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The Day the Sun Stood Still (8 of 12)
I've been extremely blessed by study of the book of Joshua. What a rich, rich book it is about victory. We're speaking of the unique day in all of history, the longest day in all of history is recorded here. ''Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, 'Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.' And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of the heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.'' You remember God taught us that even though a person loses one battle in their Christian life, it does not mean they've lost the war. It is possible to recover ground that you've lost in the Christian life. It is possible to be knocked down and not knocked out. It is possible to get up and keep going for God. It is possible to go forward even after you've had a tremendous defeat. But in Joshua 10 after the people have chosen to go the way of God, they've become engaged with a battle with five major kings, representing five unconquered territories in the promised land. Now this is the most crucial battle in all of the book of Joshua. All of the promises of God for time and eternity hang upon this battle, for God had promised He would send the Messiah through the people of Israel, He had promised He would be born in this land, and all the promises of God depend upon the outcome of this battle. Joshua has been promised by the Lord that God would give him total victory, complete victory over all of these five kings. The battle has waged fiercely, and Joshua has the enemy on the run. I mean they're ...
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