October 6, 2019
Sermon Title: Principles for Spiritual Victory
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Hebrews 11:30 ; 2 Peter 3:3, 8-10
Scripture Text: Joshua 6:1-21
Principles for Spiritual Victory
Point 1. THE BATTLE IS WON BY REMEMBERING WHO IS IN CHARGE
After receiving the report of the two spies, readying the troops, and crossing the Jordan, Joshua sought to ready himself. He evidently went out to survey the landscape around Jericho, perhaps to devise a battle plan. It was there that he encountered a man with a sword in his hand.
Point 2. GOD'S METHODS ARE NOT MAN'S METHODS BUT GOD'S METHOD'S ARE AWAY RIGHT (vv.3-9)
I suspect that they were becoming more and more convinced that they could not conquer Jericho unless God gave it to them. Jericho's walls were high, in fact it had a series of two other walls. The gates were massive and they were securely shut. Each circling of the wall must have advanced the realization that without God there would be no victory.
Point 3. THE BEST WAY TO HEAR FROM GOD IS TO BE QUIET (v. 10)
The people are instructed that they are to remain silent until they hear a long blast on the trumpet and then they are to shout. The trumpets used in this battle were ram's horns or shofars.
God's word reveals that we hear God's voice best when we remain silent.
Point 4. VICTORY IS OURS IF WE DO NOT QUIT
What is it that honors God and please God the most? The thing that honors God and God delights to honor is obedience.
Point 5 DON'T BE FOOLED A DAY OF JUDGMENT IS COMING (vv. 17, 20)
The command given in verse 17 and carried out in verse 21 that everyone must die is troublesome until we remember that Jericho had been given adequate time to repent and turn from their evil life styles. The worship of the Canaanites included the sacrifice of children to the god Molech, the sexual perversion of prostitutes in the worship of Ashthoreth, and the use of magic and sorcery.
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