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As we enter into the spiritual realm God has promised us we must be prepared for confrontation.
There is no progress without resistance:
Jericho was a fortress city, It was the symbol of the Enemy’s strength and Power
It was made up of Men and women wholly given up to idol worship,
This city stood directly opposed to Israel’s inheritance.
This city had great walls that spoke of it’s great strength, it had a reputation for being indestructible.
Josh 5:12 They had just begun to taste the goodness of their inheritance (taste and see…..)
But this Jericho stood in their way.
Josh 6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
Some are satisfied right there, You don’t bother me I won’t bother you.
Some churches are satisfied right there, We haven’t gained any but hey we haven’t lost any.
But God is never satisfied with containment – To suppress the enemy is never victory
To suppress lust is not victory, anger, resentment, criticism,
To suppress means to hold it inside, certainly if you are holding it inside this is not victory, victory is when the cross has destroyed that thing at the root.
#1 5:2-3He circumcised again the children of Israel = Sanctify yourself, take the word and cut yourself loose from anything of the flesh
#2 He lifted up his eyes and looked ( He looked beyond the walls) He looked to the hills from when cometh his help.
He saw a man over against him with his sword drawn.
#3 Align yourself with God: Nay as the captain of the Lords host I am come
#4 Joshua fell on his face and worshipped
Worship is the key note of Destiny,,.
What saith my Lord???? Worship creates the atmosphere for hearing Gods voice, Worship opens the eyes and the ears of the heart to Hear Gods voice.
Ac 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
1Sa 1:19-20 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
#5 Loose thy shoe from off thy foot:
It was to the shoulders of barefooted priests that God entrusted the ark of his presence
To possess our spiritual inheritance, we must become barefooted, = No personal agenda, No selfish ambitions, given up to the plans purpose and will of God walking softly, tenderly .
It symbolizes an exchanged life, My plans for his plans, my will for his will, my desires for his desires.
Now In Chp 6:2 God basically tells Joshua, Now the city is yours.
I don’t know what walls of difficulties you may be facing tonight but I can tell you this, God is looking for Barefoot worshippers, Instead of griping and grumbling and complaining about the problems in your life, just take your shoes off and start worshipping him.
When one bad report after another had reached jobs ears, and from a natural perspective he had lost everything
Job kept himself connected to his destiny.
JOB 1;20-21 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and
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