Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Overcome Jericho


Joshua 6:2

'Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.'
A child of God have to overcome Jericho is two ways.
1. In personal life we have to overcome Jericho.
2. Collectively, as a church, we have to overcome Jericho.
Jericho is a place of cursed. We have to overcome this curse by the blood of Jesus and meditating the calvary.

Here we will discuss three matters about Jericho.

1. Jericho is a place where there are many robbers. Luke 10:30
'In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.'
Here we can see that the robbers did three things to the man.
(i) stripped him of his clothes -> shows devil taking away our salvation and praising.By the weapon of prayer we have to overcome it.
(ii) wounded -> shows the devil creating wounds in mind.
(iii) half dead. -> shows the devil not allowing you to rejoice in the presence of the Lord.

2. There was a blind beggar in Jeircho. Mark : 10:46
'Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.'
This shows loosing our spiritual vision.
2 Peter 1:9 'But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.' This shows loosing ' godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.'
The root word of Love is Agape, which means 'Unconditional Love'. This is the love Jesus showed to us. we have to show the same to our brothers.

3. There was a short man named 'Zacchaeus' in Jeriho Luke 19:1,2
'Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.'
It shows we are not growing in spiritual life. we are spiritually dwarf.For a child of God, the sacel is Jesus.A child of God should live like how Jesus live, speak.

To overcome Jericho, 4 peoples are needed.Joshua 6:12,13
'Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding.'
(i) priest -> shows fellowship of priest to overcome the devil.
(ii) trumphet -> confirmation of coming of Lord.
(iii)armed men -> shows prayer warriors.
(iv) Arch of God -> shows the power of God and his presence.

In Josua 5:15 , 'The commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy."'. Shoe is a hindrance to the conatct with the holy land & life. Removing the shoe shows entire santification. We need an entire santification to overcome the Jericho.

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