Crumbling Walls


God’s Story For Your Life

Crumbling Walls
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Read
Joshua 6:1-27
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Now the gates of Jericho were tightly
shut because the people were afraid of
the Israelites. No one was allowed to
go out or in. But the LORD said to
Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You
and your fighting men should march
around the town once a day for six days.
Seven priests will walk ahead of the
Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the
seventh day you are to march around
the town seven times, with the priests
blowing the horns. When you hear the
priests give one long blast on the rams’
horns, have all the people shout as
loud as they can. Then the walls of the
town will collapse, and the people
can charge straight into the town.” /
(Joshua
6:1-5)

Reflect
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The city of Jericho, built thousands of
years before Joshua was born, was one
of the oldest cities in the world. In some places it had fortified walls up to
25 feet high and 20 feet thick.
Soldiers standing guard on top of the walls
could see for miles. Jericho was
a symbol of military power and strength—the
Canaanites considered it
invincible.

Israel would attack this city first, and its destruction
would put the fear of
Israel into the heart of every person in Canaan. The
Canaanites saw Israel’s
God as a nature god because he parted the Jordan and
as a war god because he
defeated Sihon and Og. But the Canaanites did not
consider him a fortress
god—one who could prevail against a walled city. The
defeat of Jericho showed
not only that Israel’s God was superior to the
Canaanite gods, but also that
he was God over every earthly power.

God
told Joshua that Jericho was already delivered into his hands—the enemy
was
already defeated! What confidence Joshua must have had as he went
into
battle! Christians also fight against a defeated enemy. Our enemy,
Satan, has
been defeated by Christ (Romans 8:37-39; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John
3:8). Just
like the Israelites shouting around Jericho, “one breath from his
mouth will
destroy the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4; see 2 Thessalonians 2:8).
Although we still
fight battles every day and sin runs rampant in the world,
we have the
assurance that the war has already been won. We do not have to be
paralyzed by
the power of a defeated enemy; we can overcome him through
Christ’s power.

Respond
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What strongholds does sin still
have in your life? You don’t have to fight
your battle alone using your own
power. God has already defeated sin for you.
You can live by faith, trusting
in him by obeying his commands (Isaiah 26:8).
As you do, you will find the
walls crumbling down and freedom from the sins
that once held power over you.

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