Summary: God blasts through all obstacles
Joshua 23: 2-3, 8-11 (New Revised Standard Version)
Joshua summoned all Israel, their elders and heads, their judges and officers, and said to them, “I am not old and well advanced in years; and you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you.
But hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out before you great and strong nations; and as for you, no one has been able to withstand you to this day. One of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, as he promised you. Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God.
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Let us pray.
I’ve snuck a sermon series on ya’ll. In my mind, I’ve put together a “Walking in Your Anointing” series. I just felt that we need that because when you walk in your anointing, then you can trust that circumstances will not get us down. It’s important to be reminded of that from time to time because it so easy for us to lose our focus on what’s most important in life and that’s our relationships. Our relationship with God and others shapes and molds who we are.
Have you ever heard the expressions: “Don’t get mad, get even?” “Revenge is dish best served cold.” Or if you want to quote William Congreve and say “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
When walls go up, that normally signifies a deal breaker, and that’s usually when the battle begins. But the battle is not ours to fight.
I’ve talked about the fact that there is meaning in the detours of life and that you should not ever let anything or anyone one stop you from receiving God’s blessing and anointing in your life. But more importantly we have to remember that the battles of life are not ours to fight. It just not. When we go through the trials of life we have to be patient to receive the blessings that God has something waiting for us. This is not a new message, but it is one that needs to be preached anyway because as the years roll by and God blesses you to see them, life gets harder and we need to continually encourage each other and trust in God.
We need to be reminded of that and I as I read the Bible for my personal time with God, I found myself reading that Book of Joshua. And it is a book of battles and a book of promise. And the promises are good and bad. If you serve the Lord and obey His commands then you will be blessed, but God knew that it wasn’t always going to be the case with them and told them what was going to happen in advance and they still didn’t listen.
God said that he’d deliver if the Israelites held up their end of the bargain.
At this time, Moses has been buried and Joshua was now the leader of this massive group of people.
But on that first battle at Jericho, the Lord delivered and it was beginning of the victorious battles that the Lord handed over to the children of Israel. I really enjoyed reading the battle of Jericho. But the song about Joshua was a little embellished in my opinion. Joshua didn’t fight the battle of Jericho. God did. You may talk about your Kings of Gideon. You may talk about your men of Saul. But there’s none like your Mighty God at the battle of Jericho.