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Devotion Text
 

Joshua 6:20

So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.

In an amazing miracle God provided a dry pathway through the Jordan River for Israel to enter the promised land. But after the Jordan started flowing again, the people looked up to see the first city on the list to conquer. Jericho! The most fortified city of that day! Right after their victory at the Jordan there was the challenge of Jericho. But…God had a plan…an unorthodox plan. For six days the fighting men of Israel were instructed to walk around the walled city of Jericho one time. On the seventh day they were to walk around the city seven times. After the march the trumpeters were to “sound a loud blast” and all the people were to “give a loud shout.” After that exercise God promised that the wall of Jericho would collapse, and the people could go straight into the city. Israel followed God’s plan and God kept his promise.

Do you have any walls that need to be collapsed in your life? It’s very possible you won’t find a successful strategy online or in a bestselling “How To” book. So, today tell the Expert at breaking down walls, about the things that are standing in your way.

Talking Points

  • Tell God about your walls—those things that seem to be standing in your way of all his promises. Your walls may be physical, relational, financial, emotional, spiritual. Tell God exactly what they are.
  • Tell God you trust him as the One who can break down walls. Ask him to give you the ears to hear his plan and the courage to take the next steps.

Father, I acknowledge you as the One who can break down any walls in my life. Help me to hear and obey you. Allow me to see the walls collapse. And help me continue to trust you throughout the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Assurance

To be an accurate marriage guide our moral GPS must be fixed on a lofty reference point. It must acquire and lock-on to the signal and together husband and wife must follow its instructions. Lose any of that triangulation and a wrong turn down a dead-end road to an affair is much more likely.

Today, Ron Moore documents those three references and offers GPS like guidance from God’s Word.

There are dead ends down many marital byways. Those deceptive and hidden places that invite a casual drive-by relationship.  There, just when you think you can cruise on down the road and exit at the other end, you’re trapped.  Adultery is a lot like that.  Despite how long and exciting the trip might be, it always ends in a marriage roadblock.

That’s the place Ron Moore takes us to in the next half-hour.  In his examination of adultery, you’ll clearly see the dead-end signs and perhaps avoid the heartrending aftermath.

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 40:3-4

He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand.  The man said to me, “Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see.”

Ezekiel saw the restoration of the temple. The vision was given to him in detail. The man God introduced to Ezekiel “was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and measuring rod in his hand.” The rest of the prophesy details the width and length of the walls, gates, courts, rooms, and even the ovens and kitchens of the temple. When I read these chapters, I am always amazed at how specific God gets.

God is a God of immensity! He sees all the earth and everything on it. At the same time, God is a God of great detail. He cares that the jambs of the portico gateway are two cubits thick (Ezekiel 40:8-9). And . . . He cares about the details of our lives.

  • He cares that you are having a good day . . . or a bad one.
  • He cares about your disappointments . . . even the ones brought on by trivial stuff.
  • He knows that you got soaked in His downpour (as I did a few minutes ago).
  • He is concerned about your present spiritual drought.
  • He cares about the things that make you sad . . . and is there in your pain.
  • He cares about the things that cause you to laugh . . . and laughs with you.
  • He is involved in the minutes and seconds of your life. He uses them in His sovereign plan for you.
  • He is not absent as your heart is breaking.
  • He smiles as it beats for joy.

Someone has said that the devil is in the details. Not true . . . God is. And when He is present, the devil gets out of the way.

Father, thank You for caring about the details of my life. Thank You for using the details for my spiritual formation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Homosexuality: Is it Really an Alternative? Part 2

Devotion Text

Joshua 6:20

When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.

The Art of War, written by Sun Tzu in 6th century BC, is one of the oldest books on military strategy. Each of its thirteen chapters is devoted to one aspect of warfare. Great military leaders like General Douglas MacArthur claim to have been inspired by the work. As comprehensive as the book is, there is no strategy recommended like the one God had for the defeat of Jericho.

For six days the fighting men of Israel were instructed to walk around the walled city of Jericho one time. On the seventh day, they were to walk around the city seven times. After the march the trumpeters were to “sound a loud blast,” and all the people were to “give a loud shout.” After that exercise, God promised that the wall of Jericho would collapse, and the people could go straight into the city.

Do you have any walls that need to be collapsed in your life? It’s very possible you won’t find a successful strategy online or in a bestselling “How To” book. Block out some time, and openly talk to the Lord about all the things keeping you from following hard after him. Believe me, he is an expert at breaking down walls. 

Father, I pray that each of us will spend time with you regarding the barriers in our lives that keep us from a more intimate and powerful relationship with you. Allow us to see the walls collapse. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Hearing and Doing

Psalm 79:8-13  

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants. May the groans of the prisoners come before you; with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die. Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord. Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise. 

It’s called the cycle of sin. A father’s absence impacts his son who in turn lives out a pattern of unhealthy relationships. The pain of divorce encourages a daughter to live with her boyfriend to “be sure they can make it together.” Children inherit their parents’ anemic Christianity and pass it on to their children.   

The past impacts the future. Israel knew that well. The sins of their fathers opened the door for raiding countries to kill and destroy. The sins of the past generation finally opened the door for the Assyrians to overthrow the Northern Kingdom—Israel—and take them into captivity in 722 BC. The Babylonians did the same with the Southern Kingdom—Judah—in 586 BC.

This cycle of sin does not have to continue. By God’s grace and strength it can be broken. Your father may not have been present, but your heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake you. Follow His lead. Your parents may not have stayed together but God will give you the strength to do marriage the way He intended. A weak spiritual heritage can be turned into one ignited by Jesus Christ. Let God break the cycle of sin in your life. 

Father, please don’t hold the sins of the past generation against me. I desire to do things Your way. Show me Your mercy. Extend Your grace. Infuse me with Your power. Help me show faithfulness to those who follow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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