Today’s Scripture: Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

When God commanded Joshua to attack Jericho, He told Joshua very specific details on where to walk, when to talk, and what to bring. They were to walk around Jericho once a day every day for six days. Then on the seventh day, they were to walk around Jericho seven times. The people followed Joshua, obeyed God, and God knocked down Jericho’s walls.

Joshua had never led an army before. Moses just recently died, and Joshua took his place. God wanted Joshua to go possess a land that had walled cities up to the heavens. Giants dwelled in that land, and he was told to attack what possibly was the greatest, strongest city in the world at that time. Jericho was strong, fortified, impregnable, huge, and most people believe they had enough food and water for a couple years. They were laughing at the group of people circling around them. However, that wall fell so fast it was like a shack that was blown down by the wind.

Don’t be discouraged! God can accomplish great things in our lives as well. All of us have addictions of some form; we call those addictions, strongholds. We may wonder why there are Jerichos in our lives: strongholds that never seem to go away.

The reason why we still have strongholds in our lives is not because God is dead or weak. It is not because the Scriptures are obsolete in our modern world. The reason why the strongholds are still around is because we have quenched the Holy Spirit. That is why there are Christians who are living like non-Christians.

We have departed from God’s ways. We have ignored His orders. We have substituted human devices and put our confidence in carnal weapons. These things do nothing but grieve the Spirit.

Read today’s Scripture again, and believe it. If you have a stronghold in your life, have faith: not in yourself, not in your power, not in your might, but in the Spirit of God.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.