LESSONS FOR THE DAY OF BATTLE

Intro: At the beginning of Chapter 10, five Canaanite kings band together to attack the Gibeonites because they had signed a peace treaty with the Israelites. Describe Joshua 9's background and aftermath.
Even though these Canaanite kings weren't aware of it, they were playing right into Joshua's hands. Joshua was able to defeat them all at once after bringing them together in one location rather than fighting them one by one over the course of five battles. The Israelites had been duped into signing a peace treaty with the Gibeonites in chapter 9. In direct contravention of the Lord's instruction to Israel in Deut., this was done. 7:1-6. It would appear that the Gibeonites were aware of the Lord's instruction to Israel in Deut. 20:10-18 also. They tricked Israel into making a covenant with them, regardless of what the Gibeonites knew about the Lord's commands to Israel. Israel has taken an oath of allegiance to the Gibeonites, and it is time for them to fulfill their promise to defend them. This will be just one more battle in Israel's quest to conquer the Promised Land. This conflict serves as a vivid illustration of the Christian life for us. The life of a child of God is fraught with conflict on a daily basis. Even though that is true, we should be thankful to God that we never have to fight our battles on our own, Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20. We have the assurance that we will receive assistance from the One who is "an ever present help in a time of need," Psalm 119:105. 46:1. Ill. "I will be with thee when thou passesest through the waters;" and they won't overflow you through the rivers: You won't get burned if you walk through the fire; Isa says, "Neither shall the fire burn upon thee." 43:2. Preaching Joshua chapters 10 and 11 serves as my mission to remind you that our lives will be full of battles. The majority of the time, neither physical nor interpersonal conflicts will be the focus of our battles. Despite the fact that our conflicts may appear in this manner, nearly all of them will be spiritual in nature throughout our Christian lives. As Paul writes, We do not fight flesh and blood enemies; rather, we fight principalities, powers, the dark world's rulers, and spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6:12. Our weapons must also be spiritual if our battles are spiritual battles. Our weapons of war are not of this world, but of God, powerful enough to smash strongholds;)" 2 Cor. 10:4. When we are faced with life's challenges, this passage can be of great assistance. It teaches us how to use our weapons and who our allies are in every battle we face in life. As Joshua and Israel's armies fight for their inheritance in Canaan, we observe We can get assistance while we fight our own battles. There are valuable lessons that we can learn from them as we watch them fight in their day of battle. As we discuss Lessons for the Day of Battle, please allow me to share these lessons with you. I. V. 6–15—A LESSON ON THE SAVIOR As they get ready for battle, the Lord appears to them and makes the promise that He will help them and that they will win. God is about to fight for His people in war! The supernatural aspect of our battles is discussed in these verses. The Lord fights for you and comes to your aid when life's battles come your way. There are times when He exerts great power over you and performs incredible miracles in your life. This depicts such a time. In the midst of battle, there are three priceless truths that reveal a great deal about our Savior. A. V. 8 He Gives His People Peace - Pay attention to the phrase "Fear them not!" in verse 8. The challenge that God put before His people was to not be afraid of the enemy. Joshua was being reminded by God that He still had control of the situation! God remains in charge! He is still the Prince of Peace and reigns over the kingdom. Phil, the Lord still grants peace that passes all understanding to those who will walk by faith rather than sight. Be careful for nothing; But in everything, make your requests known to God through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Through Christ Jesus, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your minds and hearts. The children's hearts are protected and comforted by His unique brand of peace. I give you my peace, and I leave peace with you: I give to you, not as the world gives. "Neither be afraid nor troubled in your heart," John 14:27. Walking with faith and knowing that the Lord has complete control over everything in life is the key to peace. You were not saved by the Lord to be agitated, anxious, or afraid. We do not possess a spirit of fear from God; but of strength, love, and sound thought,” 2 Tim. 1:7. When life's foes approach, He does not intend for you to tremble in fear. If you will rely on Him, the Lord will give you peace when the battle day arrives. With all your heart, put your faith in the Lord; and don't rely on your own knowledge. Recognize him in all ways, and he will direct your paths, Pro. 3:5-6. As God's children, we need to keep in mind that everything that happens to us has to go through God's approval process first, Rom. 8:28. B. V. 8: He Makes His Promise to His People The Lord didn't just give them a word of encouragement; He also promised them complete victory! I just want to remind you that the Lord did not save you to make it so that you would lose! He promised that you could share in His victory when He saved you. 1 Cor. "But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," 15:57. 2 Cor. "Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ and makes manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place," 2:24 reads. Rom. 8:37: "Nay, through him who loved us, we are more than conquerors in all these things." This does not imply that every circumstance in life will turn out the way you want it to, but it does imply that God can give you the tools you need to rise above your circumstances and share in His victory over the flesh, the world, and the devil! C. V. 9-14 He Gives His People His Power - In these verses, we see a tremendous manifestation of the Lord's power in Israel's life! God used a tremendous display of supernatural power to grant His children victory. He moved amazing in two ways. 1. V. 11 God Moved in the Hail: By sending the hail, God demonstrated to Israel and the Canaanites that Hadad and Baal, the Canaanite storm gods, were powerless. Hailstones killed more people than swords did. In 1970, a 1.7-pound hailstone struck Kansas. When it hit the ground, such a stone would have been traveling at well over 100 miles per hour. According to Revelation 16:21, hailstones weighing approximately 100 pounds each will fall. Israel's adversaries were devastated by this hail, no matter how large it was. The greater miracle is as follows: The Canaanites were destroyed by the hail, but God's people were spared by the stones. Hast du du entered the snow's treasures? or hast du thou seen the hailstone treasures that I have set aside for times of trouble, war, and battle? Job 38:22-23. 2. V. 12-14 "God Moved in the Heavens" shows the Lord performing the greatest physical world-related miracle ever recorded. Joshua and his army needed more daylight to finish the battle, so God stopped the sun from shining in the heavens. Ill. The Bible has been ridiculed a lot by this passage. Because science has long demonstrated that the earth revolves around the sun and that the sun does not move, some people believe that the account of this miracle shows that the Bible is uninspired. Nevertheless, I'd like to make a few statements regarding this miracle. A. This is observational language. We all talk about the dawn and dusk. When we describe the things we see all around us, we don't use scientific or technical language. The sun literally remained at its highest point for about a day! B. This claim is supported by history. An unusually long day around this time is mentioned in numerous ancient cultures. A legend of a long day is recorded in Chinese writings. The Aztec Indians of Mexico and the Inca Indians of Peru both tell the same legend. The sun was venerated by these two tribes. The legend of a day miraculously extended is recorded in Persian and Babylonian documents. Herodotus, an ancient historian, says that while he was in Egypt, the priest showed him the records of their temple, and he read that the day was twice as long as it normally is. C. The calendar allows for it. It is possible to count back to this day and discover that it fell on Tuesday, July 22, according to an ancient Chaldean calendar that was based on lunar and solar eclipses. However, if we use our day-counting system to count backward, we will discover that this event occurred on July 22, which falls on a Wednesday. Is there an issue? No, just the fact that you'll miss a whole day either way. We learn where that day went in verse 13! D. Some will undoubtedly respond, "But preacher, this goes against every natural law!" You should be aware that there are no natural laws! Nature can only be governed by God's laws! Keep in mind who created the world. He must be able to direct it if He can create it! E. In conclusion, God supernaturally intervened for Israel's benefit. God provided them with all of the daylight they required to complete the task! How does this affect us? When the Lord supernaturally intervenes in your life, He will sometimes fight your battles on your behalf. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel, the Widow of Zarephath, the disciples in the storm, feeding the 5,000, walking on water, healing a leper, raising the dead, and so on and so forth are all examples. I've seen people recover from illness. God's power has saved drunks and made them immediately sober. I have witnessed drug addicts come to terms with their addiction and become clean. I have witnessed the supernatural intervention of God transform lives in miraculous ways. I've witnessed the Lord move in response to His child's need and move any mountain that needed to be moved in order to provide for them. That is God for us! Please comprehend that He does not always move in that manner. I've seen people saved who had been drinking, but I've also seen people who struggled with that sin even after they were saved. I've seen saints get well, but I've also seen people die from diseases. I am merely stating that there are times when the Lord uses supernatural force to satisfy His child's need! I. A Discussion of the Savior II. V. 16–27—A LESSON ON THE SAINTS The supernatural aspect of our battles is depicted in the first section of this passage. The personal aspects of the battles we must fight are depicted in this section. They won a big victory thanks to God's great power, but there was still more fighting to do. Israel, not the Lord, are the ones fighting in these verses! The saints of God can learn something from this! A. V. 16-18 We Must Control the Enemy: These five kings attempted to hide in a cave. Joshua ordered the cave to be sealed after they were found, stopping the kings from fleeing. This is an image of control. God changed you when He saved you! However, your old, sinful nature continues to exist! Eph., the part of you that still loves the world and sin is active. 4:22; Gal. 5:16. If that doesn't convince you, just stick around for a few more days, and you'll see! Our adversary, the flesh, like those five kings, lives within us and occasionally ventures out into the open to trouble us. It could be a problem with the tongue, which occasionally pops out. It could be rage, hatred, prejudice, lust, depravity, or another emotion. Whatever it is in your life, you must control it or else it will eventually take control of you. It is essential to keep in mind that "temperance" is a component of the Fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:23. Self-control is the literal meaning of this word. "that person who is the master of himself" is what it means. You can't do whatever you want because you are a child of God! In point of fact, if you are saved but allow sin to rule your life, you are doing so by stealing property! You are the Lord's, and you are not permitted to use His body, mind, or anything else for wickedness and sin, 1 Cor. 6:19-20. Self-control is one sign of walking in the Spirit! How far along are you in this area? B. V. 22-25 We Must Face the Enemy - Joshua returned to the cave after the victory of the battle, brought out the kings, and humiliated them by putting his princes' feet on their necks. He confronted them openly and declared victory over them in public. We need to do the same thing spiritually. Your life's hidden kings are known to everyone here. You are aware of your hidden sins and issues with your flesh. You must confront these things if you are to achieve total and lasting victory over them. In the name of Jesus, you must drag them out of their hiding place, lay them out in front of the Lord, put your foot on their necks, and declare victory over them! Until your sins are dealt with in God's way, you will never prosper as a child of God. Pro. 28:13 says, "He who covers his sins will fail: However, mercy will be extended to those who confess and abandon them. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” says 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins.” C. V. 26-27 We Must Conquer the Enemy - Joshua takes a step in these verses that guarantees a permanent victory over these five kings. They are executed by him! Rom, I'd like to remind you that your flesh is useless. 7:18! Your previous sinful nature and its lusts are only good for hellfire. Rom, you can only triumph if you "reckon," or consider the flesh to be dead. 6:11! Ill. Gal. says that the flesh must die every day or you won't be able to walk in power and victory. 5:16-17. Col. Ill. 3:5, "Mortify therefore your earthly members; idolatry, fornication, uncleanness, excessive affection, wicked complacency, and covetousness: Take note of Paul's outlook on life with me: "I am crucified with Christ:" Nonetheless, I exist; However, Christ lives in me, not I: and I live the life I live now in the flesh because I believe that the Son of God loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20. I. A Discussion of the Savior II. A Third Lesson on the Saints 10:28-11:23 A LESSON IN STEADFASTNESS As chapter 10 concludes and chapter 11 begins, Israel has completed their conquest of the central region of Canaan. After that, they are seen fighting in both the northern and southern campaigns. Both the personal and the supernatural aspects of our battles have been examined. We will observe the temporal aspect of our battles in these verses. That implies that battles must be fought, but they won't last forever. We will also be freed from the struggles of life, just as Israel did. Please allow me to encourage you to remain steadfast in the fight until that glorious day arrives! A. V. 28, 35 We Must Fight Daily - Please note that Israel's battles appeared to come one after the other. Their life was full of conflict! The same holds true for God's children. Every day, we will fight battles. As a result, we must get up each day ready to faithfully fight our battles for God's glory! To those who may be waiting for easier times to begin serving the Lord, allow me to say the following: It might never be easier for you! One more day on this planet is not promised to us. Today is the only day I have to fight my battles. For me, tomorrow may never come! Do something today that will serve the Lord! Give the Lord today if you have something to give! If you need to tell someone about Jesus, do so right now! You never know what the future holds! Therefore, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin," as stated in James 4:17. Some of the people in this room have never been rescued. You would go to Hell if you died. That should not be the end of your life! God provided a means for your salvation. All you need to do is visit God, admit your sin, and accept the Gospel. I challenge you to complete that task today rather than tomorrow. Another day is not promised to you. Pro. According to verse 1: "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; because you have no idea what a day might bring. 2 Corinthians says, Today is the day of salvation, according to 6:2. "Call upon the Lord while He is near," Isaiah tells you. 55:6. Joshua's day was extended by God, but your days will not be extended by Him. You will either leave this world saved or lost when the time comes for you to depart. B. 11:18 - This verse tells us that Joshua fought his battles for a long time. We must fight with determination. This demonstrates to me that this man was determined! That is a quality that all of the Lord's children must cultivate! There are too many leaving! Too many people are giving up and giving up the fight. We require individuals who will defend God and serve Him to the end. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord,” says God's will for each and every one of His children. 1 Cor. 15:58. Don't stop! Some of you are so close to abandoning God that it is laughable. Come to Him today, I beg you, and let Him turn the dying flame into a raging fire for His glory! “Holding faith, and a good conscience; Your life does not have to become a shipwreck; which, for lack of faith on the part of some, has resulted in shipwreck:" 1 Tim. 1:19. C. 40;11:12,15,23 We Must Fight With Devotion - Joshua's actions demonstrate that he was simply carrying out the Lord's instructions. That is an excellent way to live one's life. Today, we have only the Lord to please! Our obligation is to love Him, follow His Word, and serve Him devotedly all of our lives. Being devoted to the Lord is our duty! Pay attention to these verses that support this. According to Micah 6:8, "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;" And what else does the LORD expect of you but to act justly, to love mercy, and to serve your God with humility? "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:" Ecclesiastes 12:13. Keep God's laws and fear him: because this is man's sole responsibility. It all comes down to which person's will takes precedence in your life: God's or yours. Which do you prefer? How is this accomplished? bringing every thought under the control of Christ's obedience and putting to death imaginations, all things exalted against God's knowledge; 2 Cor. 10:5. Conc: The battles of life will end at some point, the long day will end, and those of us who have been saved will return to Heaven to rest in His glorious presence. There are enemies to confront and battles to wage in the interim. We have two options: we can fight them with our own weapons and lose, or we can fight them the way the Lord has shown us how, and we will win. Which one would you prefer: defeat or triumph? I don't know what you're fighting right now, but I do know who can assist you. Bring the conflict to Jesus and allow Him to guide you safely through it. You are fighting the most important battle of all if you are lost. I invite you to seek salvation in Jesus Christ. Give in to the Lord and let Him show you what it means to live a life of true victory!

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