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By: Oluwatunbi Stephen Akindayomi
If Not for God "devotional"

Bible Text: On the seventh day the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times. The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!” Joshua 6:15-16

This march took place over a period of seven days, but this would be a work of God’s sovereign grace and power, not of human works. Israel took the city after God had given (Joshua 6:2).  It was clear that God gave, but that Israel had to take by obedient, persistent faith.

Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.

It is easier to stay out than get out; you have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.

The command was given for the people to shout. After the days of silence, this comes as recognition that God would now given them what He had promised.  The Lord has given you the city!

So it is with all victory in the Christian life - God gives it to us in Jesus Christ; but we must take it from Him by obedient, persistent faith.

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