Co-operating with God

“See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March round the city” Joshua 6.2-3

God gave the Israelites the city of Jericho, but he didn’t just open the gates and cause all the people inside to surrender. The Israelites had to co-operate by being obedient and marching round the city for seven days.

The Bible says that God has given us so much – but where is it? Paul says that God has ‘blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ’ (Ephesians 1.3). So how do we get these blessings? Like the Israelites, we have to co-operate with the process.

We need to stick close to Jesus. He said: “Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15.4). Fruit is not something that the branch decides to grow, any more than the Israelites drew up their own plan to take Jericho. Fruit is the natural consequence of a branch staying attached to a healthy tree; the energy is not in bearing the fruit, but in staying attached.

Take a moment or two to sit quietly; slowly and deliberately say the name, ‘Jesus’. Do this a few times and by this simple action find yourself attached to him. Come back to that simple action throughout the day and find yourself dwelling in him.

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