“You are but a poor soldier of Christ if you think you can overcome without fighting, and suppose you can have the crown without the conflict.” - John Chrysostom, Martyred 407AD
Following Christ means there is a fight that is always before you. You will face intense opposition from 3 fronts:
Internal - Battlefield within yourself
External - Battlefield outside yourself
Spiritual - Battlefield in the Spiritual realm
Victory on all three fronts is possible, but not if you choose to fight in your own strength and by your own terms. Israel’s victory at Jericho shows us how to face your walls and turn opposition into an opportunity for the glory of God.
2 Co 10:3–4 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
1) When facing the wall remember you…
Fight from The win, not for the Win (Josh. 6:1–5)
“See, I have given Jericho into your hand, vs 6:2
1 Jn 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Why our identity in Christ is key! Champions fight like champions. Losers fight like losers.
2) When facing the wall remember you must…
Be Found faithful (Josh. 6:6–16, 20)
7 And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the Lord…vs 10 You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.”
This would require
Patience, faithfully follow the Lord’s instruction for the week
Self Control, hold your tongue
Perseverance, seven days of marching, seven on the seventh
Jas 1:3–4 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
3) When facing the wall remember you must…
Fully Finish what you started (Josh. 6:17–19, 21–27)
Jos 6:20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.
Israel was given three instructions
- Devote Everything In the City to God
- Rescue the Prostitute
- Finish Off The Enemy
"Treat the enemy like the dog he is, put your foot down and say, “get out!”" - Smith Wigglesworth