November 11, 2020
God never asked His children to live a life of defeat, but to live in victory.
· God never asked His children to live a life of defeat, but to live in victory. Tonight, we will be looking at the how God’s people put Faith into action to walk in victory.
Joshua 5:1 Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites.
· Living a Life of Victory takes living a life of Faith
Joshua 5:2-3 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” 3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites
· God Always has a reason for His commands and direction
· 1.) To restore their covenant relationship with God
· 2.) To test their faith
· 3.) To remove their shame
Joshua 5:9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.
· 4.) To qualify them to participate in Passover
Joshua 5:10-15 On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. 12 The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan. 13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” 15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
· Jesus is with His servants today as well….
· Watchman Nee: “Not until we take our place of a servant can He take his place as Lord.”
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
· Robert Murray McCheyne: “Remember you are God’s sword- His instrument… it is not the great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”
Joshua 6:1-5 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
· The Israelites were living in victory
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
· God Delights to use the Weak and Foolish for HIS GLORY
· God cares for the ONE: Rahab was living in victory
Joshua 6:22-23 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.
· Today are WE/You living in VICTORY?
· Philip Brooks: “Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be better men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for power equal to your tasks.”All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.