Today in church as we talked about Joshua and the Israelites' defeat of Jericho, I was reminded of a passage in 2 Corinthians 4:4-5:
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
When Joshua and his army approached the walls of Jericho, they must have felt in over their heads (quite literally). A stronghold unlike anything they had seen before lay before them. And how would they conquer it? Joshua was given a seemingly ludicrous plan from the Lord -- one that involved marching, without talking, only blowing trumpets -- for seven days. And then, on the 7th day, they would shout and see their breakthrough.
I think to demolish the strongholds in our own lives -- whether in our minds or our hearts -- we face a similar task. We want to skip ahead and get to day seven, lap seven. But perhaps we have to get through days 1-6 first, walking around that same old mountain, same thick wall, confessing God's word, His truth, listening to His commands -- until something clicks, and God himself brings the walls crumbling down.