When Joshua assumed he had God's favor, he received a check of the spirit. A mysterious person, identified as the commander of God's army, appeared to him. He immediately fell facedown and asked what message the Lord had for him. In these "heart check" moments, God is whispering to us to stop, drop, and pray.
So, we come to the end of this part of Joshua's story. And here we find an act of outrageous obedience. Even though the city was impregnable and the plan was absurd, Joshua still obeyed the Lord. Are there Jericho walls in your life? Like Joshua, you need outrageous obedience.
Missionary Ken Vance shares a personal testimony about his near-death experience in Africa. Stricken with typhoid fever and malaria, he shares about the "cloud of witnesses" that helped him through his sickness. Your prayers and support for our missionaries makes a great impact, even if you never step foot where they are.
Chief of Staff Brad Terhune shares the story of an Old Testament character you don't normally hear about: Manasseh. Manasseh was one of Judah's most evil kings, doing many detestable things in the sight of the Lord. But Manasseh's story is also a story of grace. In captivity in Babylon, he called out to the Lord. He repented of his ways and the Lord restored his kingdom to him. If God can forgive Manasseh, He can surely extend that same grace to us!
After Israel crossed the Jordan River, they stopped. Why didn't they march on to Jericho? Why did they stop? To remember what God had just done for them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River and made a memorial to remind future generations that God allowed them to cross the Jordan on dry ground. Faith remembers, and then it advances.