Daily Devotional for Sunday May 3, 2009
Do You Expect the Walls of Jericho to Tumble Down or Hoping a Wall doesn't Tumble Down on You
(Joshua 5:13; Chapter 6; Exodus 14:13-21)
Do you expect the walls of Jericho to tumble down, the Red Sea to part, or do you just live your life hoping a wall doesn't tumble down on you or you are not drowned in a sea? One of the biggest problems we have today is that people don't believe God for real miracles any longer. They are completely content with the status quo. They are perfectly happy with everything remaining just as it is. They get into a comfortable routine in their life and their goal each day is to simply get from one day to the next without any major problems. People have no greater expectations in their life other than just making it through the day.
Sadly, this has also become the mindset of the church and many ministries. Their goals are not mountain moving miracles but mere survival. They have figured out how to operate from year to year and have become totally content with the status quo. They quit depending on God to sustain them and instead have turned to the cleverness of man. They have quit listening to what God may be calling them to do and only do what is safe. No longer do they think about doing great things for the Kingdom, only what they have to do to survive.
My friend, God's people, His church, those ministries He has raised up in these last days HAVE NO SPIRITUAL GUTS! It takes spiritual guts to be a Moses. It takes spiritual guts to be a Joshua. If you want "Jericho-Wall tumbling, Red-Sea parting" faith you have got to be willing to put it all on the line for God regardless what the personal consequences may be. You have got to trust God no matter what may happen to you. Those men and women through the ages who have done great things for God, who God has worked real miracles through, paid the ultimate price and laid everything on the line, including their very life, to do what God called them to do.
TODAY, NOBODY IS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR GOD! GOD'S LEADERS MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE!!!
Let me give you a modern day example of a great miracle of God and someone who had spiritual guts. The Passion of The Christ and Mel Gibson. God visited Mel Gibson and told him to make a movie of the last hours of the life of Jesus. Mel had every reason to tell God no. THERE WAS NO REASON WHATSOEVER FOR HIM TO MAKE THIS MOVIE OTHER THAN TO DO WHAT GOD WAS CALLING HIM TO DO!
To listen to God, Mel Gibson had to put his entire career, not to mention 25 million dollars of his own money on the line. Mel Gibson trusted God with everything that he had. The result has been one of the top grossing movies in motion picture history, but more importantly, has touched and inspired millions of lives worldwide and will for many years to come. The Passion was a modern day miracle of God.
Joshua was a great military general. I am sure Joshua looked at taking down the walls of Jericho as being virtually impossible. No doubt Joshua could call on his military expertise and make an attempt to take down the walls of Jericho and nobody would have blamed him for failing. Let me tell you something my friend, when you have the hand of God on you, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!
What happened was Joshua sought the counsel of the Lord and was given a special battle plan for taking down the walls of Jericho. Joshua put everything he had on the line to follow what God told him to do. He put his entire faith and trust in the God of Israel and God honored his faith and miraculously brought down the walls of Jericho.
I love you and care about you so much. We are living in a day and time when now more than ever we need God's miracle working power. We need men and women of God who will dare to hear God's voice and regardless of the personal consequences go out and let God use their lives. Men and women of great faith who will believe God for the impossible, who refuse to listen to those who say why something can't be done, but believe that WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will spend some time with God in prayer. You see, Moses; Joshua; Esther; David; Solomon; Elijah; Peter; Paul; these were all just normal people that were born into this world as you and I were, lived their life as you and I do, but heard from God and allowed God to use their life for Him. The fact is, God WANTS to use your life! God WANTS to do great things through your life! God WANTS to work miracles through your life!
The questions I leave you with today are these. Are you willing to give God your life -- to fully, wholly, and unconditionally surrender your life to Him? Are you willing to put all that you have on the line, pay whatever price there may be even if it's your very life for God? Do you have the faith to trust God no matter what He may be calling you to do? God is still in the miracle business in the year 2009 and He is looking for a Moses; a Joshua to lead the people today!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller