Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
Past victories do not guarantee victory in the present, victory is only guaranteed when we take flesh out of the equation through total surrender to God.
Joshua and the people of Israel had to learn total surrender to conquer Jericho. Joshua 5:13 tells us that Joshua was by Jericho, possibly planning and strategizing how they would overthrow that city. While he was there he saw a man with a sword drawn, he went over to the man and said unto him, “art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” In response the man said neither, but as the commander of the Lord’s army I come. What the Commander of the Lord’s army was saying was that he did not come to defend or fight against Israel, his assignment was to instruct them how to be effective in warfare. Israel was about to embark on their toughest assignment to date and they needed wisdom to win.
When Joshua recognized who he was speaking to, he instantly bowed and worshiped and the Commander said to him, “loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy”. Interestingly, it was the same strategy given to Moses to create victory in Egypt. The shoe represents those things that are earthly or fleshy. By telling him to take the shoe off his feet, what the Commander of the Lord’s Army was effectively telling Joshua was that victory at Jericho requires him to totally surrender to God by taking flesh out of the equation.
Taking flesh out of the equation involves two components. First, it is choosing to do what God’s word says. The walls of Jericho did not fall because the people shouted; it fell because they did what the word of God said. The second component of taking flesh out of the equation is depending on divine strength. It ties in with doing what God says because when that is done, we automatically invite the power of God to manifest in our circumstances. When the Israelites shouted as the word of God said, that activated the power of God and the thick Jericho walls came tumbling down. Expect the Spirit of God to move when God’s instructions are followed. A close examination of what happened at Jericho will show that it was total surrender that brought the Israelites victory.
Total surrender may not be a phrase that you might want to hear, but it brought great men and women of the Bible victory after victory. Why try something else that has not been proven to work.
Take flesh out of the equation by inviting the power of God to work in your life by doing what he instructs you to do.
Lord, too often I allow my flesh to get in the way of my decisions and actions. Cause me to rely on your Spirit only and not operate according to will or understanding. In Jesus name, amen.