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Devotional: Kelly Garner – “The Final Stand”

February 2024

 

“The Final Stand”

Written by Kelly K. Garner

We live in a world that has changed dramatically in the past few years.  2024 looks much different than any of us would have imagined four years ago.  In reality, the spiritual state of our world has been declining from the beginning of time because it has fallen.

In Joshua 6:15-21, God gives Joshua detailed instructions on how to take over the city of Jericho. Joshua told the Israelites to march around the city of Jericho for six days in a row, blowing their horns. On the seventh day, he told them to march around it seven times (all in one day), blow their horns, and shout aloud on his cue. This was all part of God’s instruction for them to position themselves and take a “Final Stand” against the city of Jericho.

There was a wall surrounding Jericho that would seem daunting and impenetrable to the finite mind of man, but not to the infinite mind of God.  The end result of “how to take the city” was not completely apparent to them, but they did exactly what Joshua told them to do. The front lines were those who blew their horns and gave a loud shout.  They were the ones who had to have courage, follow their leader, believe what Joshua told them to do, and believe in the power of a holy God to do something beyond imagination. They were then able to see the walls of Jericho crumble and were able to “take” or occupy the city.

They had no idea how God would use them until they followed his lead and did what they felt God was telling Joshua to do. As we feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit, we need to position ourselves as Christians, and as a church, to believe in the one true God as he tells us how to take a final stand.

We do not know the hour or day when God will call his church home, but we need to know what we believe.  We also need to realize that God calls us to be the army that takes a “final stand” in battle.  These times will not be easy, but we have to prepare ourselves.

As the word says in Ephesians 6:12-17 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Satan and his army would like to discourage, confuse and destroy us; but, we have to put on the armor of God and stand strong against the world and all the liberal ideas that try to discredit and challenge the truth of God’s Word. We have to position ourselves and begin the battle with praise as we blow the horns, the instruments, or gifts we have been given.  Then, if we take the steps he has instructed us to take, we will watch the walls of oppression and the chains of confusion come crumbling down. It is time we, the remnant of the Lord, the followers of Christ, undergird ourselves as the warriors described in the Word and not be afraid the take The Final Stand. Rise up church! Do not be intimidated by liberal worldviews. Take on the armor of God. In these last days that we are living in, may we once again surround the walls of Jericho and prepare ourselves to take The Final Stand!

 

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