Monday, June 11, 2012

JERICHO MINDSET



Joshua 6:26

And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that rises up and builds this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.


Use the weapons the Lord has provided to tear down every stronghold in your life. Once you have done this, guard your heart and keep them torn down.

2Corinthians 10:3-6
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The Lord calls us to a warfare that is real, and entirely unique.  The warfare He has called us to takes place in the heart and soul of man, and it begins in your own heart and soul when you respond to His call.


Jericho was the first city that the children of Israel needed to conquer in order to possess the land that the LORD had given them.  The Bible says it was “straitly shut up” because of the children of Israel.  In modern terminology, it was locked down tighter than a drum.  This represents the human heart before submission to God.  The heart and mind is where the deceits of fallen man reside: strongholds, imaginations, and high things.  This is the first place that the Lord deals with us in order to renew us in fellowship with Him.

Once these areas of our lives have been dealt with, the Lord gives us a stern warning.  They must remain torn down.  Rebuilding the walls of separation from God comes with a high price.  Whenever challenges come we must run to Him.  He is our Refuge, our Fortress, our High Tower, and our Exceeding Great Reward.  Turning to carnal weapons to try and fight this battle with flesh and blood results in disaster.  So we must practice this discipline until our minds are ready to reject every disobedient thought that tries to gain entrance.  As our minds are obedient to Christ, moment by moment, day by day, day in and day out, there enters in a peace that will not be disturbed by circumstances.

This is the place of authority, where we can stand up and speak to the mountain, tell it to be gone, and it HAS to obey!  Praise the Lord!

Further Study: James 4:6-10; Jer 17:9-10; Psalm 91:1-16; Isa 28:9-13


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