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(19 July 2018)


"Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the LORD said to Joshua, 'I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram's horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams' horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.'"
(Joshua 6:1-5)


I believe most of us would think this a strange battle plan, even when we don't know a lot about warfare!

Where is the fighting?

How can you defeat the enemy with ram's horns instead of swords?

But, as you read the rest of the story, you will see God knew best. He gave them the perfect battle plan, for He did the fighting for them.

In our own lives, we need to realise that Jesus is our Commander-in-chief.

He sees the whole picture in every situation, and He has the perfect battle plan.

Sometimes His battle plan includes us raising the Sword of the Spirit, which is His Word, and attack the enemy by speaking His words into our situation.

Sometimes He only expects us to stand, and to keep on standing, our shields of faith held firmly in place, to extinguish the flaming arrows of the enemy.

Sometimes His battle plan will require us to keep our eyes on Him and trust Him to act on our behalf and fight the battle for us. 

But regardless of His battle plan, He will never command us to back down, to flee, to surrender, or to retreat. 

In fact, He specifically commands us to put on the armour He gave us, to stand firm and resist the enemy until he flees.

Please note that it is the enemy who flees, not us.

We are the victors, or, as Romans 8:37 says, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

When we follow His battle plan, the outcome is without a doubt always a victory for us.

We will never fail or lose when we follow His plan.

His plan is perfect.

All we have to do is follow His commands and do exactly what He commands at the time He commands.

And overwhelming victory will be ours in every battle we face!