Pray that the saints would learn to fight the spiritual warfare by praising and exalting Christ, by shouting Christ’s triumph, and by declaring Christ’s victory (Acts 16:25-26; Josh. 6:6, 20 and notes 61 and 201).
Acts 16:25-26—And about midnight Paul and Silas, while praying, sang hymns of praise to God; and the prisoners were listening to them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken. And instantly all the doors were opened and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
Josh 6:6, 20—So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Ark of Jehovah…So the people shouted and the trumpets were blown; and when the people heard the trumpet sound, the people shouted with a great shout, and the wall fell down flat. And the people went up into the city, each straight ahead, and they captured the city.
Josh. 6:61—God’s people did not need to do anything to destroy Jericho. They only needed to believe and trust in God, to listen to the instruction from the Captain of the army of Israel, and to exalt Christ by bearing the Ark. The bearing of the Ark here by the priests shows that in the spiritual warfare the first thing we should do is exalt Christ.
Josh. 6:201—The victory over Jericho in Israel’s first battle after crossing the Jordan was won not by Israel’s fighting but by their blowing the trumpets and shouting, signifying the testifying and proclaiming of God with Christ (the Ark) through faith in God’s word of instruction (vv. 2-5). These were the vital factors that enabled them to win the victory.
Hymns, #876, stanzas 1, 2, and 5:
When war is hot and fierce,
And Satan strong,
Then firmly trust God’s Word
And sing faith’s song.
You need to shout but once,
And you will win;
Oh, do not shut your mouth
And lose therein.
Therefore you must declare
The situation dark
Soon changed will be.
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