FAITH FOR DAILY LIVING DEVOTIONAL
with Dr Johnson Iyilade
THE JOSHUA GENERATION: Experiencing the Fulfillment of the Promises of God
Topic: WHEN YOU HIT A WALL!
Text: Joshua 6:1-end
Memory Verse – “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.” – Hebrews 11:30
Have you ever been in a situation where it seems an impenetrable wall is standing between you and your destiny? Perhaps, you are going through a season where there seems to be so much resistance, challenges, obstacles, and it seems no way ahead for you to your dream land. Life, at times, can feel like you are walled in and out with no escape route. But, I declare to you, every walls standing before you today are coming down.
Joshua chapter 6 in verse 1 begins by telling us that the city of Jericho was tightly shut, no one was able to come in or go out. Why? Because of the children of Israel. Historically, Jericho was a strong commercial city, secured in and out by high and tick wall. The children of Israel must pass through the city Jericho on their way to the promise land. But it was shut because of them. In short, they’ve “hit a wall”. Yet, God has already told
Joshua that he has given the city of Jericho to them.
What do you do when God says something is yours but in the physical realm, you haven’t see it in manifestation rather what you see is a wall of resistance and opposition contradictory to God’s word for you?
Hebrews 11:30 told us that the wall of Jericho fell by faith when it was encircled by the Israelites for seven days. There are two keys I see in this chapter that are important to receiving breakthrough whenever you seem to hit a wall.
First, in the text, God instructed Joshua to tell the Israelites to match round the wall of Jericho, once a day for six days and on the seventh day, they should march round it seven times. Why is the number of times they march important? Well, I think it shows us the importance of PERSISTENCE and PERSEVERANCE in obtaining the promises of God. They did not march round the wall once, twice, or thrice but seven times. I guess they are probably thinking nothing is happening for the first 6days or even for the first 6times of marching round the wall on the 7th day. But, lo and behold, when they completed the cycle on the 7th day, the wall fell completely. The lesson for us there is: you can’t be discouraged when it seems you don’t see immediate result for what you are believing for in the physical. The wall may seems not to be falling down for the first six days but it will surely come down if you don’t quit. Be patient and persevere until your breakthrough shows up. Don’t give up!
The second thing that I want you to see in the text is the power of PRAISE. Not only were they asked to march round Jericho but the priest were asked to blow the trumpet and the people shout with one voice on the 7th day. This is the power of praise and worship. Don’t let what you are going through steal your praise or change your disposition and attitude towards God and His word. When you can sing and dance even when your walls are still standing, you are positioning yourself for a breakthrough.
Do You remember Paul and Silas when they were thrown into “prison walls” in Acts 16. Scripture says, in the middle of the night, they sang praises unto God and suddenly, the prison door opened on their own accord and their chains fell. Faith always sees a way out of every prison wall. So, I want to challenge you today, don’t let anything you are going through rob you of your praise and shout of joy unto the Lord. You must sing, dance and praise God until every wall come down crumbling.
Have a glorious day!
POINT TO PONDER:
The promises that God has given you, no wall standing before you right now can rob you of it
PRAYER AND CONFESSION OF FAITH:
In the name of Jesus, I am breaking through every walls and challenges that is standing on my way to my promised land. I lay hold on the promises of God, and by faith I refuse to quit or give up until I see the manifestation of everything that the word of God says is mine. I will offer praises to God continually, in all situations.