MAKE IT A HOLY EXERCISE
We don’t hear a lot about holiness these days. Many people strive to be happy, but how many people strive to be holy? We learn from the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho that holiness is an essential key to victory. In whatever battle you are facing today, you can make it a holy exercise by bringing God into the equation.
In Joshua 6:6, God instructed the priests to carry the holy ark of the covenant as they walked with the soldiers around the walls of Jericho. The ark of the covenant was an ornate wooden box that housed the stone tablets of the covenant, Aaron’s staff, and a gold jar filled with manna. It represented the very presence of God! So while the Israelites were simply walking around the walls of Jericho, they had brought the Lord into the center of an otherwise mundane task.
Today, you might feel as though God is a million miles away. You might be trying to handle your problems on your own. But there is a much better way. Invite Christ into your heart, and put your trust in Him. God will give you His Spirit to lead and guide you (John 16:13). Instead of going through life on your own and trying to be victorious in your own strength, bring God into the equation. It changes everything. God becomes a part of everything you do.
The Israelites were up against the double fortified walls of Jericho. On their own, they didn’t stand a chance. But God was with them, and He will be with you. When Christ lives in your heart, He’s with you wherever you go. In Joshua’s time, the presence of God dwelled within the ark of the covenant. But now, God’s Spirit lives within His people. As 1 Corinthians 3:16 affirms, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
So whatever walls you are up against, make it a holy exercise by inviting the Lord into your heart. Surrender your life to Jesus. Be baptized if you’ve never been baptized. Join a local church if you are not regularly attending. Start reading God’s Word daily and seeking His will for your life. He will place His Spirit inside of you. You will never be alone. He will fight your battles for you and cause the walls to come tumbling down.