The airwaves clog with bad news, depressing ideas and doom and gloom contradictions. They line up impatiently in a traffic jam of emotions just outside your door. All of it like a petulant boss demanding our attention and then, when we give in, smash our heads full of shock and irritation. The walls of doubt, worry and fear look like they are growing out there. Things are getting worse…
BUT, today is not like other days.
What do I mean?
Today, is a day of victory!
We are like many of the Biblical heroes facing the same desperate times of their day. Joshua faced an impenetrable wall as well. God said, the city of Ai is yours. Joshua looked at the city steeped in idol worship and locked up tighter than a drum. There was no way in or out. But God had said, Ai is yours. Joshua said okay, how then do we take it? God gave very specific instructions. They were to march around the city, being completely quiet for 7 days. On the seventh day, look what happened when the people had faith and obedience.
“On the seventh day….So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. ” Joshua
Moses had a wall too, only a wall of water.
“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go [back] by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry [land], and the waters were divided, And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry [ground]: and the waters [were] a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.” Exodus 14:21
Moses and Joshua faced an impossible task. What mountain are you facing today that seems un-moveable? What obstacle? What depressing news?
“Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
If the Word says what it means and means what it says then this statement is a fact!
It is a Statement of Fact Confirming Our Faith
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:1-3,6
We have something to hope for. We have something unseen that God has promised. What is it?
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (died), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
When that trump will sound, walls of disbelief will crumble! Savor this moment because when the clouds roll back and reveal the Son of God in all his mighty reigning glory, nothing will stop the miracle. If that happens today, TODAY, we’ll meet all our deceased ancestors in the air. IF that happens after we die, it will be but a twinkling of an eye before we are raised and changed.
Here’s our verse in Philippians today.
“If by any means I (Paul) might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (KJV) Philippians 3:11
And the literal translation according to Greek usage, because it is much clearer.
“Thus, I shall reach out towards the out-resurrection from among the dead.” vs. 3:11
Paul is waiting for that moment when the clouds roll back and Jesus Christ calls him out from among the dead (spiritually dead).
Look at the next verse.
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” vs. 12 (KJV)
And the literal…
“I have not yet received this final victory, nor am I yet made perfect [with a new body]; but I am pursuing the goal [running as an athlete] in order to lay my hands on that prize for which Christ Jesus laid his hands on me.” vs. 12
We are not there yet, but this is a race. A race to renew our minds with faith. It is a race to out-run and out-wit the doubters and slow-to-believe. We are not encumbered by the ploys of the devil like discouragement, fear, and worry. We rise above and keep our eyes on a higher calling. Why? Because we have FAITH that the Word of God is true. That truth encourages, empowers and lifts us from the miry struggle into optimism and into the light.
Tomorrow we will go over the rest of what Paul lays out in Philippians about your higher calling, but until then, keep The Hope alive in your heart. Keep faith that your God shall fight for you so that you lay your hands on the prize. He will rescue you and HE will cause the walls to crumble if you simply have faith.
God bless you today!