The 2nd verse of Joshua 6 says that God told Joshua He had “given” Jericho into his hand. This major military conquest was successful because it was a “gift” from God; however, the Israelites still had to complete a number of procedures to receive their gift. This is a wonderful analogy for our salvation today–forgiveness of sins and an eternal home in heaven is truly a Gift of God. Yet, in order for us to receive our gift, God has laid out specific instructions that we should follow. Following such instructions doesn’t mean that we’ve now “earned” our salvation–it just shows that we believe His promises enough to obey them.