Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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This series is a collection of Martha's prophetic words on a range of topics, such as solitude, false salvation, zeal for the church, the Fatherhood of God, and the power of silence.
Jericho, walled invader of God’s land. The first city of Joshua’s confrontation, first test of his leadership-by-faith-alone. Jericho stands for the haughty mind of flesh, that fortressed opposition to God’s Wonderful Ideas.
…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…
2 Cor. 10:5 NKJV
Jericho, closed and barricaded. A city defeated before the fight and the dwellers knew it in their trembled waiting. But though they quaked, they still barred their gates and hid inside the walls of stone. Intelligence would rather die than give up its domain. The mind has no taste for surrender. And no ability to do so.
Now the mind of the flesh (which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit) is death…
That is because the mind of the flesh (with its carnal thoughts and purposes) is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.
Romans 8:6a, 7 AMP
Adam’s independent mind is the Chief Enemy of God. The primal vanity of Eve’s thinking…the walls of that arrogance must crumble in all of us before the land is under God’s August Rule.
Only one hoped to be saved and begged for it. Rahab, the harlot—picture of the willing surrender of the sinner. Only the wretch by desperate humility will abandon the city of Defiant Logic and save herself from its inevitable death. For all the others in that City, though their “courage melted,” even terror would not produce a submission. The mind cannot bow, it can only beg for salvation from its own prison and that! That it will rarely do!
So Rahab hung her scarlet thread from the window, a red prophecy of Jesus’ Blood. Efficacy for the ignorance of native intelligence. The wilderness of Moses lasted because the people feared to assault the Jericho fortress of the right-to-think as you please. The land of Promise is only enjoyed by those who bring down the fortresses of their own rowdy lies and learn to live by the inner nothingness of waiting for Another’s Thoughts.
The method of victory was silent circling. A daily journey of surrounding.
Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth…”
Joshua 6:10 NKJV
Human noise and human speech that rise from the pit of human reasonings, all are forbidden. All must be killed. Thinking can be captured only by Deliberate Quiet. Silence is a terrible affront to the mind that favors fancy wanderings and worships the sound of its self-made words…rancid ideas wrapped in endless twitter.
Quieting the mind is a daily walk in His presence, an unrelenting assault of stillness against the busy parade of clownish thinking.
Jericho was conquered not by humanity’s words but by their absence. The total victory lay solely in the confrontation of these two fearful things: God’s presence by the Ark and the Trumpet Judgment of His voice. Foolish independence simply crumbles. Its thick and busy walls are no match for the Uncommon Silence. His Trumpet Voice subdues the rebel-brain, and to hear that Divine Blare is to be decimated by its superiority to human speculation.
After the trump you can shout the joy, exult in the triumph. Only after the Trump of God’s Blast. Then your shout is a response but not a solution. A joyful cry announcing HIS victory over YOU!
“And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat.”
Joshua 6:20b NKJV
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV
Silence is a mighty weapon of warfare. And one we have failed to wield.
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