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Overcoming Your Obstacles by Faith (5 of 8)
Series: Journey in Faith
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Hebrews 11.30; Joshua 6
March 7, 2004
As we continue our series of messages on JOURNEY IN FAITH ... we are thinking this morning about obstacles .. life obstacles.
I wonder how many of you this morning would say, "Pastor, I am facing an obstacle this morning." For you .. it may be the biggest obstacle of you life. For others .. you may be simply coasting through life these days. And you're thinking, "Obstacle? What obstacle? I don't have any obstacles. My bank account is up and my blood pressure is down and I'm as healthy as an ox."
Well let me say to you, "enjoy it because Monday's coming." Don't think that I'm being negative. I'm just being a realist. Jesus said in John 16.33, "In this world you will have tribulation." Job said in Job 14.1, "Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble."
For you ... it may be a family obstacle .. financial obstacle .. moral obstacle .... health obstacle.
Well this morning from the Word of God ... I want to show you how to overcome your obstacles by faith! How to turn your obstacle into an opportunity for bringing glory to God and for your good.
If there was ever a man who learned how to overcome obstacles by faith .. it was Joshua. In fact .. his faith was so great that it landed him into God's great Hall of Faith. Though he is not named .. his faith was inducted into God's Hall of faith.
And that Hall of Faith is found in the New Testament book of Hebrews 11.30, "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days."
Now for the details ... we have to go back to the Old Testament book of Joshua. So take your Bible and join me in Joshua chapter 6.
As you are turning to Joshua 6 .. let me give you the setting. Moses was dead. God had put Joshua in charge. In fact .. we read in Joshua 1.2-3, "Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses."
They had not gone very far before they were faced with an obstacle! And that obstacle was the city of Jericho. We read about it in Joshua 6 as we think about ..
Jericho was the place that they had to decide whether to go forward with God or to turn around and return to the wilderness life. They had to get past Jericho in order to experience God's best and blessing. And in many ways .. that's where we are as a church.
There has not been a more critical week in our 61 year history as a church than this coming week! We are deciding this week whether we are going forward and expand or to remain where we are and maintain.
I cannot believe that God desires for us to have a maintenance ministry for the next twenty years. I do believe that God desires for RSBC to be on the cutting edge of rea ...
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