Greetings! I am praying your day is productive and you are standing tall with wisdom and strength to press through. I recently encountered a Jericho wall moment that has impacted my sleep pattern, as I memorized its circumference and itemized each stone of hurt and pain on display. How easily can Jericho cast off stones of ungratefulness and insensitivity that causes such inner turmoil that we have no strength to stand tall?Even if we are girded up with the armor of God, Paul tells the Ephesians to "be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over ... you'll still be on your feet." [6:13 MSG] Being armored doesn't heal; being armored doesn't deflect criticism; being armored doesn't soothe unkind words or actions. When we are armored, we can stand, but relying on a power greater than our own is what helps us face our Jericho. Faith in God is crucial and Lucado says "worship-less people have no power greater than themselves to call on."
On this WINS-day, don't face your Jericho alone and don't stand down either. Go to the One who has the all encompassing power, the One who promises "never to fail you; never to abandon you." [Heb. 13:5 NLT] Jericho is not stronger than the One who holds TODAY. To walk in your WINning status, be like David exclaimed, "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." [Ps. 18:2] Face your Jericho knowing that you have back-up: a Rock, a Fortress, a Deliverer, A God, A strength from on high ... for even in the face of Jericho, with God on our side, we WIN!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed
Interim Executive Director