Monday, 11 February 2013

Walking around Jericho!

Isn't it frustrating when God doesn't do something the way you thought He would do it?  I have been so excited for this event to take place in our lives so that it can come to an end.  But, God's thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55 v 8).  Sigh....

Having said that, I know what it is that God expects of me.  He expects me to:

  • KNOW that He has a plan and purpose for me in this (Jer 29v11)
  • PRAISE Him all the time, no matter the circumstances (Ps 34v1:  I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth)
  • TRUST His word that He has given to us in this circumstance (Isaiah 55v11(a): So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void)
  • REJOICE, praise, thank Him, and (Phil 4v4)
  • seek to be OBEDIENT in all things.(Duet 30v10)
I keep having 2 pictures in my head.  The first is of walking around the walls of Jericho.  I feel like the Lord is saying, "Do it in faith.  Trust Me that those walls are coming down."

The second picture is of a lion's den.  There seem to be more and more lions added to the den.  And I feel God is saying, "Fear not, for I keep their mouths shut and remember Daniel's visit to the den and how it ended." 

Yes, walking continuously around big obtrusive walls past which you cannot see is not fun.  Its exhausting.  Its frightening, its frustrating.  But with faith I will keep on keeping on because God does not lie, and He loves His own.

What are the walls in your life?  Don't give up hope!  God will crush those walls when the time is right.  His way for us is way better than anything we can imagine for ourselves.  My encouragement to you is to keep on keeping on, KNOWING, PRAISING, TRUSTING, REJOICING!  For in due time, the walls will come down.

God bless
Tracy

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24 comments:

  1. A couple of weeks ago, we had an Intercessory Workshop, and one of the ways for a group to intercede is to march around like they did at Jericho. Yes walls will come down when we pray together in God's name! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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    1. Hi Patsy, yes so true. And its in realizing that they are not going to just fall down when I say "boo" I realize why my word for this year is "trust" :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  2. AMEN! Good good word! GOD is always working...sometimes it's just behind the scenes where we aren't able to see it just yet. Keep trusting and believing. That is what we are to do. GOD is a faithful GOD and He will not leave us alone in our time of need.
    Blessings friend
    Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle, it took me an hour or two of ranting and raving before I calmed down and realized the truth of this. As I said in the previous comment, now I know why my word for this year is "Trust" :)
      God bless my friend and thank you for your prayers and encouragement.
      Tracy

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  3. My dear friend!! As I too wait for walls to come down, I stand in agreement with and march right beside you!!! We will hear the shofar sound and see those walls crumble!!! My prayers for you!!!

    Much love!!
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey, it is truly amazing how God can speak to us through His scriptures. Standing with you too friend
      God bless
      Tracy

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  4. Tracy, this was SO inspiring! I feel like strapping on my sandals, and getting out my trumpet, and stomping around some walls in my own life!! God is always working, and always working for GOOD! How often I need to remind myself of that unchanging Truth!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, yes, in the moment I saw only what the world sees, but later, I too felt encouraged to grab my sandals.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  5. Oh yes! I'm trusting Him! Sometimes things in life can get discouraging, but I know that with God, they don't have to be. Just this morning I was feeling pretty discouraged about a situation my mom is going through. Her "mood" has been rubbing off on me. However, I need to remember that no one and nothing can take away the joy I have in Christ unless I allow it to happen! So, I am purposefully focusing on Him and celebrating the gift He is! I'm going to make some noise around my walls starting today!!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Hi Joan, that is so true and also one of the main reasons I love this forum, because all these lovely ladies of faith also start rubbing off on you and your mood can be elevated too. Great reminder too, to celebrate, and worship to counteract negativity
      God bless my friend
      Tracy

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  6. Tracy convicting post. So true. I still put God in a box. Having in my mind how the plan should unfold. Thank you for sharing dear one. Blessings.

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    1. Hi there, believe me, I felt conviction too
      Thank you for your encouragement
      God bless
      Tracy

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  7. Hi Tracy
    Thanks dear one, for reminding us how our Pappa God will not let anything stand in the way of our walk into our heavenly Canaan, into the life if our Lord Jesus. Glad we could unite at Jen's. I have a chronic illness that at times seems like walls imprisoning me, but He has broken down all the spiritual walls that was standing in my way of knowing Him.
    What a blessing
    Mia

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    1. Hi Mia, thank you for your encouraging words and I pray that the Lord break down the walls of your pain physically too
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. Oh Tracy - What I just love about Jericho...both stories really, is that God did all the work. The Israelites didn't have to fight to break the wall down...all they had to do was to obediently walk forward and trust Him.
    Yet, it is so much easier to say than do sometimes (at least it has been for us) especially deep in trials. The reward is looking back, the joy in the victory, and then seeing much more clearly, He was in it all alone. He is faithful. And never leaves His children. Blessings & love to you today, friend! ~ Jen

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    1. Hi Jen, truth there, the joy is in the victory, Thanks Jen
      God bless

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  9. Love your great photo that illustrates this wonderfully! I am studying Kelly Minter's Nehemiah about rebuilding walls... A different aspect of walls...

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    1. Hi Esther Joy, thanks for the reminder that God is into wall building too :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  10. One trip around the walls was enough on certain days, but one trip was not enough on the final day. It took seven trips before that mountain fell. I have though about Daniel in the lions den, uncomfortable sleeping arrngement to be sure, but perhaps one of those lions was able to allow him to use him as a pillow. Thank you for sharing this time in your life with us at "Tell Me a Story."G God is still on the throne and he can stop the river and prepare dry land.

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  11. Such and encouraging post!! We must trust that God's view and plan is much bigger than ours... :) Visiting from "Doing you well" link up!!!

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  12. Amen - the walls WILL come down. Galatians 6:9 reminds us to not be weary in well doing; For, in due season, we shall reap if we faint not!

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  13. Hey Tracy! Great post! His ways are not our ways...thank God He knows best! Yes, ALL we can do is know, praise, trust and rejoice...resting assured He will come through! Thanks my friend and thanks for linking up!

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  14. This was SO encouraging! I'm also standing on His promises...waiting. . .
    Blessings to you~

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  15. How funny about walls... our church is going through Nehemiah and it's amazing how important and symbolic walls are. I loved this: with faith I will keep on keeping on because God does not lie, and He loves His own. That is TRUTH. Coming at you from Doing You Well Wednesday; clicked to follow. Blessings to you... keep standing in the gap for Him! Jules
    http://www.bles-id.blogspot.com

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