Six Things to do before going after your Jericho Walls

 By Jaisam Daniel 
Entering the promised land was the dream come true for the Israelite’s. They crossed the Jordan river miraculously led by the presence and power of the ark of God carried by the priests. Immediately after entering their promised land, the first thing they saw was a giant wall staring at them, Yes the giant, imposing Jericho Walls!!! The more they looked at them their minds started measuring the length, height and width of the walls. Every passing day it seemed the walls grew bigger and stronger. May be in their minds the walls spoke to them “You can’t cross me, not just now, but never!”
 
Life brings tough times and we overcome them. But some are not normal problems, they grow bigger and more complicated day by day. They become our Jericho walls. That’s how you and me stare at our biggest problem, the more we look they grow big and become more complex. But before going after their Jericho walls, the children of God camped at God’s camp ground at Gilgal (Joshua 5). They did six things before going after their walls
  1. Remember, What God has done for you before? – They build a memorial for the miracle of crossing the Red Sea. For all of us God has done many great miracles in the past, record them, build memorials and remember them, they build our faith to go after our walls today.
  2. Stop following your fleshly ways, and follow the spirit – Joshua circumcised the children of Israel. God can’t help us bring down the walls, when we still continue to live in our worldly ways. Allow him to remove the fleshly ways and follow the Spirit.
  3. Communion  With God – The people of God celebrated the Passover after a long time, they didn’t celebrate it all through their wilderness. Spending more time with him and communion with him in prayer, makes God bigger in your mind than your walls. Until we believe our God is bigger and mighty than our walls we will not go after them. 
  4. Grow up in Maturity to do what’s Right – For the first time after forty years eating manna, they planted, worked hard and harvested and ate solid food from their promised. God wants us to grow up in maturity and do the right things even if it’s painful and fearful. It gives courage to go after your walls. 
  5. Come under the Commander – Joshua the commander of the army came under the commander of the Lord’s army Jesus Christ. Jericho walls can’t be brought down my human strength, they come down by the power of God, it’s a good thing to come under him. Allow God to lead you, he will bring down your walls.
  6. Trust the Promise From God –  The Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, it’s kings, and all its strong warriors”. Have you heard from God about your problems?  God’s promises are like checks we take it to the bank, they will have a beneficiary name, they will have a date when you can cash in and they also have amount of power you need to get the Job done. 
“God’s promises are like checks we take it to the bank, they will have beneficiary name, they will have a date when you can cash in and they also have amount of power you need to get the Job done.”
Joshua 6:2 – “But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.”
 
May be today you are facing your biggest challenge in your life. God gives you the promise of Victory  to bring down your walls. Follow these principles before you go after your Jericho Walls. God has not brought you this far to get stopped these walls, but to cross them and take your blessing.
 
Coming next “How to bring down my Jericho walls?”


God, Why are you taking me this way?

 
 By Jaisam Daniel 
 
Exodus -13:17-18 When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.
 
On our way to church last week, I took a detour to stop by the local supermarket to pick up some snacks for our Church. My toddler son noticed the detour and asked me “Daddy, why are you going this way?” Yes, he knows the way to the church and wants to know why this way? If you have lived long enough, I am sure you  have asked this question many many times, “Why God? Why? Why are you taking me this way?”.  Many times in life we are willing to walk through the hard ways, if only we know the reason WHY.
 
Why Roundabout Way?
 
In the above passage the Bible says, God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt and led them to their Promised land, but, God did not lead them along the main road or the shortest route. In today’s world we want everything fast; fast food to eat, fast computer for work, fast lanes for queues etc. The world has invented it’s GPS – Global Positioning System to take us quick and fast to our destination. In Short, for the GPS generation, God did not lead them following world’s ways, on the shortest GPS route from Egypt to Canaan. Instead,  He led them in a roundabout way… His way. As a child of God we should remember, in this ever changing world, God and His ways always remains the same. God’s ways are higher and better than our ways.
 
Isaiah 55:9  – “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
 
May be today, in the fast changing life lanes, you too are waiting and wondering, why it is taking so long, why this roundabout way, how long should we wait for a child, how long should I wait for my promotion, how long should I wait for my financial blessing, how long should I wait for my healing, or why can’t I receive my blessing now?
 
Five Reasons for Roundabout way are…
 
  1. God wants to teach his Godly ways : God wants you to unlearn the world’s shortcuts and learn His just and right ways.
  2. God longs for intimacy with you: God wants to talk with you and reveal himself to you on this long roundabout way.
  3. God knows your strength and weakness and determines the way for your Journey.
  4. God is protecting and saving you from bigger troubles along the way. 
  5. God doesn’t want us to return to our old ways quickly so he takes us the roundabout way.
 
Now comes the good news for you who is walking in God’s roundabout way. The Bible says “The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. – Exodus 13:21″
 
Yes, fortunately for us God has given us his GPS – “God positioning System”. God moved in front of the people night and day. All they needed to do was just follow Him. Our God wants to lead us to our promised land, not just free us from bondages.
 
If you trust him and follow him you will reach your destination safely…


Desperately Touching Jesus – Part 1

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 By Arlene Mackintosh 
 
Luke 8:43-44 – And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
 
The Torah or Jewish law says, And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.
 
Twelve years, shunned by her family, alone, weak, no help from doctors, no money left, really desperate. I have found in my walk with the Lord that desperate produces faith and faith moves God. It’s good to be desperate for God’s touch, His deliverance, anything from Him. It’s all good.
 
This woman was told by doctors to: “Take of gum Alexandria, of alum, and of crocus hortensis, Take Persian onions nine logs, boil them in wine, and give it to her to drink: Set her in a place where two ways meet, and let her hold a cup of wine in her hand; and let somebody come behind and affright her, and take a handful of cummin and a handful of crocus, and a handful of faenu-greek; let these be boiled, and given her to drink,. 
 
1. She Had Suffered Socially – She could not be married, because, through physical contact, she would defile her husband. If she had ever been married, her husband would have been forced to divorce her. She could not work around others because of the danger of defilement. This reduced her to a life of begging scraps of food from a distance. Her condition left her on the fringes of society.
 
2. She Had Suffered Emotionally – Since the Bible says that she had been this way for 12 years, and considering the average life span in those days, it is safe to assume that she has probably been this way since just after puberty. She has lived her life moving from one rejection to another. She is lonely, isolated and desperate
 
3. She Had Suffered Religiously – Under the Law, Lev. 15:19; 25-27, this woman was to be considered unclean. Anything or anyone that she touched was also considered unclean. As a result, she could not mingle with people in public, lest she cause them to be defiled. She could not go to the Women’s Court of the Temple, because she was unclean.
 
4. She Had Suffered Financially – The Bible tells us that she had “spent all she had”. The quack doctors and their useless remedies had not helped her. All they had done was drain her bank account dry. She has been left penniless and destitute.
 
Her Sorrow – After all the years, all the doctors, all the times she had hoped this remedy would be the one that would work for her, she has come to the place where she knows she is living under a death sentence. She will not get better, but she will die all alone from this disease. What she has will kill her. Her life is literally draining out of her body little by little, day by day. I have no doubt she has just about given up!
 
She is a picture of that believer who is laboring under a heavy burden. Many of God’s children are discouraged and defeated today. You have tried everything in your power to get better. You have tried everything you know to handle your problems. You’ve read all the books, listened to all the preachers, and gotten advise from the best of sources, but you are no better. Your life is just as messed up as it ever was. Well, friend, if that is you today, keep on listening, because as we watch this poor woman get the help she needs, we are going to find out about the help we need as well.
 
And then this woman heard about the Healer. In her weak and weary state, desperate for healing. She broke the law and reached for Grace. Unheard of !!!!Today we too can reach and touch Jesus in our desperation. Yes our Desperation  moves God. And he responded…
 
Psalm 34:6 – “In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened;”
 
Coming Soon Part 2 – Your Desperate Touch Moves God


Thanksgiving

 
 By Rachel Cunningham  
 
Thanksgiving, due to the season, may seem like a cliche topic, however scripturally speaking it is anything but. Psalm 100:4 says, “ Enter His gates with Thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name!” 
 
The word Thanksgiving is defined as,“ the expression of gratitude, especially to God.” As Christians we have a lot to be thankful for. Every morning we wake up, every breath that we take, every morsel of food we eat, are all blessings from God. It’s so easy to take our blessings for granted or to even get lax in showing our gratitude. As a child we are taught when receiving a gift to always make sure to thank the gift giver. Why should God be any different?
 

How can we thank God?

  • By singing and praising his name – Psalm 95:1 – “ Come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout Joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”
  • By helping others – Proverbs 3:27 – “ Never walk away from someone who deserves help; Your hand is Gods hand for that person.”
  • Simply take time each day and verbally thank Him for all He has done for you – 1 Chronicles 16:34 – “ Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.
 
Thanksgiving isn’t just seasonal, it’s a year round reflection of our hearts! God loves us no matter who we are, what we do, or where we come from. If for no other reason, that alone is enough for God to deserve our Thankfulness.
 
Reflect:
  • What are you thankful for this season?


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