Summary: Discover the awesome mountain moving wall shattering power of the shout of faith
“So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
Focus on this part of the scripture: And the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city!
The Message Bible says, “The priests blew the trumpets and when the people heard the blast of the trumpets they gave a thunder clap shout! Now I don’t know exactly what a thunder clap shout is but I can imagine what it sounded like. The people gave a thunder clap shout and the wall fell down immediately! And the people rushed straight into the city and took it.
Going back to our text we see that the people rushed straight into the city and took it! But before this happened, at the beginning of this chapter we find Joshua and the children of Israel approaching the city of Jericho. At this point God immediately tells Joshua two things:
Number One: I have given you the city.
Number Two: God gave him the strategy to take the city
“And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”
Notice that the first thing God told Joshua was that He had already given him the city of Jericho! God did not say that He was going to give him the city. He did not say He was getting ready to give him the city, but God was calling those things that be not as though they were! He plainly proclaimed that He had already given him the city of Jericho.
Now the truth was in the natural (or the circumstances that were before their eyes)-they had not yet possessed the city. In the natural-the walls which were thirty feet tall were still standing, in the natural-their enemies, the inhabitants of the land still possessed the city.
But God said, “I know your enemies are still in the city!” God said, “I know the walls are still standing!” God said, “I know you are still outside of your promises!” But “I have already given you the city!”
God declared, that in spite of what you see, I have already given you the city! It is already done! “I know you can’t see it-but it is already yours!” God said, “I already spoke it! I already ordained it! So God said in my thinking it is already done!”
Many of you, God has promised to do great things through you and for you, in your life, for your children, for your finances, for your ministry, or even for your business. And you are believing that some day, the things that God said will come to pass. Some of you believe that some day what God said will come to pass. I’ll make it a little plainer, some of you are believing that some day you will get out of Egypt and make it to the promise land!
You believe that you are going to get out of the pit and make it to the palace! Some of you are saying, “I may be a Shepard boy today, but I am going to be a king!”
I’ll make it a little plainer for you. Some of you have something inside of you that is causing you to stand against all situations and making you believe a day is coming when you are going to get out of the projects and move into the palace! Something is causing you to believe that a day is coming when you won’t have to ride a taxi or a city bus to get around town, but some day you will own your own vehicle.
Somebody hearing this message is believing that your son is going to be delivered off of drugs or your daughter is coming out of adultery! Somebody is believing that their ministry is about to expand, somebody is believing that your business is about to prosper, somebody is believing that every bill that you have is about to be paid and you are going to be debt free!