For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,2 Corinthians 10:4
After 400 years of slavery, the nation of Israel broke the shackles of Egyptian oppression and moved forward with freedom to the promised land. After crossing the Red Sea and encountering a desert, they were subjected to live in the wilderness for 40 years because of their rebellion against God. Consequently, Moses dies and new leadership under the faithfulness of Joshua begins. Finally, they set their feet toward the promised land.
Everything appeared to be in their favor and they were eager to set out and conquer the land flowing with milk and honey. As Israel moved from the Jordan to reach their prize, they encountered a major hurdle in the form of Jericho, the oldest city in the world. A stronghold of the Canaanites, it was the first military post known to man. In fact, the ruins of this city demonstrate the first time man used strong towers to detect enemies on the horizon. It was impossible to penetrate with the technology of those days. No one would dare to challenge such a formidable stronghold.
For the Israelites, Jericho looked like a major setback in their quest to conquer the land. They had no option but to confront it, as no territory could be taken without destroying Jericho first. God’s people did not have the weapons and manpower to overcome this challenge. They had no choice but to seek God under the leadership of Joshua. God gave them specific instructions and Israel trusted his direction. Through God’s power, the stronghold was destroyed.
Every follower of Christ encounters their own Jericho as they move forward in their Christian life. As God presents to us new territories to conquer, Jericho shows up. Some pretend to ignore it. Some hope to avoid it. Some retreat to the desert. But it is the faithful who trust God with all their heart who overcome the Jericho on the horizon. The first step is to identify and trust God and his instructions. Hearing and obeying his word are what brings down strongholds.
Jericho is a place filled with false gods, and overcoming strongholds requires truth. If you want to conquer territory for the glory of God and your personal advancement in his Kingdom, you must get rid of the false gods in your life. Overcome those behaviors that paralyze your potential like fear, anger, bitterness, low self-esteem, addictions, egocentric behavior, and every aspect of fleshly desires. We must also realize that behind every stronghold lurks unseen evil. The power of darkness is contrary to your soul, and only conquered by the sword of the Spirit.
Today is the day to face your Jericho and destroy it by the power of the Holy Spirit.
By Pastor Jorge Cardenas