1. Hello, listening friends, and thank you for tuning in to this broadcast.
2. Today, we will continue in our series of messages taken from the book of Joshua in the Old Testament.
3. We are learning how to follow the Lord in this series.
4. But His call on our lives sometimes makes us ask, “You want me to do what?”
5. And here are some answers we have learned in the past.
6. Answer number one,
7. step up to God’s calling in your life.
8. Answer number two,
9. go into the enemy’s territories to share Christ.
10. Answer number three,
11. cross the river of impossibility in your life with God’s supernatural help.
12. Answer number four is yield to God’s plan.
13. Answer number five is stay with God’s program by completely trusting Him.
14. Answer number six is learn from your mistakes.
15. Answer number seven is know how to pray.
16. And today, we’ll discover answer number eight, which is claim the complete victory.
17. The purpose of this series of messages is to refocus our vision as believers.
18. I want to tell you, my listening friends, that our life as believers is a campaign.
19. Our campaign is for the souls of men and women, boys and girls.
20. Our campaign is for the salvation of individuals and families alike.
21. Our campaign is for rescuing the perishing; healing the wounded.
22. Our campaign is for freeing those who are enslaved by sin.
23. Our campaign is for breaking the chains of addictions.
24. Our campaign is for recovering meaning in life.
25. And our message today is based on the book of Joshua, chapter 11 and chapter 12.
26. And I’m calling it, “Claim the total victory.”
27. Jesus, who is the Son of God, left the glories of heaven.
28. Jesus lived on this earth for thirty-three and one third of a year with no place to lay his head.
29. Jesus died on a criminal’s cross.
30. Jesus rose again from the grave on the third day and ascended into heaven.
31. Why did He do all this?
32. Not so that His children may live defeated, discouraged, and decimated lives,
33. but so that the followers of Jesus may experience total victory for all eternity.
34. My listening friends, like you, I know all of the factors in life that can cause us defeat.
35. I know all of the ingredients that produce discouragement.
36. I know all of the recipes that lead to wanting to quit and give up.
37. But if we want to see the vision that God has given us for our future, then we must know and practice and claim the total victory.
38. When I speak of victory, I speak of it in the New Testament sense.
39. In the New Testament, our fight is not against flesh and blood.
40. Our fight is not against human enemies, as it was the case with Joshua.
41. Our fight is with the spiritual powers that are operating in the world today.
42. Our fight is against powers and principalities in the heavenlies.
43. And these spiritual enemies have already been defeated by Jesus.
44. Satan is the one who causes conflict in our homes and stirs up trouble in our marriages.
45. Satan is the one who causes antagonism toward God’s children and arouses opposition to witnessing Christians.
46. Satan is the one who causes people and events to discourage us and distract us from our mission.
47. But always remember that our heavenly Father wants us to fight and win every time.
48. However, that victory depends on our willingness to stand in the heat of the battle.
49. That victory depends on our attitude and desire to claim that victory.
50. That victory depends on whether you want a defeated life or a victorious life.
51. That victory depends on whether you see the enemy’s attack as an opportunity for victory or an excuse for surrender.
52. Let me tell you a story that is taken from the real battlefield.
53. The enemy forces surrounded a group of soldiers and became separated from their colleagues.
54. The military headquarters attempted to reach the soldiers by radio for several hours.
55. Eventually, the soldiers were able to communicate with the base.
56. The officer at the headquarters asked, “What is your situation?”
57. The soldier replied,
58. “The enemy is to the east of us,
59. the enemy is to the north of us,
60. the enemy is to the west of us,
61. the enemy is to the south of us.”
62. And then after a brief pause, the soldier continued, “The enemy cannot get away from us now.”
63. Now, my listening friend, we may be surrounded by our enemies, but the question is this—
64. Do you see this as an opportunity for fear, terror, and defeat or an opportunity for victory?
65. Some of you may be saying, “I’m surrounded by unbelievers and antagonists.”
66. “I am surrounded by people who hate the truth.”
67. Now, my listening friends, rejoice, because that means you are fishing in a bucket.
68. This is not a cause for discouragement.
69. It means that you have a great opportunity, not a reason for retreat.
70. It means that you have been blessed by God for victory, not defeat.
71. Let me show you three things that we can learn from the book of Joshua, chapter 11.
72. Number one, there was confrontation.
73. You see this in verses 1-5.
74. Number two, there was a conflict.
75. And you find that in verses 6-15.
76. Number three, there was a conquest.
77. And you find that in verses 16-23.
78. Let’s look at number one, where there is a confrontation.
79. Joshua looked around and saw that he was surrounded by a united enemy.
80. But he also knew that God promised His people victory.
81. Therefore, there had to be a confrontation.
82. They were surrounded by enemies from the north, the south, the east, and the west.
83. But the attitude of God’s people was not, “how fast can I run,”
84. or, “our situation is hopeless and we should surrender,”
85. or, “woe unto us, for we are doomed.”
87. Just like the story of the surrounded soldiers, God’s people were saying, “The enemy cannot get away from us now.”
88. One historian speculates that the enemy forces contained 300,000 infantry soldiers, 10,000 cavalry troops, and 20,000 chariots.
89. The odds were against the people of God.
90. They could never hope to win such a victory.
91. The situation looked hopeless.
92. Yes, it would have been absolutely hopeless without the help of God.
93. And my listening friend, as you battle for the souls of people,
94. you may become so overwhelmed that， you become paralyzed.
95. But that’s because you’re not depending on God’s help.
96. Don’t ever be engaged in a confrontation without taking God with you.
97. Remember, He has already won the victory.
98. He just wants you to claim it.
99. Number two, there was a conflict.
100. Joshua did not wait for the battle to come to him, but he took the battle to the enemy.
101. No doubt, as Joshua was marching for five days, he was thinking about the size of the enemy’s army.
102. Joshua probably wondered if he was doing the right thing.
103. Joshua probably feared a defeat like the first battle with Ai.
104. Joshua probably wondered if God would supernaturally intervene as He did at Jericho.
105. Certainly, God knew what Joshua was thinking and feeling and that is why, in the book of Joshua, chapter 11 verse 6, we read something very important.
106. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow, I will hand all of them over to you.”
107. My listening friend, let me tell you something of uttermost importance.
108. If you forget everything I said in this series of messages, don’t forget what I’m going to tell you.
109. If you retreat from claiming your environment for Christ,
110. if you say to yourself, “I can’t do this. I’m just one person,”
111. if you say to yourself, “My relationship with God is enough; I don’t need to witness to others,”
112. if you retreat from the battle for the souls,
113. it will not be long before the enemy attacks your relationship with the Lord.
114. Soon, your prayer life will fizzle out.
115. Soon, your time with God and His Word will dry up.
116. Soon, your fellowship with other believers will become a mere social event.
117. What I’m trying to tell you is this—
118. when you go on the offensive for Christ,
119. when you are passionate for Christ,
120. when you don’t wait for the battle to come to you, but take the battle into the enemy’s territories,
121. you will have victory in all of the other areas of your relationship with Christ.
122. Your prayer life will be vibrant.
123. Your worship will be powerful.
124. Your fellowship will be dynamic.
125. Let me clarify this principle with an illustration from the physical exercise world.
126. When you physically exercise, your body releases chemicals into your blood.
127. These chemicals tell your brain to increase your temperature, like fever.
128. Fever is your body’s way of fighting intruding bacteria and viruses
129. A high body temperature helps strengthen your body’s defense system.
130. So let me put it simply this way.
131. Physical exercise puts you on the offensive.
132. So you don’t have to wait for illness in order to fight the viruses.
133. In the same way, when you go on the offensive to campaign for the souls of people,
134. you will have victory ahead of time.
135. You will have a strong spiritual immune system.
136. God is giving us a vision for the future and we find it in the book of Joshua, chapter 11 verse 6.
137. God says, “Don’t be afraid of them.
138. Tomorrow I’ll give you victory.”
139. And God kept His promises to His people and they had complete victory.
140. Which brings me to the third point—there was a conquest.
141. The conquest itself did not happen immediately.
142. The conquest required perseverance, persistence, and dedication by God’s people.
143. Joshua knew that God had given him the victory.
144. All Joshua needed to do was to persevere until he experienced it.
145. And God eventually brought His people into the land of promise.
146. He took them across the river Jordan and over the walls of Jericho.
147. My listening friend, I want to tell you something very, very important.
148. God took His people across the river Jordan and over the walls of Jericho,
149. and He did not do so so that His children may be defeated, but that they may have the complete victory.
150. And God wants the same victory for all of you, my listening friends.
151. So I tell you this as I conclude,
152. settle for nothing less than complete victory.
153. Pray for nothing less than complete victory.
154. And when the battle heats up,
155. claim nothing less than the complete victory.
156. When the enemy appears to be strong and powerful, dig your heels in for complete victory.
157. And when Satan attacks you, take the battle to God and He will give you complete victory.
158. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.