JOSHUA

HOW TO FIGHT SPIRITUAL BATTLES

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

Main idea: fighting for victory in life

Magic: Samson pad – power in Jesus, not us

INTRODUCTION

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN once who thought it would be great to be a soldierwhen became a man war going on near his home, joined local armythought it would be great: prestigue, glory, travel, spoils of victory, etc before long, though, changed his mind – enemies trying to kill him!

 

True of GOD’S PEOPLE, too

            commit to follow God, live for Him

            surprised when find in a battle!

     Salvation = joining God’s armyy

     Salvation doesn’t mean life fine, smooth

            -doesn’t end the battle, really just starts it!

            -In effect switching sides in conflict – Satan/world/flesh not let go easily

            -find self in middle of war don’t like, understand, want

 

TRUE OF JOSHUA’S TIM AS WELL

IN HIS DAY it was the Egyptians, Cananaites, etc.

IN YOUR DAY still battling, but different enemies

 

FORCES ATTACKING GOD’S PEOPLE:

            Satan – prince of this wrold, attacks God’s kingdom

            Flesh – sin nature, tendency to be selfish, prideful,

            World – values and priorities of world system

Weapons used against me: swords, spears, arrows

Weapons against you different:

            Greed             Selfishness   Fear    Lust    Pride

 

GOOD NEWS: we don’t fight alone

                        We don’t fight in our own strength

            THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD!

 

TRANSITION:

            What they went through physically is a picture of what you go thru spiritually

            let me try and explain it all to you …

OT physical events to teach us spiritual truths

 I Cor 10:11; Romans 15:4

START of the war between God and Satan was in EDEN

            Continued from then on    Genesis 3:15

            Since Satan can’t hit God easily, hits God’s people

                        OT times: against Jews (anti-Semitism)

                        NT times: against Christians

 

REVIEW SO FAR

Battle started in Genesis 2!

CONTINUATION:  SPIRITUAL WARFARE SO GROW

 

I. INTO THE LAND  1-12  

 

        A. CLAIMING THE LAND  1-5

 

     1. JOSHUA COMMISSIONED  1

 

NEW LEADER  – Joshua – 80 years old

     MOSES HARD ACT TO FOLLOW!

            Ex thru Deut – #1 leader

            Ever follow very great, effecient leader?  Esp if you are more ordinary, quiet man

 

SLAVE in Egypt       Joshua = Jehovah is Salvation

            Same as Jesus in Greek

SOLDIER perhaps in Egypt, where got to know Moses

 

 

SERVANT Moses’ assistant, helper, since in Egypt

            1 or 12 spies into land – only he & Caleb faithful

            Tried to kill them and Moses

            Had been wandering last 40 wasted years!

 

PROMISES FROM GOD given Joshua

 

TRANSITION

Important to understand how they went from defeat and wandering to victory in the land

            apply to your life, too

 

2. JERICHO CONVASSED  2

 

1. PREPARATION IS A MUST

            True in football, basketball, etc

 

Don’t be surprised when attacked, when battles rage in life – prepare ahead

 

PEOPLE 3 days to prepare selves, things to enter land

2 SPIES into Jericho to gather information, prepare army with intelligence

            NOT lack of faith

            BUT common sense

 

LEARN ABOUT SPIRITUAL WARFARE so prepared

 

 

3. JORDAN CROSSED  3-4

 

2. STEP OUT IN FAITH

FLOOD STAGE, 12’ DEEP UP TO ½ MILE WIDE

Follow ark through (Follow God’s Presence into Pr Land)

RED SEA: God parted waters while people watched

JORDAN: step into water, as foot hits water opens and cross

            As mature God expects more of our faith!

 

WET FEET CONCEPT – what stands in way of your being in center of God’s perfect will?

            That’s your Jordan to cross!

            Step in faith first!

 

3. FOLLOW AFTER GOD

ARK goes first, must follow His leading and direction carefully

Follow God through difficulties, etc. 

 

4. REMEMBER PAST VICTORIES

Pile of rocks on other side

            WAY TO REMEMBER God’s deliverances, etc.

 

4. JEWS CIRCUMCIZED  5

 

5. CONSECRATION COMES FIRST

            SET APART FOR God 100%

 

JEWS: circumcision

            Passover

 

US: Discipleship after salvation

            Turn from all sin, set aside flesh

            Commit to battle in power of Jesus, blood shed

 

TRANSITION

Battle strategy in 3 stages: conquer through middle to divide

            Then fight southern nations

            Finally fight northern nations

British Field Marshal Edmund H Allenby did same in WW I

 

 

        B. CONQUERING THE LAND  6-12

 

1. CENTRAL CAMPAIGN  6-8

 

6. SEEK GOD’S BATTLE PLAN

Humanly impossible to defeat Jericho, only through God

Joshua got alone with God to pray, listen

– spend time seeking God’s guidance, listen!

Discovered he wasn’t alone – WE are never alone

Discovered he was 2nd in command

 – we aren’t in command, Jesus is commander

Discovered he had already won the battle

– our battles are already won!

Now had to go fight it as Jesus directed and would win! 

– we must  fight them!

God’s directions may seem very strange

 – march around city 7 days, 7x 7th day, walls fall!

 

7. FOLLOWING JESUS BRINGS VICTORY

Walked 1x day for 7 days, on 7th day shouted, walls fell outward, all killed but no Jews died

 

Fight in total obedience to God and His plans

Be patient, do it His way, no matter how strange

Persevere until HE gives the victory – never quit

Don’t get ahead of His plan

God keeps His promises!

THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD

 

8. SMALL SINS BRING LARGE CONSEQUENCES

Ai attacked next, small outpost

Joshua not seek God, people not pray, seemed like easy for them on own

Defeated – 36 men killed!

Achan had kept some money & materials for self, hid in tent – no little sin to God

Consequence of sin on all  – our sin affects others

Achan and family killed, sin removed

 – quickly confess, remove any & all sin

Then clear victory, Ai destroyed

– after confession God gives victory

 

TRANSITION

Having split the country, now easier to attack south then north, south first

 

 

 

    2. SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN  9-10

 

9. NEVER ACT IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH

Gibeonites came to make surrender as slaves so not killed

as God commanded

Deceived Joshua and Jews into thinking they came from far

away but didn’t

Joshua and leaders thought could handle this without going

to God but were deceived

Make treaty to protect those called to destroy!

 

Satan very deception – us no match

Unless always totally listening to God make mistakes

Think, plan, own strength without God = disaster!

 

 

10. GOD STOPS AT NOTHING TO BRING VICTORY

Other nations in south come together, attack Gibeonites because treaty with Israel

Jews had to go help defend them, fight for them

God used it for good – opportunity to defeat so nations

God sends hail down to kill and destroy southern nations –

can’t fight against God! 

Jews winning battle but many escape in dark of night

Joshua prays for sun to stop in sky so can round up all and

none escape – it does!

 

No matter what is necessary, God will bring us victory

            We don’t see the battle in the heavens

TRANSITION

After south defeated, then attacked northern nations

 

      3. NORTHERN CAMPAIGN  11a

 

11. PERSEVERE UNTIL VICTORY IS COMPLETE

Other nations in south come together,

 attack Gibeonites because treaty with Israel

More time to gather

Some cities 50x as large as Jericho

Giants that sacred them away 40 years earlier in this group

            Fighting gets harder, not easier, as time goes on

            Stretching faith muscles as battles get harder

Each battle fought a bit differently, no 2 exactly alike

 

CALEB great example in patient endurance whole life

Asked for land with the giants

– defeated them when nation afraid to before

            Believed God’s promises, key to victory

 

4. SUMMARY  11b-12

 

12. THE BATTLES NEVER END

Warned there will be battles in future as long as in land

            Jews today still battling enemies in land of Palestine

Battles go in cycles, time to refresh, grow, get stronger

 

We will have battles as long as we live on this earth

            But we will have God’s help as well

Stay strong, skillful in warfare

            Stay alert, always watching for attacks

 

TRANSITION

INTO the land complete  Joshua 1-12

IN the land now covered 13-24

            Conquered, now must settle, claim, grow in the land

            God wins our battles so we can live for Him

 

 

II. IN THE LAND  13-24

 

        A. COLONIZING THE LAND  13-21

                   1.  2 ½ TRIBES (EAST OF JORDAN)  13

                        2. CALEB  14

                        3.  9 ½ TRIBES (WEST OF JORDAN)  15-19

                        4. LEVI  20-21

 

        B. CONSECRATE LAND  22-24

                        1. SANCTIFICATION  22

                        2. SEPARATION  23

                        3. SERVICE  24

Served God through Joshua’s whole life

JOSHUA; CONQUEST – battles in the time of Joshua

LIFE IS A BATTLE FOR US

In each case THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD

 

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

 

 

1. PREPARATION IS A MUST

Daily time with Him, read, pray, worship, sp warf

2. STEP OUT IN FAITH

Don’t let FEAR of people, failure, pain keep you

3. FOLLOW AFTER GOD

Taking your life in a  direction you aren’t sure

4. REMEMBER PAST VICTORIES

Not enough money for bills, working

5. CONSECRATION COMES FIRST

Commit life to Him: salvation, Discipleship, bapt

6. SEEK GOD’S BATTLE PLAN

Watch decisions, things you think you can do without God’s help

Financial investments, job moves, new rel

7. FOLLOWING JESUS BRINGS VICTORY

Get advice from others, but only Godly believers

Make sure lines up with God’s Word

8. SMALL SINS BRING LARGE CONSEQUENCES

‘Little’ sins of attitude, thoughts allow in own

9. NEVER ACT IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH

Lust (food, sex, materialism) can’t defeat on own, ask for, rely on Him

 

10. GOD STOPS AT NOTHING TO BRING VICTORY

Miracles done for you in past

Doesn’t remove obstacle – have to fight

Gives us strength to keep fighting until victory

11. PERSEVERE UNTIL VICTORY IS COMPLETE

Don’t quit, slow down,– keep fighting!

Weary with problem relationship at work family

Tired of struggling with same sin

Give up praying for person God put on heart

12. THE BATTLES NEVER END

See as opportunity to trust God, see His del

Watch His deliverance, His victory in your life

CONCLUSION

Power in Jesus., not us (give examples)

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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