Everybody Scream!!!

Okay, so I was remembering an old VBS (Vacation Bible School) song the other day.  

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho; Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

So,  realizing that this flashback was obviously God trying to show me something, I went to Joshua chapter 6 where  Joshua is in the process of leading the Israelites to the Promiseland (the place of ultimate and eternal fitness in every area) and they run into this town called Jericho that is surrounded by huge high walls.  This wasn’t a surprise to them, they knew the city existed, in fact, they had sent spies ahead of them to get a sneak preview of what they would come up against.  They had travelled for several days, or weeks, or maybe even months toward this city knowing that it was impeding their path to The Promiseland.  Yet they continued, under the leadership of Joshua who was being led by God along the path that would achieve freedom for Israel.

Have you ever attempted to accomplish a goal only to have a huge, seemingly insurrmountable obstacle stand before you, but yet you continue toward the goal because, in your gut, you know that it is what you have to do?  What a difficult and daunting task it is to stand in times of trouble.  Oftentimes, I become frustrated and depressed and deep in my gut I feel the urge to scream.

My encouragement with this article is to let you know that screaming is not necessarily a bad thing.

When Joshua and the Israelites came up to the tightly walled city of Jericho, Joshua heard God tell him that they would conquer the city and God also gave him the exact plan of attack.  It was definitely an unusual plan, but Joshua followed.  The plan of attack was to play loud praise music and dance and walk around the city and then, after the specified number of times that they walked around the city, they could let out a huge shout and watch as the walls of the city crumbled before them.

In other words, while facing an insurrmountable obstacle, the Israelites were told to dance around, walk, and run.  They were to be diligent in this spiritual exercise routine and then, at the end of the conditioning period, they were to max out their physical exertion efforts by dancing, walking, and running seven times more than they had on the previous days and when it was all over, they should scream to announce their victory to the world and at that exact moment, when it was time (“due season”, Galatians 6:9), they would receive their reward.

The Israelites screamed and conquered Jericho.  But the scream wasn’t the key, it was just the visible sign that signified their victory.  The dancing, walking, and running was the key to this victory.  The conditioning routine was the praise and worship that the Israelites participated in for several days prior to seeing their victory.  If they had not conditioned themselves little by little on the preceeding days, they would never have had the endurance (faith) to make several trips around the city on the final day and shout for their victory.

For those of you who are like me, please let me exhort you to not give in when you start to get frustrated and depressed.  Reaffirm you conviction to achieve your victory by adjusting your focus and condition yourself with praise and worship.  We must realize that the urge in our gut to scream is coming from the same place as our affections (value, desire) to pursue our goal (“make me to know wisdom in my inmost heart”, Psalm 51:6) – this is the part of the soul that is captivated by the Spirit of God.  By using a little bit of praise and worship each day, we can build ourselves up for that glorious day that we shout and see our victory.

The moral of the story:  Don’t be afraid to scream, it just might be God’s due season for breakthough . . . let it out and receive your reward.

Other relevant scriptures:  1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Jude 20; Hebrews 11:1, 6; Hebrews 12:1-2

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