We are in a short series about The Jericho Walk. Do 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 out the last 3 posts to read more about it.
Besides the big victory I was walking for, God met and taught me lessons along the way. These came when our group circled the lake 7 times.
After I prayed God’s spiritual armor on, my first lesson, I felt much more protected from outside attack. With a renewed and energetic step I began the third lap.
But soon, discouragement arose again. This time, not as random thoughts from without like before, but as fears from within. What if my own body was not strong enough to walk seven times around the lake? Had I bitten off more than I could chew? I had never walked around the lake so many times in one day. I should have trained for this and worked up to it. What if I really couldn’t finish what I started? What if I shamed and humiliated myself and disappointed God?
The baggage you carry will drag you down. Your own thoughts, feelings, and inner fears will work against you if you let them.
Ask God to remove all that is in you that does not honor or glorify Him!
Pray that He will help you take thoughts captive and not feed your own fears of weakness, inadequacy or unworthiness. Hold those thoughts up to the truth of scripture. Your success in this endeavor depends on God, and His strength, His might and His power. Not your own.
I looked up Hebrews 10:23 in the Bible I was carrying, and personalized it: “I will hold unswervingly to the hope I profess, for He who promised is faithful.” My hope is in Jesus Christ, and it is by His hand and His faithfulness that I will take hold of what He has promised me.
When I did that, I felt physically lighter on the next lap. There was more spring in my step, without the heaviness of before.
I truly felt that God had given me this directive to do the Jericho Walk, just as he had told Joshua what to do to take Jericho. So my being obedient was more important than my own physical ability.
When God directs your path, trust that He has prepared you. Your success will not depend on your own ability, but on God, whose promise is faithful.
- What is your Jericho?
- Where will you walk?
- When will you start?
- What will you shout?