Monday, July 1, 2013

Circle the City

Yesterday, as our Zambia team was meeting, we had a special speaker come and talk about spiritual warfare.  He is a man in our church who has an amazing personal testimony and his testimony also declares the power and authority of Jesus.  But beyond that, he shared how we need to listen to what God is telling us and obey His prompting.  He shared with us a few times that God prompted him to do things to reach out to complete strangers and he shared how God showed His power in those moments.  It was very inspiring to hear the stories he shared with us.  But then, I went home and read a few chapters in Undaunted by Christine Caine.  The chapters I read yesterday went hand in hand with what I heard in our Zambia meeting and in the book, Christine Caine shared even more stories of times when God had her reach out to complete strangers to show His love and power.  Something that our friend shared with our team yesterday is that one way to be sure that we are hearing a prompting from God is to spend regular time with Him in prayer.  When we spend time in prayer, we become more familiar with His voice and we develop and grow our relationship with Him.  Today, I am taking one last look at Joshua's call; please use the link and read Joshua 5:13-6:6.

Ever since I heard the story of the fall of Jericho as a child, I have always been intrigued by the idea that the Israelites had to circle the city for seven days before they could claim the city.  God had told Joshua that He had already given the city over to the Israelites; however, God also commanded them to do this unusual battle strategy.  This is a strategy that made absolutely no sense and is one that I don't think has ever been used again in the history of the world.  But as far as spiritual battles it is one that is used often.

We are humans and we operate in the physical, yet there is a spiritual war waging around us at all times.  Sometimes we are more aware because we can feel the direct attacks on ourselves, our family, or our friends.  Something that we can know without a doubt - God has already declared His victory.  We know by reading the Bible that He is victorious!  Even though God told Joshua that He already had victory with Jericho, the Israelites still had a job to do.  They had to circle the city.  I have heard from many pastors that we can liken that to our prayer lives.  We know that when we believe in Jesus and His victory that He shares His victory with us.  But we also need to spend the time in prayer to strengthen our relationship with Christ and to grow our faith in Him.  Our time in prayer is just like circling the city, and when God calls us to do something it is our time in prayer that allows us to be more aware of the Holy Spirit's empowerment.  We, too, need to circle the city!

Are you circling the city?

This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon,

    I was blessed by reading your post. Thank you. Yes, I agree, we need to circle the city.

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    1. Hi Anita, I'm am glad you were blessed today. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Sharon! Don't you just love it when God confirms you? Reading the book that fell in line with your speaker...so wonderful!

    I will be praying for you and your team to Zambia. I did like your analogy of circling the walls of Jericho. That makes my prayer seem very powerful indeed!

    Peace in Christ,
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil! Thank you so much for your prayers...that is a wonderful gift to give!

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