FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR SPIRITUAL VICTORY

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JOSHUA 5:13-6:21


Joshua facing battle of Jericho…
Survey situation before the battle…
Have a heart check-up before battle…
overcome challenge of past failures
failure 40 yrs ago disobedient nation…
Phil 3: (Paul says…)
V12 no one escapes failure of some kind
V13 leave the past where it is…in the past
V13 focus on those things you can do something about
#1 BATTLE WON BY REMEMBERING WHO’S IN CHARGE (V.13-15 & 6:2)
friend or foe… “NEITHER”…?
God doesn’t take sides
God takes over!
Don’t ask if God is on our side…
Ask if we are on God’s side!
Physically, emotionally & spiritually
Israel had tried to take the land on their own previously…
w/out God they failed miserably
Must encounter Jesus Christ
fell on face & worshipped Him
angels don’t allow us to worship them
What are my instructions?
Take off shoes, you're on holy ground (heard that before?)
battle won, past tense (B4 it ever started…)
#2 GOD’S METHODS R NOT MAN’S METHODS BUT GOD’S R ALWAYS RIGHT (V. 3-9)
strange instructions for battle
march around city for 6 days
ark of covenant (presence of Lord) out front of procession
people shouted & walls fell??
God sometimes puts our contributions on sideline so people can see GOD!
2Co 4:7 We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us.
#3 THE BEST WAY 2 HEAR FROM GOD IS 2 BE QUIET (V.10)
don’t shout, yell, talk or respond to those on the wall…
by 6th day everybody was on the wall watching, heckling, spitting…
control our tongue & let God do the speaking
Exo 14:14 The Lord will make war for you, you have only to keep quiet.
Psa 46:10 Our God says, "Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honor me."
Psa 46:11 The LORD All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress.
#4 VICTORY IS OURS IF WE DON’T QUIT (V. 16, 20)
picture this…2 million people marching 7 times around a walled city…the lines began to overlap until the city was surrounded on all sides by multiple lines hundreds deep…
SHOUT! And the people shouted
Wall fell flat (w/ crowd on top)
God honors “obedience”...
Not our strength, intelligence, good looks…
Victory doesn’t usually come in the first round…
#5 DON’T BE FOOLED A DAY OF JUDGMENT IS COMING (V. 17, 20)
everyone in city killed, young & old
Jericho had 40 yrs to repent
While Israel wandered in wilderness
2Pe 3:3 But first you must realize that in the last days some people won't think about anything except their own selfish desires. They will make fun of you
2Pe 3:9 The Lord isn't slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
2Pe 3:10 The day of the Lord's return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are.
2Pe 3:11 Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live.

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