Keep Your Guard Up! (8 of 13) by Steve Wagers

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Keep Your Guard Up! (8 of 13)
A Closer Look at the Book: JOSHUA
Steve Wagers
Joshua 9-10
November 8. 2006

Sermon Outline
1. Don't be FOOLED by the Enemy!
A) Futile Works
B) Fatal Words
2. Don't be FRIENDLY to the Enemy!
A) The Counsel that was Abandoned
B) The Confusion that was Admitted
C) The Curse that was Announced
3. Don't be FEARFUL of the Enemy!
A) Joshua's Successful Wars
B) Joshua's Secret Weapon
1) The God who is Working in Creation
2) The God who is Worthy of Celebration

There is a story involving Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees, and Hank Aaron, who at that time was the chief power hitter for the Milwaukee Braves. The teams were playing in the World Series, and as usual Yogi was keeping up his ceaseless chatter, intended to pep up his teammates on the one hand, and distract the Milwaukee batters on the other.

As Aaron came to the plate, Yogi tried to distract him by saying, "Henry, you're holding the bat wrong. You're supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark." Aaron didn't say anything, but when the next pitch came he hit it into the left-field bleachers. After rounding the bases and tagging up at home plate, Aaron looked at Yogi Berra and said, "I didn't come up here to read."

A young couple, lost on a rural road spotted an old farmer so they stopped the car and asked him, "Sir, could you tell us where this road will take us?" Without a moments hesitation the old farmer said, "Son, this road will take you anywhere in the world you want to go, if you move in the right direction."

In Joshua 9 we get a firsthand look at deception, distraction and disillusionment. Joshua, and the children of Israel, has just enjoyed another great victory at Ai. In one battle the entire population of the city was destroyed. God allowed them to capture the city, consume the city and claim the city.

However, right on the heels of their victory comes distraction. It did not come at a time when th ...


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