Summary: “The children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord... And the Lord sold them... Into the hands of Jabin, king of the Canaanites” (Judges 4:1,2). But that's not the end of the story!
Chariots of Iron
“And the Lord was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not dive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron (WOULD NOT)
“But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong”
1 Corinthians 10:11 warns us---
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they were written for our admonition (instruction), upon whom the ends of the world are come...”
A powerful, detailed example for our instruction is found in Judges 4 and 5.
“The children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord... And the Lord sold them... Into the hands of Jabin, king of the Canaanites” (Judges 4:1,2).
Israel was once a holy nation, set apart unto God, relying on His power alone and afraid of nothing!
• Her cities were filled with peace and prosperity
• Her leaders were God-fearing ……..and her Pastors were men after God’s own heart.
• But something happened to the great nation of Israel and the vision God had given to her
Gods chosen people forgot about God and disobeyed Him
• They stopped trusting in God (even though they talked a lot about him)
Many of the tribes refused to posses the land God had given to them because they were lazy and didn’t want
to go to war…….everything in their life was just fine…..they were comfortable
• I believe God wants his church to posses the land he has given to us today by faith
• He said he would give us the heathen for our inheritance
• But Christian have become comfortable…..and fighting the enemy is not convenient
God sold Israel to slavery because of their lust and compromise!
• During 20 years of bondage, Israel cringed like cowards because 900 Canaanite iron chariots raced up and
down their highways.
• No Israelite could safely walk the streets.
• Children lived in fear! There was “war in the gates” because they had turned to new gods.
• “The highways were unoccupied... travelers walked through byways” (Judges 5:6).
What A pity! How shameful! ….Gods people in bondage….bound up by fear and disbelief
• Do you know what is even sadder than that…..
• Is to see modern day Christians who have HOLY SPIRIT dwelling inside them to be bound by fear and unbelief
• God is for you…..Jesus is with you…HS is in you….the Angels encamp around about you..You have the word of
God…..the authority of God….Sonship….heirs and joint heirs…
There was a day these people of God would have defeated any enemy!
• No weapon formed against them could prosper…….
• Now, look at these cowards - God’s people - sneaking around, walking in fear. ….
• griping and complaining about Joshua who was their Godly leader
• The sound of the rumbling of the enemy’s iron chariots striking fear in their hearts.
• (Incidentally murmuring against Moses, Joshua = murmuring against God
The devil’s iron chariots are still racing up and down the streets OF SAN ANTONIO spreading fear -
• They are going unchallenged!………. the church, has lost the will to resist Satan's powers…and Demons go
• Its time to wake up and realize Satan goes about AS a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour
• But he can’t take anything unless WE YEILD AND GIVE IT TO HIM
• Listen, ITS TIME TO EXPAND OUR TERRITORY
• Its time to stop being cowardly …stop being FAITHLESS AND UNBELIEVEING
• What he did for New Testament believers he can, will and desires to do for you today
• Its time for us to move out and proclaim Jesus as King of Kings
• Do you remember what happened when they city proclaimed Jesus as king when he rode into Jerusalem
• The entire city was MOVED …..
• WHEN WE PROCLAIMED HIS NAME….
• When He IS present in our midst like he was in Jerusalem ….
• When we are filled with excitement and belief like his the disciples were filled with an excitement about what
they were doing and saying…
• THEN OUR CITY WILL BE MOVED ALSO
The drug addicts and pimps are getting bolder and bolder. Pornographers mock our laws….and flood our
cities with there filth... Wall Street brokers wheel and deal with no fear…breaking the law ...Criminals plunder
and rob in broad daylight! ...Many Christians can't even be faithful to the house of God Sunday or Wednesday
• How can Pastors properly equip the saints of God if they refuse to show up to learn?