What is your Jericho? What walls do you need God to knock down?
That question has been raging in my head all day. I awoke at 1 A.M. out of a sound sleep with it pounding in my brain; That is not because I am having trouble finding a Jericho for God to knock down. Maybe a better question would be, What’s not a Jericho?
And there it is. As I meditated on the question in this morning’s devotion I suddenly realized I was viewing all my situations as Jerichos. I was viewing all my situations as overwhelming, not because they were but because I viewed them that way.
I need God to transform my mind in this area. The tapes that play over and over in my head are “You are too busy.” “This is too hard.” “You need to hurry up and finish!” “You can’t do this!”
Instead I should be hearing my quote of the day:
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:12, 13
This morning in prayer I was led to pray for our national budget deficit and for our congress to be able to come to an agreement about the spending cuts and the tax hikes that are a certain part of our future. I do not look forward to these cuts or these hikes but there is no benefit in holding back the inevitable. We can never heal if we keep refusing to operate on the cancer because we’re afraid the surgery will be too painful.
I was also led to pray for Holy Ghost fire in our local pulpits and pastors.
These are the days when we will all be called to rise up not in fear but in faith.
What has to happen for you to face your Jerichos…your life circumstances with greater boldness?
Oh, Pastor J this really caught my attention today. What’s not a Jericho? My head is turning this over and over in my mind. This is something I am definitely going to meditate on.
Our hearts make Jerichos of all kinds of things. Often times the only wall that needs to be decimated is in our thinking. I am learning that in depth during this journey.
I have to confess, Pastor J, that I’ve been reading these recent posts and feeling like such a dullard. Surely, I must have Jerichos–but I’m not clear yet, what they are. Maybe God just hasn’t gotten through to me yet–I’ll keep listening. Today and tomorrow are “church” days, so it may come through the message. God bless you and the fam–love, sis Caddo
You certainly are no dullard dear Sis! Jericho is a term for any place in your life where you would like God to come and intervene. Perhaps you are in the place right now where all the walls are knocked down. 🙂
I’m with Sis Caddo, in that I can’t really pinpoint an exact Jericho in my life, right now. In the past, just seeing God’s faithfulness to change me and my heart and attitude, helped me! God bless you, Pastor J!
Amen Deb! I think there are times when God allows us to walk in the freedom of victory without needing to focus on a “Jericho”. Revel in it. Our journey always leads us to another JEricho in which we will need God to do battle for us.
I believe that the more spiritual responsibility God bestows upon us and the wider our realm of influence, the more Jericho’s our fleshly nature and the enemy tries to erect in our minds to try to prevent or hinder the manifestation God’s purposes in and through us for His honor and glory……….it’s an ongoing battle, but thank God that once identified, no Jericho can withstand the power of the Word of God, the Name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus……God bless!
Good points all, Kim! May God bless you as you gain victory over your Jerichos.
Thanks for sharing, Pastor J
Jericho may be real or imagined, but thankfully, He can bring them to rubble!
YEs indeed Ann! It is amazing how that enemy can make the imaginary “Jerichos” seem so real!
“With greater boldness”?
I am not a bold person. Therefore I have to let Christ have complete control of my life, so that it is no longer I who speaks or acts, but it is He.