1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are so glad you could join us for this broadcast.
3. We have been studying the book of Joshua.
4. And today’s message is the fourth in this series called, “You Want Me To Do What?”
5. “You want me to do what?” is a question we may want to ask God when He calls us to do something overwhelming.
6. And God’s answer is to yield.
7. As you drive in the streets, you probably have seen a sign that says, “Yield.”
8. The Bible, from beginning to end, has one big sign that says, “Yield to God.”
9. For meaningful life, you must yield to God.
10. For a peaceful heart, you must yield to God.
11. For contented spirit, you must yield to God.
12. For victory in the battles of life, you must yield to God.
13. All in all, you must yield to the Lord’s will for your life.
14. But let me warn you, my listening friend; yielding to God is not easy.
15. Yielding to God does not come naturally.
16. But yielding to God is the only option God gives you.
17. We cannot try to retain full control of our lives and give God control at the same time.
18. And this struggle of yielding is where we find the people of God in the book of Joshua chapter 5.
19. Remember that God’s people were traveling toward the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua.
20. In the last few messages, we learned that they faced many dangers as they traveled into enemy’s territory.
21. They crossed the river of impossibility—the raging flood stage Jordan River—with God’s supernatural help.
22. And in chapter 5, they arrive at the fortified city wall of Jericho.
23. The Jordan River, which God had supernaturally parted for them to cross, had resumed its flood stage course, and there was no returning to the other side.
24. And the people were caught between a raging river behind them and a fortified city wall in front of them.
25. They had no choice but to yield to the leadership of the commander in chief of the heavenly army.
26. Many of these people had never seen fortified cities;
27. This generation was all born in the wilderness.
28. They had no experience with climbing formidable obstacles.
29. Their leader, Joshua, was perplexed over their condition.
30. But then Joshua sees a man with a drawn sword.
31. And Joshua asked him, “Are you with us or against us? Which side are you on?”
32. And the man said to Joshua, “I’m not here to take sides. I’m here to take over.”
33. My listening friend, here is the difficult thing about yielding—are you ready for it?
34. God demands it.
36. For your good and His glory.
37. But why do we try so hard to escape yielding to God?
38. And why does God say that it’s the only option that you have?
39. Why is it that we do not have true peace or joy until we yield?
40. I want you to keep on listening, because I’m going to give you the answer in a few minutes.
41. In the book of Joshua, we see that God’s people had to yield.
42. They had to yield spiritually,
43. they had to yield mentally,
44. they had to yield emotionally,
45. and they had to yield physically.
46. And if God is teaching us anything in this series of messages, it would be this—
47. consecration comes before conquest;
48. yielding comes before victory.
49. What kind of yielding did God ask of His people?
50. In the book of Joshua chapter 5 verses 2-9, God told them to practice circumcision.
51. In verse 10, God told them to celebrate Passover.
52. In verses 11 and 12, God told them to eat the fruit of the Promised Land.
53. In verses 13-15, God told them to follow the commander of God’s heavenly army.
54. Can you imagine how God’s people reacted when they heard these commands?
55. They probably thought that some of these commands were outrageous insanity and others were unnecessary rituals.
56. Oh, but listen, my listening friend—
57. the core of yielding is not yielding what you want to yield.
58. The purpose of yielding is not even yielding what you think you should yield.
60. To truly yield, you must ask God, “What is it that You want me to yield to You?”
61. God will command different things from different people.
62. God knows what we must yield, even if it will be difficult for us.
63. Some of you may be saying, “But what God was asking His people to do doesn’t make sense.”
64. And you’re right.
65. Well, think about this—
66. God commanded that the men must be circumcised on the eve of their greatest battle?
67. How are they going to fight a war if they were physically incapacitated?
68. It does not make sense to our human understanding.
69. Oh, but to God, it makes perfect sense.
71. Because God did not want them to think that they accomplished their victory in their own strength.
72. My listening friend,
73. when God removes all of our human strength, He will begin to give us His supernatural strength.
74. For God to intervene and give us victory, we must be willing to yield everything to Him.
75. I need to give you some historical explanation or background to the situation here in the book of Joshua chapter 5.
76. This generation of God’s people was born in the wilderness after having escaped from the slavery of Egypt.
77. Only a few of these people, such as Joshua and Caleb, had experienced the history of their exodus.
78. Only a few remembered what it was like to live in slavery.
79. Only a few experienced walking on a dry ground through the Red Sea after God parted the waters.
80. This newest generation had not experienced those supernatural victories.
81. This newest generation had forgotten that circumcision was a sign of their covenant with God.
82. This newest generation had not participated in the Passover.
83. Passover reminded them of God’s delivering power.
84. Eating the produce of Canaan was the foretaste of God’s coming victory.
85. And the ultimate yielding was their surrender to the commander in chief.
86. Joshua’s encounter of the commander of the heavenly army is one of the most exciting passages in the whole of the Bible.
87. Although Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would not be born for over a thousand years after Joshua’s time,
88. and yet, Jesus appeared in human form at a few key events in the history of God’s people.
89. Jesus appeared to Abraham under the oak tree at Mamre.
90. Jesus appeared to Jacob at Peniel.
91. Jesus appeared to Moses at the burning bush.
92. Jesus appeared with His chariots of fire to Elisha to fight the Assyrians on their behalf.
93. And here in the book of Joshua chapter 5 verse 13, Jesus appears to Joshua.
94. Jesus appeared with a sword drawn to fight on their behalf.
95. What kind of military force did this divine commander lead?
96. They are called the hosts of the Lord.
97. They are called the hosts of heaven.
98. They are called the legions of angels.
99. And they are always ready to be deployed on your behalf, my listening friends, the moment you yield to the Lord’s call upon your life.
100. When you yield your wants to God,
101. when you yield your opinion to God,
102. when you yield your comfort zone to God,
103. when you yield your time, your talent, and your treasure to God,
104. when you yield your anger and bitterness to God,
105. when you yield your depression and self pity and hopelessness to God,
106. God is ready to deploy His heavenly troops on your behalf.
107. In the book of Hebrews chapter 1 verse 14 we are told
108. that angels are ministering spirits sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation.
109. Although the angels are invisible, yet they are deployed on your behalf in your times of need.
110. The Bible said that one third of the angelic hosts fell from heaven
111. when they followed Satan’s foolishness of wanting to overthrow God from His throne.
112. But here’s the good news—
113. this means that two thirds of the angelic beings are ready and committed to be deployed on your behalf.
114. That means for every demon that is harassing you and warring against you, there are two angels who are fighting on your behalf.
115. When you yield to the commander in chief of the heavenly army,
116. Jesus will show up.
117. Jesus does not show up to take sides; He shows up to take over.
118. Jesus shows up to give you the right words to speak.
119. Jesus shows up to soften hard hearts and change lives.
120. Jesus shows up to bless your work and give you favor.
121. Jesus shows up to encourage you and meet all of your needs.
122. Jesus shows up to give you victory.
123. And the best thing that you can say is this—“Lord, take over. I yield my will to Yours.”
124. Remember what the Bible said;
125. that the race is not won by the swift,
126. and that the battle is not won by the strong,
127. but victory goes to those who yield to the commander in chief.
128. Will you accept His invitation to yield?
129. Will you tell Jesus, “Lord, I yield my all? Use me as you want.”
130. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.