Dealing with Strongholds


Dealing with Strongholds

Read Joshua 6:1-27 and the following notes.
The battle for Jericho had already been won by God and was being given by God into their hands. The Israelites only had to trust and obey in what God said and in his promise. A careful reading of the text suggests Joshua did not unfold the entire plan at the first, but day by day gave them instructions. Each day they would go out and march silently around the city and then return with nothing happening. The walls were still standing and Jericho had not surrendered. Yet, they did not murmur or complain or question Joshua’s instructions. They simply obeyed day after day until the seventh day when they marched around the city seven times. At the command of Joshua on the seventh day they gave the great shout and the walls came tumbling down by the mighty hand of God. This reminds us that the Lord often works slowly. We want immediate deliverance, but the Lord often tests our faith and in the process builds our character and our relationship with Him so we find the Lord to be what we really need. We may be tempted to find quick solutions instead of waiting in God alone. Read Hebrews 11:30 – “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.” If we want to overcome our obstacles and strongholds, we must submit to God’s way by faith and obey what he asks of us.

Q1: In the midst of the battles you are facing in life, do you believe God loves you and wants the best for you?

Q2: Are you convinced that he has the power to control all of life, and your life as well?

Q3: Waiting on God is one way in which we express our faith. What are you waiting on God right now to do in your life and what promises are you holding onto as you wait?

Q4: What steps of obedience do you need to take in order to fight this battle?

Read Hebrews 11:13- 16 - These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Q5: Are there some things in this life that must be endured, maybe never seeing resolve, healing, or completion this side of heaven?

Q6: The writer of Hebrews is reminding us that the object of faith is ultimately found in the coming kingdom of God. How does having an eternal perspective and goal like this help you face the temporary battles we face in this life?

Q7: What are you looking forward to most about heaven?

Q8: What have you learned from this discussion? Is there anything you need to think about differently or do differently?

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