Summary: From a human perspective it was an unconquerable city. Improbable? No, impossible! Impregnable. And each of us have a walled city in our lives. Link inc. to formatted text, audio & video, PowerPoint.
Let the Walls Come Down
The children of Israel have moved:
• From the wilderness of worry to the promised land of peace.
• From the wilderness of wandering to the promised land of progress.
• From the wilderness of despondency to the promised land of delight.
• From defeat to victory...the victorious Christian life of rising above and gaining new ground.
It is walking in the Spirit...and the fruits of that Spirit.
The first city they come to after crossing Jordan is Jericho, considered the greatest walled fortress of all time, and a militarily citadel unparalleled in those days, with walls so thick that chariots could traverse atop them. From a human perspective it was considered an unconquerable city. Improbable? No, impossible! Impregnable.
And each of us have a walled city in our lives. A place of hopeless defeat we don’t think we can conquer. A barrier that stands in our way and it seems to give up on that one is the only way to view it.
What is your Jericho? It shouts at you in defiance when you think about it, “If not for me, you’d have made it! All your dreams stopped cold when you crossed my path! God’s perfect will was within reach if not for me! The ambitions of your heart might have been accomplished, but you couldn’t get over me!”
Maybe it is a besetting sin that seems to haunt you and you can’t seem to get the victory. The devil uses it on you time and again because it works so well on you. For others it might be an unhealthy attitude. Maybe you were genuinely done wrong by someone, but now your heart has bitterness toward them and it is eating at you from the inside out. You can’t seem to let go of that grudge. What is your Jericho? An unhappy marriage? Guilt over past sins? A lack of education? A lack of motivation? A lack of confidence? A lack of money! A financial downfall? The devil wants to erect a fortress around your personal success...but don’t let Him keep you from entering in to the abundant Christian life. Don’t let him keep you home from PM services or from Sunday school. [salvation / baptism / discipleship / faithfulness / service / tithing / missions / surrendering to the ministry / achieving your dreams!]
When you come to your Jericho, you have only two choices: flee from it or face it.
To flee, there’s only 1 place to go...back into the wilderness. And that should not be an option. We must face our Jericho, and we’re gonna have to do it God’s way, because humanly speaking it may be true, that there’s no way I can get past this!
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
“By faith...” Victory over Jericho came only by faith.
“Victory is not achieved thru fighting...it is received thru faith!”
When God has a big job to do He always gives faith the contract.
...this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1. Faith and its object.
5:13-14a Joshua is out in the field on a reconnaissance mission, surveying the situation. He looks up at those high walls of Jericho, and no doubt trying to strategize as the general of this army. He turned around to see a man who came out of nowhere. He just appeared!