Friday, January 10, 2014

Got a Jericho Wall to Battle?

I don’t dream all the time, but when I do it often carries meaning beyond just a dream. During the week last week I dreamed that a man in a big brimmed hat was after me. I was scrambling through leaves and darting behind bushes but he kept coming with his hat down and his face hid. He wasn’t talking or racing, but he was determinedly walking briskly after me. I finally got inside a little house and tried to hide under some covers. Dream over. I woke up and a neighbor’s two dogs were literally running around my house barking as though protecting me. I was worn out.

Of course I woke Danny up and told him about my dream. His response was “Really?” And then he proceeded to tell me he had just finished dreaming too. Only in his dream he was floating in the heavenlies, worshipping and praising the Lord. He was playing instruments and drums, flutes and singing. He was totally involved in the whole scene. He was having the most glorious time with the Lord. He never wanted it to end. He was thoroughly refreshed in spirit mind and body.

I asked him why he got the wonderful dream and I got the chase scene with the bad guy? We both chuckled. Neither of us knew why but I was blessed to know his dream was so vivid and wonderful. Who wouldn’t want to dream they were praising God in the heavenlies?

Just like dreams, we don’t get to choose what we’re dealing with in life. We find ourselves in a hard place while watching others having a great time and we want to say why them or why me? Sometimes we are the pursued one and sometimes we are in a season of God’s magnificent blessings. We all prefer the blessings over the hard seasons.

The things I do know are that God will always protect us no matter what we’re going through and we can always worship God no matter the circumstances. And finally, when things are rough or we’re facing a situation, we need to keep God’s orders in focus, following His details regardless of our feelings.

Why do we need to know this? In hot pursuit from the enemy we often drop the important things. We forget to worship. We do. Things get tough and the first thing people do is blame God and quit having fellowship with other believers. The other thing is worship always keeps us from feeling pursued by troubles. It’s a wall of protection against worldly feelings. It really is.

Remember Jericho in the Old Testament? Joshua had a battle to fight, but God said worship around the wall. When the wall fell they won the battle without lifting a hand. Joshua could have tried to do that in his own strength and he would have failed miserably. But instead He kept His allegiance to God and did only what God told him to do. The result was overwhelming victory.

Oh beloved, whatever you are going through right now, you are in a superb position to be totally victorious. Your own mind and flesh cannot do a hundredth of what God’s Spirit can do. Worship Him. Stay close to Him. Get with strong spiritual people. Pray. And listen to God. He will tell you what to do and how to be blessed. His Word is your trumpet in Zion. His Spirit is your guardian in the battle. His voice is your road to success. You are a worshiper and it’s time to arise and walk through it all with God and see your enemies scatter! God always leads us into overwhelming triumph and displays us as a beautiful remembrance of His glory and grace. God will do great things for those who trust in Him. He will help you in every emergency as you will place your entire confidence in Him and faithfully obey.

He loves you and He’s for you and that’s your victorious worship song every single day!

Joshua 6:2 The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.

Psalm 29:2 Honor the Lord for the glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.

Psalm 4:4-5 Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:22 Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

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