1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome once more to this broadcast.
2. Today’s message is part five of a series called, “You Want Me To Do What?”
3. These messages are based on the Old Testament book of Joshua.
4. And they are helping us to learn how to follow the call of God on our lives.
5. When we hear that God wants us to do something,
6. many of us are tempted to ask, “You want me to do what?”
7. So let us review the first four answers to that question that we have been talking about so far.
8. Answer number one,
9. step up to what God is calling you to do.
10. Answer number two,
11. is go into your enemy’s territory to share Christ.
12. Answer number three,
13. cross the river of impossibility in your life with God’s supernatural help.
14. And answer number four,
15. is yield to God’s plan.
16. And today, we will learn about answer number five:
17. stay with God’s program.
18. If you have a Bible, please turn to the book of Joshua, chapter 6 verses 1-19.
19. But I want to begin by saying to you that fear is one of those emotions that I never trivialize nor undermine.
20. I have, on several occasions, experienced very painful fear.
21. I know how fear can be one of the most demoralizing experiences in the human existence.
22. And there is nothing wrong with experiencing fear.
23. What matters is, knowing how to overcome fear.
24. Because if fear is not overcome, it becomes an inescapable prison.
25. Continuous fear will rob you of your joy.
26. Continuous fear will deprive you of your effectiveness.
27. Continuous fear will steal your God-given potential.
28. Continuous fear is Satan’s way of keeping you from testifying to God’s salvation.
29. And the only thing that will push down fear is faith.
30. In my own life, I know that whenever faith is down, fear is up.
31. And whenever faith is up, fear is down,
32. just like a child’s seesaw.
33. My listening friend, please listen very carefully.
34. Courage is not the absence of fear, but it is fear overwhelmed by faith.
35. In the book of Joshua, we see how God’s people had the courage to overcome obstacles.
36. But sometimes modern Christians have allowed fear to prevent them from conquering the walls of Satan’s domain.
37. Fear prevents us from bringing down the walls of addictions.
38. Fear prevents us from defeating temptation.
39. Fear prevents us from reclaiming our places of work and education and neighborhoods for Christ.
40. Fear prevents us from giving generously of ourselves to the work of God.
41. Fear prevents us from telling the world about the One who saved us eternally.
42. And one of the greatest examples of faith overcoming fear is here in the book of Joshua, chapter 6.
43. The previous generation of God’s people had died in the wilderness and never saw the Promised Land.
44. Do you know why?
45. Because they were whining and complaining all the time.
46. They were murmuring and criticizing all the time.
47. No wonder God waited until that generation died in the desert to lead His people into the Promised Land.
48. Let our prayer be, “Lord, may this generation be like Joshua’s generation.”
49. “Lord, may this generation have the faith of Joshua’s generation.”
50. “Lord, may this generation have all the courage and the victories of Joshua’s generation.”
51. Joshua’s generation could have asked, “You want me to do what?
52. Penetrate the impenetrable?
53. Can’t you see the fortified walls?
54. Can’t you hear the taunting of the Canaanites?
55. Can’t you understand how mighty Jericho is?
56. Don’t you know that they have advanced armory and advanced weapons?
57. And furthermore, what is this divine strategy?
58. Is that a joke, or what?
59. You want us to do what?
60. March around the walls once a day then be silent for seven days?
61. Then march seven times on the seventh day, blow trumpets and shout?
62. What is that going to accomplish?
63. This has to be the most bizarre and nonsensical strategy we have ever heard of.
64. What is marching supposed to accomplish, other than the enemy laughing at us?
65. What is marching outside the walls supposed to accomplish, other than getting us killed by the enemy’s spears?”
66. My listening friend, can you imagine the people saying that to Joshua?
67. Even Joshua, who was a veteran of many battles, must have had his doubts.
68. But he responded with unquestioned obedience.
69. And that’s what faith is all about.
70. It is expressed in obedience.
71. Unless faith is expressed in obedience, it is just talk.
72. A divine strategy might not make sense to me and you, but if God says “Do it,” I’ll do it.
73. The plan may not seem logical, rational, or intelligent to my human understanding.
74. But I will obey the commander in chief.
75. My listening friend, I want to ask you a very important question.
76. What is your fortified city of Jericho that you are facing today?
77. What is your menacing obstacle that stands in the way of your victory today?
78. What is the giant that is harassing you and taunting you today?
79. What is the hindrance that is keeping you from claiming your environment for Christ?
80. What is the past mistake that is holding you hostage?
81. What power has you in its clutches?
82. What is causing you to feel inadequate?
83. Is it fear of rejection or failure?
84. Is it fear of embarrassment? Of being taunted?
85. These fears are in one way or another associated with disobedience in our lives.
86. So what is the answer?
87. Follow God’s plan.
88. What is God’s plan?
89. It is for you to exercise a complete trust in God’s promises.
90. How do you do that?
91. By spending adequate time with God and His Word in order that you may grow in intimacy with Him.
92. But how does it work practically?
93. When you begin to develop intimacy with God, He is going to direct you.
94. Sometimes God is going to say to you, “Just love that person who is next to you and keep your mouth shut.”
95. For some of you, you need to speak more.
96. For others of you, you need to speak less and love more.
97. Probably the hardest thing for these people under Joshua’s leadership was staying silent for a week.
98. Here they are, marching around the wall without a word.
99. The first day,
100. the second day,
101. the third day,
102. the fourth day.
103. My listening friend, I am convinced this must have been killing them.
104. Some of them probably could not stand all this silence and marching.
105. Others probably scoffed, saying, “Joshua thinks shouting and blowing the horns on the seventh day is going to give us victory?”
106. Probably others began to compare him with Moses.
107. And they said, “Oh, he’s not like Moses, who always listened to our opinions and cried out to God to change His mind.”
108. Not only that, but these people were always fighting among themselves.
109. They always fought among themselves, always argued, and they had trouble with each other.
110. But on this mission, they were all united—no bickering, no complaining, and no selfish demands.
111. This is a miracle in itself.
112. I wonder how many of you, my listening friends, believe that if you are united together in prayer, can have victory.
113. My listening friends, God is looking for people who can put their faith to work with unquestioning obedience.
114. When you act in obedience, God acts in power.
115. When you act in obedience, God will work on the hearts that are most hardened.
116. When you act in obedience, God will manifest His awesomeness.
117. When you do the possible, God will do the impossible.
118. When you follow His strategy, He will give you success.
119. When you get on with His program, He will bless the simplest of things in your life.
120. God will give you your Jericho and cause the walls to crumble.
121. God will melt hearts and confuse the enemy.
122. You remember when Jesus turned water into wine?
123. He asked the servants to fill the jars with water.
124. Why did Jesus ask the servants to help?
125. Jesus had the power to click His fingers and make the water appear in the jars.
126. Oh, but Jesus wanted these people to have a part in the miracle.
127. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave,
128. He asked the crowd to remove the stone.
129. The God who told the dead to rise could have clicked His fingers and the stone would have been removed.
130. But God often wants to involve us in the miracle.
131. When you do what you can do, God will do what only He can do.
132. When you reach out in love to the person who desperately needs to hear the message of salvation and redemption, God will soften hearts.
133. When you let His light shine in your life, He will shine His light on the other person’s heart.
134. The secret of success in Jericho was not Joshua’s military ingenuity or his skills in the warfare.
135. Victory came because the people listened and obeyed the plan of God.
136. Victory came because the people followed God’s strategy instead of asking God to follow them.
137. And God will give you victory when you see your first task as an ambassador to be obedient.
138. If you sit in His presence unhurried and unflustered, He will give you the words to speak.
139. He is the God of the harvest.
140. He knows when the fruit is ready and when it is not.
141. When you are calm and know that He is God, He will guide your words.
142. God will guide your steps and your mind.
143. God will bless your service and will destroy all of your fears.
144. I pray that you would join with me in following God’s plan by trusting Him completely.
145. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.