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Sermon Notes

 

August 3, 2014 | Let the Walls Come Down

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Joshua 5:13-6:27

 

The children of Israel have moved:

From the wilderness of worry to the promised land of peace.

From the wilderness of wandering to the promised land of progress.

From the wilderness of despondency to the promised land of delight.

From defeat to victory... It is walking in the Spirit...and the fruits of that Spirit.

 

 

Take your eyes off the problem and fix them upon God.

 

“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?'  'Neither,' he replied, 'but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come'” (5:13-14a).

 

Lesson: We should stop trying to get God on our side, and we should get on God’s side!

 

When you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, that’s great news if you will now learn to turn it over to God! It’s victory thru surrendering to God.

 

The Christian life isn’t just hard...it’s impossible! So stop trying and start trusting.

 

 

Obey God even when it doesn’t make sense.

 

“Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the LORD said to Joshua, 'See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 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. 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'” (6:1-5)

 

God was testing their obedience. It’s easy to say you have faith, but you SHOW it thru obeying.

 

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

 

“We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:10a).

 

 

Don't quit. Keep the faith. Wait on the Lord for the victory!

 

“So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. 15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!” (Joshua 6:14-16)

 

Their faith and perseverance are being tested here.

 

“Waiting time” is not wasting time. God’s delays are not necessarily denials.

 

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