2008-07-07 - What's Your Jericho?
"By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days." (Hebrews 11:30 NIV)
Joshua Chapter Six details how God delivered Jericho into Joshua's hands, which brought the Israelites one step closer to their Promised Land. Being God, He lived up to His promise. The sinful city of Jericho was blocking the Israelites from experiencing triumph and success. God used miraculous methods to make Jericho's wall fall: by trumpet blasts and people's shouts. Imagine a bunch of people's loud voices destroying a city wall. It's not humanly possible.
What impossibilities has God done in your life? What are you asking God to do that looks impossible?
Jericho was a hindrance, a bondage to the people's victory. In today's world, oppression can take many different forms: a person's past, an addiction, or other unhealthy habits. Regardless of what your Jericho is, what will it take to stomp it down, to bring you closer to a victorious life?
Does Your Jericho Look Like This?
Laziness: You can sing the praises and say, yeah, I believe, but what happens when you are watching mindless television, and you know you should shut it off and talk to God? Instead, you ignore the prompting and avoid spending time with the Lord.
Addiction: When you're alone and not hungry, you hear the kitchen cupboards calling, urging you to keep them company. Moments later you, sneak one more handful of salty chips, even though there is no one around to look except you and God.
Past: You know Jesus died for your past, and yet it still haunts you. Why can't you let it go?
The good news is that we don't owe our flesh a single thing. We may have smothered and spoiled it for years, but freedom can be found when we start listening to God and not giving in to the wrong voices. Because "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)
Lord, I need to get this baggage taking care of. I don't need any more obstacles getting in the way of Your will for my life. Father, direct my steps, I pray, not just today but every day. Shake off the wrong things, and forgive and cleanse all my sins. Please provide encouragement when life gets difficult. Father, point me in the right direction to go. I die to myself. I want You to live in me. I don't want to take control anymore. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.