Sunday we were reminded of Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And that God's peace will empower, encourage, remind, and challenge us to put first thing first.
There is so much that can cause us anxiety in this world, from inflation to school shootings. There is and always will be nonpeaceful things that will come into our lives, but if God is first and foremost and we place our trust in Him alone, it is amazing how His peace can give us the strength and encouragement to face each day.
Think about the Israelites and facing the mighty walls of Jericho. The odds seemed insurmountable that they could be victorious on their own and they were. But they had God who was going before them and had a plan for victory. Joshua 6:20 reminds us, "When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city."
Jericho stands and falls as a testament to the simple truth, if you keep circling the promise, God will ultimately deliver on it, in His own way and in His own time. So what are your Jericho walls today? Have you placed them in God's hand and allowing Him to destroy or overcome them?
I hope that this series on prayer has been helping you stay focused on what God wants for your life and what He has the power to do for you. He can overcome any obstacle in our life, if we are willing to allow Him too. Surrendering to His way for us, is so much better than we could ever do on our own.
Tomorrow will be a great day to remember all that He has done for us in our lives and also what He wants to continue to do. See you soon!
Pastor Tim Lead Pastor
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene