Summary: Is our faith strong enough to bring down walls ? Sermon based on the fall of the walls of Jericho.
Joshua 6:1-16, 20
Hebrews 11:30 says “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were compassed about seven days” Note: Not by force, firepower, or fighting...but by FAITH.
Everyone has faith in something....religion, one’s self, evolution, mankind,...even the atheist has faith in his own reason. But there is only one faith that works for time, and eternity.
It is a understanding faith...by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Heb. 11:3) It is a saving faith....for by grace are ye saved through faith....(Eph. 2:18) and it is a working faith because “faith without works is dead. (James 2:20)
A minister once tried to demonstrate the difference between faith, and fact. He said, It is indeed a fact that you are sitting in pews. It is a fact that I am standing behind this pulpit. But it is only by faith that I believe that you are listening to me.
Martin Luther: Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible. Then to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerant.
Spurgeon: “A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a great faith will bring heaven to your soul”
1. The Obstacle of Faith.
I don’t mind obstacles unless they get in the way. What’s standing in your way tonight ? What’s holding you back ? What’s keeping you from greatness, from victory, from success ?
What’s your Jericho ? 40 years earlier they stood in this same place....
Facts about Jericho: Perhaps the oldest city in the world....the Canaanites that inhabitated the city were a very sinful people. Every conceived act of immorality occured behind those walls. What ya hiding
behind your walls ? Jericho was a large city surrounded by two enormous walls which were lined with soldiers and watchmen stood at every gate. 8.5 acres of land, two walls 15 ft apart. This was the obstacle that stood in the way of the children of Israel.
*Notice their options: Scale walls, and get killed, beat down gates, and get killed, tunnel underneath, and get killed, use bombs,not invented
Faith had an alternative. God had a plan. That can be a problem sometimes....cause alot of us have everything figured out....and we’ve got our own way of doing things. This is where.......
2. The Obedience of Faith.....comes in. It is one thing to hear the word of God.....it’s something else to obey.
Illust: The African Impala can jump a height of 10 feet and cover a distance of 30 feet. Yet, these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo by a 3 foot wall. How ? They want jump if
they can’t see where their feet will land.
Sounds alot like us.......God I’ll do anything you want.....just show me the outcome....just don’t expect me to do something I’ve never done before.....don’t ask me to do anything challenging....don’t ask me to do
anything foolish !
Illust. Enthusiastic preacher was exhorting his congregation to become more active in church affairs, to get the church on it’s feet, and moving. Brother, and sisters...what this church needs is the energy to get up and walk. One of his deacons said: Let her walk brother, let her walk. The preacher raised his voice a little and said....but we cannot be