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A Battle for the Ages (7 of 12)
Today we come to what is probably the best-known story in the entire book of Joshua. It's known to most as ''Joshua and the Battle of Jericho.'' I think a more appropriate name is ''Jehovah and the Battle of Jericho,'' because Joshua didn't do anything except obey God! God's the one who showed off here and He deserves the credit.
We have here the story of the first battle in the Promised Land. This was God's promise to His people, but they couldn't sit back and do nothing, they had to claim it. *God has won the victory and promised it to us but we can't wear the crown if we're not willing to endure conflict.
In Joshua 3:16, ''the people crossed over opposite Jericho…'' In 4:19 it says, ''Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. In Joshua 5:10, it says that the people of God were in the ''plains of Jericho.'' In 5:13 Joshua is ''by Jericho'' when confronted by the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.
Immediately after they crossed the Jordan, Jericho was in view. Immediately after a prominent and profound victory, another battle needed to be fought. Be ready; be prepared; after every Jordan there's a Jericho. After every victory, there's another battle to fight.
Whether you like it or not, the Christian life involves challenge and conflict. Our enemies are constantly waging war against us and trying to keep us from claiming our inheritance in Jesus Christ. We don't have the luxury of taking a day off or relaxing one bit. We don't revel in our victory because we know another battle is just in view. ''Let no one imagine that that there is a state of grace in which they are utterly free from the wiles of Satan, that there is some experience that enables him to be finished with the whole battle of sin and temptation.'' (Redpath) *Pastor, I'm tired of fighting…will ...
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