Scripture Reading: Joshua 6:1-21
“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.” (Joshua 6:20)
As God’s people began the conquest of the Promised Land, their first battle took place at Jericho. Jericho was a military fortress built to defend the eastern approach to the high country. It had high walls and was built at a very advantageous position. It looked like a great challenge to the people of God.
The Lord (most likely the Commander of the army of the Lord — 5:13-15) gave Joshua the battle plan (6:2-5). For six days the army was to walk in silence around the city wall. Then on the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times. On the seventh time around, a command would be given and the people were to shout.
What do you think about that military strategy? No battering rams, no siege ramps, no starving the defenders into submission. From a human point of view, nothing could have been more absurd. Cities are not won by trumpets and shouts! But God’s ways are not man’s ways. Jericho was a stronghold that was defeated in a most unusual way.
We are soldiers in God’s army and we are facing many strongholds that must be conquered. They are all around us. They are surrounded by high walls and they are manned by strong defenders. We are to assault them in the way God has commanded — “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (II Corinthians 10:3-5).
Our weapons consist of prayer, the Word and our testimonies. God has provided us with His armor (Ephesians 6:13-20). We must be prepared spiritually “to take every thought captive to obey Christ.” This is the strategy God has given us. When we obey Him, we will have victory!
Lord God, today and everyday I face strongholds, strongholds of doubt, temptation, pride, and tribulation. Let me fight these battles in Your strength and by using the weapons You have provided me. Let me take every thought captive to obey Christ this day.
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