Archives For Taking down the walls

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Have you ever been so consumed with life that you forget to pause and worship the One who made it all? Especially during those tough seasons? I know I am guilty of this! And sometimes…a simple act of worship is all that is needed to make the walls come crumbling down.

Awhile back I wrote about Joshua and the plan that God gave him in order to overtake the walled city of Jericho (click here and read that post). No matter how many times I read the story starting in Joshua 6, I always seem to take something new away from it. No matter the season you are in, you can learn a lot from that chapter.

What I really love about it all is that there was no great military strike, no convening of the military commanders to develop a plan of attack. What brought down the walls was so much more amazing than that. It was worship!

They marched around the city and on the final day they gave a shout of praise!

Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

I love that! When they paused to simply give a shout to the Lord, the troubles disappeared. The walls crumbled before them. Victory was theirs.

Worship can come in so many different fashions. Music, singing, dance. You name it, there are so many different expressions of worship. That is our key to victory!

Today, I challenge you to pause wherever you are and simply worship Him. Turn off the distractions. Turn off the computer, cell phones, televisions – and just pause and worship Him. When you do this, the chains are loosed and true breakthrough happens!

Question: When has a time of worship provided breakthrough for you?

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There always seems to be a million things going on in our lives. We are always being pulled in so many directions with so many distractions. It simply becomes hard to maintain focus. And worse yet, when we feel the call to take a step of action or step of faith, it seems that all logic and reason comes against our plan. Take a look at Ecclesiastes 11:4:

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

The Bible spends a lot of time discussing the idea of sowing and reaping. You definitely do not need to be a farmer to understand the analogy and the foundational truth that if you never plant anything, you will never receive anything.

With that in mind, I think this verse speaks to the idea that there will always be an excuse of “why not” to do something – they are countless. If God is calling you to action, I guarantee you will suddenly be flooded with a dozen reasons why you should not proceed. Even to the point of doubting God’s call itself!

Sure, you can accept Jesus as your savior and go on to live the “safe life” but I would encourage you to fight the safe life and chose instead to make a stand for Him!

If you look to the surrounding circumstances, you will always have at least one reason not to proceed. Yes, we are to use wisdom and take all things into account – but, if God has called you and placed the burden in you, then today is the day.

Stop letting the wind and clouds get in the way of your harvest! Take charge over the circumstance and speak to the giant that is getting in the way!

Question: How do you quiet the many distractions coming against your calling?

 

Walled City

Have you ever developed an amazingly solid plan to accomplish something, and then, everything changes and nothing goes as you planned?  Experts say it is always good to have a plan in place – this could be a life plan, a 5-year plan or even just a plan for your day tomorrow.  Take a 5-year plan for example and think about where you were 5-years ago.  Think about where you thought you would be today – did your vision then look like the reality that it is today?  And more importantly, did you arrive here just like you planned?

I know my answer.  There are some pieces of today that are pretty much like I envisioned and there are many that are not how I planned – but one thing is very clear, the path to get here has been nothing like I imagined.  And the outcome…has exceeded my expectations.  The trick…knowing the promise that He will make ALL things good…and trusting that His plan is better than ours.

Take Joshua for example.  This is a story I love.  In fact, I love everything about Joshua and his story.  But more specifically, I want to take a look at Joshua 6.

Here we have Joshua, relatively fresh as the new leader following the death of Moses.  Now is his time to shine – he is at Jericho and we pick up in verse 2:

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and fighting men.  March around the city once with all the armed mend.  Do this for six days.  Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark.  On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

I don’t know about you, but if this was the “strategic military plan” brought back to me by my general, in this case Joshua, when we are ready to take siege to a walled city…I might question the sanity.  I would think Joshua already had a good plan in place – one that may have worked – but it wasn’t one that would provide God the glory.

Look at the first words again from the Lord to Joshua – “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands”.  The Lord needed Joshua to get the mental image of the accomplished goal.  The city was already won.  The problem was already solved.

Truly, the plan was actually quite simple.  March, than praise and shout.  No scaling the walls, no timed assault.  Simply walk, march and shout.  With that, here is how I see we need to apply this to our own problems:

1. You must SEE the end result before it comes to pass.

Picture it in your mind.  What are you standing in faith for?  Stop, think it through, visualize it.  It is already finished according to God.

2. His plan might not make sense…but it is always easier then ours.

If Joshua would have tried to execute on his attack plan, I guarantee it would have been much more difficult and would have involved a lot of sweat, blood and tears.  The plan that the Lord had was quite different and gave an amazing result.

3. The key to making the wall collapse was praising Him.

No matter what they did, the key to the wall collapsing was simply giving praise and glory to Him!

Questions: What are the walls in your life?  What is standing between you and your promised land?  Are you trying to execute your plan…or are you willing to let His plan play out?