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When those walls come down

When those walls come down

Joshua 6:1-20

We all have walls in our lives. Walls pin us down and stop us moving close to the plan that God has for our lives. We need to go before the Lord in our hour of need. We need to listen to God and be led by His advice to gain the victory. We need to obey by faith to guarantee victory.

  1. Faith in spite of the impossibility. Jericho’s walls were huge. You could not ignore them. They blocked the way into the promised land. God does not say you will not face difficulties, but He promises to be with us. Look up!! What walls are you facing? Look up to God!!
  2. Faith had to follow a very strange plan. We want everything planned out. We want to know how everything will go. What God told Joshua to do made no military sense. Shouting to the Lord was exercising the people’s faith. Sometimes we have to shout out our faith in order to see the walls come tumbling down.
  3. Faith that God would somehow give them the victory. God does different maths – “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred will chase ten thousand…….” (Leviticus 26:8); “One of you routs a thousand…….” (Joshua 23:9). God told Joshua that they would have the victory before they started. There are no emergency meetings in heaven. God already has a plan for our lives. He had delivered Jericho into their hands before they took one step.
  4. God was Himself in the midst of the battle plan. They had to carry the Ark with them as they marched around Jericho. The Ark represented the presence of God in the midst of them. Bring God into the middle of your difficulties and troubles. He will be with you whatever you are going through (Psalm 23:4).
  5. Faith expresses itself in perseverance. We have to persevere in faith. Keep going when nothing seems to be happening. Naaman had to dip himself seven times (2 Kings 5). We need to hold on to God and keep hold of His word. Faith acts and walks in the things God has said. God could have brought the walls down on His own, but the people had to march in faith. Faith works when we keep going.