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The Triumph Of Faith (5 of 12)
Dr. Stan Coffey
The children of Israel had crossed the River Jordan. God had parted the waters of the river in the flood stage and allowed them to cross over into the promised land. Now they are facing their first battle in the land of promise; they are facing the city of Jericho. And Joshua has gone out on a reconnaissance trip to look over the city of Jericho to size up the city and to getting ready to possess their possessions. Joshua 5:13: "And it came to pass when Joshua was by Jericho that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand. And Joshua went unto him and said unto him, 'Are thou for us or for our adversaries?' And he said, 'Nay, but as Captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.'
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship, and said unto him, 'What saith my Lord unto His servant?' And the Captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, 'Loose thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy.' And Joshua did so."
Now Joshua was looking over the city of Jericho; it was a great city. It was a great city in antiquity, because it was one of the oldest cities in the world. It was a great city not only in antiquity, but it was a great city in iniquity; it was a very wicked city. They worshipped demon gods there. There were all kinds of immoral practices there. There was all kinds of sexual perversion there. It was also a city great in fortification. It was a great walled city, walls on which chariots could ride abreast. And militarily speaking, it was absolutely an impregnable fortress that no army had ever been able to take. Those were walls that had never been scaled; there was no visible way that the children of Israel could defeat the city of Jericho. And before our lives, the devil has placed a very special Jericho - a Jericho that stands between you and the victory that ...
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