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10/06/2011

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Our Jericho Victory


"Winning isn't everything....It's the only thing"

Henry Russell Sanders 1950

The above quote has been attributed to legendary professional football coach Vince Lombardi. He did use it, but in 1959. Henry Russell "Red" Sanders was also a football coach. A big premium is placed on winning in the world of sports. Having coached for many years, winning is certainly what we strive for in every contest, but things about ourselves can be learned from losing too. For Joshua and the Israelites, winning at Jericho was for sure the only thing...The Lord concocted a plan for them which Joshua made certain was carried out precisely... The first five verses of the sixth chapter of Joshua show that plan in its entirety. As a casual observer of battle tactics, the plan is totally absurd! But as we look at it in perspective, we can see why God gave this plan of strategy to Joshua. He wanted to leave no doubt that when the wall of Jericho tumbled down, that everyone would know who was responsible. The plan had to be enacted by the people, but make no mistake, it was God's. God has a plan for each of our lives. His plan provides a path and a promise. If we follow Jesus into obedience, He will lead us along the path to victory. We may not completely understand, but God knows what is best for each of us. This I know...Our own strategies will fail us and that's why our wise God gives us His..We move from worship to obedience and then to victory in our lives. Through meditating upon His Word and our trust in Him through prayer, God can bring down the walls of our Jericho. In this game, winning is everything and it is the only thing....

Have a great day... Let His light shine from you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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