Are you pursuing victory? I want to share with you 5 biblical steps to victory from the story about Jericho’s fall in Joshua chapter 6.
5 Biblical Steps to Victory
Whatever your enemies are, we can glean some powerful lessons and steps to victory from the story about Jericho’s fall in Joshua chapter 6.
#1 God Always Provides Guidance and Winning Strategies
The first and most important truth to know is that in Christ we already have victory so that we are able to overcome whatever is coming against us. We can face our battles from the position of victory. God always takes the initiative in providing in advance what we need for our battles.
In the account of Jericho, God gave His instructions to Joshua at the very beginning.
“Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” (Joshua 6:2-5)
God always provides guidance and winning strategies for us when He leads us to overcome challenges and obstacles. His strategy may make no sense or can be counter-intuitive, but it’s always the best one. It trains us not only how to overcome and win but also trains us in obedience and leaning on the Lord.
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#2 Following God’s Instructions
The second biblical step to victory is to carry out God’s instructions precisely if we want to have success.
We read in the story about Jericho’s fall that, after receiving God’s instructions, Joshua immediately prepared to carry them out. He called the priests and ordered the army. (Joshua 6:5-7) He also oversaw the execution of God’s instructions, giving additional orders to the army. (Joshua 6:10)
”So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there. “(Joshua 6:11)
#3 Obedience Is a Process as It Is the Journey to Victory
Joshua followed precisely God’s instructions on the first day. However, God’s timetable to conquer Jericho included seven days. There were more steps to be taken for some time.
“Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. So on the second day, they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.” (Joshua 6:12-14)
Rarely, God wants us to take just a single step. Usually, it is a set of steps, one leading to another. God is interested in our constant devotion to following Him rather than just an occasional step of faith.God is interested in our constant devotion to following Him rather than just an occasional step of faith. #faith #devotion #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
#4 Before Victory It’s Time to Press On
Immediately before the victory, we experience the greatest pressure and it is time for our greatest efforts.
We see this principle illustrated in the actions the Israelites needed to take on the last seventh day. On this day, they needed to walk around Jericho not once, but 7 times and also shout.
“On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day, they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!” (Joshua 6:15-16)
#5 Our Victory Is a Combination of God’s Work and Our Efforts
God removes the obstacles and opens the doors, but we have a part to play and have to take action. As in Jericho’s fall, God removed the city walls, but the Jews needed to enter the city, go straight ahead and take the city, and secure victory.
When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep, and donkeys. (Joshua 6:20-21)
More Helpful Resources for You
If you need more resources to encourage you in the Christian life, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
Transforming Your Thought Life by Sarah Geringer
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
How to Walk Away from Toxic People by Gary Thomas
Kissing Guilt Goodbye by EnLiven Devotionals
A Testimony of Voices: 100 Devotionals Rising as One by EnLiven Devotionals
A Movement of Hearts: 100 Devotionals Beating as One by EnLiven Devotional
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
Faith Talk: Christian Women & The Gospel by Heather Hart and contributing authors
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