I think that there are three things we need in our nation today as believers, boldness, recognition, and marching around our Jericho. There is something the Body of Christ needs to take on in an urgent fashion. The Righteous need to become the boldest people on earth, trusting God and fearing no man in the Spirit. Timidity can no longer be considered an asset. We face evil that seeks to ravish the Body of Christ. The enemy has been emboldened by the weakness of our spiritual standard not being planted before us.
Here are some verses to consider: Prov. 14:26- “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence; and his children shall have a place of refuge.” Prov. 28:1- “The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Eph. 3:12- “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” Heb. 4:16- “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 13:6- “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” 1 John 2:28- “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 4:17– Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world.
As He is, has great significance to it, it clothes us with the boldness of Christ. It shows us to stand firm, not to be swayed by the evil thrusting of Satan. It causes us to not recoil in fear but to take on the armor of God, injecting victory into every thought the enemy would use against us. It is our boldness in Christ that will recharge us daily as we face an ever-escalating spiritual warfare in our land.
ARE YOU RECOGNIZED?
What happens next, we need to be seen in the fight. Do those who see you going about your daily tasks recognize your family affiliation? Is there something that stands out and identifies who you are? We all have the need to feel like we belong. We even sometimes go to great lengths to let others know that we are a part of some great thing or cause. Have you ever looked up your Family Crest? It is interesting to see what has been handed down over the centuries to identify our families. Certain Crests or Shields are held in very high esteem and worn with great pride. If we are true to our family heritage, then we wish to bring honor to the family name.
We as family members of the Kingdom of God also must display the character and honor of the family. We should seek to wear the Coat of Arms or the Crest of God’s Kingdom. You might say that we should exhibit the Shield of Faith. Could it be that our Heavenly Father desires for us to be a living example of what He is all about?
Ephesians chapter 3 tells us that Family is a divine order of the Father. Family is rooted in God and expresses how God relates to His people. We are to be boldly identified in Him. We are to expose ourselves by boldly displaying the Family Crest so to speak. We need to take on the attributes of the Family. We are to take on the nature of the Family. We need the Shield of Faith to be boldly visible in our lives so that our Father can be glorified through us.
Yes, we all have the need to belong and it will be manifest in our lives, either in the world or in the Kingdom of God. Our Shield will begin to shine forth in either place that we decide to look for it. We will soon be boldly known by the Crest we show for all to see, by our actions and by our words. Let’s take on the Shield of Faith, unashamedly and boldly declaring our membership in the Family of God. Polish your Shield and go forth.
CIRCLING THE WALL?
As we boldly become recognized as a family member and a spiritual soldier in God’s Kingdom we can begin to march around our “Jericho.”. Have you ever thought of what was going through the minds of the people that were walking around the wall of Jericho with Joshua? I am sure that many of them thought, this sure is foolish. We can’t do this, there is not enough of us. It must have been hot and dusty there. They could have been doing other things that could have been instantly productive. Lots of reasons not to march come to my mind as I consider the alternatives today. We need to put feet to our newfound boldness.
I think God is looking for many of us in these days to march around our Jericho. Our nation has become a Jericho to be marched around, so to speak, and taken back to spiritual reality in Christ. You know the feeling, every day you walk around with your problem. All the Lord says is keep walking. Not what we want to hear with sun, wind, and dust around us. God said He had already given all of Jericho to them. They were only thinking about getting past the wall. God was already way beyond the wall. He possessed the land in its entirety. The process included waiting, walking and no talking, just listening. Guess what… just patience in doing what the Lord has told us to do concerning our part and not complaining about it. Be bold, be recognized as a warrior of the kingdom. Our land is at stake. After six days of nothing, most of us would have many reasons why the last seven trips around would be fruitless. In the midst of the most strenuous day of the seven, the answer came. The walls of evil shall come down as we trust God in our marching.’
The scriptures tell us that the Lord said the walls would fall down flat. Do you know that recent excavations show that for some unknown reason the walls of Jericho actually fell flat, or literally sank into the ground? Isn't that great? God’s word is forever true. They didn't even have to climb over a pile of rubble to enter the city. Neither do we have to climb over the rubble of our circumstances if we listen to God and wait for Him to flatten our troubles and make a way over them.
In these last days when the way seems too steep or the pathway blocked, it is then time to march around the wall seven times. Don't despair, God has already given you not only the wall, but also the city and our nation. Praise God for your wall for God has victory on the other side! Be bold, be recognized, circle the nation!