God’s Phenomena Wednesday, May 31 2017 

Now, I perceive that anyone of us could write this blog post but it has been put upon me to sit down and write to you about God’s Phenomena. OMG, what an enormous task this is for me, for anyone. How can we even begin to spell out  all the things that He has done?

I am so tempted to just say, “Go and read your bible.” because it is chuck full of thousands of examples of these incidences. And it also says in John 21: 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Now remember, I am limited to 500 words here.

I am astounded at all the ones that have happened to me personally. Why, 500 words wouldn’t begin to tell them all. The fact that he answers my prayers could fill volumes.

I, who was barren, now have a son ,who also has a son. Even if you did not have any other event, this alone would be worthy of unlimited praise of God.

I’ve seen so many miracles in my lifetime they are innumerable. I’ve seen miraculous healings on several occasions. I myself have been healed multiple times. There was infertility, joint dislocations, beatings, poverty, hunger, perilous times, divorce, sickness, pain, torn rotator cuff, burns, broken bones, scrapes, cuts, and viruses too.

How do we explain all of this? We can’t. There is no explanation of God’s Phenomena. He heals the broken hearted. He is alive. He is a living God. He is active.

Don’t let that scare you. I would venture to say that many of you reading this could tell your own list of deeds God has done in your own lives. Everyone you know has had them too. They just don’t know it or they try to explain it away. They say it didn’t really happen. It only looked that way. Well, I have a living breathing son as proof.

How is it that all these events can happen throughout the millennia without people asking, “what’s going on here?” Oh, they are more than willing to argue but they cannot explain it. Because there is no explanation for a God who in the beginning said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. There is no explanation for a God who loves us so much that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. There is no explanation for a God who numbers the hairs on our heads. There is no explanation for a God who turns the water into wine. We can’t do it. It can’t be done.

We are left to believe it. To observe what God is doing and has done throughout all time. To trust in the LORD, Jesus Christ both now and forever. Amen.

God’s Design Saturday, Jan 7 2017 

God’s design is so unique. Even though every snowflake is unique, they all have six points.

The star of David has six points too.

The earth was created in just six days. Man was created on the sixth day.

Every man has unique finger prints and unique irises.

If God is so exact about the matters of creation, would he not care about our needs as well? God created the earth as a place for us. The earth is full of the reminders of his constant care and provision.

Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

We serve an awesome God. He is worthy of all praise.

He gave us each five fingers and five toes but then doubled our blessings by giving us two arms and two legs. We have five senses. There are five books in the Pentateuch which means “five tools”. He changed Abram (5 letters) (meaning exalted father) with the Hebrew for five (ha) into Abraham (meaning father of nations). There is purpose to every little thing. Every time we tell others our name, we have to say His first, “I am”.

He used 5 barley loaves to feed 5,000 people. A repentant person had to pay 5 times retribution in the old testament. There were 5 priests that served in the Tabernacle, Aaron and his 4 sons. There were 5 animals brought as sacrifices.

There are the five names of God-“And he will be called
    Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

There is order and purpose in the universe that God designed.

Over, Under, or Through Friday, Aug 26 2016 

Now we all have options when it comes to how we get from place to place, how we accomplish our goals, how we get through this journey called life.

Romans 8:5-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot, and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.

However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God].

If you are “in the flesh” then often times you are either go “over” or “under” something.

Overbearing: to get your way, you keep harping at everybody; yelling, screaming, throwing a fit. It is your way or the highway as they say.

Overeating: you know you are not suppose to eat that but you eat it anyway.

Overspending: you know you are not suppose to charge all those things but you do it anyway.

Overanalyzing: you know what you should be doing but instead of stepping out in faith, you analyze every aspect of it until the devil has you convinced you shouldn’t do it.

Over-talking: This is not talking over everybody, this is  discussing something so much everybody is getting sick of it, and nobody wants to listen anymore. It’s gossiping, complaining, murmuring, whining. Everybody hates a whiner.

Over-catering: You think you are the only one that can do things right so you do things your children should be doing for themselves. Let them pick up their own toys so they can learn how to do things for themselves.

Oversensitive: You get offended by everything everybody says. The slightest hint of something that doesn’t fit just right and you are in a huff about it. Not everything everybody says is about you. People know they can’t talk to you about their problems because you’ll just blow up at them instead of really listening and trying to help the situation.

Under-obedient: You know what you should do in a certain situation but you don’t do it. That still small voice says, “uh-oh”, and you go right on ahead and do it anyway.

Underwhelming: This is apathy, an “I don’t care” attitude. You just don’t give a hoot.

Underinvesting: The reason you are underinvesting is because you are probably also overspending. God wants us to be good stewards. We have a responsibility to make hard choices right now in order to have a benefit later. That’s called “Wisdom”.

Under-standing: That is not knowing something but rather not standing on your convictions and speaking out when you know that something someone else proposes to do is wrong.  Speaking the truth into the situation. “If we do that, we are going to be causing trouble in the future.”

Under-praying: Instead of going to God with your problems, you get on the phone and tell anybody that will listen your woes. This is just another form of complaining. Most people can’t help you the way God can. You have to learn to trust that God is good, that he wants what is good for you too. “You have not, because you ask not.”

Under-diligent: You see something going on that might cause trouble in the future like a leaky faucet, or a child bully, or not locking your car because you are just going in for a minute. There is a cost that will need to be paid when you are not diligent. Procrastination is an example. You know that there is a battle going on in the spirit world but nobody can see it going on so who will even know if I’m not doing my best.

Under-disciplined. You let yourself and others have their own way rather than being consistent in guiding and directing the steps. You are just too tired to deal with it now. ” Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Through the Spirit: A much better choice is to walk in the Spirit. The benefits of going through rather than “over” or “under” are enormous. We have the Spirit of Christ “in” us. That is the hope of glory. Trust His discernment-gut instinct. Trust His leading-step out in faith. Trust the fruit you see that comes from His direction, counsel, and comfort.

 

Ability of God Sunday, Aug 21 2016 

Ephesians 3:20-21Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Jude 24-25Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

If you can’t think of a reason to glorify God, these few verses ought to give you a pretty good idea that we should glorify Him for His ABILITIES.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Superiority of God Thursday, Aug 18 2016 

Hebrews 1Amplified Bible (AMP)

God’s Final Word in His Son

God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways, has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum]. The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s [a]Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal]. When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt, He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority], having become as much superior to angels, since He has inherited a more excellent and glorious [b]name than they [that is, Son—the name above all names].

For to which of the angels did the Father ever say,

You are My Son,
Today I have begotten (fathered) You [established You as a Son, with kingly dignity]”?

And again [did He ever say to the angels],

I shall be a Father to Him
And He shall be a Son to Me”?

[c]And when He again brings the firstborn [highest-ranking Son] into the world, He says,

And all the angels of God are to worship Him.”

And concerning the angels He says,

Who makes His angels winds,
And His ministering servants flames of fire [to do His bidding].”

But about the Son [the Father says to Him],

Your throne, [d]O God, is forever and ever,
And the [e]scepter of [absolute] righteousness is the scepter of [f]His kingdom.

You have loved righteousness [integrity, virtue, uprightness in purpose] and have hated lawlessness [injustice, sin].
Therefore God, Your God, Has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions.”

10 And,

[g]You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
And the heavens are the works of Your hands;
11 
They will perish, but You remain [forever and ever];
And they will all wear out like a garment,
12 
And like a robe You will roll them up;
Like a garment they will be changed.
But [h]You are the same [forever],
And Your years will never end.”

13 But to which of the angels has the Father ever said,

Sit at My right hand [together with me in royal dignity],
Until I make your enemies
A footstool for your feet [in triumphant conquest]”?

14 Are not all the angels ministering spirits sent out [by God] to serve (accompany, protect) those who will inherit salvation? [Of course they are!]

Greatness of God Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 

1 Chronicles 16:25-36Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He is also to be feared [with awe-filled reverence] above all gods.
26 
For all the gods of the peoples are [lifeless] idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 
Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence;
Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).
28 
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and honor and strength.
29 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name;
Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
30 
Tremble [reverently] before Him, all the earth;
The world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 
Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33 
Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He comes to judge and govern the earth.
34 
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness endures forever.
35 
Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;
Gather us together and rescue us from the nations,
That we may give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”
36 
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Forever and ever.

And all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.

Call of God Monday, Feb 22 2016 

Lord, be with us as we study your Holy WORD. Open our spiritual eyes and ears that we might hear and know your WORD for us today. That the bread of life that Christ is might become a part of who we are in you, LORD. In Jesus’ name.

Now Uzziah was one of the ancient kings of Judah that we find written about in the second book of Chronicles chapter 26. He began to rein at the age of 16 and he reined 52 years. His dad’s name was Amaziah and his mother’s name was Jecoliah. The name Uzziah means “My Strength is in Yahweh.” Amaziah means “Yah has been Mighty.” Jecoliah means “Yah will Prevail.”

Like his father, Uzziah did what was right in the sight of the LORD. Zechariah taught him to fear the LORD and as long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. Now Uzziah was a warrior who won many battles with the help of God. He had success in farming, building cities, towers, and the building of vast armies. He provided them with shields, spears, helmets, coast of armor, bows and slingshots. We was well known throughout the land.

But then after he became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He went into the temple and did the job of a priest. THIS WAS NOT HIS CALL.

He became angry when asked to leave. While he was raging, leprosy broke out on his forehead. The priests led him out willingly. King Uzziah had leprosy until he died.

Each of us when we are born are given a gift. If we listen to the LORD, we will be called to use that gift in our journey through life. But if we seek to go our own way there will be dire consequences. We must heed the call of God and that right early, otherwise we will find we hate our job, that it is a burden, unfulfilling, and just plain not “right” for us. In order to be “right” with the LORD we have to follow his call on our lives whatever that might be.

It reminds me of the verse, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you.” And too the verse, “Seek the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto you own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

Forgiveness of God Wednesday, Feb 17 2016 

Forgiveness is not just something we have, it is something we do.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Dear Friend, it is my sincere hope that you will forgive me for all of the things I have done or said that hurt you in the past. As in the LORD’S Prayer, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” May we, as Christian brothers and sisters forgive one another in Jesus’ name.

Romans 13:7-9King James Version (KJV)

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Forgiveness is a free gift that God gives each of us. But it isn’t something we have and keep and hoard, it is to be re-gifted. It is to be used. Make your forgiveness a verb instead of a noun. Not something you have but something you do.  God Bless you.

Love of God Monday, Feb 15 2016 

Love of God

 

Understanding the “Love of God” comes directly to us through the scriptures. The more you read the scriptures, meditate on the WORD, the more you begin to see and understand God’s love for you.

Let’s begin with prayer: Father, we come before you in adoration and love to learn your will and way. We come to know more of you, LORD. Teach us to be grateful for your presence in our lives, for your love for each one of us. We know you have numbered every hair on our head, LORD. We know we are that precious to you. Open our spiritual eyes and ears to what you want us to know. In Jesus’ name.

Romans 8:38-39New International Version (NIV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We need to be “convinced” just like Paul was here. We need to know the love of God in our hearts, in our minds, in our very souls. We need to know that absolutely nothing can separate us. He is our God, our Father, our Creator, our LORD, and our King.

Titus 3New International Version (NIV)

Saved in Order to Do Good

3 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Because of God’s love we have been changed. These changes make it possible for us to live eternally with Him both now and in the world to come. We are saved in order to do well. We need to remind one another. This same love with which God has adored us through gentleness, kindness, goodness and mercy, we are to be obedient to his example toward one another. They will know we are Christians by our love.

1 John 3:16-18New International Version (NIV)

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Here once again, we are reminded of our call to love your neighbor as yourself. It is the original commandment only here we are held to an even higher standard. It is no longer philia (warm friendship) but rather agape (love for everyone). We are to love even our enemies. Love becomes transformed from a noun to a verb here. It is no longer something you have it becomes something you do.

 

2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

What a wonderful promise, that God would be with us and in us. Paul has prayed for the Corinthians here but God meant it for us all.

 

Battle of God Monday, Feb 8 2016 

Battle of God

As Christians, we often find ourselves failing at our battle against the enemy. We pray and ask God, “Why are you not here when I need you the most?”

Our text today comes from Deuteronomy 20 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

The officers shall say to the army: “Has anyone built a new house and not yet begun to live in it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may begin to live in it. Has anyone planted a vineyard and not begun to enjoy it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else enjoy it. Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else marry her.” Then the officers shall add, “Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too.” When the officers have finished speaking to the army, they shall appoint commanders over it.

10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13 When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. 15 This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.

16 However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17 Completely destroy[a] them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you. 18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.

19 When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?[b] 20 However, you may cut down trees that you know are not fruit trees and use them to build siege works until the city at war with you falls.

From this text we learn that it is God who fights for us to give us victory but not ourselves. Jesus is the captain of the troops. We are Christian soldiers. The army is the church. The officers are pastors. The city is our stronghold. (fill in your sin here). The Hittitites, Amorites, canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites represent pride, lust, greed, gluttony, laziness, wrath, and envy.

The seven deadly sins are not deadly because they are unforgivable but deadly because they are the strongholds that keep us from the peace of God. Our enemy the devil keeps us bound in these sins until we declare all-out war.

The next text is from Joshua 6New International Version (NIV)

6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”

When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.

24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:

“At the cost of his firstborn son     he will lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest     he will set up its gates.”

27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

The city of Jericho represents our strongholds. (fill in your sin here). Now you may think you don’t have any strongholds but 1 John 1says “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Once again, the battle is God’s. The Israelites that marched around the city represent the church. The seven priests with seven trumpets represent our confession. The ark represents our faith which we carry with us. Please notice the “rest” at night. Once you declare war on your strongholds, confess your sin before God, ask Him to fight the battle for you, you can sleep like a baby. The shout represents our declaration that we will serve God and him only. He is our bulwark. God is a god of details. Notice the six days and on the seventh day victory. This represents the Sabbath (rest, peace, victory). The silver and gold represent the fruits of the spirit: Galatians 5:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Notice that the LORD rebuilds the city. If we refuse to give up our strongholds we cannot have the benefits of His redemption. If we allow bitterness to entangle our hearts we will never come into the fullness of the riches of Christ our LORD. Notice also the foundation set is Christ. Joshua prophesied the coming of Christ. “Unless the LORD build the city it is built in vain.” i.e vanity/pride. The battle is Gods. Glory to Him.

 

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