Summary: We all face situations that present themselves to us as impossibilites, That is when you need the breakers anointing to break through into your blessings.
As we enter into the spiritual realm God has promised us we must be prepared for confrontation.
There is no progress without resistance:
Jericho was a fortress city, It was the symbol of the Enemy’s strength and Power
It was made up of Men and women wholly given up to idol worship,
This city stood directly opposed to Israel’s inheritance.
This city had great walls that spoke of it’s great strength, it had a reputation for being indestructible.
They had just begun to taste the goodness of their inheritance they were actually eating the fruit of their promised land.
Josh 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
(taste and see that the Lord is good…..)
But this Jericho stood in their way.
Josh 6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
Some are satisfied right there, You don’t bother me I won’t bother you.
Some churches are satisfied right there, We haven’t gained any but hey we haven’t lost any.
But God is never satisfied with containment – To suppress the enemy is never victory
To suppress lust is not victory, anger, resentment, criticism,
To suppress means to hold it inside, certainly if you are holding it inside this is not victory, victory is when the cross has destroyed that thing at the root.
I want us to look for a few minutes at what we’ll call the anatomy of a breakthrough
#1 5:2-3 He circumcised again the children of Israel = Sanctify yourself, take the word and cut yourself loose from anything of the flesh
#2 5:13 He lifted up his eyes and looked ( He looked beyond the walls) He looked to the hills from when cometh his help.
He saw a man over against him with his sword drawn.
#3 5:13 Align yourself with God: The Angel of the Lord said:Nay as the captain of the Lords host I am come (this was actually an old testament theophany, an appearance of Jesus in a form before his birth in Bethlehem, because Christ was not born in Bethlehem Christ has always existed in the father.
#4 Joshua fell on his face and worshipped (This is how we know it was the lord, not just an angel, because angel worship is forbidden in the bible).
Worship is the key note of Destiny,,.
What saith my Lord???? Worship creates the atmosphere for hearing Gods voice, Worship opens the eyes and the ears of the heart to Hear Gods voice.
Ac 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Worship is the atmosphere for the conception of the miraculous:
1Sa 1:19-20 And they rose up in the morning early, and (worshipped before the LORD,) and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after (Hannah had conceived,) that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
#5 5:15 Loose thy shoe from off thy foot:
It was to the shoulders of barefooted priests that God entrusted the ark of his presence
To possess our spiritual inheritance, we must become barefooted, = No personal agenda, No selfish ambitions, given up to the plans purpose and will of God walking softly, tenderly .
It symbolizes an exchanged life, My plans for his plans, my will for his will, my desires for his desires.
Now In Chp 6:2 God basically tells Joshua, Now the city is yours.
I don’t know what walls of difficulties you may be facing tonight but I can tell you this, God is looking for Barefoot worshippers, Instead of griping and grumbling and complaining about the problems in your life, just take your shoes off and start worshipping him.
When one bad report after another had reached jobs ears, and from a natural perspective he had lost everything
Job kept himself connected to his destiny through worship.
JOB 1;20-21 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
#6 Obedience is the Key:
God gave directions to Joshua, They were not suggestions, They were his commandments, their victory was totally reliant upon their obedience.