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FAITH THAT DEALS WITH SUCCESSES AND SETBACKS
DR. NELSON PRICE
JESUS CHRIST invites us to engage in life's most exciting journey.
It is the faith walk. We are to walk by faith, not by sight.
In our pragmatic and sensate society many have become
touchy\feely in nature. Human kind might still be starting fires with
flint if our predecessors had lived with such a mind set.
Thomas Edison said, "Every great discovery or invention I ever
made began with a step of faith."
That is not only true in the physical world but the spiritual world
also. Every individual whose spiritual life you admire is one that has
involved courageous faith.
All who know the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho marvel
at the outcome. The children of Israel were ending their wilderness
wandering and entering the land of promise. On the low plain
before them was the city of Jericho. On the slopes of the
mountains beyond was the small city of Ai. These two, one at the
base and the other at the summit of the valley, blocked their wedge
into the country from which to expand. Jericho at the base of the
mountain pass appeared to be the greater block to their progress.
Joshua and the people of God in his day are admirable role models
displaying a faith that succeeds. Such is - - -
I. A FAITH THAT DEALS WITH SUCCESS
"By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for
seven days" (Hebrews 11:30).
The story of Israel's deliverance from slavery in Egypt is a depiction
of our spiritual pilgrimage.
Their slavery in Egypt typifies the world system - bondage.
Their 40 years of wilderness wandering depicts persons who are
saved but who are unfaithful to the Lord - disobedient. It is a life not
totally surrendered. Such a life is without direction.
The promised land does not represent heaven. Fights and failures
are experienced in the land of Canaan. The presence of Joshua
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