The last two posts told about my Jericho Walk, and asked if you have a “Jericho” in your life: a blessing you believe God wants to give you, but you feel unable to achieve on your own. Following the example of Joshua’s battle, I completed a Jericho Walk. Check those posts out.
Besides the big victory I was walking for, God met and taught me lessons along the way. They came when our group circled the lake 7 times.
As we began to walk, our paces spread us out. We weren’t far apart then, but it was clear I wouldn’t be at the head of the line.
Soon thoughts of whether I could catch up by the end began to dissolve into panic that I wouldn’t be able to finish at all.
My heart began to race. Halfway around the first lap, I had the distinct thought that I would have a heart attack, literally, before this was done.
Rather than question this thought, I began processing how God might use this turn of events – I could witness to the ambulance and Emergency Room people! Telling them all about the Jericho Walk would be a great way to get the word out and share God’s love and plan for their lives too.
Perhaps the local papers or tv stations would do a story on me – even a heart attack couldn’t stop her! Or maybe I would just die. My thoughts were running wild and my heart was pounding harder.
Then, it became clear: this was not God speaking to me.
Satan will attack you! And if your mind is unguarded it will run away with those thoughts.
Any time you step out in obedience to God, the enemy will try and defeat you with whatever means he can. And the thoughts and fears you have may not be your own, but a form of spiritual attack to dishearten and oppress you.
Pray on the armor of God.
At that point, I began to pray on the spiritual armor from Ephesians 6. The helmet of Salvation protects your mind and thoughts, and bears the insignia of God Almighty in whose army you fight. It allows you to take every thought captive to God and hold it up against the truth of His Word. Instead of taking that first thought captive, I accepted it as a real possibility.
The breastplate of Righteousness, forerunner to the bullet-proof vest, protects your organs, heart for instance, and allows the enemy’s bullets and glancing blows to bounce off.
The belt of Truth helps you discern truth from the lies and deceit of the enemy. I should have taken that lie and rebuked it with scripture “God has not given me a spirit of fear.” 2 Timothy 1:7 So I didn’t need to fear an imagined harm.
When we put on the shoes of the gospel of peace we say we are ready for God’s marching orders.
And we take up the shield of Faith and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Our head to toe protection can repel the enemy’s launched attacks. And speaking God’s Word in prayer and praise can launch attacks of our own.
After I prayed the armor on, I felt much more protected from outside attack. With a renewed and energetic step I began the third lap.
Remember that when you step out in faith for God, you need to be armed for battle. And you can trust that God’s armor is the best.