Over in the sixth chapter of Joshua, the bible recalls the narrative of Joshua and his army when they were able to defeat the city of Jericho. Joshua received very clear instructions from the Lord: Each day he and his army were to silently march around the city of Jericho once. On the 7th day, Joshua was instructed to do this seven times, but on the last time they were to shout as they went around the city. If they did this, the Lord promised that the walls surrounding the city would come tumbling down and Joshua and his army would have victory over the city.
There are several lessons in this short narrative that we should apply to our lives today in order to be fruitful and blessed. My last post was about obedience, which happens to be the first lesson we note from Joshua’s experience. Everything that God asks us to do may not always make sense to us in the natural; it leaves a lot of room to question God and His reasoning. However, He has promised us victory, so if we’ll just do what he asks us to do, then victory will follow the act of obedience.
I’m sure Joshua wondered why God had him march around the walls silently for seven days. Could God just have delivered the city of Joshua and his army after one march around the wall? Of course he could have; He is all-powerful. But sometimes obedience is what unlocks God’s power on earth. Had Joshua chosen not to follow God’s directive, he would haven ever seen victory over Jericho.
In that same way, what area’s of our lives is God asking us to surrender over to him, to be obedience in? Even if it does not make sense to us, let Joshua’s encounter be an example of how obedience overcomes adversity.
I remember when I’d transitioned back to Houston from Atlanta. I know it was God who told me to leave Atlanta and come back to Houston. At the time of my transition, I still hadn’t secured a position in Houston, but my time was up in Atlanta. I was unemployed for over six weeks. I knew when God told me to leave that he would supply all of my needs; however, I let the enemy plants seeds of doubt in my mind. What if I don’t find a job? What if my career in finished? What if I run out of money? The “what if’s” of doubt creeped in, but I specifically remember sitting in on a Wednesday night service with Paster John Gray and God spoke through him to me. He reminded me of His promises to me. He did it before so I knew he could do it again. That moment of doubt was quickly refocused into a moment of victory, a moment of remembering God’s promises. Before I could blink an eye, God restored me to a greater position and increased my finances.
The second lesson is that God, sometimes, only gives you the vision, but you need other people involved to make it work. You may ask, “Why would God do this?” It’s interesting that God only gave this commandment to Joshua. No one in Joshua’s army knew God’s plan. I’m sure after marching around the wall silently for a couple of days, there were some spectators and disbelievers to question Joshua’s logic. I’m sure they must’ve thought he was insane. After all, what good would walking silently around a brick wall do? In the natural, that wasn’t getting them any closer to their victory.
No one likes to work for nothing. Can you imagine how some of the soldier felt after day four? They were exhausted, probably hungry, and restless. Again, here comes Jacob asking them to walk around this dumb wall again but not to speak. In the natural, they couldn’t see anything happening. After all, God has not spoken to them, only Joshua. Yet, they still followed his orders.
How does this correlate to our lives? Again, obedience. Sometimes we have to follow someone else’s vision. Although God gave the vision to them, we have to use discernment through the Holy Spirit to recognize that we should trust our leader in order to achieve a common goal. Also, as a leader, one must always act with integrity in order for his/her followers to trust their vision.
At any moment, had any one of Joshua’s solider decided not to trust the vision, it would have been ruined if God’s instructions were not followed.
2018 is The Year of the Breakthrough. Maybe these past few years have been rough. You’ve been walking around the walls of your breakthrough, but not seeing or hearing anything but silence. You’ve seen other people getting their blessings, their healings, their careers and businesses taking off, and wondering when is your time coming.
This is the time for God to reward your faithfulness. He’s seen you keeping his commandments, doing the right thing when it was hard, paying your tithes when you barely had enough to take care of your personal needs, loving your neighbors. Now, God says, is time for your breakthrough. Another level, a greater harvest. Metaphorically speaking, the walls that have been holding you back are breaking down. The enemies that have tried their best to destroy you will now be captured. When you had lack, God will now supply in overflow.
I’m declaring breakthrough in this season. This is how we are entering into 2018. We are breaking through and taking no prisoners. Breakthrough in our careers, in our families, in our health, in our finances, in our ministries, and our relationships.
God, we thank you for the Breakthrough!
Happy New Year, everyone.