Saturday, November 5, 2011
"LET'S TOPPLE OUR WALLS WITH OBEDIENCE"
Good Evening to All!
(2) And the Lord said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, it's king and the mighty men of valor. (3) You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. (4) And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark. But the seven day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. (5) It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. and the people shall go up every man straight before him." (6:2-5) (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. (21) And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
Joshua 6:2-5; 20-21
If a feat of this magnitude could be accomplished by simply obeying God's commands, can you imagine what obedience to His Word and commands could do in ours?
The collapse of the wall of Jericho served to remind the Israelites how powerful God truly was (and is), He was and is the most powerful force to be reckoned with by His enemies. He is more powerful than any "man-made structures or armies. He is more powerful and bigger than any problem that can come against us.
He can provide the plans for us to overcome any "seemingly immovable mountain or wall that stands in our way.
I say all of this, but there are TWO THINGS that I can think of that can stand in our way. . . . US. We ourselves. We are our own worst enemies. We are the ones who place limitations on God because of "lack of faith", and the other is disobedience. If we constantly disobey God we will eventually get to where we are unable to hear his still small voice within our spirit. We must also remember that God will not force us to allow Him to help or guide us. It is still ultimately our decision.
I cannot count the times I have heard people who got into trouble or developed major problems say "I had a feeling I should not have done that, or I knew something would go wrong. If they would have listened to that "voice" inside, or gone with that "feeling", they would have been listening to the voice in their spirit guiding them in the right direction.
That is what tells us what we should and should not do. That is what guides us. If we continually ignore it, or hear it but choose to do otherwise, or even hear it and delay in doing it, but eventually accomplish it, that is considered disobedience. I know this because He says if He tells us or prompts us to do something, and we don't do it, He will get someone else to do it. When this happens, we not only miss the blessing that would come with our obedience, but it disappoints God, just like when your children disobey you it disappoints you.
God will not tell us to do anything that He does not equip us for. Not only that, but He will be with us as we do it to guide us. All we have to do is step out in faith, believing in Him and knowing that He knows what He is doing, trust Him, and remember, "If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us? Just remember that obedience is the key. Also, remember that God LOVES sacrifice, but He even places obedience above sacrifice.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!