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Summary: Some Christians never live in victory because we never fully comprehend the total victory of Jesus and our ability by faith to appropriate all He has done for us. This sermon looks at this subject and reveals Jesus’ total triumph over sin and His ability

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ARE YOU LIVING IN VICTORY?

Are you living in victory Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”

Some Christians never live in victory because we never fully comprehend the total victory of Jesus and our ability by faith to appropriate all He has done for us. This sermon looks at this subject and reveals Jesus’ total triumph over sin and His ability to save anyone who wishes to come to Him despite their sin.

Luke 19:1-10 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho

Everything Jesus did had a purpose and in this sermon we will find that although Jesus was heading to the cross in Jerusalem, (Luke 18:36) He made a detour through Jericho, a longer route. Why did Jesus do this? We will discover the answer in, The Scene, The Sinner and The Savior.

THE SCENE

Jericho meaning to blow, i.e. breathe; to smell by implication, perceive, accept, smell, touch, make of quick understanding: - is a type of our natural senses or understanding.

In Joshua 6 we find that Jericho was the first city Israel came to after they crossed the River Jordan and entered the Promised Land.

Jericho was the gateway to Canaan or in New Testament terms the stronghold or things that hold us back from appropriating the promises of God!

Israel were given a set of instructions to follow by God in order to see the city fall. The obedience of Israel to follow those instructions and see this obstacle, Jericho destroyed was an act of faith. Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

Today our strongholds come down and the promises of God are appropriated when by faith we obey Gods word.

But Joshua foreseeing events that could occur made this declaration - Joshua 6:26 Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, "Cursed be the man before the LORD who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates."

NOTICE: The firstborn in the Old Testament represented THE PROMISE of a future and a Savior, so in effect Joshua was saying if you allow Jericho’s in your life you will lose your ability to access the promises of God.

In 1 Kings 16:34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.

This act by Hiel cost him his promise, his firstborn, the rebuilt walls of Jerich represented disobedience to Gods word, because of unbelief, doubt.

Jesus then our true Joshua had to pass through Jericho because it represented Satan’s Stronghold of unbelief and disobedience and doubt. Jesus had to see these spiritual walls demolished and prove that even in the midst of the situation there He could save the worst sinner, which leads us to The Sinner.

THE SINNER

Zaccheus means just or pure. He was called a son of Abraham. Abraham we are told was the father of faith and through him, faith promises were obtained.


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