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Conquering in Conflict - Protestant Caucus/Devotional ^ | 1993 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church

Posted on 11/29/2023 5:28:17 AM PST by metmom

"By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been encircled for seven days" (Heb. 11:30).

Faith is the key to spiritual conquest.

Forty years had lapsed since the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land. That unbelieving generation had perished in the wilderness. Now Joshua was leading a new generation into the land. The first obstacle they faced was Jericho—a well- fortified city that was near the mouth of the Jordan River.

Some city walls of that day were wide enough at the top to allow two chariots to ride side-by-side. That was probably true of Jericho because of its strategic location. That, coupled with the caliber of its army, made the city virtually impregnable— especially to unsophisticated Israelites, who lacked military training.

But what is impossible for man is easy for God. And the stage was set for Him to demonstrate His power and for the Israelites to demonstrate their faith and humility.

One can only imagine how embarrassed the Hebrew people felt as they marched around Jericho once a day for six days. That certainly is not your typical military strategy. But on the seventh day, after marching around the city seven times with the priests blowing their rams' horns, the priests gave one final blast, the people all shouted out loud, and the walls of the city collapsed (Josh. 6:20). Faith had reduced a formidable obstacle to a crumbled ruin.

Can you identify some spiritual obstacles you've faced recently? How did you handle them? You'll always have them to deal with in your Christian walk, but don't fret. See them as opportunities to exercise faith and see God's power on display in your life. Continue to trust the Lord and demonstrate your faith by courageously doing what He has called you to do.

Suggestions for Prayer

Ask God to help you humbly trust in God's power when you face spiritual conflicts.

For Further Study

Read about the conquest of Jericho in Joshua 6:1-21. Note each occasion where the people obeyed one of Joshua's commands without hesitation.

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Theology; Worship

1 posted on 11/29/2023 5:28:17 AM PST by metmom
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Studying God’s Word ping

2 posted on 11/29/2023 5:28:45 AM PST by metmom (He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.)
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I needed that Word today. Thank you metmom.

Prayer For Spiritual Strength, Perseverance And Endurance

Heavenly Father, in Your strength I pray that I may run the race that is set before me with patient endurance, looking to Jesus, Who is the author and finisher of my faith, and the solid Rock upon which I stand. Father, I recognise that this is a spiritual race and the strength and stamina I need is not physical but spiritual - spiritual strength, spiritual perseverance and spiritual endurance.

Help me to lay aside anything and everything that hinders my spiritual progress, diverts my attention from the goal of my calling or inhibits my witness for the Lord. Thank You for the example and encouragement of the many men and women of faith, who have run the same spiritual race before me. And may their faithful witness give me encouragement and determination to follow in their steps, empowered by the strength of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to the praise and glory of God.

Sustain me I pray, and each of Your children who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, and may we all take up our cross daily, and endure the trials and tribulations that cross our path. May we do this for the heavenly joy that is set before us, knowing that Jesus Himself walked this way before us and has broken the power of sin and death in our lives, so that in His strength we too may receive the spiritual strength, perseverance and endurance run the race that is set before us. In Jesus’ name,



3 posted on 11/30/2023 2:04:58 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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