What is your Jericho?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
The New Year brings a lot of hopes and dreams to people all over the World. The hope of a “better” year which can be defined by: the hope of making some healthy changes to our lives, and the hope that the New Year may bring new and exciting adventures. We may hope for better health, happiness, World Peace, and financial security. Every person has their own personal wish list as they begin a new year. Many people start off the New Year by realizing that they should not take things for granted, and to be thankful for what they have in their lives. As Christians our hope for the New Year should be rooted in Christ Jesus and our gift of heaven and eternal life.
As believers in Jesus we all have Jericho’s or battles in our lives. Problems that seem so large that we can’t handle them on our own. It may seem as if the Lord is asking us to march around these battles so we will see that we can’t rely on ourselves. We struggle with the fact that sometime these Jericho’s are just too big for us to battle them on our own. We need to give them to God and realize that we can not do this on our own.
In Hebrews we are reminded of the importance of our Faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. I know that when I am struggling with my Jericho I find comfort in asking the Lord to be in my midst. The faith I have in him and seeking his comfort encourages me as I am fighting many battles. Being a parent of teenagers is definitely a battle that my husband and I are fighting but we know if we seek Jesus and ask him to intercede our battles somehow don’t seem as big as I know we can rely on him. The walls of Jericho will fall if we put all our faith in him.
When Jesus came and died for us Heaven became our ultimate destination and it's this gift of heaven and eternal life with him that can help as we struggle with life's adversity and the dark times that we struggle with in life. In Hebrews 6: 17-18 we are reminded of God’s promise of Hope and how we can take hold of the hope offered to us through the Holy Spirit.
My prayer for you is that you may overflow with faith and hope powered by the Holy Spirit.