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What Do You See When You Look at You?

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The Egyptians recognized that the Israelites were more and mightier than they were. According to The Living Bible version, they saw them as becoming dangerous. So, they came up with a plan to put them in bondage and to make them slaves when God actually called them His son (Exodus 4:22). Come on, let us deal wisely with them. For the next 400 plus years, the Israelites were servants to the Egyptians. They built their cities. They made them rich while they remained poor.

But before the enemy had a plan, God had a plan to send a deliverer named Moses to bring them out of that land into a good land. They saw themselves as slaves, but they were heirs to what was promised to their fathers. They were wealthy. They were landowners. Cities belonged to them and God was going to restore everything that they lost.

To keep you from becoming what God made you to be – to keep you from knowing who you really are, the enemy came up with a plan to put you in bondage because he is afraid of you. He is afraid of who you will become. He is afraid of what you can do to his kingdom. He doesn’t want you to discover just how mighty you are in God.

I remember being a quiet (I still am at times), but confident little girl. I remember sitting on my porch calling something mine that I hadn’t even possessed yet. But the enemy had a plan – the loss of my mother as a toddler, molestation, unholy covenants, depression, divorce, just to name a few. Even at a young age, he was after that confidence, which produces a great reward.

Although our words are powerful, our thoughts are powerful, too. One of the reasons why the enemy attacks your mind is because he knows that God will do exceeding abundantly above all you can ask or THINK according to the power that is at work in you.

God told Joshua, See, I have given into your hand Jericho. God had already given them the city. Yes, someone else was occupying it, but it didn’t belong to them. To enter into the Promised Land, the Israelites had to go through Jericho. They couldn’t go over it or around it. They had to go through it and some of us don’t like to go through anything. But between where they were and where God wanted to take them was a wall. Before the wall fell down, they had to ‘see’ themselves possessing the city.

The enemy fights you the most in your mind. He doesn’t want you to see yourself blessed, prosperous, happy, intelligent, powerful or mighty. The enemy has used bad situations in your life to build a wall. The wall of Jericho was at least 15 feet high. The enemy wants to use a wall to keep you from entering into what God promised you. He also wants to keep you from seeing who you really are and what you can do.

The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were delivered from a bad land and brought into a good land. In exchange for your past, He gave you hope and a future. You are mighty and the weapons God gave you are mighty through God. It pulls down strongholds (thoughts that are contrary to God’s word).

Our responsibility is to believe God’s word and to do what it says. Strongholds are built on lies, but they can be torn down by the truth. So, read the word of God and listen to it daily so that it can transform the way you think and the way you live. Find scriptures in the bible that tell you who you are in Christ and speak those words until every wall the enemy built through lies, deceit and imagination fall flat down like the wall of Jericho.

You are more and mightier than you think.

While You’re Waiting

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The Lord told Joshua that he was giving him and the children of Israel the city of Jericho, but how was this going to happen? The walls were high, the gates were tightly shut, and the children of Israel were unable to enter in. 

After God told them what He was going to do, He told them what they needed to do.  Every day for six days, they had to go around the city one time. They could not shout or make any noise.  They didn’t complain about what they had to do every day.  They didn’t complain about what hadn’t happened yet.  They didn’t speak in unbelief.  They believed what God told them and remained silent for six days.

They got up early in the morning, marched and then returned to the camp.  They did the same thing every day – over and over again. They kept obeying God. They didn’t quit.  They were consistent.  They remained faithful even when it seemed like nothing was going to happen. 

But the wall was still standing.

I know a lot of us don’t like to wait for anything, but there will always be something you have to wait for.  You have to wait in line. You have to wait until the light turns green. You have to wait in traffic.  You have to wait until the food is prepared.

The Israelites had to wait patiently for the walls of Jericho to fall.  Hebrews 6:12 tells us that we must imitate or follow those who inherited the promises of God through faith and patience.  Maybe you haven’t received some things (yet) because you won’t let patience have its perfect work.  

Lord, when are you going to do it? I’m tired of this. I’m ready for this to be over. You’re taking too long 

If you can endure and learn to wait, James 1:4 tells you all the things that you will become.  But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  Change will take place. You will be spiritually mature. You will grow from what you’re going through. Your faith will be fully developed and you will be ready to receive those things you have been waiting for. 

On the seventh day, the children of Israel didn’t march around the city one time.  They marched seven times, the priests blew their trumpets, the people shouted, and the wall fell down flat.  

I know some of you want to give up, but I pray that God won’t let you. You’re probably doing everything you can to get out of your current situation.  You’re trying to move.  You are looking for a new job every day, but nothing is happening.  That’s because God is not going to let you get out of this one prematurely.  That situation that you don’t like is the very thing that is helping you to grow.  God allowed Joseph to be placed in the pit and he couldn’t get out until someone lifted him out of it.  God also allowed him to be placed in prison and Joseph had to stay there until someone released him. 

The quicker you can humble yourself, the quicker God can exalt you. 

Joshua and the children of Israel taught us what to do while we are waiting – obey God.  Some of you know what God said, but you are not looking at the word.  You are looking at your situation.  You are looking at the environment you live in and it looks like what God said will never happen, but it doesn’t matter who is occupying the city right now or how long they have been there.  It doesn’t matter how wide or how high the walls appear.  Don’t worry about how long it’s been or how long you’ve been waiting.  No matter how securely shut the gates are, nothing can keep God’s promises out.

So don’t be impatient, don’t be anxious and don’t give up. Wait on the Lord, and while you’re waiting, encourage yourself, encourage others and God will strengthen you as you obey Him.

The Wall Shall Fall Down

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And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him (Joshua 6:5).

You can’t avoid hurt.  It happens.  Either you will hurt someone or someone will hurt you – and it’s not always intentional.

In the Old Testament, walls were used to keep out enemies.  Today, people build up walls to protect their hearts.  Maybe you’ve met someone who was labeled as being guarded, stuck up or standoffish, but what they really saw were walls.  These walls are like the wall of Jericho. Nothing good could go out and nothing good could come in.  Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in  (Joshua 6:1).

The enemy builds a wall in your life using bad experiences.  Every brick has a name – hurt, rejection, shame, and disappointment as well as many others, but his walls are built on lies, not truth.

It’s my fault.

No one will ever love me.

I’ll never get it right.

I’m not smart enough.

The walls we use to keep out hurt really hurt and isolate us.  When Jesus withdrew himself, he did so to pray – not to keep himself from being rejected or hurt.  Had he isolated himself from others, the woman with the issue of the blood would have never touched his garment and receive her healing.

Oftentimes, we use walls to hide behind anger and hurt, but you can’t heal what you hide or cover.  He that covers [his sins] shall not prosper  (Proverbs 28:13a). Walls blocks out the light (truth) and this keeps you from learning and growing in the Lord.  It keeps out the truth about yourself and causes you to believe something that is not true, which is deception.  How we see or think of ourselves is very important.  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior]  Proverbs 23:7, AMP.

Living behind these walls is imprisonment.  It limits you causing you to only go but so far.  All you do is go around and around in a wall – repeating the same cycle and the same mistakes.  To be fully effective and used the way God wants to use you, the walls must come down.  God can use the hurt and whatever else you had to go through to build a testimony.  You can and will overcome by the word of your testimony, but this means you must talk from a place of victory, not a victim.

God told Joshua, Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, I have given you  (Joshua 1:3).  He gave him a promise.  Even while Jericho was securely shut up, the first thing God told Joshua in chapter six was, See  (Joshua 6:2).  It didn’t matter what happened.  It didn’t matter who did it.  It didn’t matter how things looked at that very moment.  God wanted Joshua to see himself possessing the land.  I have given unto your hand Jericho. 

God had already given it to him, but there was something Joshua and the people had to do for the next seven days for that promise to manifest.  Do not be discouraged if the walls do not come down on the first day or the seventh day.  Remember, this wall wasn’t built in a day.  It was built over a course of years.  It may have begun at birth (rejection or abandonment) or after losing a loved one (grief, sorrow) or maybe after a divorce (brokenhearted).

Like Joshua, believe God and believe what He said.  Despite the bad,  believe that He will complete the good  work He began in you.  Believe that by His stripes, you were and are healed.  Believe that no weapon formed against you will prosper.  Believe that God will restore the years.

If you truly want to be free from the walls the enemy built, ask God what you need to do and then do it.  Don’t do it and then stop because nothing has happened yet.  Do it until your expectation is fulfilled.

Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and lay it to the root of every bad tree and every lie and cut it down – and watch every wall that the enemy built fall down.