Summary: Walls keep people out and can trap people in.
The Walls Will Fall
Jericho lay before the children of Israel.
God had promised the children of Israel a land that flowed with milk and honey, but between them and *God's promise and *God's plan and *God's provision was Jericho.
Jericho was strong and powerful, with walls all around it.
The walls around Jericho were 50 feet high and 50 feet wide. It looked like a city that was unconquerable.
It seemed as though it said to Joshua and to the children of Israel, Stay out and stay away from the fulfillment of God's promises.
*We know what it meant them. Here was an obstacle between the people of God and the promises of God that had to be removed.
*What does it mean today? It means today that there are people of God that still have obstacles and they still need to be removed.
*What does it mean to me personally? Through the Lord Jesus Christ and by Faith I can be victorious.
The devil will see to it that there is some great Wall or obstacle is between us and the plan of God. Something that says, Stop! You can go no further.
It can be some family problem, some financial problem,* an unhappy marriage, *an unholy life, an *unhealthy body, or *some unfulfilled dreams. I know that *we all are facing problems. We will see today through God's Word How to allow God to destroy these walls in our lives. *The Promise Land represents God's Best for His people.
Hebrews chapter 4 tells us that the reason that the first generation could not enter into God's rest was because of unbelief. Only people of faith can enter into the promises of God.
Hebrews 11:30 by Faith The Walls of Jericho fell.
I. THE WORSHIP OF FAITH. (Joshua 5:13-15 )
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
A. We must be able to see God rather than our problem.
Joshua was looking at Jericho and trying to figure out what his next move would be. He was looking at his problem rather than his protector.
Sometimes we become problem conscience rather than God Conscience.
We need to be more conscience of the presence of God rather than the presence of our problems.
Don’t ignore your problem.
Faith is not blind to the problem, it sees the problem and says I see someone greater than you, I see God's Presence. God can handle any wall I face.
Joshua went to this man and asked are you for us or against. The reply was no, as captain of the host of the Lord am I come.
Joshua asked are you for us or against? The reply was no I come to take over.
When God shows up; *He doesn't show up to take sides *He shows up to take over, *He shows up to take over your problem; *He shows up to tear down the walls.
Joshua fell on his face and began to worship God. *True faith will worship God even though there is a wall standing between you and God's purpose. *True faith worships because there is no problem is too big or too difficult for God to take care of.
II. THE WALK OF FAITH.
This is the walk to Victory and Abundant Life.
A. THE STRONG HOLD
Josh. 6: 1. 1Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in:
The Walls around Jericho was a Stronghold that Challenged Their Faith.
Your Faith will be challenged and put to the test. A Faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.
The Devils plan is to keep people locked out from God's promises and to Keep others locked into his bondage.
*We seem to come to a place where are about to have a breakthrough and a break out. *We never make it for one reason or another. *We are about to breakthrough to God's promises and break out of bondage.
Some have walls in there lives of their on making. These walls give them some since of security. They have been hurt by someone so they built these walls to keep people out of their lives. Some have been hurt by parents, children, Preachers, Pastors, Spouses, and even people in the church.