Break The Wall

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Hello my dear readers! I am happy could come back to the blog with my own post and I am grateful to God in the middle of my busyness this evening I could write something to share.

A few days ago one of my business friends invited me to visit her new house.  She built a new big and luxury house that surrounded by thick and high wall. I felt a bit weirdness when saw the house from the outside; the house looks more like a fortress. My husband jokingly said, “Maybe this wall could only be destroyed by missiles. Or we must march around for seven days like Jericho wall”

I smiled but suddenly remembered about the story of Jericho wall (Joshua 6:1-27). As we all know the Jericho wall destructed by the irrational and unique ways. After spending forty difficult years wandering in the desert of Sinai, they came to the eastern banks of the Jordan to take the Promise Land and they were facing first obstacle. The City of Jericho! Jericho city was surrounded by virtually impregnable thick massive stone. But Jericho wall was successfully destructed (seemingly) by a foolish strategy.  This  was a strategy that given by God to Joshua: All men of war and seven priests that bear seven trumpets of rams before the ark must around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day they shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. When the sound of trumpets sounded they must shout with a great shout and the wall will fall down flat. (Joshua 6:3-5) Like most war stories, normally a giant fortress could be destructed only by enormous military force with all its weapons. But in fact, Jericho wall destructed not by military strategy and force but by beyond the logic supernatural power.

My beloved readers, in this post please allow me to share two valuable things that I learned from Jericho story. I hope and pray it could be a great lesson for us and could be applied in our lives.

 God’s promises, Faith, and Obedience

In my thought, there is an integral relationship between God’s promises, our faith, and obedience. When God promise to us, He will definitely fulfill His promises. God said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. (Joshua 6:2) This isn’t just a statement but rather to guarantee of God’s promise. God didn’t say: “…I will” but He even said “I have given…” even though the victory over Jericho was guaranteed but it wasn’t automatically. Israelite had to follow instructions from God.  Though God’s instruction seems odd and silly Joshua remains followed God’s command without asking and protest at all! Then Joshua said to the priest and his people:

“Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.”  And he said to the people, “Proceed, and March around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord.” (Joshua 6: 6-7)

Here, faith and obedience plays an important role so Joshua and his people got victory over Jericho. We can see the obedience manner of Joshua. I imagine if only Joshua didn’t obediently follow God’s instruction, I strongly believe the Jericho wall wasn’t necessarily collapsed and the Israelite will never enter to the Promise Land. Why Joshua and his people could be obey to do God’s command? The answer is because they have faith. It is written in Hebrews 11:30, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days” although in the past Israelite’ faith had frequently failed, at the time by faith they believed and trusted God and His promises and they did God’s command obediently. It means they saved by faith and their faith evidenced by obedience. Here we can learn something important. When there are so many hurdles and problems in our lives and God give instructions that seemed doesn’t make sense to do, let’s accept the instructions by faith and do it obediently. It is written in Deuteronomy 13: 4, “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him”.

We must remember that God can use anything even the most unreasonable thing to declare His unlimited power. There was so much evidence in the Bible God showed His power through the irrational ways and beyond the range of human logic. God is never wrong. Any God’s instructions and commands has become a part of His plans and God’s entire plan is plan to prosper us and plans to give us hope and future, even not to harm us. (Jeremiah 29:11) We just need to trust by faith and obey it as our real deed. The scripture says that “Faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26) Joshua and his people showed their faith through deed by obey carried out God’s command and conquered Jericho and God fulfilled His promise by gave them victory over an enemy that was trying to keep them out of the Promised Land.

God’s way or our way

The second thing we could learn from this story is about God’s way. There is a vast difference between God’s way and the human way. It is written in Isaiah 55:8-9,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

I would like to take you to imagine the physical condition of Jericho wall. I am so sorry couldn’t take much time to explore deeper to find out the authentic information about the size of the wall. Below is the specification of the wall that I got from my father’s Bible archaeology books. Let’s take time a moment to imagine it. Jericho was surrounded by a great earthen rampart with stones retaining wall at its base, the size of retaining wall was around 12-15 feet high. On the top of that was 6 feet thick of mud brick wall and 20-26 feet high. There was similar mud brick wall on the crest of the wall with around 46 feet high above the ground level. Other archaeological discovery stated that Jericho wall consists of 2 layers. 6 feet thick on the outside wall, 12 feet thick on the inside wall, and the distance between outside and inside wall was around 12-15 feet. My dear friends, no matter about the size and construction, by human logic and reason this wall was very difficult to penetrate even impenetrable. If it can be, as I said before the wall must be destructed by very enormous military force but the fact Jericho wall was destructed didn’t by military weapons force but even by the very unique way.

In our daily lives, when the problems and obstacles hit us, which way we chose to overcome? Whether we remain chose God’s way even though His way looks so strange? Or we even chose our own understanding and way? The story of Jericho reminds and teaches us that God’s way is higher than our way. The world gives so many alternatives to solve our problems but once again we have to remember that God’s way isn’t our way. Personally, I’ve often felt God provide remarkable way and beyond of my mind to solve my problems. You know, when God gives an instruction or command, we must be fully aware that it’s God’s way and we must believe that God’s way is always the best for us. So there is no reason at all we still stand on our own understanding and disobey His command because God said:  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverb 3:5)

Dear, friends. What about us now? If this time you and I are surrounded by “thick wall” of problems of life?  Is there a “giant wall” that hinder God’s promises and blessings get into our lives?  Whether we want to break it down but we don’t have enough power?  This evening allow me to encourage all of us to learn from the Jericho story. Thousand years ago God showed His amazing way to tear down the Jericho wall. So it’s with us today. God will provide the amazing way to break our “Wall”. God will give us victory over the “enemies” that we face throughout life. Let’s ask to the Lord to show His miracle ways. Let’s hear His instruction heartily, accept it, believe it by unwavering faith and do it obediently. By faith, let us bear in our hearts and minds that there are no walls as thick as anything that cannot be break if God pleased. Don’t ever under estimate God’s way because actually He is the way (John 14:6) and our ways aren’t His way. Don’t ever rely on our own thoughts because His thoughts aren’t our thoughts. There is nothing impossible before God (Luke 1:37) and God does His best work in impossible situation.

Let’s keep our faith remain working together with action and make our faith complete by what we do (James 2:22) let’s prove our faith by obedience. Let’s show our faith to other as evidence that we truly believe God will always fulfills His wonderful promises. By faith and obedience to God we can conquer all “wall” of problems in our lives and we could be a winner. Amen

Karina – Living by faith

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74 thoughts on “Break The Wall

  1. I love your reminder that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts–our thoughts and feelings can be deceiving. I think we must be like the Israelites when we face a wall and make shouts of praise before our God! He is always faithful.

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  2. Amen!
    I cannot stop thinking about the evil and corruption that is and has been getting uncovered. I think we need to clean house in DC. I then think that is too big. That cannot happen. They have us. BUT…GOD! How amazingly God has been using people to uncover the garbage so we can see the truth! He has also sounded the TRUMP-PENCE (trumpets)! Pay attention my people! Humble yourselves and pray! Do what is right in My sight! Choose this day whom you will serve!

    Nothing, not even this corrupted government is too big for God! Is God about to show any who have the ears to hear and the eyes to see, that the power of God is still working? Is God about to show such an amazing thing that people will tremble and fear Him and not man? I sure pray He is! We don’t deserve it but I am thankful if we are given another chance and I pray people can see the power of God Almighty at work!

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    • Hello, there.
      First of all thamk you for your great comment. .your comment made thinking about this world today..there are too many wall of evil around us. But we have to grateful that we have God Almighty that can do amazing things beyond our mind. He can break any wall! Well, once again thank you very much for your needed to ponder comment 🙂 God bless.

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  3. Hi sis…it’s just me, Steve, with my new blog. I wanted to start fresh with another blog so that’s what I did! Hope all is good with you and your business and family. I’m so glad you found me, I’ve been thinking of looking for you…

    Bro. Steve 🙂

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    • Dear, brother Steve..
      Ooh my goosh! Is that you??? Where have you been?? And why you made a new blog? What is wrong with your previous blog? Ooops too many questions I think. Welcome back, bro. Thank you to God I am good. Still busy with my son and office tasks. Thank you for contact me first, bro. God bless and have a great week.

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      • Oh Karin, you never ask too many questions! I was delighted to see you in my readers list yesterday. Even more, I’m happy to hear you are still doing well with family and work.

        I don’t know why I started a new blog exactly…I think I’m just getting tired of blogging. I’ve lost a lot of readers for various reasons and the whole thing is too much work for me anymore. Nobody likes running a “sinking ship!”

        I may just give this up but I’m not sure yet. I’d like to find other things to do, but I don’t know what. Anyway, you just keep doing well in your very busy life. It’s great to hear from you!

        Have a wonderful evening…

        Steve 🙂

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          • Hi Karin. Well, my insurance plan didn’t cover much of the cost for pain management of my back. So I’m getting new insurance at the first of the year, so everything is on hold until then. I have no choice but to put up with things until Jan-Feb. and see if my new insurance will help with the high costs of treating my back.

            Anyway, I’m okay with it and pray for comfort until I see what happens. I’m not blogging as much as I used to, so I may be an extra few days in answering you, but be patient. I know you stay busy with so many other things which you do so well!

            Take care until next time, my dear!

            Bro. Steve 🙂

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          • Thanks, sis. You also feel like a sister on earth to me as well! The kindness you show is so wonderful. Thank you for your prayers, and I return them to you, for you and your wonderful family! Have a wonderful evening and we’ll be talking soon, Lord willing…

            Steve 🙂

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  4. There have been so many times Jehovah has guided me to do things I thought He was crazy for asking but in faith obeyed. At the end of it I always laughed and agreed with His word when He said His ways are higher than ours.

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    • Hello there,
      I thank you for your thoughtful response on my post. Yes I do agree with you His ways are higher than our ways. Also His thoughts aren’t ours. Once agan thank you for the lovely comment. God bless.

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  5. Why the walls fell has been a subject of controversy I remember searching. Secular, who have no faith surmised that slaves inside Jericho conspired against of their cruel owner inhabitants with Joshua and his army to rebel. When the horns sounded, it was a signal to tear down the walls from inside the city.

    Whether that was what happened or not makes no difference. Faith believers know the walls came tumbling down because Yahweh willed it to happen.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.ee

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  6. Hi Karina,
    Thank you for such an inspirational story for breaking down walls. Sometimes we need to be reminded who is in control of our lives (God) and just need to be reminded and shaken that it is by believing in our Lord and having faith in that he will do what he said he would do.
    Thanks again. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you always’

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  7. Amen. Thank you for this post. I love this statement: “There was so much evidence in the Bible God showed His power through the irrational ways and beyond the range of human logic.” Our God is Almighty and so beyond any thought we could ever have. Amen!

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  8. We can understand Karina God’s heart of Love and His good will for us as we see confirmed in the Scriptures below but yes we don’t depend of fleshy Worldly reasoning, wisdom and logic as you shared instead we ask for God’s Wisdom and Empowering and Jesus our only Teacher will lead us into all Truth. (Proverbs4:7 – James1:5-6 – Luke 11:13 – Romans 12:14-16 – Philippians 2:1-6 KJV)

    1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of Man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a Man, save the spirit of Man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no Man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which Man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Ghost Teacheth, comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the Natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.(KJV)

    John 16:13 -15. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me for He shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.(KJV)

    1John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you but the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you and ye need not that any Man teach you but as the same anointing Teacheth you of all things and is Truth and is no lie and even as it hath Taught you ye shall abide in Him.(KJV)

    Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and Teach you in the way you shall go, I will guide you with Mine eye.(KJV)

    Colossians 2 :2 -3 That their hearts might be comforted being knit together in Love and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgement of the Mystery of God and of The Father and of Christ In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge.(KJV)

    1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come and hath given us an understanding that we may know Him that is True and we are in Him that is True even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God and Eternal life.(KJV)

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed and hid that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness that speak ye in Light and what ye hear in the ear that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV)

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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  9. When I pray for you and your family, your spirit always seems to be near, and when you share you fill a day with your spirits serenity in a greater way, thanks for always visting me Karina, the spiritual hugs lift my spirit and heart always! Beautifully shared! God bless!

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  11. I noticed that some verses of scripture that you quoted were verses in my latest post. They confirmed to me that what I wrote was what the Lord wanted said. God bless you Karina. The Lord knows the thoughts He has toward you. They are thoughts of peace, not of evil. To give to you a future and hop. Thomas Downes.

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  12. I’m so happy to see this word of encouragement. 🙂 It seems our country has many invisible but super-thick walls that need to come down if we’re going to become true neighbors to those we’ve been encouraged to shut out of our lives. I pray that we’ll be strong, and of good courage. Willing to take ‘foolish’ risks that may look crazy to other people, but don’t look crazy to God.

    I also pray you and your family and friends will have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Elouise

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  13. Hi Karina 😀 ,
    I’ve been wanting to stop by since you’ve always been an avid reader of my blog. I also read yours but have never left a comment and just wanted to say that I love what you’ve written here. I feel that God is using you to send out the real message out there and I pray that you continue to keep up the good work as you remain inspired by whatever it is that leads you to write in the first place. God bless you sis.

    Sherline 😀

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