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Sunday AM Remix – 6.26.11


Have you ever felt like you were hitting a brick wall?  Joshua did! In fact, the wall he faced protected the city of Jericho! There is much we can learn from Joshua’s life and this story specifically.  Today, as we continue our series “Heroes” we are going to unpack this particular story found in Joshua chapters 5-6.  Here are my notes from todays message.

HEROES
Joshua: When you are up against a wall
Joshua 5-6

* Many times we get caught up on the size of our problem instead of the size of our God.
* Faith = hearing God and obeying God regardless of the circumstances or consequences.
* When we see how big God is and how small we are, we gain a new & deeper appreciation for God.
* God wants to lead us to the land of blessing, but we have to go thru some stuff to get there.
* In order to get to the blessings of God, we have to travel thru the valley of disaster. – Many times this is where we get stuck or give up.
* Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.” Hebrews 11:30

WHEN YOU’RE UP AGAINST A WALL & NEED A BREAKTHROUGH . . .

1. WORSHIP God FERVENTLY when He’s present.

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NLT)

“When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to Him and demanded, ‘Are you friend or foe?’ ‘Neither one,’ He replied. ‘I am the commander of the Lord’s army.’ At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. ‘I am at your command,’ Joshua said. ‘What do you want your servant to do?’ The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did as he was told.” Joshua 5:13-15 (NLT)

* This passage points to Jesus – He is the commander of the Lord’s army. And it reveals that God shows up in ways we can understand.
* God’s not looking to take sides, He is looking to take control! (let this sink in a little)
* The question isn’t whose side God is going to be on, the question is who side are you going to be on!?!
* Fervent Worship grows great Faith!

PERSONAL INSIGHT #1: You must be CONQUERED by Jesus before you can be a CONQUEROR for Jesus.

* We need to learn to glance at our problems and gaze at JESUS!
* Victory begins with Surrender!

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NKJV)

* God’s not interested in just having parts of your life, He desires to have all of You.

PERSONAL INSIGHT #2: PUBLIC victories are won in PRIVATE.

* God is not checking your church attendance, He is checking the condition of your heart!

2. BELIEVE God WHOLEHEARTEDLY when He speaks.

* There are some things that you can’t see until you believe!

“Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, ‘I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.’” Joshua 6:1-2 (NLT)


* You will have a clearer understanding of what God says personally and specifically, when you know what God says generally through His Word the Bible.
* Joshua wasn’t fighting for victory, he was fighting from victory! Look for yourself, “But the Lord said to Joshua, ‘I have given you Jericho.'”
* There is no Jericho to big for God!

PERSONAL INSIGHT: God often orchestrates IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS to test and stretch our faith.

* There are times God will have you circle your problem so you see just how much you can’t conquer it on your own!

“. . . This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5

3. OBEY God SPECIFICALLY when He commands.

‘Neither one,’ He replied. ‘I am the Commander of the Lord’s army.’ At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. ‘I am at your command,’ Joshua said. ‘What do you want your servant to do?’ Joshua 5:14 (NLT)

* This is the proper response to God – What do you want me to do? But it requires a proper response – Obedience!
* Many of us never ask this question because we get caught up in other things.

‘You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.’ Joshua 6:3-5 (NLT)

“On the seventh day the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times. The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, ‘Shout! For the Lord has given you the town! Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.’” Joshua 6:15-17 (NLT)

* Often times we sing at the level of our faith and heart condition.
* A SHOUT is a shout that all can hear, not a loud whisper so we don’t draw attention to ourselves or our God.

PERSONAL INSIGHT #1: WAITING time is not WASTED time.

“Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you . . . blessed are all those who wait for Him.” Isaiah 30:18

* God’s delays are not God’s Denials!

PERSONAL INSIGHT #2: It’s not our job to UNDERSTAND the command, but to UNDERTAKE it.

We didn’t sing this song today, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorites!  Hope it inspires and encourages you as it does me!

If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our new website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans soon to join us at FBC Harvester  next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can.

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