Paul speaks of spiritual babes who won’t grow up. Some of these 150- to 200-pound church babies keep the pastor busy running around with a milk bottle when they should have been on beefsteak years ago. When the church calls a new pastor, these infants may be heard to complain, “I don’t like the new preacher—he changed my formula!”
SHOUTING AT JERICHO
Shout: for the Lord hath given you the city.
The people shouted before the walls fell. Anybody can shout after they fall. Faith anticipates victory and celebrates in advance.
“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mk. 11:24). “Believe that ye receive them” – the walls are as good as down already when God says so. Faith takes His word for the deed and shouts now.
“The Lord hath given you the city.” He has given us all things freely with the gift of His Son. We already have it in Christ, though we may not actually have possessed our possessions. Faith is the land deed for our inheritance with God’s signature.
Jericho may loom big and ominous, but if, like Joshua, you have had a meeting with the Captain of the Lord’s host, fear not. “Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.” Anticipate victory and shout in advance!