Profligacy: Prodigal Of The Things Of God
Upon waking one morning in Topeka, Kansas in 2011, God spoke one word; profligate. If it will help, a synonym for profligate is to be prodigal. The word profligate is not in the Bible because it was not in the English language prior to the King James Bible being translated; how many know the word prodigal is not used in the Prodigal Son story in Luke 15? There are two general secular definitions for the word profligate. The first is dissipation; to be a spendthrift, or wasteful, of the things you have been given. It is intemperate living, with excessive spending, drinking, and acts of self-indulgence. The second definition is licentious; marked by a disregard for strict rules of correctness, lacking legal or moral restraints, especially disregarding sexual restraints. It is the end result of the dissipation, with the ends justifies the means living, and where the lusts of the world have overcome all propriety.
Profligacy is progressive, and can lead to greater sin. It is similar to a physical itch; if you scratch it, the itch will become worse, and then must be scratched again. If you have had chicken pox, poison ivy, or hemorrhoids you can certainly understand the need for relief. If the scratching continues it may bleed or become infected. Profligacy and sin are the same as the itch in their tendency to become worse and worse.
If you want words to search that are in the Bible, synonyms for dissipation and licentious include concupiscent, corrupt or corruption, lascivious, lewd, lust or lustful, perverse or perversion, and wanton.
Profligacy will throw up walls that stop our spiritual growth. Let us first digress for a moment to consider the fleshly matter, and then consider spiritual profligacy. How do ministers of God fail or fall into adultery? Profligacy has run rampant in their lives, and they have disregarded all propriety. I never got to hear it from Sister Schoonover, but I love the analogy “thoughts will fly through, but don’t let them make a nest in your head”. In the previously used scriptures John warned us of these things;
I John 2:15 – 17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Being profligate is often the result of lust for the things of the world. This lust comes in the forms noted. The lust of the flesh is desiring or craving the thing experienced by touch, hearing, smelling, or tasting. The lust of the eyes is desiring the thing that can be seen or known; you may “see” it in your mind without the thing actually being there, hence also fantasy or daydreaming. The pride of life is resting in an empty assurance of the physical things of life and disregarding the spiritual. Do you live as though job, home, or family are your assurance, and miss the enduring mercy, love, and refuge of Almighty God?
Before considering ourselves, let us consider some scriptural examples of lust or profligacy. In Genesis 13:10,11 it records that Lot … lifted up his eyes, and beheld the plain of Jordan and made his choice based on an empty assurance in the earthly things that he could see, the pride of life. As a result he wound up vexing his righteous soul in Sodom (II Peter 2:6 – 8). Abraham was satisfied with the physical leftovers, looking to the spiritual promises, and was blessed and multiplied. If you hear the call of God to a greater walk with Him, and do not believe you can do it, or bear it, recognize that it is the assurance of your life that is holding you back.
In Genesis 38:15, 16, Tamar, in a ruse, put herself in the path of Judah after the death of his wife. While Judah saw what he thought to be a harlot, his lust in this case was solely for physical gratification of the flesh. The lust of the flesh can be so deceptive it can convince us that that particular lust is acceptable. Although Ephesians 5:12 says we should not even speak of the wicked, evil, things done in secret, today they are openly flaunted on the Internet, in the news, and by individuals who have no shame. Do you allow yourself to be affected or even partaking of these things in any way?
In the man Achan (Joshua 7:20, 21) we see a true lust of the eyes in desiring the things God said were to be destroyed in Jericho. It brought him and all he had to destruction. Do you lust after the wealth or fame the world is offering to try to separate you from God?
King David fell prey to the lust of the eyes in II Samuel 11:2 – 4, and the lust of the flesh resulted, and it conceived the sins that followed. If only Bathsheba had been ugly. While David repented and was forgiven, the consequences of his lust followed him the rest of his days. If King David, recorded scripturally as a man after God’s own heart, could fail to see or recognize the attack of the enemy when it came, what are you failing to see that is leaving consequences in your life?
King Solomon was told of the promises of God by his father David, and warned of the consequences if he turned from God (I Chronicles 28:6 – 9). God also appeared unto Solomon twice and warned him of the consequences of turning away from Him (I Kings 9:2 – 9). Despite this, Solomon was in profligacy with 1,000 women, and apparently could not be satiated; for they turned his heart from God (I Kings 11:1 – 10). What small things is the world using to turn your heart from God?
The children of Israel failed in lust, idolatry, fornication, tempting, and murmuring, and we are told that … these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition (I Corinthians 10:5 – 14). What do all these accounts speak to you? Are you seeing and desiring fleshly lusts; spouse, wealth, fame, fantasy, illicit thoughts and actions, or even the latest invention? While we feel many of the physical things and fleshly desires we have are “needs”, how did people live without them a hundred years ago? Consider air conditioning; does the assurance of life prevent you from going, or doing what God commands, where air conditioning is not available? It is a comfort of life. Are you comfortable in your sin? If you are, you will not change it; the world has placed these things in your path to keep you in sin. Hebrews 11:6 says … he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Profligacy stops or hinders your diligence in seeking the true wealth, the spiritual wealth, that God has purposed and provided for you. God brings you to conviction to change you; will you ask Him to show you the things that are preventing you from true wealth?
Without going to the possible depth of the illicit thoughts or fantasies, you can allow your mind to be consumed with thoughts of a donut or a certain food when you are not hungry. The mind left to nest in sin will often manifest in sin. Beyond that, it does not matter if you are not physically doing the lust of your mind, the enemy has distracted and occupied you in the thought of lust for that food, or whatever sin he can trap you with! Is the enemy bringing your mind to wander now? If the thought is not righteous, it is sin;
I John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
So we see that the thought of the donut may not be unto death, but is it keeping you from seeking God, or from hearing, or doing the righteous? As the Prodigal Son, are you straying with the inheritance and squandering an opportunity for, or with, God? The enemy is crafty in drawing you away and separating you from a closer walk with God; will you recognize it, and give up the lust of your flesh and your daydreaming? If not, lust will conceive sin;
James 1:14, 15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
So we see that the lust must be defeated at the beginning, or it will manifest in sin, and just as an itch, the sin will grow worse. When it has reached the point that you have given up your will to the lust and sin; that is how it begins to compound and grow much worse. Our overcoming is in turning unto God; as Brother Clendennen said, You willed to do it, and you can will not to do it, if you belong to God. Unfortunately many continue on the escalating path of failure;
James 4:1 – 3 FROM whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
These verses describe the fleshly lust to have that consumes the individual in a war for things. You must begin to see and recognize the profligacy to defeat it;
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
It is spiritual adultery to turn to friendship with the world rather than the one who loved you and bought you with an inestimable price! Being a friend is not a sometimes thing, but a commitment; are you committed to God or your lust? What is in your heart? Jesus told us of the lust being in the heart in the beatitudes;
Matthew 5:27, 28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Often thoughts are not manifested in sins that others can see, but the iniquity is already in the heart. The example Jesus gave is to the extent of adultery, and many would say I haven’t done that, but it applies to any lust that you have for the things of the world. Job, a man listed as one of the three righteous in Ezekiel 14, said he made a commitment to not do this;
Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
Job said the word “maid” here, but you could insert whatever thing that you lust for. Job had made a commitment to not be entangled with lust, and kept his heart;
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Job had an understanding of the lust of the eyes, and the part that the heart has in this lust;
Job 31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
This righteous man’s understanding reached even to the knowledge that sin and lust prevent the blessings;
Job 31:12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
Job had compassion for his servant’s, and his humbleness reached to the knowledge that one God created us all;
Job 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
The lust of the heart does not consider others, but self. Job, in his righteousness, knew that God loved others as well (Job 31:13, 14, 16 – 23). Let us consider deeper the root of lust and profligacy; the heart. In Noah’s time, before the flood, the Word says;
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Our lust is the imagination of the heart, and will be wicked from within ourselves. The prophet Jeremiah repeatedly (eight different verses, examples are below) spoke of men walking after the imagination of their evil hearts;
Jeremiah 7:23, 24 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jeremiah 11:7, 8 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.
We do not think that … imagination of their evil heart speaks of ourselves, but that evil heart is in every one of us;
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Knowing that your heart is deceitful and wicked, the base for your lust (the imagination of your evil heart), begin to seek God; your answer, your deliverance, and your refuge is in the three simple words in the above Jeremiah scriptures, Obey my voice. While that evil heart and lust is present, we do not have to walk after the temptation of it. Jesus was our example in overcoming;
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Know in your temptation that the Lord Jesus has already been tempted and overcome; repent and His grace will be sufficient for you if you will accept it, and allow Him to bring you through. We read … in all points tempted … as being to the depths or extremes of temptation, but realize it is the little foxes that spoil the vine;
Luke 16:10 – 13 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mam-mon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mam-mon.
God is not asking us to be faithful in only that which is great, but in everything! Your overcoming is in those three words from the Jeremiah scriptures: Obey my voice. Jesus was led of the Spirit and walked in complete obedience to the Father; as a result the Father was always with Him;
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
While we say we have allowed Jesus in our heart, if we continue to allow the lust we have not given all of our heart; the deceit, wickedness, and evil will not be gone until you give in to God. Yielding completely and obeying Him is the only way to receive total deliverance from the lust. Allow God to open your understanding; the lust and friendship of the world is the spiritual adultery spoken of in James 4:4 above. Having looked to our High Priest, Jesus Christ, as our example, realize that you are called to be a priest (Revelation 1:6, 5:10). What are we commanded? Malachi was given the following;
Malachi 2:1, 2 AND now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Where are the blessings of miracles, healings, faith, love, joy, peace; all the gifts and fruit of the Spirit in our lives? Our profligacy or lust, and our lack of hearing and doing, have stopped or prevented our receiving the blessings; the spiritual truth of our procuring the curse to ourselves.
Anything that is a love for the things of the flesh or world can become sin to us. While working in Topeka, God let me know if I thought or daydreamed about being home with my wife, I was being wasteful of the time He had given to spend with Him! If your mind is on fleshly things you will not be able to have the mind of Christ. What does the word tell us?
I Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
This verse does not say to divest yourself of everything else, but to be content with what you do have. Paul expounded this thought to the Philippians;
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
That is to say that having a spouse, home, cars, technology, or wealth is not necessarily wrong, but the desire or lust to have them is of the flesh and will hinder or stop your spiritual growth.
I Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Underlining was not effective with this scripture, because so much of it would have to be underlined! The lust of the heart for the things of the world will leave walls in your spiritual life that can destroy you if you do not recognize and remove them. This was the lust of the prodigal son when he said, … Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. (Luke 15:12) The thoughts of his heart resulted in the actions, failing, and falling that followed. Do not fall prey to the prosperity doctrine, and miss out on the spiritual wealth that God has for you! Find the simple call of God that can deliver from the lust of the heart and flesh; Obey my voice.
While most can now recognize the walls of sin and iniquity, let us also consider spiritual profligacy. Are you wasting the spiritual wealth that God is giving you? When the anointing is spent on the Word and His servant, do you fail to hear it? Even if we do hear it, if we fail to do it we have been profligate or prodigal with the anointing spent. Even if the evangelist stirs and revives your soul and spirit, does it only change you for a short time, and in a few weeks you are back to the same old life? With a play on words, it is “hear” and gone. You were bought with a great price; God owns you, and you are His temple. God wants you in, and to be, His holy habitation, but by coming unprepared, and with our minds on other things, we are spiritually profligate. God told Ezekiel of this fact;
Ezekiel 33:31, 32 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
The hearing must be followed with the doing! If we hear the evangelist or preacher and fail to obey God we are prodigal. If we fail to do, a wall of sin can be thrown up to us;
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
After we hear, we must do. If you would consider it, although they were not yet filled with the Spirit, the disciples were spiritually profligate in the garden, when they were told to watch;
Matthew 26:40, 41 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Does this give you a greater understanding of the need to be faithful in that which is least? Men who had been with the Lord Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, for three and a half years of ministry, seeing miracles and hearing the truth, could not stand and watch for one hour! Their sufficiency was not in them, and it is not in us; He, the Lord Jesus, must dwell in us. Due only to their inability to stay awake and their failure to watch and pray the disciples were upbraided for the weakness of their flesh. Have you been deceived by the devil or your heart to believe that you do not have the same failed fleshly nature? You are not sufficient of yourself, but your sufficiency is of God (II Corinthians 3:5). God’s grace is sufficient for you (II Corinthians 12:9) if you will accept it. The keeping power of God is available for every person, unless they reach the point where … God gave them over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28). The very fact that God can give them over speaks of His keeping nature that is available for you, except you reach that depth of sin. Consider again the omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and love of God; He is your refuge, your sufficiency, and your overcoming if you yield totally to Him.
The enemy uses your profligacy to try to destroy you; recognize this and allow God to secure you by defeating your flesh, and walk victorious with Him;
II Corinthians 10:3 – 6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
This scripture does not say bringing every thought captive, but captive to the obedience; captive to righteous, obedient thinking and doing. This is thinking that is not of self, but led of the Spirit. Jesus, after being led of the Spirit into the wilderness and being tempted, afterward hungered (Matthew 4:2, Luke 4:2). But he did not let His hunger reach to the point of lust in the temptation. On the cross He said … I thirst. But realize that despite the fleshly need of His body in each instance He did not let it vary Him from His purpose, and He completed the will of God. His thoughts were captive to the leading of the Spirit.
This remains the warfare within, and we must fight. Daniel is also listed as one of the three righteous in Ezekiel 14, and we see him always walking for God. But look at his heart;
Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
Although listed as one of the three righteous, Daniel had enough heart and desire for God that he recognized shortcomings and chastened himself! If we can find a humble, yielded, servant’s heart, and seek to chasten ourselves, God will hear and answer. Get on the path of finding true and complete obedience.
Malachi 4:5, 6 foretold of the coming of John the Baptist to turn the hearts of the people back and prepare for the coming of Jesus. He was a preacher of righteousness and repentance; let us look at what he preached in Luke 3:7 – 14. In verses 7 through 9 John preached of sin and judgment. When the people asked him what to do, he spoke to them of righteousness, telling them in verse 11 to give or share. In verses 12 through 14 he told the publicans and soldiers not to be covetous or take more than they were entitled to. Sin, judgment, and righteousness; what does that lead us to? These things were not just for His coming, but for His coming in; coming fully into our heart and life. We are called to repentance and to receive justification at salvation. The path of sanctification must follow for us, or we miss out on the blessings. The Comforter is sent for these things;
John 16:7 – 11 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
Allow the Spirit to reprove you and bring you through the path of sanctification and out of your profligacy; with righteousness unto holiness you will find the blessings of God, and be prepared for His greater coming in;
Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity ; even so now yield your members servants of righteousness unto holiness.
Let us also consider some of the general examples of walls of complacency and unbelief on a congregational level. Without arguing the validity of doctrine, does the doctrine allow men to make … provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14)? As Jesus overturned the man-made doctrine of the Pharisees by healing on the Sabbath, let Him be your guide on doctrine. If a church does not believe in the fullness or baptism in the Spirit there is a wall of unbelief that will not let the church or individuals go beyond that point. If the church doctrine believes there is no place for women in ministry there is a wall of unbelief that will prevent receiving the fullness of what God has for individuals, or for the entire body. If a church is dogmatic about the doctrine of eternal salvation it will propagate walls of complacency in people that they have no need to go further in God. If the church doctrine does not believe in the continuing five-fold ministry and calling of Ephesians 4:11 or of the gifts and ministries of I Corinthians 12: 28 – 31 it will result in both walls of unbelief and complacency. There are also doctrines of man that twist the scriptures and result in bizarre beliefs, again preventing the fullness of the light of God.
These doctrinal walls of man are keeping us from receiving all things spiritual; being used of God, full of the Spirit, operating in the gifts, increasing in the fruit of the Spirit: if we allow Him to be King and ruler on the throne of our heart we will receive the promise of being chosen and faithful, and our calling and anointing will be greater. In Genesis 15:1 Abram was told … Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward. We must grasp this promise and allow Him to shield us from our failures.
In my own personal walk my practice of reading the bible through in a continuous, and sequential manner had established a wall. While my reading had me completing the Bible in just over fifteen weeks, and then starting over, God wanted me hearing from Him, obeying, and growing spiritually. It was not optimal while reading, for instance, the “begats” in I Chronicles. While you are in the word it will always edify and build you, but you cannot grow spiritually at the same pace as when you are hearing and receiving from The Word, Jesus.
Scripturally you can find doctrinal walls in the early church. The early church did not believe that salvation and the Spirit were available to the Gentiles. God had to break down this doctrinal wall;
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Seeing this example that was in the early church, you deceive yourself if you say you have no walls hindering your growth spiritually. Consider yourself; what walls have you left or built that are preventing your spiritual vision? How much is the light shining into your darkness? You have no ability in the flesh to break down these walls. It is only in spirit that you can begin overcoming these walls. If you have difficulty, God will bring the walls down, but we must be willing for the walls to be removed, and then prepared and obedient to do the “marching” or walking. As with the wall between Jew and Gentile, God can break down these inner walls if you give it to Him;
Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
A greater witness to us is Jesus removing of the veil. Jesus physical life and works were not enough for us; it was in His death that he reconciled us and made it possible for us to, as Brother B. H. Clendennen said, “move beyond the conventional boundaries of religion”. We need to move beyond the boundaries of man-made doctrine: march off the map and find the place of God’s holy habitation that Jesus has opened for us;
Matthew 27:50, 51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
By His death he not only reconciled us to God, but He gave us the ability to enter into the holiest;
Hebrews 10:19, 20 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Jesus removed the veil (or wall, if you will) and gave us the ability to enter the holy habitation of God! Why would we stop before receiving it? Stopping will throw up a wall of sin or complacency. Let us consider some examples of stopping short. Terah, the father of Abraham, started out for the Promised Land and stopped;
Genesis 11:31, 32 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
Terah began the journey to Canaan, but was stopped, and dwelt in Haran. Scripture does not tell us why he stopped (what was his wall?), but if he had continued his journey would we be saying father Terah instead of father Abraham? Where have you or will you stop marching? after repentance? after baptism? after teaching or some other work for God? after reaching a level of knowledge, wisdom, or faith? after you experience the anointing? We should never stop, but continue marching forward as God leads throughout our life. There will be no place where you have “arrived”, and received all that God has to give. The apostle Paul was still seeking … that I may know him … and says he had not attained;
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Paul notes that he continues to follow after! In writing to Timothy, Paul notes that Demas had loved the world and left him;
II Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
If you should fail in your walk, do not let the enemy defeat you; repent and return to obedient marching! Peter denied the Lord thrice, yet he repented and returned, and in the power of the Spirit we see thousands saved in Acts chapters 2 and 3. Remember that it is in the fullness of His light, with the walls broken down, that the blessings and gifts of God are then available;
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Allow God to shine His light on your walls, and ask Him for the vision to see them! Then march around the walls in obedience and allow Him to break them down: your reward will be … exceeding great. In the fullness of this, God wants to establish His kingdom within you, destroy the walls, and be the light source from His throne on your heart.
Does this give a greater understanding of a Jericho March? Ask God, and He will graciously answer you. There will be times when it does not seem He is answering, but be patient; after time, if you remain diligent and obediently marching, you will look back and see that He answered, the walls were removed, and His promises were fulfilled. Find the hunger, desire, and diligence to let God break down your walls; then begin marching when He shows them to you. The hearing, and obedience, and marching will bring victories, and may help hasten the miracle for someone like Monica!