You ever feel like that? You should. You absolutely 100% should.
You can’t control the future, other people, or even important circumstances. On the big ticket items like death, disease, and destruction, we are all absolutely out of control.
But we CAN control ONE thing.
I CAN control my declaration of God’s power.
What does that mean?
God has given me His Word. And He’s given it to me to make me strong and to enable me to do His will.
Consider Joshua. He’s leading Israel into the Promised Land, and specifically against Jericho. Which is surrounded by a giant wall.
But three times in Joshua 1 God says, “Be strong and courageous!”
And God gives Joshua a crazy battle plan. He wants the Israelites to march around the walls of Jericho and they’ll all fall down all by themselves.
Right….that happens all the time.
But it’s not just marching around once! They have to do it SIX days in a row. Led by tanks? RPG carrying warriors? Soldiers with small nukes in suitcases? NO! They’re going to be led by seven…wait for it…PRIESTS! I’m shaking in my boots right now. Those priests are a scary bunch.
But they will be armed with…a ram’s horn. To make noise. Sheesh.
What a strange way to bring a wall down. Oh…and on the seventh day they march around the city seven times, and on the seventh time – they’re to blow the rams’ horns, yell at the top of their lungs (I would be sooooo self-conscious. I’d shout a split second after everyone else to make sure I’m not yelling alone).
But God says you do that – the walls will come down.That doesn’t make any sense. Why 7 days, and 7 times on the 7th day with 7 rams horns? What is God’s fixation with 7?
I don’t know all the reasons God might have, but I know one. God said, “I’ve given you the city.” God said, in effect, “My power is sufficient. My strength will do this. I’m in charge, I’m in control and I’ll take care of this.”
If they said, “No God, we won’t do what You say,” they’d be denying God’s power. They’d be saying, “We don’t believe You.” And they’d fail.
Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.
Every day that they chose to obey and march around, they were declaring God’s power. Not just declaring He had the power, but that they BELIEVED He had it.
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, 4, 5, 6 and the Day 7, seven times. Each circle of the city a declaration of God’s power. Each circle saying in effect, “We believe in the power of God.”
And God rewarded their belief – Joshua 6:20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.
Their obedience with their speech and action was their declaration.
In the same way, every time we choose to obey God, we’re DECLARING “I believe in the power of God and I believe His power is always for my good. I believe. I believe.”
Declare declare declare. Declare God’s promises with my MOUTH and with my ACTIONS.
There are so many things in this world I can’t control, but one thing I can control completely is my declaration of God’s greatness and His power. And He will always be true and always come through.
So let’s be about declaring the power of God.
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