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Summary: 2 of 3. Joshua came face-to-face with the Commander/Captain of the hosts of heaven. God’s people must become aware of their place in God’s battle. How can we take our proper place? Those securing their place in the LORD’s battle are Open to His...

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IN (My/Your)PLACE-II—Joshua 5:13-15

Set for Restoration—Leadership—Ready to Rumble—Commanding the Battle

Attention:

An antiques appraiser visits a San Francisco collectibles store.

Just inside the store, He notices a rather disheveled looking street cat drinking out of what he recognized as a genuine Ming Dynasty bowl—Worth hundreds of thousands of dollars!

The antiques appraiser assumes that the owner is obviously unaware of his treasure. So he schemes how to get the bowl.

The appraiser offers to buy the cat from the store owner for $100.

The owner quickly complies, selling his cat for $100!

The appraiser, acting as if on afterthought says, ‘By the way now that I have a new cat, I realized that I don’t have anything to feed her with. I’d like to buy her little saucer there. I’ll give you for $5 for it.

The owner says, “Oh, no sir. I can’t get rid of that bowl!” Its real strange that ever since I acquired that bowl on Monday, I’ve already sold 12 cats for ridiculously high prices!”

The bowl was in place & ...?...The antiques appraiser was Put in his Place!

We, as God’s people, must know our place in order to accomplish His work.

Need:

You must recognize your place in God’s battle.

Joshua came face-to-face with the Commander/captain of the hosts of heaven.

God’s people must become aware of their place in the/God’s battle.

How can we take our proper place in the battle?

3 guarantors that secure my place in the LORD’s battle.

We’ve found previously that Those securing their place in the LORD’s battle are...

1. Open to His PRESENCE(:13)

2—Those securing their place in the LORD’s battle are...

Open to His CONTROL(:14a-b)

Explanation:(:14)Authority/Command

:14—“So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, & worshiped, & said to Him, "What has my Lord to say to His servant?”

:14a—“So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”—

By replying “No”, the man revealed that he was neither for nor against anyone in particular. Rather his purpose was to lead the military host of YHWH. The man revealed to Joshua that he was “Commander”/captain/prince/chief/overseer of the “army” of the LORD.

“No”=“Neither”—Neither for one or the other but for the will of God.—God’s providence requires doing things by His power & His way! We must allow/submit ourselves to be directed by God!

“He didn’t come to take sides, He came to take control!”—Sidney Singletary(Deacon @ Providence BC, Whigham, GA)

*Thus YaHWeH’s forthcoming battle is that to which Joshua should put his hand!

We should examine our efforts at all times as placing ourselves at the LORD’s disposal for His chosen battles. We should not view our efforts—no matter how elaborate or time consuming or Christ-honoring—as that which is ‘supported’ by the LORD. To do so is to presume upon God that He will support our cause(pious though fleshly derived effort(s)) or to audaciously assume God is in support of our best efforts.

“Commander of the army of the LORD”—

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