they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it - Joshua 6:20
What is the WALL in your life today? The wall that is too tall to climb over, too wide to go around in this world, or to thick to knock down? We all have or have had walls in our life.
I have realized over this past couple of years that I had walls I knew nothing about! I know! That sounds crazy, doesn't it?! Let me try to explain what I mean...
A Wall is meant for safe keeping of something, right? So if I am speaking of personal walls, it will be a wall that keeps me protected from potential harm. Right??
Although, how many times do you think walls have been built when the harm was only in our emotions or our imagination? It happens! I mean, what about when someone says something to you with no harm intended and you twist it all around in your own mind to mean it as degrading. Blocks have started stacking up & beginning to look like a wall.
So what now? What are we to do with those few courses of blocks that have started? Well, we can continue to replay all the ways she meant harm and help the wall to continue to grow taller.
OR, we can demolish the wall while it is still small! Breaking down walls is God's specialty! He promises to give us what we need to destroy all hindrances, but we have to make the decision to ask what our part is as we begin handle this situation.
What if God reveals your wall was started because YOU?? Because you were already in a state of stinking thinking! You were down on yourself and blamed it on her? OUCH!
What we do with what God reveals to us will determine what happens to the wall!
Another kind of wall is one constructed in a loved one's heart. These walls may be easy for you to see, but they are blind of it. What do we do then?
I recently had a Jesus moment while praying about someone I love dearly. The wall is so evident to me and it hurts my heart to see how their wall has blocked out not harmful things but wonderful things!
Things that make life here worth living...JOY, PEACE, COMPASSION, CONTENTMENT is what has been kept out since that wall was built years ago.
Walls this old are just too tall, too thick, and too wide to be destroyed it seems.
BUT GOD... God is the Master Carpenter and Demo is his specialty! He can break down the biggest wall, have it crumble into dust and clean up the mess as if it never existed! I have seen it happen!
If you are like me and praying for someone with the 'too big' walls, let me give you some encouragement that came in a Jesus moment recently....
Jericho's walls were fortified! Strongest of any constructed. BUT not only broke down the walls, He did it without one single sledge hammer or wrecking ball.
Remember what God used to bring down those walls????.....His people being obedient to walk. JUST WALK!
It must've looked crazy to them, but they chose to trust & obey even when it was nuts.
God said, "walk around the city wall every day for 6 days. Then on the 7th day, walk around it 7 times and on the last round, blow the trumpets and shout as the walls come down"- my paraphrase :) read JOSHUA 6 for the full story!
So today, pray asking for HIS plan to demolish the walls. If He says for you to just walk, then just walk. If He wants you to go in and begin to break it down with a sledge hammer, He will show you that too.
For me, He reminded me of this story to let me know I CANNOT FIX this situation for my loved one. No words, No actions, Nothing in my power will change it.
BUT GOD...He let me know He has it already worked out, and my job is to keep walking, keep praying and wait for it to happen! YES!!
I am more confident today than ever that I will see those walls crumble and this heart restored as if the wall was never there! Praising Him as I Walk today!!
The Solid Foundation
46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” - Luke 6:46-49
In today's world, nothing can be counted on 100%, forever. A firm & secure hope is hard to find in the constantly changing circumstances. We live in a flaky & shaky culture today. We need something that grounds us. Something we can rely on to be consistent and unchanged. Something that will be able to hold us up when we feel we are crumbling. We all have a deep need for a strength and hope to draw from when hard times come. Something that remains resolute, regardless of the circumstances.
Even if we have a fairy tale life, trouble is inevitable. Trouble will come.
Where we pull strength and hope in times of suffering is what I like to call our personal 'foundation', our strong hold, our help.
The foundation is our security in the bad times. It’s what we see as the most secure thing in our lives. Our foundation is what remains when everything else has crumbled around us. It is what are counting on to get us through anything.
So, let me ask you this, “What is your secure foundation today? “
Is your foundation in yourself? in your abilities, knowledge, or power? Does your mind tell you things like “If you just work harder or modify your behavior you will be able to change or control the shifting circumstances?” Is that where your strength is found? and how's that working for ya?
"A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps." – Proverbs 16:19
Do you find other people to be your strong foundation? Do you have that one person you can count on, no matter what? It is a wonderful gift to have special people in hard times, but all people are imperfect. There will come a time when others will disappoint, not have the answer, or just can't be here any longer. Another person can never be your Savior. What will you do when they disappoint? Will your foundation remain stable or will it crumble?
“Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”- Isaiah 40:6-8
Maybe your foundation is found in the security of what you have acquired? Maybe it’s a generous nest egg. Or a wonderful home full of luxury and enjoyable things. It is wise to have a plan and a cushion for the future. BUT true wisdom is the realization that God owns it all. We should be wise enough to acknowledge and accept the fact that anything 'bought' in a day can also be 'gone' in a day. Natural disasters, death, economic downturn, terminal illnesses happen every single day and interrupt the best laid plans.
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. – Matthew 6:19-21
This one may surprise you...RELIGION is not a strong foundation either! Religious activity will not help much in tough times. Regular church attendance and good moral behavior are wonderful things but ONLY IF they come as overflow from your RELATIONSHIP with Jesus. Religious appearances and acts will never bring you strength, hope, or peace in troubled times!
“Everything they do is done for show. They act holy[b] by wearing on their arms little prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside,* and by lengthening the memorial fringes of their robes….. “Woe to you, Pharisees, and you religious leaders—hypocrites! You are so careful to polish the outside of the cup, but the inside is foul with extortion and greed. 26 Blind Pharisees! First cleanse the inside of the cup, and then the whole cup will be clean. -Matthew 23:5,25-26
The ONLY FIRM FOUNDATION is one built on a RELATIONSHIP with the 'The Foundation Stone'...JESUS!
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
a firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
Whoever believes need never be shaken.- Isaiah 28:16
His Word is our foundation. It never changes, never fails and never crumbles! There is no security like knowing that our Father God never, ever changes! The same Father God who adopts and loves us as His own children when we accept Jesus, promises He will never change!
His Word, His Love, His Power, remains the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) We can count on it to be rock solid and unwavering, always!
This promise should bring all of us a secure hope each morning! No matter what comes, we have a Savior who is the True Foundation, The Cornerstone that never moves!
The Word of the Lord STANDS forever! This Foundation Stone has better than a lifetime guarantee, this foundation is guaranteed for eternity!!
Love ya! If this devotion spoke to you today, please share. There is someone else in your circle that may need to hear from Him today too. :)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"-2 Corinthians 5:17
This old house in the pictures above sit in the pecan orchard I like to take my walks in. From Day One, I have seen her beauty shine. Beyond the broken places. Behind the weeds trying to choke her out, her beauty remains.
So many days as I walk, I am drawn to her. I feel pulled to come and have a seat. To rest. To Be Still and listen. This was one of those days.
So I carefully climbed up to sit on the uneven and tattered steps. I begin to ask Him, "what is it Lord? Do you have something I need to see or hear? Or am I just to be still for a moment?"
After a few minutes of trying to just BE STILL, my eyes were wandering all over. I was seeing all the broken and battered places this poor girl has sustained.
This house was once a big, strong & beautiful home. There once was love and laughter I am guessing. All was beautiful with no worries.
Then one day...abandoned! She was left to care for herself. The rains poured down on her, helpless. The years of storms and sun have taken it's toll on her. There were many years she was hidden from everyone.
Did she enjoy the seclusion or was she desperate to be seen? She has been battered and beaten down by time in this life. She is no longer the strong beautiful structure she once was....because Life Happened and it left her bruised and broken. She has been robbed of her insides. She has been choked by the weeds of normal life.
But then one day, Someone began to make a path. Someone started cutting back the trees and then the vines that had her wrapped up. She was opened up to the world once again. As tattered and broken as she was, now she was there for all to see.
The once beautiful home was uncovered. Every visible broken and battered piece of her could not be hidden any longer. People said she was not worth keeping and advising to just demolish what the hard life of abandonment & neglect had started.
What would I see? What would others see? Would we only see the battered and broken? The tattered and torn of what appeared on the outside, or would we look to see more? Would I care to know all of her? The inside as well as the outside?
I was curious and decided to carefully look to see what was inside. I wanted to know more of her. I thought she was beautiful. What I found amazed me! I carefully dodged the unsteady boards and holes, I pulled on the old door that was stuck and made my way inside.
What was once a picture of perfection, was now littered with trash, critters, old furniture, mattresses and whatever else you could imagine. But I chose to look past that and try to see her 'bones'. Her true self at the core.
It was evident she had not felt beautiful in quite a long time. If her walls could have talked to me that day, I am sure they would've said..."I'm past my good. My time has gone and I am worthless now. See, just look around. Too broken. Too battered. Beyond repair."
That is what I felt this old home saying to me, but I saw beyond all that. I saw what once was. I saw what could be. I saw and admired the unattainable 12"+ real wood molding that lined the top and bottom of the walls! I saw the 12-14' ceilings in the rooms. I looked under the peeling wallpaper to see ship lap that made the walls that are now imitated. Intricate molding around the doors, transom windows all around the front door. So beautiful in it's beginning and beauty still able to shine thru all the neglect even today.
She wanted show me the deeply buried beauty within. For me to see beyond the tattered and trashed part, but to her core.
I realized then, thru my cant-sit-still, wandering eyes, how much we all are like this old house.
See, we were built absolutely beautiful and exactly as the Master Carpenter wanted us to be in the beginning. Over the years, life brings the storms as well as the beautiful sunshine. Both can damage us if we try to take care of it all on our own. Then. is when we feel our beauty begins to break. The strong parts begin to feel battered and bruised. We begin to believe we are beyond repair. No restoration could help us now.
BUT GOD CARED! He sent Jesus to seek out and rebuild from the foundation up!
JESUS doesn't care how broken, battered, torn or tattered we are. He still sees the beautiful masterpiece He created at the beginning!
Life brings all kinds of things to us to hurt or destroy us. It comes as neglect, abandonment of all kinds, betrayal, and bruises.
The enemy means to destroy us! Any way possible! If it takes abandonment to make you hate God, that's what he will use. If it is betrayal, hate, bitterness, selfishness....he will use any and all of it. The enemy ALWAYS makes us Broken and Battered!
BUT when JESUS comes, He says..."Bring all the rotten and broken parts to me. All of it! There is no reason to try to hide it, I have already seen it and I still LOVE you! Bring it to Me so I can throw it all away. I will mend those broken places and restore your beauty to bigger and better than before!" He makes us NEW!
Jesus says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17
So today, if You are feeling battered and broken, let JESUS, the Master Carpenter, come in and remodel you! Let him use the tattered as the gorgeous character that will draws others to you, just like the old doors in that house! Let him shine thru those crack of brokenness and restore you to a more beautiful 'home' that you ever were before.
Let this post also remind us all of each person we encounter. There are broken & battered people with a door that doesn't want to open up. They will not always be glad to open that door. It takes time since the last times they opened only brought hurt and stealing. We must remember that LOVE OPENS THEIR DOOR! We cannot adequately share who Jesus is until we can show them Jesus's LOVE.
If we ask to see the beauty under the brokenness, JESUS will shine His light on it for us to find! We must take the time to look beyond the junk trying to hide her & remind her of her beauty in JESUS. This is love. Reminding her Jesus Love Her too!
JESUS remodels and restores to bring bigger, brighter, and more beautiful. Everytime!
If Jesus brought restoration to you, I'd love to hear it! Many others NEED to hear it too, so share your story today with big love.
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Finding Contentment hard these days? You are not alone!
We are bombarded daily with what we should strive to have and do. All of these things distract us from the many blessings God has sent to us.
Some seasons in life are just plain hard! We need daily reminders that as hard as life is, we are still blessed & have much to be grateful for.
Let this little 21 Day Devotional with Questions/Thoughts help you refocus to an attitude of GRATITUDE today!
'All My Hope is in Jesus' by Crowder