Joshua 6:10 – “Joshua commanded the people, do not shout; do not even talk. Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!”
Every believer is called to live a life that impacts the lives of others, a life that makes a mark on the world. Significance isn’t defined by what you do, but by – why you do it. To live a life of significance, a life that makes a difference is not determined by how much money you make. There was a woman in my church who after 12 years of serving our country in the military, then several years of gainful employment in the corporate world, found herself unemployed; because of downsizing and age discrimination. Eventually, her unemployment ran out and she found herself homeless living under bridges. Instead of becoming a victim and accepting defeat she began volunteering at the local Salvation Army. Working in the kitchen, feeding and ministering to the homeless while being homeless herself. None of them knew that she was homeless herself. After several months of faithfully serving they offered her a part-time job. Because of this part-time employment, she was able to get her own apartment. Today she is a full-time employee of the Salvation Army ministering to single parent moms and feeding the homeless. Significance is not measured by money but by why you do what you do. God wants to bless our lives; He wants us blessed so that we can be a blessing. We must be blessed in order to influence others. Many believers never experience the life of blessing because they never pass the test of – WHY? Jesus said in Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, He has anointed me, to proclaim the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to set the captives free.” If you are In Christ (a believer) the same anointing that Jesus had belongs to you. But the question is still – WHY? Is it just so you can be blessed? Or is it that you can make a difference and have an impact on the world.
A lot of people, because they never get beyond themselves, find themselves constantly going around the same walls, looking at the walls that are standing between where they are and where they would like to be. It becomes a perpetual lifestyle, looking at walls; barriers that never seem to come down or go away. Walls that always seem to be in the way and keeping them from entering the land of abundance and joy. Jericho stood between the wilderness and the land of abundance. Because there is no way around Jericho. Every one of us must go through Jericho to get to the land of abundance so that we can have influence with others. Being able to live a life of significance and influence is determined by getting past the walls of Jericho.
In Joshua chapter 6 we see what brought the walls down. It says that for six days the people of God walked around the walls. For six days they looked at their obstacles. There was no denying that they were there. In other words, what are your obstacles? We must look squarely in the face of the things that keep coming up and seem to keep us from moving forward and going to the next level. You must identify the barriers in your own life. Most people are so busy pointing out the flaws of others that they can’t see what’s hindering themselves. Jesus said it like this in Matthew 7:5 -“You hypocrite, get the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly enough to help someone else.” The biggest obstacle we all face is changing the way that we think. We cannot continue blaming everyone else and expect things to change in our own lives. What obstacles seem to constantly be in your way? Is it Unforgiveness, maybe Anger, a root of Bitterness, Judgement of others, Unbelief or a consistent Sin? Until we face these barriers, recognize them and come out of denial concerning them they will keep us from entering the land of abundance. These walls must come down.
For six days the people of God walked around the walls, but Joshua told them not to talk. It is so easy to gripe and complain. To recognize how big the problems are and talking about them seems normal. But God’s instruction was not to talk about how big the problems were, not to talk about how impossible it looked. What God was pointing out was how easy it is to look at the natural circumstances and be discouraged. But to live a supernatural life, to enter the land of abundance is going to require us to – Tame our tongue. The purpose of being blessed is to influence others and to live a life of significance. Anyone that cannot tame their tongue will not influence others for the Kingdom. We must stop murmuring, complaining, gossiping and backbiting. All those tendencies become walls that stand between us and our destiny of influence. Murmuring and complaining about the way that things seem are the enemy’s tools that breed unbelief in our lives. Because anytime we speak about how bad it looks or murmuring about someone else, we are agreeing with the enemy. As an ambassador of Heaven, we have a responsibility to only speak what the Father says. In order to get past Jericho, we must tame our tongue.
After the people of God spent the day walking around Jericho, looking at the walls they would go back to Gilgal. Gilgal in Hebrew means, the place of the circle. Joshua and Caleb and the other leaders would sit in a circle and remind the people of what God has said. To keep them encouraged in their faith despite how it looked in the natural. The circle represents unity. Because in order to get past Jericho, to enter the land of abundance we must – Stay in Unity. It’s a lesson that some never learn. None of us are self-sufficient, we are all dependent on those we are called to be in relationship with. And because most people are not called to be the leader, they are not capable of seeing what the leader out front can see. So, God instructs us to keep quiet and stay in unity. In other words, to not murmur and complain against the leader, stay in the circle of unity. We cannot allow anything to come between us. To get past Jericho, to enter the land of abundance requires us to stay in unity with leadership.
After we have identified and dealt with our own obstacles, tamed our tongue to only say what the Father is saying, refuse to get out of unity, now we are positioned to shout at the walls that stand between us and abundance. Now we can be blessed to live a life of significance.
My prayer for you today is that you will go to the next level in your faith to make a difference in the world.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”