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The Promise Of God's Power (2 of 5)
Joshua is the book of victory. It is the Old Testament book that describes the victory we have in Jesus Christ. Joshua is a picture, a type, an illustration of the Lord Jesus Christ. The name Joshua in Hebrew is the same as the Greek name found in the New Testament translated Jesus. Jesus is our heavenly Joshua, who leads us into the land of promise, the land of fulfillment, and the land of victory.
In thirty years of ministry I've seen God work many, many miracles in accordance with His promises. It has been my observation that when God's people take a promise from God, stand on that promise, and look to God to fulfill that promise, that the power of that promise is made real by the power of faith.
This does not mean, however, that there are not many obstacles. In fact, Joshua had the promise from God that the Lord would give him victory. We saw this in the previous chapter. Joshua was told that no enemy would be able to stand before him. Yet in the fifth chapter of Joshua he encounters the reality that every victory is preceded by obstacles.
Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Joshua 6:1 (NIV)
The city of Jericho was a great city. It was great in antiquity. It was one of the oldest known inhabited cities in the world. It was also great in iniquity. Jericho was a wicked, Godless, sensual city. It was also great in fortification. Great walls on which four chariots could ride abreast were encircling the city. In the eyes of men and by military standards of the day, it was an impregnable fortress. There was no visible way that Israel could take Jericho.
In like manner, between all of us and the victorious promises of God, we invariably find a Jericho, a Jericho that looms before us as an impossible barrier that stands between us and the fulfillment God wants for our lives. There is a Jericho that stands betwee ...
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