Beyond Jericho
Friday, December 17, 2010

 

“When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed. . .”  (Joshua 6:20)

 

                Laying before the people of Israel was the promised land – waiting to be conquered.  But there was a major stumbling block: Jericho.  Jericho was the fortress city which guarded the mountains and plains of the “emerald corridor” which was coveted by all the nations of the earth.  It was a fortress which could not be penetrated by would be conquerors, and thus kept this land of God in the hands of pagan cultures.  But in the hands of the living God, Jericho was mere crumbling bricks.  The walls, sustaining the inhabitants for generations, could not even withstand the trumpet blasts of Israel.  And so Israel marched in and conquered.  All the world knew this army of God was for real.  Jericho was easy.

 

                Now, let me draw something else to your attention.  After Jericho, God never crumbled another wall.  Never again was a major conquest as easy as blowing horns and shouting in God’s name.  Every step of conquering the Promised Land was done in hand to hand combat.  Fortresses such as Jericho abound even today.  And I challenge you, that once you have seen the power of God, introducing you to His kingdom, don’t be surprised when the Christian life becomes hand to hand combat for the rest of your life.  I will never forget Billy Graham commenting one time on answered prayer.  Someone implied to him that they coveted his prayers since he was such a holy man of God.  In response he said (and I paraphrase) “God does not answer too many of my prayers.  He expects me to live by faith.”  He said, “If you want someone effective to prayer for you, go to a child or a new Christian.  God is still demonstrating His power to them.”  And I believe that. 

 

You see, we all have a Jericho moment in our lives.  God loves to demonstrate to us that He is real, that He is powerful, and that He will fulfill His promises.  But after our Jericho moment, He expects some earnest hand to hand combat on our part to gain what He has promised.  And forgetting that is one of the major problems in modern Christianity.  We live in a world of “what have You done for me lately God?”  And that is not Kingdom living.

 

God will show Himself to us, miraculously, powerfully, and lovingly.  And He does this in many ways.  But there comes a point when God expects us to join Him in the battle of conquest for the Kingdom of God.  When we pray, “Thy Kingdom come,” God expects us to join Him in making that happen.  Jericho is behind us.  Now we know what God can do.  We must move in hand to hand combat to conquer the promised land of the Kingdom of God.

 

Christians, don’t expect to have an experiential worship service every Sunday.  Go to your house of worship, not for your purposes but for God’s.  We confuse Sunday worship and think it is a time of God’s outpouring  and wall crumbling (and sometimes God choses to make that happen), but Sunday (and daily gatherings) for God should be all about worshiping Him; and getting equipped to fight the battles which lay ahead.  He has shown us Jericho, now go to work. 

 Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”  It is right in front of us.  It is the Promised Land awaiting our conquest.  God is prepared to join with us in battle, but don’t expect Him to do all the work.  He has shown us His power, now we must live our lives reflecting that God.  Make this your New Year’s Resolution.  God has chosen you, demonstrated His saving grace to you.  Now act like it.

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