Monday, March 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 78 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
FINALLY! Since Exodus 12 we have been reading about this “Promised Land” of Canaan… a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Today, at last, we finally get to see them cross over!
Joshua 3:5 “Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”
Joshua 4:4 “So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel
8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them.”
Joshua 5:9 “Then the LORD said to Joshua…
“Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”
Joshua 6 “Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.”
1 Corinthians 4:15 “Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.”
My glaring observation today is that even though God had “delivered Jericho” into their hands, they still had to fight for it. God made a way for them to obliterate this city, even though it was tightly secured with walls and the city gates shut tightly.
Once they were obedient to the Lord’s command to march around the city for seven days with the Ark of the covenant, then blow the trumpets and shout…
they still had to fight.
The Lord merely gave them access to the city and confidence? that He was with them.
What does this mean? That even though the Lord may “deliver something” into our hands, we may still have to fight for it. Or work for it?
It could be easy for one to think, “I have been called into ministry” so it’s going to be an easy ride… Nothing could be farther from the truth. Or, “The Lord gave us this house!” but you still have to make the mortgage payments.
You never know how the Lord may want you to fight a battle… His strategies are a little different from the standard off the shelf, this is how you fight a war, book of strategy and war tactics.
Lord, I want your strategies… for whatever war you are calling me to fight. Help me to be obedient and to simply know when to march, when to blow the trumpet, when to shout and when to fight.