We all have a Battle of Jericho - It's all about power
Every few years a motivational seminar comes to Omaha. These events are designed to teach you how to succeed at the highest levels and turn setbacks into comebacks. My company encourages me to attend these seminars to improve my insurance practice. Power is definitely addressed in these seminars, but it's not the power of God.
Sails Don't Move the Ship
However, these events don’t offer “spiritual power,” they merely focus on human effort. Spiritual power comes from an outside source – God Himself -
the power of God.It’s not the lofty sails that move the ship, but the unseen wind.
Many years ago, Israel faced a seemingly impossible task – defeating the impenetrable walled city of
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Your Battle of Jericho Requires God's Power
Every one of us has our own battle of Jericho. We all need hope to face the
challenges of life.
Doing the impossible and winning your battle will require more than “getting motivated”. It will require God’s power. Here’s how:
First, admit you don’t have what it takes.
The night before the Jericho battle, the Commander of the Army of the Lord appeared to Joshua and said, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” Joshua was told, “STOP! You are in over your head.”
It's Time to Get Face Down
Have you ever said, “Lord, I’m in over my head.” What’s your battle - A health problem? A wayward child? Unemployment? A secret addiction? Are you ready to admit that you don’t have what it takes? We must first recognize that spiritual power comes from an outside source. It’s not the lofty sails that move the ship, but the unseen wind.
Second, believe that God will fight for you.
The Lord’s instruction to Joshua was in effect, “I’ll fight – you follow.” Here was God’s unique plan -- walk around the city, blow trumpets and shout. I’m sure Joshua was skeptical, but he obeyed and won.
Do You Need the Power of God?
I think it is obvious that many followers of Jesus live their lives in such a way that God doesn’t have to fight for them. One tip: Whatever we are not praying about, we are probably doing on our own strength. We keep trying, and yet often keep failing. The good news is that the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. If the Lord can fight for Joshua, he can fight for you.
It’s not the lofty sails that move the ship, but the unseen wind.
Author: Paul Schlieker
Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:
1. First read the whole story of the battle of Jericho in Joshua 5:13-6:21
2. How had the Israelites seen God work in their history? (Consult these verses: Exodus 11:4-7; 14:21-28; 16:4)
3. How have you seen the power of God?
4. How do you know when you are facing your impossible situations in your own power?