Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Your Walls Between You And The Promised Land

"Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in." Joshua 5:13-6:1

Jericho was the last big barrier between God's people and the Land of Promise. And it was an imposing barrier to be sure!

You probably are familiar with the fact that Jericho was surrounded by thick and impenetrable walls. But maybe you didn't know that it had TWO layers of walls! Yes! There was an outer wall where Rahab the Harlot most likely lived and then there was a higher and taller inner wall that guarded the actual city.

There will always be walls between you and your promised land! It's just the way life is! Those walls will have to fall if you ever hope to get to your Promised Land.

There will be inner walls and there will be outer walls.

The inner walls are the ones no one else sees but they can entrap you and hold you hostage. You will have no shot at bringing down walls until these walls fall.

Inner walls can be constructed of shoddy materials such as guilt, shame, insecurity, feelings of inadequacy, self-doubts, addictions, unforgiveness, anger, vindictiveness, selfishness, fear, feelings of failure, negative parental messages or an attitude of arrogance.

Those are the walls to bring down first but they can be the hardest to fall. For many of these walls it will require extensive time in the Word and in prayer along with sound counselling from a trained godly counselor.

And then there are the outer walls that will have to fall. But until you tear down your inner walls you will have little success bringing down the outer walls.

Outer walls can be made of things like prejudice, intimidation, poverty, hatred and greed.

These walls are high, thick, strong and menacing. At times you wonder if they can really be brought down.

The truth is that the outer wall exists to force you to deal with your inner wall.

Some questions to consider when faced by your walls:

Has God promised to give me new territory?

Is He able to break down my walls?

Does His Word have promises that apply to my wall?

Will I believe His promises?

Will I pray and assault my wall with His promises?