently. Where Lord are these people? We need them so much today.
Finally, the children of Israel through the leadership of Joshua, did what they were told and the wall came tumbling down. May the wall come tumbling down in your life today. Amen.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your Son Jesus that you have made our Commander in Chief, the Chief Shepherd and the Chief Cornerstone of the church. Father as Jesus gives the instruction today to your church let us listen and obey. When the children of Israel obeyed mighty things happened. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That what happened years ago can and will happen today if we learn to obey Christ. Father let the people have faith in You and Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Let what happened in the early church happen today. Help us Lord to believe again. Amen.