Conquering strongholds!

Scripture reading for March 3rd: Joshua 6-8

My life has been a series of various impossible situations that God has brought me through.  One such situation was a crisis of debt in my personal life.  My wife and I had started a farm business from scratch with the help of my father.   We had borrowed a lot of money and found ourselves nearly $600,000 in debt in 1981.  The farm economy took a turn for the worse and we had purchased land in 1979 for $2000 per acre.  By 1982 it was only bringing $600!  The interest rate went from six percent to sixteen percent!  I saw many farmers lose farms because of this crisis.  We turned to the Lord in repentance for our bad decisions and asked for help.  In seven years of following instructions, we were debt-free!  We are still shouting about this victory!

In our reading today, Joshua faced a tough, walled stronghold just inside the “promised land”.   As he contemplated what to do, he met up with an interesting person and asked him who’s side he was on.  The answer “neither” was curious.  Joshua removed his shoes as sign of holy respect when asked by the Lord and listened for instructions.  The battle plan for this stronghold included all the Israelites.  They must march around the city each day for six days.  (Joshua 6:2 -5) The Ark of God was to lead the procession with seven priests carrying trumpets.  On the seventh day, they were to march around seven times and the priests were to blow the trumpets.  As they completed the journey, there was to be a loud trumpet blast and a great shout by the people.  God promised that the walls would fall!

It is important to seek the Lord when facing a stronghold.  Ask for wisdom! (James 1:5-8)  Listen closely!  Be strong and full of courage and act on what He says.  Let God lead the way.  Follow Him closely and shout the victory when the walls fall!  Also note that God saved Rahab, the prostitute because of her obedience in gathering her family into the room in the wall and tying the red cord to the window!  God is in the saving business and loves to give victory!  Face  whatever stronghold is in your life today with courage and confidence!  The Lord will bless you with a victory!

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