Obedience that breaks the walls….

Joshua 6:1-16

Joshua 6: 1. Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. 3. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” 6. So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” 7. And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.” 8. When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. 9. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10. But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11. So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there. 12. Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13. The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14. So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. 15. On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! – Bible Offline, NIV. bible offline

Joshua is a warrior that led the Israelites to the land that God has promised to Abraham’s descendants to inherit. Canaan is a land that is “like the Garden of Eden” (Gen 13:10)

Genesis 13: 10. Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) – Bible Offline

Canaan is a city that’s build inside the wall of Jericho. Who’s people are like Giants and great warriors. But God promised the Israelites this land as their inheritance as children of God. He wants the Israelites to make this their dwelling place. A land that is full of God’s promise and his presence and grace. God has commanded Joshua to lead the whole tribe of Israelites to conquer the land. God has given Joshua a specific instructions on what he has to do to have the victory that he intend for them.

Joshua obeyed what God has commanded him and has the faith on God for their victory. He has led them to march around the walls for 7day, one round for 6 days and 7 rounds on the 7th day. With the blowing of horns and shout of praise the walls came crushing down. And the Israelites was able to conquer the land without anyone perishing from them in the battle.

In our life we all have a circumstances that we live in. Walls and giants that we face everyday. May it be in our relationship with our family, friends and colleagues. A lack in our finance, a loss in our life. A situation where in the odds are against us, an insurmountable fear will set in. But take heart and do not be discourage, for our God has promised us that victory is Ours. His grace and love for us is sufficient to overcome every fear in our life. We have to be like Joshua that obeys what God wants us to do. Set your eyes on the promises of God through the lens of faith.

Obedience to our God will lead to our deliverance in every walls and giants we face. Our God is faithful and full of grace and love for us.

Jesus is calling to each and everyone of us to let him be the Lord and saviour of our soul. He is calling us to have a personal relationship with Him.

A Mighty Mountain?

Again and again He will let me witness a miracle that will come to pass.  Even though by man’s eye it is impossible for my son to get an extension.  His hand will always lead us and an extension will be granted for him.

20170625_223708Zechariah 4:7

 “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it”- NIV

Have you ever tried to climb a mountain?  During my teenage years there is  a time that mountain climbing became popular.  There are a lot of shops that opened to sell gears and accessories so that your mountain climbing will be at ease.  Groups and organization were formed to help and guide for your adventure.

It is supposed to be a thrilling adventure of our life.  For those who are beginners there will always be caution while doing the trek. But as they are nearing the mountain top the adrenalin will pump up.  They will be pushing harder as they experience muscle ache, breathlessness and fear sets in.

They might think of giving up and just settled to where they are at the moment.   But their leader  will encourage them to go on for there is feeling of accomplishment once you are at the top. There is a saying don’t give up, just focus on the goal!  And true enough for them it is a breathtaking moment when they witness  the beauty of God’s wonderful creation.
There will be a time in our life that we have to face and climb the mountain that is set before  us.

It was in March 2016 when the mountain that I must climb came to me.  My son and my husband’s application for Long Term visit pass was rejected by the Singapore Immigration.

I felt crushed and devastated and fear sets in  into my heart and mind.  I was confused and asking God why this thing happened? What will happen to my son if he will not be able to have a visa?  I cried and called my husband about the news as he was in the Philippines at that time.

Although he has given me encouragement and prayed with me I still feel fearful and devastated in my heart.  It was then that I cried out my heart to God ask for his peace to come upon me.

As our God is faithful he has given me peace in the midst of the turmoil that is before me.  I have asked for prayers from my spiritual family and they have given me their encouragement and support.  God has given me the wisdom to apply for an appeal on my application.   I obeyed Him and did a re appeal fully trusting Him that He will make a way.
The months of waiting has taught me to wait upon the Lord and fully trusting Him that He is in charge of the situation.  As He has shown me so many times everytime I need to go to the Immigration and get the visa extension for my son.

Again and again He will let me witness a miracle that will come to pass.  Even though by man’s eye it is impossible for my son to get an extension.  His hand will always lead us and an extension will be granted for him.
Throughout the time that I am seeking and depending on Him , God has led me to this verse in Zechariah 4:7.  And every time I will have my devotion I will speak out this verse over my situation. And indeed our God is a faithful God.  It was after 5 months of waiting that God has grant me the answer. He has moved the mountain before me.  I have gotten the approval for the visa approval for my son and my husband.
I truly praise God for his faithfulness and love for us. I am thankful that Jesus has called me to his loving arms. I have a personal relationship with Jesus that I know His voice that led me to obey and be encouraged.  He is faithful and a loving God.  He wants to prosper us not just materially but spiritually as well and have a future that is blessed.

I want to encourage you to accept Jesus in your life as your Lord and personal Saviour.  For He is a loving and faithful God.  His name is Emannuel, Our God is with Us. He is JESUS. He is offerring us SALVATION!

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