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Deliverance
Anonymous - March 13, 2015
Devotional

Deliverance “…And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat…” -Joshua 6:20 There they were. Men ready for battle. A nation that knew God was on their side and that their enemies were going to be delivered to them. The best part was that the nation of Israel's enemies also knew they were going to be delivered into the hand of the Israelites (Joshua 5:1). You can imagine then, what it must have been like when Joshua explained to the people what the battle strategy was going to be to conquer Jericho. A great walled city that they were going to besiege but instead of building siege towers or other machines of war, or developing some sneaky tactic where they could get soldiers inside to open up the gates, Joshua explains that they were going to march around the city once a day for 6 days and then 7 times on the 7th day! Better yet, they were going to do this in silence until he commanded them on the last day to give a shout and then the walls would fall down! I can only imagine what some of the people were thinking. Were they confident that God was going to deliver their enemies or were they looking at Joshua like he needed to be carted off to the funny farm? This got me thinking. How often in our own lives are we expecting God to deliver us through a trial but we have our own expectation on how he should do that? Do we prevent God from demonstrating His power to us through our own disbelief or stubbornness? It can become very easy to look at the difficulties we face as something impossible to overcome so we turn to God and start crying out for Him to overcome them. The only problem is that many times we then go on to explain to God how we think He should handle the situation instead of sitting back and watching God perform a miracle! The people of Israel responded by obeying what Joshua said and they saw a great miracle. There is no scientific explanation. There is no logical explanation. There is no natural explanation to what happened at Jericho but there is a supernatural explanation that demonstrated Gods power to His people. When we face difficulties in our own lives are we going to seek the logical, natural way out or are we going to allow God to demonstrate His power to us through a supernatural deliverance? “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”  Luke 12:6,7 Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.