Julie Price: Your Radical Obedience Will Bring The Victory! ~ Trust And Obey!
~It was radical obedience that brought the victory for Joshua and the Israelites at Jericho.~
God had a very specific way in dealing with the fall of the city of Jericho. I can just imagine what it was like to be living inside Jericho during this time. The people there were already afraid of the Israelites. Now they were observing them marching around their city for seven days. Joshua and his men marched around the town once a day for six days, with seven priests walking ahead of the Ark with ram’s horns. On the seventh day, they marched around the town seven times as the priests continued blowing their horns. Joshua had relayed all of the instructions to the people, and they did as God requested. The seven priests with rams’ horns started marching IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, blowing the horns as they marched. The Ark of the Lord’s Covenant followed behind them. They were surrounded by His presence! I believe they marched in the presence of the Lord in a profound way because of their radical obedience to God’s way of overtaking their enemies!
Joshua advised the Israelites not to make a single sound or utter a single word until they were told to. They were told to shout when it was time. Seems like a peculiar request perhaps? You see, in the spirit realm, sound, frequency, and words, carry great weight. I believe this was part of God’s strategy in overtaking Jericho. I would imagine you could have heard a pin drop in the spirit realm. But why was that important? It gave the enemy nothing to work with; nothing negative, no insider information. All was quiet. The Lord was preparing the way for victory in the spiritual and the natural! It says in verse 20, that when the people heard the sounds of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could and “suddenly” the walls of Jericho collapsed. The Israelites charged right into the town and captured it; destroying everything in it with their swords.
Many of you have been walking in radical obedience for some time now. You are making your 6th time around your obstacles, your enemy, and seemingly, nothing is happening. I urge you, continue on your path of radical obedience! What if your next time around brings the victory?
We have a role to play in the ways of the the kingdom. We are meant to be engaged in the battle; cooperating with His plans in radical obedience. Get up! Grab your sword! Start marching! Whatever God is asking you to do, do it. Stay on the path of radical obedience to Him and watch Him bring forth the victory! This is what the army of the Lord looks like. We are rising, we are everywhere, and we are needed! When we learn to radically obey Him in secret, we will radically obey Him openly and advance His kingdom. We need to get there church! Not just for our sake, but for the sake of the world. We desperately need change, but don’t you realize, WE ARE the change! You are the vessel Father God is longing to move through. The following was said of Joshua in chapter 6 verse 27, after the battle at Jericho:
“The Lord was with Joshua and his reputation spread throughout the land.”
May it be said of us! A radical breed of obedient believers is rising. Our reputation is going to go throughout the land. It’s time church. It’s time to rise up and go forth in radical obedience and take city after city back for God!
~Joshua took city after city because he did what God said. Will you?~
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