15 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. 16 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! 17 Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.
20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it. – Josh 6
God had promised Israel that the promised land was close. For 7 days they marched around Jericho. That must have been weird.
On the final lap of the final day they shouted as if God had given them the town. Strange thing is, they didn’t have the town yet. The wall was still standing when they shouted. They had to shout as if the wall was down. The result: Walls fell.
I’m not a big “name it and claim it” guy, but there is something about believing so strongly that God is going to do something that you act like he already has. If God said it is to be, it is as good as done. Might as well act like it.
Last week Michael Hyatt said that he wrote on a piece of paper “I am a New York Times best selling author.” That was before Michael had ever written a book. Today he is a NY Times best selling author.
While a struggling comedian, Jim Carey is said to have written himself a check for $1 million.
When our sanctuary was less than 1/3 full, a friend of mine told me that I needed to spend time in that empty room and picture it crammed full of people.
Maybe it is time to shout as if what is not, really is. If it is from God (and not a plan from our own mind), it is as good as done. Might as well celebrate it on the front end.
How about you? What is your wall? What is the thing God is promising to do with your life? Shout as if it has already happened. Throw a celebration party for the accomplishment that has yet to be realized. Write it down. Own it. Anybody can shout once the wall is down. It takes a crazy person to believe that what is not yet will soon be.
God speed to you, crazy wall-shouters.