Summary: The circumstances are different for all of us but the principles never change, what worked in the bible will work for us if we will act on them
“8 Steps To Breakthrough”
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 worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
#6 Obedience is the Key:
God gave directions to Joshua, They were not suggestions, They were his commandments, their victory was totally reliant upon their obedience.
Working the Word:
#7 People forbidden to speak= Training ourselves to speak only that which edifies, and glorifies God and ministers grace.
Col 4:6 Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Mt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Pr 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
7 is Gods number and it stands for completion, maturity, totality, fruition total obedience.
Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.